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Let's all put $ in our name$ like Ke$ha!



So, can I ask what the obsession with Ke$ha is? I only ask, because I too am completely enamored with her while simultaneously holding back the urge to be violently ill. The 'party girl' aesthetic and persona is certainly nothing new. From Paris to Lindsay to every other brand of this celebrity girl whose name is synonymous with blackouts and so-called 'bad behavior...

Race Card: Corinne Bailey Rae and Zadie Smith Navigate Race and Art

Works by two mixed-race Brits—musician Corinne Bailey Rae and writer Zadie Smith—have recently been profiled in the New York Times. Both women navigate their collective white and Caribbean ancestry by embracing hybridity instead of relegating themselves to one group. Their doing so challenges entrenched American notions of race that say that multiracial people must choose one ethnicity or...

Stop calling Joan Holloway fat!

If I hear another blogger/author/interviewer comment on Christina Hendricks' weight I might lose it. As if her body (omg BOOBS) wasn't enough of a focus already, now she is being picked apart for her appearance at the Golden Globes the other night. As you may have seen by now, Cathy Horyn fromThe New York Times claimed that "You don't put a big girl in a big dress" and ran this (distorted)...

A Trip Through the Blogosphere

There's a lot of fun/interesting stuff happening in the blogosphere today! A sampling:

• A great interview from The Guardian with Gabby Sidibe. Be prepared to get irritated when she talks about how everyone conflates her with the character of Precious.

• Interesting piece at The New York Times on expectations of motherhood in Germany

• Latoya Peterson's insightful take on...

Screenshot: Lose the Biggest Loser already

Not only does this show perpetuate the popular "fat equals unhealthy" with its unspoken corollary "therefore, thin equals healthy," it also overtly coaches its participants to engage in what Kate Harding so aptly called "the fantasy of being thin." And then there's the vomiting and dehydration. That's healthy, right?

Democracy Now! Reports Death of Haitian Feminist Myriam Merlet

Tragically, Myriam Merlet, Haiti's Chief of Staff of the Haitian Ministry of Women, did not survive the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Amy Goodman, reporting from Haiti, and Eve Ensler, a personal friend of Merlet, reports from the Democracy Now! studio.

Rush transcript provided by Democracy Now! after the jump.

Sapphic Salon: Lady Sovereign and other celebrities who come out, despite their publicists

This week on the UK's Celebrity Big Brother, MC Lady Sovereign was evicted from the competition. However, she was on the show long enough to finally talk about something fans have been waiting for: Her sexuality. Here's a clip:

I've tried to get interviews with Lady Sovereign a handful of times, and even had a few set up before her publicist said she...

A "Manolith" of BS: Girlfriends are the WORST!

Ugh. As a rule we usually we try to avoid over-the-top misogynist websites, but there is a blog post today on that is emblematic of so many things that are problematic in lad mag culture that it could not be ignored. The post, titled "15 Annoying Things Most Girlfriends Do (That You Have to Put Up With)" covers just about every "socially acceptable" woman-hating base out there....

Race Card: Skin Lightening Creams Promise Happiness, Come with Risks

Dermatologists are seeing a rise in the number of women with skin problems stemming from bleaching creams. Thinning of skin, bruising and acne are some of the adverse effects doctors have noticed. Despite the risks of skin bleaching, sales of lightening creams are strong, the New York Times reports.

Adventures in Feministory: Bayard Rustin, American activist

Today's Martin Luther King Jr. Adventures in Feministory focuses on Bayard Rustin, one of the most important individuals in the Civil Rights Movement, and a life-long activist for human dignity, but whose contributions are are overlooked (then and now) because he was gay.