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Notre Dame Hires Pro-Choice Catholic as New Football Coach

Word came yesterday: The University of Notre Dame has hired Brian Kelly away from the University of Cincinnati to be its new football coach. Kelly, a pro-choice Catholic with extraordinary coaching skill and success, takes the job just six months after the a strong segment of the Notre Dame community protested President Obama's commencement address at the premiere Catholic university,...

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Pride & Prejudice & Ableism

There's only one good reason to add blatant ableism to not one but two Jane Austen monster mashups: Because you know that the audience will appreciate and enjoy it. I certainly wouldn't accuse either Grahame-Smith or Winters of vast cultural sensitivity, not least because of the horrific racism which runs rampant across the pages of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, so I think it's...

Screenshot: Bah humbug! Or, why holiday movies aren't really a gift to women

In made-for-TV Christmas movies, there's a bizarre ethos that the best holiday is the one where a woman gives everyone the gift of walking all over her. Then -- and only then -- has she earned the right to have a merry Christmas. At long last, she loves Big Santa.

Douchebag Decree: Advertising Double Header!

It's been an exciting week in the world of advertising - so exciting, in fact, that we have two contenders for this week's Douchebag Decree! Judges are standing by to determine which of these heavyweights will win the ultimate title of Douchebag of the Week.

Bunk Documentaries: Dockers does it again (2 of 2)

The trailer for An Emasculating Truth opens with the following... "There's always that fear that masculinity is in danger, that it's being lost, men are becoming feminized in one way or another." "Men are definitely finding their feminine side." "Their masculinity's kind of questionable." "Maybe too superficial." "Settling for less." "Not...manly."

In fact, "kind of questionable...

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #4

The series continues. The #4 reason why this feminist is a sports fan is ...

BiblioBitch: The Grammar Devotional

Grammarphiles of the world, rejoice! The fabulous Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl, profiled in the Buzz Issue Bitch List) has a new book out, just in time for the word nerd on your holiday shopping list!

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Simulate This!

I have this personal theory that I'd like people to consider: Spending 30 minutes trying to eat in a pitch-black room doesn't really tell you much about being blind. It just tells you how difficult it is to eat a meal in the dark.

This seems to be a pretty controversial thing to say, since "disability simulations" like the one the Washington Post wrote about are seen as a "good" way...

Sapphic Salon: Nicki Minaj and the lesbian problem in hip-hop

Yesterday, one of hip-hop's rising stars, Nicki Minaj Tweeted something that caught my eye:

A rumored lesbian (or bisexual, depending on who you ask), Nicki is not "out," but took to Twitter for this random piece of knowledge, which only furthered my curiosity about her and how it relates to closeted women in the hip-hop community. As the "First...

On the Map: Constructing Feminist Motherhood

Balancing Act is a newly published work of fiction by architect and author Meera Godbole Krishnamurthy that demonstrates the challenge many stay-at-home-mothers – particularly ones with feminist sensibilities – face when reconciling their identities with the conflicting demands and desires of motherhood and working outside of the home. Although the topic being explored is not a new one...