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Everyone have a good International Women's Day/Feminist Coming Out Day? Check out these compelling links from this week, and feel free to share your stories below!

  • Andrea Grimes at HAY LADIES! and Shelby Knox at encourage us to demand an apology from the author of the horribly irresponsible New York Times article about an eleven-year-old rape victim. Over at...

Race Card: Asians with Perms

Is cultural assimilation ever funny? Yes, says the irreverent Jen Wang of website Disgrasian. "Normally…the things non-white people do to look like white people because that's what's considered beautiful are sad and sometimes dangerous," she argues. There's one exception, though—Asians with perms. Wang said that trend, which peaked in the early '90s, is hilarious.

Bitch Popaganda: Get Your Hands (and Your Video Camera, and Your Ring) Off Me Edition

It's time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Kjerstin, Julie, and Kelsey discuss right-wing video stings, the death of traditional marriage, and hugs: what's up with them?

No Kidding: Studies Tell Us Parenting is Tough

Last week, Time published "Kid Crazy: Why We Exaggerate the Joys of Parenthood." This piece focuses on studies from the journal Psychological Science about parenting, and the take-away is the same as the New York article (so much so that it's mentioned in Time): childfree couples are happier, parents have it rough, and those who think they don't are sort of delusional. ("Delusional" is not my...

The Games We Play: On the <em>Homefront</em>

Kaos' Homefront starts with a very real line of succession, Kim Jong-Un, the actual named successor to DPRK's current dictator. Dave Votypka from Kaos describes the two Koreas as the fourth largest military power in the world and one of the most technologically advanced countries in existence, explaining that this is the foundation of the future history that they have engineered....

Douchebag Decree: FMAE's Scholarships for White Men Only

Two students at Texas State University have founded the Former Majority Association for Equality to financially assist white men. Yes, only white men, because according to co-founder William Lake, they are "one group that just doesn't have any support."

No Kidding: What About The Men? Pt. 1

When I talk about women's choices regarding children, pregnancy, and childbirth, someone usually asks about the men. Last month, I interviewed half a dozen men of varying ages, backgrounds, and life experience about why they never want to have children. A number of them had considered getting (or had already gotten) a vasectomy. The number one reason? It's easier (from a surgical/recovery...

Sex and the Fat Girl: The Beauty Industrial Complex and You

If fat is a feminist issue, why don't we challenge the dominant view that beauty is a viable concept instead of just accepting that unilateral standards of beauty exist and trying to shoehorn fat women into the "beautiful" category?

Race Card: American or United Statesian?

Black or African American? Latino or Hispanic? Native American or American Indian? Debates break out all the time about the best terms to use for certain ethnic groups, but many in the U.S. haven't the faintest idea about the controversy that's long surrounded the term "American." Because the term applies to any resident of North or South America, including countless indigenous...

B-Sides: Abigail Washburn

Sometimes part of what makes a musician so compelling is the story behind them. Were the White Stripes married, or brother and sister? Would Sid have been the character he was without Nancy? Is the girl in the "Cry Me a River" video REALLY supposed to be Britney Spears? (I have strong feelings about this one because I was young and impressionable when Britters and Justin dated and...