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Douchebag Decree: Austin Couch, Principal Slut-Shamer

The ACLU is suing this week's Douchebag Decree recipient for being a gigantic douche. OK, so Austin Couch, principal of Churubusco High School in Indiana, is actually being sued for free speech violation, but that's just lawyer speak for douchiness, right? At any rate, Principal Couch suspended two CHS sophomores from all extracurricular activities last month because they posted photos of...

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Glee-ful Appropriation

The much anticipated Very Special Disability Episode of Glee, "Wheels" aired last night. And already the rave reviews are flooding in. It's "edgy," it's "a game changer," it's "controversial," it's "moving," it's "thought provoking." Twitter is aflutter with praise.

Did everyone else watch the same episode I watched?

On the Map: All Hail the Ice Queen

In just six days 26-year-old Era Al-Sufri, a Diplomatic Officer at Brunei's Ministry of Foreign Affairs who loves math and is passionate about the environment, will embark on a dream vacation... of sorts. One of eight women from eight countries picked to participate in the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, Era (aka Polar Girl) and her cohorts underwent an intensive...

Sm[art]: Miranda July brings the background to foreground

Miranda July starts her recent Vice photo spread with the following note:

Dear Julie, Do you ever feel like an extra in your own life? It seems like I'm forever stuck in the background, watching other people say and do all the things I feel inside. One day I'm gonna surprise everyone with my talents. They will be laughing and crying and texting me so often that I will...

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: What is Ableist Language and Why Should You Care?

Ableism is a central concept in disability rights. The term was originally popularized by Thomas Hehir, a special education scholar who defined it as "'the devaluation of disability' that 'results in societal attitudes that uncritically assert that it is better for a child to walk than roll, speak than sign, read print than read Braille, spell independently than use a spell-check, and hang out...

Are you watching Glee tonight?

Glee, the show we either love or love to hate, depending on who you ask, is back tonight after a several-week hiatus. Are you going to tune in for the diverse cast and catchy dance numbers? Or has the misogyny and stereotyping of Glee danced its way out of your heart?

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A pros and cons list to inform your vote, after the jump!

Dancing With The Stars in the Way of Control

If you tuned into Dancing With The Stars last night, you got a real (feminist?) treat – and I'm not talking about Donny Osmond's Viennese Waltz. I'm talking about the cheesy cover of "Standing in the Way of Control" by feminist fave The Gossip!

And the Emmy goes to . . . BITCH!

The word bitch is a controversial one for many people. We love it (surprise!) but many find it to be problematic to say the least. Well, the folks at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences must be bitch lovers because they awarded it an Emmy! Well, OK, they awarded a news segment on the word with the Emmy, but still! YAY bitch! And as an added bonus, Bitch contributor/blogger/...

On the Map: Meet a Bunch of White Guys... or Oprah

You've got eight more days to bid in The 6th Annual Chevy Chase Green School Auction, a fundraiser for Jayni Chase's beloved MGR Foundation GREEN Community Schools initiative that aims to "transform school buildings into centers for green development" by "spread[ing] environmental literacy and awareness." While the proceeds from the auction definitely will support a good cause, this...

Adventures in Feministory: What Women Can Be on Sesame Street


As Sesame Street turns 40, the media is brimming with think pieces about the groundbreaking show. From its educational impact to its unprecedented portrayal of racially diverse urban life, the show changed the face of not just children's TV, but the medium of television in general.

There's a lot to talk about when we talk about Sesame Street, and people are doing just that....