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May Day music mix

May Day is Saturday, the international worker's day. It's a holiday remembering the murder of protesters in Chicago in 1886 who were on strike for the 8 hour work day, but has grown to be a day for calling out against systems of oppression, and particularly war and capitalism.

It's celebrated almost everywhere around the world, although notably not here in the United States where the...

Pro-life teen activism? There's an app for that.


I know it seems like National Pro-Life Cupcake Day was just yesterday, but there's another way to engage young people in the anti-choice movement: National Pro-Life T-Shirt week!!

Linda Ronstadt: Defender of Freedom, Women, and Kickass Jams

I am a major fangirl for Linda Ronstadt for many reasons. Great music? Check. Awesome style that I try to copy? Check. Songs available at Karaoke bars? Check. Political activist, feminist, and defender of civil liberties? Check and check.

Freedom and pretty hair for all!

To back me up on that last point, the Christian Science Monitor has this story to share today: "Linda Ronstadt...

The Young and The Feckless: The Lady's Guide to Blogging

As a corollary to Wednesday's discussion of role models, I thought this was a fine time to advance my theory that there are precious few opportunities to make your digital bones as a female blogger. If you aren't willing to open an emotional vein or cannibalize your life for blog material, and if you can't leverage an offline profile a la Ariana Huffington or Michelle Malkin, good luck building a...

Tuning In: Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight"

My thoughts on Christina Aguilera's single and music video for "Not Myself Tonight."

Bitchcast: The Old Episode

It's the latest episode of Bitchcast! Taking cues from Issue 46, the podcast includes an interview with a feminist blogger who's wise but not old, an interview with members of the Meerkat Media Collective about their recent documentary where generations collide, an excerpt from the Old issue of Bitch, and a chat with one of the 90s biggest stars. Plus tunes from the Swedish melodic pop...

Inconsequential Girlishness: An Interview with Chally

My full-length interview with Chally, who talks about her love of sci-fi, why it's problematic to have feminist "icons," her experience as a teen in social justice movement, and of course, the internet! (The post title is tongue-in-cheek, by the way, she's anything but, as you'll see.)

Read Chally's work at Zero at the Bone, FWD, Radical Readers and Feministe. Interview transcript and...

"The Persian Version"... Because the World Needs More "Jersey Shore"

You know, when Jersey Shore aired, my first thought was "I wish they would make a spinoff of this show about Iranians, because really, we don't get enough bad press as it is." Lucky for me, MTV read my mind and is creating The Persian Version, which is, um a Persian version of Jersey Shore. From the casting call: Two thousand years ago the Persian Empire ruled the ancient world…but they didn't...

Raising Trouble: Does Pink Really Stink?

Two sisters in the UK seek to "challenge the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls' lives." Are they right?

Bill Condon brings creepy sexpertise to Breaking Dawn

What do sex, creepiness, Beyoncé, The Candyman, and Robert Pattinson have in common (besides making for excellent fanfic)? Why, Bill Condon, of course. The director, best known for his work on Kinsey and Dreamgirls, will direct the fourth installment in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn. Is this a good thing? Let's look at some of his past work and make unfounded predictions! (Come on, you've...