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Tenderness and everyday

When I first saw Bethany Hays's work at a student show, it was the work that stood engraved in my mind out of many talented students work. Maybe it was because of the innocent, playfulness that I could relate to as a mom who spends her fair share of time with kids books, or maybe it was the form of the painting–rich colors, light patterns and shapes that teased me. In any case I was...

TONIGHT (Thurs. 7/9): Bitch Benefit Concert at Mississippi Studios in Portland!

Get Down Bitch Jamboree Style!

Where: Newly renovated Mississippi Studios! 3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97227Date/Time: Thursday July 9th, doors at 7pm, show at 8pmHow To: Buy your tickets at the door, or purchase online!More Info: Featuring Sugar Short Wave, Boy Eats Drum Machine,Katie Sawicki, and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside.Tickets $10 in advance and at the...

Belated Father's Day post

Sunday I joked to my husband that it was Father's Day, "Time for your lecture from the President!" But it's only a joke to us because my daughter's dad is in her life and that we have the "ideal" family going here. It's not a joke that far too many kids are living without their fathers. And I don't mean not living in the same home, but kids who can't remember the last time their dads came around...

A Different Kind of F-Word: Perez Hilton and GaySlurGate

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton was allegedly assaulted Monday night in Toronto by Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am and the band's tour manager, Polo Molina. The altercation apparently began when Will.I.Am asked Perez to stop blogging about his band. Perez responded by calling Will.I.Am a "faggot." Assault ensued, as did a barrage of media coverage.

Gay rights groups and celebrities...

V-sides: Defining

 

I'm not really sure where the term "vagina music" originated.  The first time I heard it was in Nicole Holofcener's awesome film Walking and Talking, when a male character complained to his female car-trip cohorts, "Are we gonna listen to this vagina music the whole way there?" ("Yes!") The second time was almost a decade later,  on an episode of Six Feet Under wherein one of Claire's art...

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Vietnamese Mail Order Bride: $8,000. WTF International Diner's Club? Via Racewire. • New tapes reveal Nixon was warmonger, racist, and anti-Semitic. Why am I not surprised? At all? Not in the least? Not one---okay that's probably enough. • Hilarious new Infomania segment "That's Gay." • Joss Whedon gives his final answer to the question "Why do you always write such strong women characters?"...

Money Meets Maternity: Cash for your Eggs

Whenever you're feeling down about the grim economy, stop and consider for a moment that your ovaries are tiny goldmines. Over 5,000 American babies each year are born from eggs "donated" to in vitro fertilization clinics or couples -- but in reality, those eggs are rarely donated. Instead, as you've probably gleaned from the backpage ads of alt-weeklies, some families are willing to pay big...

Adventures in Feministory: Gertrude Berg, screenwriter and television pioneer

Credited with inventing the family sitcom, a successful, decade-spanning career in television and radio, author of over 10,000 scripts, and a mother on-screen and off, Gertrude Berg is "the most famous woman in America you've never heard of."

An Artistic Path of Healing and Resistance

A commentary on the way women and girls experience violence worldwide, Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art is an exhibit of work by thirty contemporary artists currently on display at Art Works for Change in Oslo, Norway.

Family road trip...To the NOW Conference

This Father's Day weekend was spent in Indianapolis so that I could attend the National NOW Conference. First - If you know my husband, my daughter's father, can you tell him what an awesome guy he is for agreeing to this? It's one thing to support my feminist outings, it's another to say, "Sure, let's go to the conference together." He also finally joined NOW so he can check out some of the...

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