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Lookism: OK If It's at the Hands of a Multinational Corporation

Mary Elizabeth Williams doesn't want to be sold pants by an ugly person. In her recent article for Salon, Williams maintains that the appearance-centered hiring practices and employee regulations of retail giants American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch are just, you know, logical and unproblematic corporate tactics to uphold brands. They're not lookist, they're not racist, and...

TelevIsm: The Bechdel Spectrum

If you're on a site about feminist response to pop culture (spoiler alert: you are), you have probably heard of the Bechdel Test for movies. Conceived in Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For, the test is simple: to pass, the movie in question must feature a conversation between two named female characters that is not about a man. It's a good indication of whether or not a film is at all...

Sm{art}: Eve Gilbert

She's been praised by R. Crumb and compared to Bukowski, but she still doesn't have a Wikipedia page. She's rather elusive, but she has a reason: "My paintings are the only place I feel that I fit in."

The Dating Game: One Isn't The Loneliest Number

There is no such thing as The One.

There, I said it. No fairy godmother is going to come down and give you fancy One-seeking slippers, there's not some other higher-power-created other half of you waiting equally wistfully for you to walk into his or her life, and there's no ultimate, perfect person out there that, if you make one mistake or break one undefined rule, you'll fuck it up...

Genderlicious: What do you think of <i>Hey Baby</i>?

Via my home planet of Racialicious: Borderhouse deconstructs a new flash video game called "Hey Baby."

Borderhouse says:

The game is called "Hey, Baby", and it is a game about street harassment. It is a first-person shooter where you play as a woman walking around a city fighting off waves of men who approach you while repeating "classic" street harassment lines,...

Size Matters: You Better Work

Fat fashion, while still leaving much to be desired, has definitely come a long way. I can remember going to Lane Bryant with my mom as a little girl and being horrified by the beaded, sequined, baggy travesties they called clothes. Now the travesties are poly-cotton blend! I joke; Lane Bryant is not my favorite plus size store, but they have improved 110% over the years.

Push(back) at the Intersections: Women Making Pop Culture

I thought it might be fun to start this series by exploring some female creators who are shaking things up in their industries. These women are a sign of great things to come, like some shifts in the way that women are treated as creators both by fellow creative professionals and the general public.

B-Sides: Music quick hits

  • On PRI's This is the World, host Marco Werman talks about Indonesian surf band Dara Puspita, who "may be the rockingest garage band you've never heard of." (Audio)
  • Reel Grrls' latest vlog is on the Gaga-fication of pop music (Video)
  • On CNN, Maragaret Cho talks about her first all-musical comedy album Cho Dependent, and the first track "I'm Sorry...

Mad World: Absolut Commercials

When a conversation turns to branding (and don't all of your conversations turn to branding?) the efforts of Absolut Vodka, the little alcohol company that could, are inevitably evoked. There's good reason behind this, too. Although ads for alcohol are extremely problematic, Absolut has certainly made a name for itself with a distinct brand. In fact, I'd bet that most of you can conjure up an...

Adventures in Feministory: Happy Birthday Mother Jones

Although she always claimed her birthday was May 1st--International Worker's Day, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was born on August 1st, 1837 (although she also claimed to be born years earlier, in part to maintain her grandmotherly public persona).