Welcome to the inaugural installment of On Our Radar, your trusty guide to the best the blogosphere has to offer. We'll be rounding up the posts that intrigued us at the end of every week.
- Thea Lim at Racialicious deconstructs Alicia Key's ill-conceived attempt at portraying interracial relationships in her latest video.
- Jessica Coen at Jezebel investigates Sorority Life, the popular Facebook role-playing game where the object is to be as powerful as possible. How do you go about doing that, you ask? Why, by throwing cool parties, buying the hottest outfits and the hottest boyfriends (seriously, you buy them!) and starting fights with other players, of course!
- Wajahat Ali comments on the "Orientalist's wet dream" that is Sex and the City 2.
- Gwen Sharp offers up some stunning examples of "male" as the neutral default in marketing at Sociological Images. Case in point: Cosmopolitan is a "Women's magazine" and Maxim is a "Lifestyle magazine".
- This time, she's serious: Jessica Valenti reminds us all, once again, why Sarah Palin really really isn't a feminist, and why the mainstream media should get the hint.
- In related Palin family news, teen mother and Candies Foundation ambassador Bristol Palin tells Harper's Bazaar about her support of abstinence until marriage and distaste for social welfare programs. Jessica Grosse fleshes out the flaws and contradictions of Palin's message at Double X.