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June 17, 2010

Top Ten Reasons Why I Should Be MTV'S New Twitter Jockey (or as Many as I Can Think of Until I Run Out.)

Mtv-original-vjs Do you want to be the modern day, virtual equivalent of Martha Quinn? 

Do you know who Martha Quinn is? 

Never mind. Proving that it is solidly on the social media tip, MTV is holding a competition to choose a Twitter Jockey - a TJ, if you will. 

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June 11, 2010

Flashback Friday - Smurfette Syndrome

Smurfette  Today's Flashback is brought to you by a major bee in my bonnet. A lot of television shows geared at children, particularly in the 80s, featured one single female character. It's amazing, as a child, that I didn't develop the mistaken impression that men actually outnumbered women in the world 8 to 1 or something. Today, we reflect on some token females in children's television of yore.

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June 08, 2010

Are TV Moms Crazier than Their Real-Life Counterparts?

Donna-reed Like it or not, TV has become ingrained in our culture and both reflects and propels how we view ourselves and our lives. Since parenting and family is such a huge part of life, TV will undoubtedly have something to say about how those aspects of life change over time.

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June 07, 2010

From The Bad Moms Club: Tassles For Your Toddler? This Is How The World Ends, People

Feminist1  Parents? For that matter, humanity in general? The Bad Moms Club presents to you the death of feminism as we know it. 

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May 27, 2010

Rage Against the Baby Bump Watch

Halle-berry-baby-bump1 You know what pisses me off? The baby bump watch.

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May 24, 2010

Bret Easton Ellis Doesn't Think Too Highly of Female Directors

Bret-easton-ellis Perhaps I'm just getting bitter and/or more nonchalant in my old age, but when Bret Easton Ellis says stuff like he doesn't think, in general, that women can direct, I don't get angry. I just kind of shrug and tell him to quit talking and go write some messed up book for me to read kthanxbi.

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May 13, 2010

The Giving Tree Has a Polarizing Effect

Giving-tree I don't think The Giving Tree was in my reading rotation when I was a kid, but someone gave it to me when I had my son, and it's since become one of my favorites.

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May 11, 2010

Julie Taymor's Film Version of The Tempest Sounds Amazing

Helen-mirrin-the-tempest Film/theatre/literature/feminism nerds rejoice! Julie Taymor is adapting William Shakespeare's The Tempest for the screen.

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April 29, 2010

FOX and ABC Still Hate Plus-Sized People

Lane-bryant-ashley-graham-bra-ad-underwear-lingerieFOX and ABC got caught being prejudiced again. The last time I wrote about them it was about how they wouldn't run a gay dating commercial. This time, ABC refused to air a Lane Bryant commercial because it showed too much cleavage.

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April 15, 2010

There Are So Many Things Wrong With This Cover, I Don't Know Where To Start

Life and Style coverPunch #1 to the nuts of feminism: Kim Kardashian has lost 5 lbs in 5 days to exact revenge on her former boyfriend, Reggie Bush, for moving on too quickly.  Because that's healthy.  Not just the pound-a-day diet, the idea that she needed to get skinnier to make her ex jealous. 

And that's just the beginning of wrongness that is splattered all over the place with this week's Life & Style cover.

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April 14, 2010

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was Disgusting, or Was She? It's a Hairy Situation When It Comes to Mo'Nique, Amanda Palmer, and Their Shaggy Sisters

Julia-roberts-hairy-armpit We have been conditioned to see body hair on women as brazen and unpalatable. While men's armpit, leg, and chest hair is out and about all over the globe, an otherwise pulchritudinous Julia Roberts is suddenly seen as unclean, her hirsute armpit a shameful slap in the face of social decency.

In an age when remaining as hairless as a nine-year-old girl is seen as a nearly mandatory social requirement for women, there is a slow swell rising against the tide of our present definition of femininity. Who are these women who have dared to bare their hair and brave the finger-wagging masses?

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Sigourney Weaver, My Breasts And I Have A Bone To Pick With You

Sigourney-weaver  Copy this one down for the WTF files. Sigourney Weaver has not only betrayed the sisterhood of women in film, who have been sorely underrepresented since the medium was invented, but has lauded and sung the praises of one Mr. James "I'm A Douche" Cameron IN PLACE OF standing up for her fellow woman. I cannot believe I am even reporting this.

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April 07, 2010

Bristol Palin Wants Poor Girls to Know That They Shouldn't Have Sex Like She Did Because They're Poor

Bristol-palin Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, former Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2008, and public face of wealthy teen motherhood, wants you to know something: 

It's okay for girls with money and famous mothers to have baby's outside of wedlock, but if you're poor and unknown, you had better think twice, or "pause before you play", as she terms it in a recent PSA.

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March 31, 2010

FTBC and the Sexification of Breast Cancer

Claudia Schiffer Fashion Targets Breast Cancer FTBC UK campaignFashion Targets Breast Cancer is an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds in support of breast cancer research, education, and patient care whose beginning in 1994 was sparked by Ralph Lauren's loss of his friend Nina Hyde to the disease. FTBC is touted as "...the worldwide fashion community's singular and most successful response to breast cancer."

Yay for them. I still hate how they promote it.

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March 09, 2010

16 and Pregnant Preview: Chelsea and Adam

16_and_pregnant Another episode of 16 and Pregnant, another opportunity to tear your hair out. This week, we meet Chelsea and Adam.

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