If you're writing a book, try and make friends with a quasi-famous person to make fun of you when it comes time to promote that sucker, because apparently this trend is still cresting that wave. The tendency first came to my attention last May at the Mobys, an awards show concocted by the industry to bring attention to the latest craze in publishing–book trailers, short films meant to market works to wider audiences (like movie trailers, but for books). In John Wray's Lowboy, Zach Galifianakis plays an incoherent (if hilarious) version of the author. Read More
There’s been a whole lot of debate surrounding Japanese game culture lately. And reasonably so; as the entertainment industry has taken it too far with the new game “RapeLay.”  Without elaborating, the motive of this crap rape game is to rape random female avatars, as well as their family members in discreet spots as well as in public. Read More
Babble’s Strollerderby posed an interesting idea today: what if the Pill could be sold over-the-counter, no doctor’s visit or prescription necessary? On initial thought, this sounds amazing, especially for all the teens out there who would NOT end up pregnant and in poverty, or worse, in abstinence-only PSAs or poorly-acted TV shows. Read More
Lady blog Jezebel has really gone off the rails on this one. After writing a piece about the supposed female oppression in the workplace at The Daily Show, bloggers and finally the women of the Daily Show themselves disagreed. But it was an article in Slate that set off this headline: Jealous Bitches Start Face-Clawing Catfight! This could've been funny if the rest of the article was, but it wasn't. Instead it was a litany of whiny complaints written by a writer with hurt feelings. Blech. Read More
Feeling a little randy this summer? We've got the cure: Summer, Sex, and Spirits! It's a benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City that will take place July 8th at the Museum of Sex sponsored by BUST Magazine! The event takes its name very seriously, with an all-night open bar and after-hour access to the museum. Read More
As well as the best in handmade shopping, Craftacular urges you to Do It Yourself. And if you're one of the lucky first 100 through the door, you'll get a head start: in each bountiful bag is a set of sumptuous fabric samples from Beyond Fabrics.  Brazilians Eduardo Hirschfeld and Silvana Brasil migrated to London eleven years ago, and their shop and studio in trendy Shoreditch produces unique, contemporary designs in fabric, stationary and home furnishings. Read More
Seeing  Glass Candy, Portland’s Italo/Disco darlings, on a New York stage was, one would imagine, like seeing Elvis play Vegas. You're watching an artist you love, who sound as great as ever, but the setting is cheesy and wrong and it just feels weird. In Portland, Oregon, where Ida No and Johnny Jewel originate and perform regularly, their shows feel like family reunions—crowded, but exciting and intimate. They fill to capacity the same old warehouse space, preferring intimacy over bigger venues, with their post punk/electro/disco dance parties. Read More
Alice Turner’s Afternoon Outings is a collection of elegant greeting cards that also function as brief, alternative travel guides for particular areas, pointing out charming hidden and neglected sights.    Created on beautiful paper with a single afternoon in mind, each card includes an itinerary and a hand-drawn map. Her Etsy shop currently features an afternoon outing in Bloomsbury, which includes a visit to Virginia Woolf’s house. Read More
  Ok, I’ll admit this blog post is about three months overdue. Although, I’d argue that it’s really never too late to draw attention to a good movie or an awesome young female character.   So I’m just going to proceed.    Last night I ended up watching the movie Kick-Ass on bootleg. I had dismissed the film when it came out back in April due to its seemingly lame premise (high school comic-book nerd wants to be a superhero and get laid, blah, blah, blah). Read More
My favorite thing about hearing Samantha Bee do a not-reading in Bryant Park was when somebody asked her what it was like to be a female correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. God bless her pregnant self, she said it was hard. Just like being a man on the show. And I got it on tape. Less than two weeks later Jezebel comes out with a tell-all rant from some disgruntled former employees about what a horrid place the show is for ladies. I was gonna respond because I wanted to believe Ms. Bee, but what if I was wrong? Could she be a corporate shill? I didn't think so. Read More