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Here we go again. Another republican has put his foot in his mouth about what qualifies as rape. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, while trying to explain his colleagues’ beliefs about rape, came out sounding just as ignorant and incoherent as the others. At a recent chamber of commerce breakfast, Gingrey, not just a congressman but the co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, tried explaining fellow republican Todd Akin’s remarks about legitimate versus illegitimate rape.

In honor of Girls’ second season debut and simultaneous Golden Globes sweep, we’d like to present you with the official video for Santigold’s "Girls". The track is featured on the show's soundtrack, and its video appropriately stars a diverse cast of girls and women.

This weekend, the Web played host to a volley of transphobic hate speech and the subsequent backlash that erupted over social media. And though we as a society are unfortunately inundated with hateful internet rants, this particular spat was particularly shocking due to its source—a handful of British feminist journalists.  Suzanne Moore The trouble began with Suzanne Moore’s essay for New Statesman, “Seeing Red: the Power of Female Anger”.

The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride low in the vocal register.

If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. Or in this case, keep your pencils down. In New Bern, North Carolina, when exiting a restaurant, a lesbian couple was handed a letter by the restaurant owner condemning homosexuality. After finishing and paying for their meal, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail were handed a letter from The Stingray Cafe’s owner, Ed McGovern. In the letter McGovern pretty much states that homosexuality is against God’s will and that they should “take a look at their life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you.

On Wednesday afternoon Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, corrected a guest on her show for using the term pro-life. When the guest, Republican strategist Juleanna Glover, started to define herself as “deeply pro-life,” Mitchell immediately countered “What I would call anti-abortion…to use the term that I think is more value neutral.

Check out the new animated collage video from NYC veterans the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, it includes creepy smoking children, fights, and psychedelic zombies. The video was directed by Lucy Dyson and is an excellent reminder that these guys still got it! Click here for a review of the new album Meat and Bone, out on Mom and Pop Records.

You may not know Reggie Watts by name, but there’s a good chance you know his work, or at least recognize his lustrous afro from IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, an absurdist faux late-night show in which Watts is the keyboard-playing sidekick to host Scott Aukerman. “Multifaceted” doesn’t begin to describe the 40-year-old Brooklynite; Watts is a mind-bending comedian who composes electronic tunes on a multi-track recorder while improvising funny lyrics and beatboxing, and the man has music and comedy skills to spare.

When I attended the inaugural session of Willie Mae Ladies Rock Camp back in 2006, the experience literally changed my life. Over the course of three days, I played the drums for the very first time, collaborated on my first song, performed for a live audience, and formed an all-girl band that went on to record and play the N.Y.C. club circuit for the next three years. In the time since then, hundreds of other women have had similar experiences.

Hey, got any cool plans tonight? Even if you do, you should probably cancel, 'cause this is way cooler. Superchief Gallery is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side with a big ol’ opening party at its Clinton Street location. The flyers are boasting a bunch of DJ sets as well as a live performance by Respect. Even better, the long list of featured artists includes some super skilled ladies. Heather Benjamin, the author and illustrator of the comic Sad People Sex, has two pieces in the show.
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