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When I think about words that might be polarizing in the feminist community, “lady” certainly doesn’t top the list. There have been huge campaigns to reclaim other historically salty terms for women, from “bitch” to “slut”—even the dreaded “c-word”. (Nope. Won’t write it out. Won’t do it.)  But figuring out what to do with the word “lady” is uniquely tricky. Unlike some of its harsher sisters, “lady” is still used freely in both the antiquated and ironic sense. It’s tough to know how to feel about...
During an intimate performance at the Sundance Film Festival last week, Courtney Love covered Jay-Z’s  “99 Problems” and introduced it by saying, “This either sucks or it's genius, I don't know." That’s our girl!  Courtney has never been afraid to take a risk and it’s one of the things we love most about her. While we know Courtney has gone through periods where she has indeed had 99 problems, nowadays Courtney is doing just fine. Look out for her new single, “This is War” which...
Björk has taken to Kickstarter in an effort to give more kids access to her award-winning suite of musicology apps. The Biophilia apps were originally developed as part of her multimedia album of the same name. Named one of 2011’s Best Apps by Apple, the Biophilia programs offer instruction in science and music, and have already been used by children around the world.  Kids at a Biophilia workshop in Oslo According to the artist, there is a great deal of interest in the apps from low-income school...
Today, Swedish electronic music duo The Knife premiere “Full of Fire”, a track off their upcoming album Shaking the Habitual. The video for the song is a new short film by Marit Östberg, the Stockholm and Berlin based filmmaker whose works are known for their feminist leanings. Östberg’s films tend to focus on queer bodies and sexualities with an unblinking eye, and “Full of Fire” is no exception.  “The film ‘Full Of Fire’ started to grow as an embryo in the song's lines ‘Who looks after my...
I go freakin’ nuts for Soledad O’Brien. She is a journalistic force to be reckoned with, and is absolutely fearless about calling people (namely blustering, biased dudes) on their bullshit. Just last week, she took down the chest-beating Senator Ron Johnson for his incredibly sexist remarks about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and a couple months back, she simply laughed in the face of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ contradictory remarks about Mitt Romney’s stance on abortion.  This time around, during a roundtable discussion on CNN about...