Having BS’d my way through many a close-reading paper in my college Shakespeare class, I know that some, not all, but of Shakespeare’s more well know female characters are complete pushovers. (At least in modern terms.) Example? Desdemona. She loses a handkerchief, Othello gets crazy jealous, and they both end up dead in the end, she being murdered and he by offing himself. Urgh, most frustrating thing to read ever! Granted, the plays were written in a ... Read More

Burn, Baby, Burn

BY Nissa in Feminism

What seems to be all the rage these days? Burning money. That's right. In protest to the wage gap between men and women, Sweden's feminist group set fire to what amounted to $13,000 - a number which symbolizes the money women miss out on every minute. While Sweden is known internationally for its progressive moves towards gender equality and substantial family support (including paid maternity AND paternity leave) it still has a long way to go to support women in ... Read More
Toni Stone is one hell of a woman. She's also one of the best baseball players you've never heard of. Since women's leagues refused her eligibility due to the color of her skin, Stone ended up playing alongside men in the Negro League. She became the first woman to play professionally in the league against big-shots like Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Buck O’Neil, and Satchel Paige. Today she's often referred to as 'the female Jackie Robinson'. Author Martha ... Read More
Dear Frida Kahlo,  Google has informed me that it is your birthday. Happy birthday. I’m must say that you have become quite accomplished since your death. You’re on a U.S. postage stamp, your 1943 painting "Roots" set the record for the highest-selling portrait by a Latin-American artist, you’ve even had an Academy award nominated film made about you! With Salma Hayek no less! (The movie made me tear up darnit, Frida.) Now I know that I ... Read More
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Music Box Films are getting together for the DVD release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and the theatrical releases of the next two in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Being that the main character of the Millenium Trilogy deals with sexual abuse and its aftermath, this co-opted social action campaign destined for over 1,000 colleges, universities, ... Read More
Fellow M.I.A. fans, I hope you have your credit cards and daily planners ready! On July 17th, the versatile Sri Lankan songstress will be making her 2010 national stage debut at the first ever HARD LA music festival in Downtown LA.  The two-stage festival will also feature special guest, N*E*R*D along with Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Jason Bentley, Borgore, Nguzunguzu, Destructo, ... Read More
Hearing Sarah Palin talk about why women can be anti-choice feminists has been pretty terrifying. Her message, that women can and should be expected to be have children they don't actually want, is totes ridic. But her supporting argument, suggesting that it's anti-feminist to accuse women of being unable to handle this load, is a bit trickier. Answering is like trying to respond to the "when did you stop beating your wife" question. Meanwhile, daughter Bristol ... Read More

Lady Googly Eyes

BY Intern Brittany J. in Style

Lady Gaga is supposedly to blame for the slow rise of a new trend concerning the “big eye” look she showed off in the video for ‘Bad Romance.’ While the look seems to have originated in anime and manga, it can’t be denied that The Gaga would naturally be the one to bring it to the forefront, trendsetter that she is. (I’m personally waiting for a video in which she sneezes with her eyes open and heads start exploding across ... Read More
There was some warning that the Met was trying to link fashion to female empowerment–the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation, reads their promotional material –but I can't say I bought it. C'mon. Fashion is pretty nearly universally a symbol of entrapment. The high heels, the bras, etc. Sure, we can revel in being pretty and sexy and still be liberated, but by ... Read More
Are you still crying over the fact that you missed The Blow at Glasslands in May? Well dry your eyes because you're getting another chance this very week! Khaela Maricich is performing solo again and has recently moved to Brooklyn where she's trying out some new stuff with installation and sound artist Melissa Dyne. Have a look for yourself this Friday at Joe's Pub. More info can be found ... Read More
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