Leave it to the talented cast of Glee to put a pop icon back at the top of the music charts (The Power of Madonna Soundtrack from their tribute episode was able to knock out Justin Bieber at No. 1 its debut week).  In an article today in The Guardian, author Wendy Shanker chronicles her obsession with the Material Girl and explains the profound influence she has had on her life. Unlike most of us, Wendy has been fortunate enough to actually meet her ... Read More
Calling all women, liberals, and supporters of Gay Rights— Shhhh! Obama is sneaking you into the club. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, has been selected to fill the seat of Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. She would be only the fourth woman since Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 to serve on the High Court, and breaking new ground in the US as one of three Justices that are women serving concurrently. We gals have never before enjoyed such a ... Read More

Happy Birthday Pill!

BY Elissa Stein in Sex

It's almost impossible to comprehend that less than 100 years ago sending information about birth control through the mail was considered not only illicit and obscene, but was illegal as per the Comstock Act of 1873. It wasn't until the 1930s that doctors were allowed to distribute information and contraceptives across state lines. And when the pill first went on sale, it was illegal to practice birth control in some parts of the country. It took a Supreme Court ... Read More
We're so excited about the Betty White/Jay-Z combo, we've decided to try something different: a kind of liveblog for SNL! Post your thoughts as the show happens in the comments. I've got my money on a sketch featuring a rapping Betty.   Image of Betty White courtesy ... Read More
Kevin Rios, age 23, was convicted of raping two women. Kudos to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber for doing the right thing and realizing the laws about rape apply to everyone -- no matter how you make your living.  Kevin Rios raped two women. That’s the fact. According to the NY Daily News, however, Rios was convicted of raping a babysitter and a hooker, iconic figures rather than flesh and blood women. The NY Post refers to a babysitter ... Read More

Sword of My Mouth

BY Kelly McClure in Arts

I learned of Sword of My Mouth, the post-rapture graphic novel by Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerard through a vanity prompted fluke. I came across a blog that mentioned a release party for the novel, and as a bonus for helping spread the word, Gerard was offering to draw original portraits of anyone who sent her a picture. I sent in my picture and received a portrait back the very next day, which is shown down below. Making actual contact with one of the authors of the ... Read More
Joan Jett is back in the public eye with the release of The Runaways movie in March of this year, but the movie only captures a small portion of this rock-and-roll heavyweight’s epic and impressive career.  Thankfully, Todd Oldham has released a beautiful and well-rounded monograph of the legendary artist, aptly titled, Joan Jett.  Oldham compiles over thirty years of photos, interviews, and other unreleased ephemera in over 200 pages into a linear ... Read More
Finally, technology has given other people the ability to easily track our menstrual cycles.  Sound a little weird?  That's because it is.  There are a slew of new applications for iPhones and iPads created specifically for husbands, boyfriends, and all around players, to track the cycle of any female they choose and theoretically plan their months accordingly.  Of course, these applications are framed as though women become unmanageable beasts ... Read More
In the ongoing story of “animals doing cute things,” this penguin escaped from a group of killer whales—by jumping onto a boat of observers. We love it. Check it out after the jump!   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
In honor of Mother’s Day, The Takeaway discussed Moms from movies this morning, and our own Emily Rems was there to discuss! One of Emily’s favorites: Julie Andrews as a stepmom in The Sound of Music. Check it out after the jump!   //   The Sound of Music movie poster via ... Read More
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