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Identifying as a feminist is a profoundly personal decision, colored by the nuances of our own experiences. In The Feminine Mystique, the great Betty Friedan suggested that for feminists, the personal is the political, that our private thoughts and desires necessitate public action. Because of the intimate nature of the movement, it’s easy to scrutinize judge other women, but internal strife often stalls social change. Susan B. Read More
Scott Bradlee and Cristina Gatti came together to totally blow us away with a 1940’s swing cover of Beyonce’s "Drunk in Love". This cover is literally a combo of everything that rules: mega-babe musicians, Beyoncé, and lovely lilting tunes. Gatti’s alto voice is perfectly accentuated by big band jams and, man oh man, does it almost give Bey a run for her money. Can you grain it on that wood, swerve on it and serve all this while doing the jitterbug? Gatti is seductive and radiates confidence while evoking a 1940s sense of class. Read More
As Queen Bey takes her rightful place on the Pop Diva Throne, suddenly something happens which reminds us that some of our biggest stars are mere princesses in the face of music history. The news that Kate Bush will be playing fifteen August dates in London for her first tour in thirty-five years broke the icon's official website. Bush has made only the rarest appearances during these past three decades. The shows will take place at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, so you'll have to cross the pond to see her unless you already had plans for a Parks and Rec reenactment tour. Read More
Last week we published a post about TED's ban on abortion as a topic at TED events, including TEDWomen, where Jessica Valenti's article from The Nation was referenced and discussed. Since her article was full of goodies to really think about, we're taking a deeper look at the piece in this post.  TED Talks were first introduced to me by a college professor, and they have since provided some of my most well-spent viewing time on the internet. Read More
    Are you coupled up? Single and ready to mingle? Don't give a rat's ass either way? Whatever you are, today's the perfect day to trot out some lovey-dovey jams.  We rounded up some of our favorite love songs, just 'cause we love you. Give 'em a spin below! Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire" "Ring of Fire" was born out of my all-time favorite real life love story: the relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter. Read More
The self-taught photographer Danny Evans is fascinated by the ways in which celebrities are photoshopped and airbrushed onto billboards and magazine covers. In an attempt to subvert the image of the affluent, picture perfect star, he photoshops images of celebrities, reimagining them the average American citizen. In his words, his “make-unders” reveal “what’s left after Hollywood has been scrubbed off,” positioning pop culture icons within an almost stereotypical suburban landscapes, with outdated hairdos and all. Read More
  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and messages of female empowerment have been vast… and mostly ignored or cast aside by academia. Until now. Read More
Right now, it feels like we're in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland: last night we were hit with a megaton of Beyoncé, and now we're all scrounging around in the rubble, trying to figure out where our lives could possibly go from here.  This morning, in the glorious, glorious wreckage, I unearthed one particularly dazzling gem: the spoken word verse on the track "***Flawless" comes from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: "We Should All Be Feminists. Read More
What did you do last night? Did you go to bed early? That's cute. While you were sleeping, Beyoncé dropped a new album on all of our heads, complete with 17 music videos and a song "featuring Blue Ivy," thus eliminating the need for Christmas this year and forever, because now we have a new holiday on December 13, and it's called Beyuletide. Read More
GUYS. Drop what you’re doing immediately and get your notebooks ready: Flavorwire has complied a list of etiquette tips from ten pop culture icons, so we can all finally learn how to be ~real~ people! Below, we have provided some of the extra helpful guidelines, so that next time you go out in public, you can wow the world.  1. In New York Magazine’s Urban Etiquette Handbook, Tobias Fünke David Cross gives his number one rule about talking to a celebrity: “If you don’t know who he is, ask your friend. Or a stranger. Don’t ask him. Read More