Imma be up front here.  Ke$ha's songs are dumb.  They're vapid and silly and they don't make sense ("kick them to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger?"  Girl, have you SEEN Mick Jagger?!)  Behold:     <--- That's him.  You can change your mind now.  But despite her bad taste in men, I think the girl might be a witch.  All I know is when "Tik Tok" starts playing,  I start flailing and everyone has to back ... Read More
*sigh* Gender socialization begins at such an early age.  I'm lovin the little girl in the middle that's looking all like, "Oh Em Gee Dad, you are SO lame right now.  ALL the cool dads are letting their sons put a ring on it these days.  GOSH!"     You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
Nicholas Kristof is normally my man but I'm not a huge fan of his latest column "The Boys Have Fallen Behind." In it he's talking about how boys are falling behind girls in public school and colleges are having to do affirmative action for boys to keep gender ratios from getting too skewed.  Boys are acting out, boys can't read, boys are bored, there's too much girl power, boys aren't going to college, OMGZ THE GIRLS ARE TAKING OVER! While there's no denying ... Read More
I'm a pretty much a textbook third-wave, sex-positive feminist.  I wear make-up and mini-skirts (no high heels though, I can barely balance in my Converse.)  Occasionally for parties, I'll dress up in sexy costumes (sexy Hester Prynne is my masterpiece.)  I even straighten my hair sometimes.   And I don't see anything wrong with that. Now, I recognize that by doing these things, I'm engaging in practices sold to me by a capitalist ... Read More
India's upper house of parliament voted 186-1 (whoa) to pass the women's reservation bill which would mandate that women occupy one-third of all seats in the national and state legislatures.  It was passed the day after International Women's Day and excited cries of "we made it!" could be heard outside of parliament last night from female lawmakers.  It's pretty cool because activists say that the bill will increase women's participation in politics and ... Read More
My feminist organization hands out condoms (just the regular Durex ones) all the time on campus and one time we ran out and had to send someone on a condom run to get more.  Well, in the meantime some generous soul saw our predicament and whipped 12 Magnums out of his backpack and donated it to our cause.  (Why did he have 12 Magnums in his backpack on Monday morning on campus at 10am?  No one will ever know but it gives a new meaning to being ... Read More
Oh Taylor Swift.  I hated you during the onslaught of "Love Story;" hated your complete disregard for and desecration of literature ("Cause you were Romeo, I was the Scarlet Letter?"  WHAT IS THAT? It. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Have you read either of those books?  Do you know they both end badly and are completely inappropriate for the subject you're singing about?  Do you know hundreds of young girls are going to read those books expecting some ... Read More
In an effort to cut down on teenage smoking in France, an organization called Droits des Non-fumeurs (Non-smokers Rights) is launching a new ad campaign targeting young people.  The tagline: "To smoke is to be a slave to tobacco."  Innocent enough- it even makes sense.  But apparently the only images they could think of to pair with the slogan are these ridiculously offensive images of young boys and girls sucking on the cigarette dicks of creepy ... Read More
Okay.  I love this commercial.  I've watched it a million times and still laugh every time he says, "I'm on a horse."  And then it ends, and I feel like a bad feminist because there's no getting around the fact that the entire thing is based on gender stereotypes. Ahem: "Sadly, your man isn't me- but if he stopped using lady scented body wash he could smell like me."  "It's an oyster with two tickets to that THING you love." "Look again, the ... Read More
Just in case you need another reason to love the man, in a recent meeting with President Obama, the Dalai Lama brought up the need for more women in leadership roles: "I also mentioned the female, biologically, more sensitive about others’ pain … about others who are suffering. I wish, you see, the amount of leadership more female … should take the leadership role." While a part of me bristles at the assertion that women are biologically more ... Read More
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