Attention all NYC-based, Madonna-lovin' BUSTies: this Thursday, March 22, (Le) Poisson Rouge is hosting the March Madness Madonnathon to celebrate the publication of Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop. The (incredibly titled) Madonnathon is part of a weekly event at The Gallery at LPR called The Soundtrack Series -- where host Dana Rossi invites writers to spill their stories about songs that they always associate with certain events in their lives. Read More
  Get out the rag and polish ladies, because—as Frank Bass at Businessweek explained—"Women who want to earn more on Wall Street than their male colleagues have one reliable option. They can set up a shoe-shine stand in Lower Manhattan." That's because the only industry where women earn more than men (a whopping $1.02 to every dollar) is that of personal care and service. That is the one (one!) out of 265 major job categories where women can outearn their male counterparts. Read More
On Monday night, comedian/actress Jane Lynch tried her hand at celebrity-interviewing when she filled in on Piers Morgan Tonight. Aside from making me wish she hosted a talk show on CNN instead of panders-to-women Piers Morgan, she interviewed Joan Rivers, and together (after Rivers admitted, of politicians, that she “hates them all”) they touched on certain issues in politics today. Read More
This weekend, The Daily Beast and Newsweek hosted their third annual Women in the World Summit. Among the many accomplished and inspirational speakers and panelists were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Ms. Magazine founder Gloria Steinem, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and many-Oscars-winning actress Meryl Streep.The sold-out summit took place at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater in New York, and managed to send Twitter briefly over capacity with the hashtag #wiw12. Read More
The music that Grimes' Claire Boucher makes is not the kind you would associate with, say, a motorbike competition or a football game. The indie-pop-electronic artist layers her high-pitched, ethereal voice over airy, '80s-inspired synth beats to evoke something dreamlike, dancey, and not completely of this world. But sports arenas (very much rooted in this world) are where she and director Emily Kai Bock filmed the video for the song "Oblivion," off Grimes' third album, Visions. Read More
Last October, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs co-created a not-quite-musical, not-quite-opera, performance-art spectacle called "Stop The Virgens." (It was billed as a "psycho-opera.") While it only ran for 10 days at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, a making-of documentary about the project has just been released.Yes, a "performance-art spectacle" in a warehouse in Brooklyn sounds like a Portlandia sketch just waiting to happen, but after watching this documentary, I'm really disappointed that I missed seeing the show live. Read More
Yesterday, the Senate narrowly avoided another political attack on women's health when they voted 51 to 48 against the Blunt Amendment. Even though Republicans tried to assure everyone that this bill wasn't actually contributing to their war on women, (just their war on citizens who believe in the separation between church and state), it would have allowed employers to refuse to cover any health care service for their employees, and only have to cite  "moral reasons. Read More
When this Finnish HIV/AIDS awareness ad came out, it sparked a lot of controversy: was it empowering or was it slut-shaming? Was it slut-shaming, or female-shaming in general? Just because there is another ad with a man on it, does that make it okay? I'm still not completely sure. At first I was shocked and disgusted by the ad--it's been traveling the Tumblr circuit recently, which is where I first came across it--because the objectification of the woman (at first) seemed so obvious. I reblogged it and wrote, "yikes. so freaking despicable." A female friend of mine wrote, "gross, dude. Read More
  When Congress held that panel on birth control a few weeks ago and invited "women's health experts" who happened to be only conservative men, we were wondering what was wrong with that picture. But now, we have this hilarious video to explain things so we won't have to worry our pretty little heads anymore! As Nick Offerman (who plays Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec) puts it, "Late-middle-aged men know the most about everything. Read More

Men Who Trust Women

BY Intern Maura in Feminism

We all hopefully know men who don't think they have the right to make decisions for us (reproductive or otherwise). Some of us even know men brave enough to call themselves feminists. But these men aren't the ones in the news. Women are speaking out against the injustices of having male politicians decide what's right for their bodies; but we're not beyond calling for the help of men who also believe that we have the right to make our own decisions. That's why Chloe Angyal of Feministing started the Tumblr Men Who Trust Women. For too long, it's been women vs. Read More