Stop Being A Dick

The recent piece in The New Republic entitled “This Is What Power Looks Like” is fantastic, but it’s missing one thing: dicks. Understandably, Rebecca Traister wants to keep it respectable, but since I’m not writing for The New Republic and since it’s the holidays I’m giving myself the gift of tossing respectability and caution to the […]

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The Ethics of Feminist Swag

The news is out that those ever-so-hip “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts sported by everyone from Common to Alexa Chung were produced in a Mauritian sweatshop that pays its female workers $1 an hour. While there’s been some pushback by The Fawcett Society (the women’s rights charity behind the shirts), it seems […]

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Notes on Vamp

Dazzling to the eye with a dark, fecund mystery that’s laced with myth and history, ‘the vamp’ is omnipresent in contemporary culture. While her roots can be traced to goddesses synonymous with seduction and ruin, in this century, she has been iconically codified through fashion and film. There are the sartorial choices that influence our understanding of vamp, […]

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The Motherload: Brutal Booty Claps And The Female Gaze in Mastodon’s Latest Video

When I heard that the booty quotient in Mastodon‘s video for “The Motherload” was off the charts, rivaling Nicki Minaj or Rihanna’s recent offerings, I was ready for a 21st century “Girls Girls Girls,” rife with cliché raunch and classic metal misogyny. What I saw completely took me by surprise. More shocking than the sheer magnitude […]

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Zohra Atash’s Kathleen Hanna Riot Grrrl Starter Kit: For Boys and Girls

Thank you Miley Cyrus for bravely coming out of the closet as a Kathleen Hanna fan. Perhaps Ms. Hanna inspired that adorable stage name that catapulted her into the Oprah-interview-worthy stratosphere? Or Netflix enticed her with The Punk Singer recommendation? Either way, I don’t care, I love it. Since she’s spreading the gospel, I’d like […]

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Women For Women Against Feminism

Maybe you’ve heard of this new tumblr that’s become pretty popular within the current conversation about feminism. It’s called Women Against Feminism. Go ahead. Check it out. Read some of those blurbs from women. How does it make you feel? Are you shocked? Nauseous? Repulsed? Because you’re supposed to be repulsed. You’re supposed to be […]

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Six Feminist Hairstyles For Summer: From The Donita To The Lupita

We’ve already spent some time discussing cunt coiffures, so what about good old-fashioned head hair? Try out one of these sharp feminist cuts to bring the heat AND beat it during the summer months: The Wangechi Screw a purse. Keep your keys in an airtight orb above your head. Long-haired cats take note – bigger […]

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