When everyone is a feminist, is anyone?

Maybe doing the work of feminism is more important than identifying as a feminist. After all, word isn't just an identity – it's a movement. It's something that you do. The ubiquity of the word in popular culture, all the people identifying as feminist – that doesn't guarantee progress on the ground. A word doesn't… » 11/25/14 12:32pm Tuesday 12:32pm

When did "high heels" become synonymous with all heels?

You never hear about mid heels or low heels; there are only high heels. But then why even bother with saying "high" at all, when it has become superfluous? Are all heel heights equally oppressive and harmful, or does the validity of the "high heels oppress women" argument go down as the heel height goes down, meaning… » 10/15/14 7:04pm 10/15/14 7:04pm

Who are your favorite chick rock bands?

My music collection needs more women in it. I trust others feel the same way about their music collections. So who would you recommend? Who's your favorite to listen to, even if they aren't normally seen as one of The Greats? What indie band do hope to someday be able to say, "I was listening to them before they were… » 7/03/14 3:24pm 7/03/14 3:24pm

What shall I pair with these foods?

In the past couple days, I have purchased a) a chocolate bagel and b) Sriracha mayo. Both sound delicious, but I am somehow at a loss for actual things to pair with them. (I don't want to put cream cheese on the chocolate bagel.) So, what goes deliciously on top of a chocolate bagel? What becomes more delicious when… » 6/27/14 6:36pm 6/27/14 6:36pm

Actually, don't install that OKC Predator app

LifeHacker's Afterhours blog is featuring the OKC Predator Alert. You should not install it, because the creator has been accused of using the extension to mine people's data so that he can, well, prey on them, basically. He's actually a pretty abusive, predatory dude himself (repeatedly, in multiple incidents over a… » 6/18/14 1:14am 6/18/14 1:14am

Link Roundup

A new study reveals that white college girls' notions of sluttiness "had almost nothing to do with students' real sexual experiences, but everything to do with their social class... with the low-status women pinning sluttiness on 'rich bitches in sororities,' and the high-status women aligning sluttiness with women… » 6/04/14 7:43pm 6/04/14 7:43pm

"Queer Signifiers" Are Not A Horrible Joke

There are a bunch people bashing on the article about signaling your queerness on the MP, essentially saying, as Mayati put it, "Clothes? Signaling orientation? NO WAY, I deny queer culture its signifiers!" I get that a lot of them are trying to be allies, and they're just thinking, "omg, what is wrong with your ugly… » 4/21/14 9:26pm 4/21/14 9:26pm

What Exactly Are We Talking About When We Say "Rape Culture"?

I've read a few things the past few days that have made me wonder what, exactly, we're talking about when we talk about "rape culture", and what things fall into that. One of the comments to the Gawker article on the guy who confessed to raping his masseuse was, "this is rape culture." At the time, I rec'ed it, but… » 4/18/14 8:37pm 4/18/14 8:37pm