GLEE and Body Image

BY Jamie Doak in Boob Tube |

This is belated but Glee last week was awesome.  After the cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, told Mercedes she needed to lose 10 pounds by the end of the week, the previously confident Mercedes stopped eating all together.  She fainted in school from hunger and pregnant former cheerleader Quinn came in to talk to her in the nurse's office: Mercedes: [Quinn offers her food] Thanks, I’m not hungry.Quinn: Yes, you are. You're starving.  I know, ... Read More
Sister Spit, the queer feminist spoken word and performance art collective, have hit the road again, making a stop on their tour in Williamsburg, Brooklyn tonight to bring their brand of queer poetry, spoken word, video, and art to the country.  These multimedia events are always a ton of fun, with lively performances by author Michelle Tea, graphic novelist Elisha Lim, director Silas Howard, and more. Sister Spit began in 1994, cofounded by Tea and poet Sini ... Read More
TLC's new online program, "A Conception Story," disturbs on multiple levels. Blazing a trail for more wholly sponsored programming, who knows where it might lead. Meanwhile, in the concrete here and now, the show is unapologetically mired in the canononization of motherhood. So? You might say. The program is based on what a spokesperson for the show calls "hopeful positives," and there is nothing particularly surprising about fluffing up your ... Read More
The Gulf Oil spill has been cited as one of the worst drilling disasters in the history of the practice – the scope of which continues to grow. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced what is known as a ‘blowout’ while wrapping up a job off of the Louisiana coast. Experts are saying that a bubble of expanding gas and sparking friction ripped through the pipeline and caused an explosion. The hung heads and embarrassing blushes ... Read More
Dearly beloved blog-goers:  gathered here today are the six hilarious videos that make up The Message Board, a new project from comedian, actress and writer Giulia Rozzi.  Giula Rozzi "spent a lot of time" on wedding message boards so that you don't have to.  She then chose the best bits--read: wild, over-the-top, downright frightening--to act out in what is part feminist commentary, part fun time.  Questions like:  I'm headed for my ... Read More