Parents everywhere can't agree how they feel about a new breastfeeding babydoll.  Bebe Gloton, developed by a Spanish toy company to promote breastfeeding, is a life-like toy that comes with a halter top with daises-for-nipples.  When the doll's mouth is put near the daisies, it makes sucking noises; if you take it away, it cries for more milk until you burp it. So, what's the big deal?  It's ''cute'' when little girls feed their dolls ... Read More
How did you first discover feminism?  My story starts as a Midwestern teen with a burgeoning love for punk rock and unlimited access to the internet.  Naturally, it was just a matter of time before I bellied up to my conservative family's dinner table wearing a ''revolution grrrl style now'' tee.   Although I embraced feminism at an early age, for a lot of women--young and old--the f-word is nothing but a curse.  That's why when I stumbled ... Read More
Okay, I have a confession to make: I love postcards.  But who doesn't?  Nothing fills my heart with honest-to-goodness sentimentality like a 4x6 piece of flimsy cardboard sent from a friend in a faraway place.  That's why when I saw an exhibit dedicated solely to postcards featuring ''bathing beauties'' of the 20th Century is opening, I instantly knew it would be a gush-worthy spread of feminist nostalgia. And connecting feminism and fashion ... Read More

Girls at the Grindhouse

BY Libby Zay in General |

What do the sexy swamp slasher, prison flick, and biker revenge feature pictured above have in common? They're all made by women, and they're all part of a UCLA-hosted film retrospective that kicks off tonight. No She Didn't! Women Exploitation Auteurs will highlight female-made, low-budget sexploitation flicks from the 60's through the 80's. The women who directed these films found their niche in the sexploitation market, where grindhouse movie-goers didn't ... Read More
  Summer is certainly here, which means the music festival season is upon us.  If merely thinking about these all-day events makes your ears ring, feet sore, and eyelids sag, you aren't alone.  Still, all music fans can agree that there are a few can't-miss fests that are worth enduring. The music fest at the top of my to-do list is  coming up this Friday and Saturday in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.  Now in its fourth year, Berea ... Read More
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