This week, the Supreme Court begins to hear opening arguments for yet another landmark first amendment case under the Obama administration – McCullen v. Coakley. The outcome of this trial will determine the legality of “buffer zones” outside of aborton clinics, also known as areas deliberately cleared of protestors. This issue is particularly hot-button because anti-abortion activists have an established knack for the vigilant and cruel method of ... Read More
If you, like me, owe any shred of your post-Millenial-New-York-writer-daydreams to the grand myth of Carrie Bradshaw and her preposterous shoe collection – there's a chance you've spent some time trying to discern if there actually are sex columnists out there, writing for pithy New York weeklies and racking up a disposable income. Just in case, you know, any of these pithy New York weeklies happened to be hiring.Image courtesy of ... Read More
Whatever be your thoughts on HBO's Girls (and if you're like everyone else on the internet, you have a lot of thoughts) – Lena Dunham and her merry band of dysfunctional twentysomethings return to the small screen this Sunday, at 10 p.m. We've been warned to expect a naked female body or two; accordingly, one loudmouthed sadist has already raised a stink. Regardless: if you like Girls, perhaps you do so because the show's nouveau-mumblecore writing ... Read More
Scottish synth-poppers Chvrches (try saying that five times fast...) paid a lovely tribute to Janelle Monae's hit single "Tightrope" during Billboard's  recent "Women In Music" event, and a clip of that performance is now online! If you weren't already a fan of lead singer Lauren Mayberry's high, haunting soprano, recall that she's a fiercely loud opponent to sexism in the music industry. We reported on her defense of the female artist in an October ... Read More
Particularly during an Oscar season lousy with machismo (see the Scorcese-styled “female characters” in The Wolf of Wall Street...), it's nice to be reminded that there are penis-toting Hollywooders out there with an eye out for female perspective. We may have sung before of Joseph Gordon Levitt (that teenybopper heartthrob turned risk-taking actor turned filmmaker worth-your-attention...), but he may well have outdone himself when he told a recent ... Read More
 So perhaps you've already heard: SNL – that cliquey comedian's mecca – is set to debut a brand new cast member in the coming weeks. And...wait for it...she's a black woman! GASP! We've already popped the champagne, and not just because fresh face Sasheer Zamata represents merely the fifth African American female to appear on the show throughout its thirty-eight year run. And not “just because” a diverse cast of comics indubitably creates a wider gamut ... Read More
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