On Lena Dunham’s Nakedness and What It All Means

Those who were scandalized by Angelina Jolie’s right leg at the Oscars better avert their eyes from anything featuring Lena Dunham.  After watching her second feature-length film, Tiny Furniture, plus the first seven-minute episode of an internet series she wrote and co-starred in, I’ve seen every part of her body starting with the letter “b” and can confirm she is not afraid of frontal nudity. Read More On Lena Dunham’s Nakedness and What It All Means

What’s the True Value of Celebrity Political Endorsements?

What do Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney all have in common? (Besides the fact that they’re multimillionaires in possession of the sort of deft cinematic touch that enthralls America.)

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How n+1 gets Ladyblogs wrong

Can a triannually published, New York Times-minted literary magazine that boasts five male editors out of six publish a smart, well-written critique of the snarky, irreverent Internet watering holes many women frequent? Read More How n+1 gets Ladyblogs wrong

Ways Susan G. Komen for the Cure Can Make it Up to Planned Parenthood

We’ve all been there – “there” being the shame spiral that follows quickly on the heels of hurting a friend’s feelings, fighting with your S.O., disappointing your family, cutting funding that helps thousands of low-income women receive potentially life-saving cancer screenings, etc.

Usually an apology and attempt to rectify the wrongdoing does the trick. But sometimes your screw-up is so massive that only a Public Scene or Grandiose Gesture can possibly repair the shattered relationship. Time for S.G.K. for the C. to consider these options: Read More Ways Susan G. Komen for the Cure Can Make it Up to Planned Parenthood

The New American “Cult of Less”

Tammy Strobel owns a grand total of four plates. Kelly Sutton’s apartment is bare except for a neatly made bed and a gaggle of electronic devices. Chris Yurista doesn’t even have a home, but relies on his bicycle, laptop, and the generosity of friends (and sometimes strangers) to get by. Read More The New American “Cult of Less”

Political Round-up 2/25/11

This week, we learn that a very special American is visiting India, a childhood icon is still a genius, and if you ever go down to Georgia, don’t drink anything anyone carrying a “Don’t Tread On Me” sign hands you. Especially if it’s in a little paper Dixie cup. Actually, that last bit of advice applies to any state. Read More Political Round-up 2/25/11

What to Make of the Lara Logan Tragedy?

[Trigger warning for violence and sexual assault.] You may have read/heard by now that CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was attacked in Cairo last week. Read More What to Make of the Lara Logan Tragedy?

Political Round-Up 2/18/2011: The Gov’mint Wants Your Money, Your Job & Your Womb, Thankyouverymuch

This week I didn’t get to spend much time trolling Huffington Post and Salon and my other favorite liberal-tastic blogs, so when I actually got around to reading the news last night, my jaw basically unhinged itself and crawled underneath my desk and whimpered. Because seriously, what is wrong with America’s political system?! The answer is “lots of things, duh,” but I just want to let that rhetorical question hang in the air a minute. Specifics, below: Read More Political Round-Up 2/18/2011: The Gov’mint Wants Your Money, Your Job & Your Womb, Thankyouverymuch