Listening While Feminist: In Defense of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Editor’s note: Please enjoy this featured post from our archives. 

I’m a pretty voracious consumer and critic of American popular culture. I’m one of those 3rd wavers who believes that the deconstruction of all aspects of pop culture is an important aspect of feminism or any sort of progressive movement. Read More Listening While Feminist: In Defense of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

TV Recap The Walking Dead: Episode 5, Wildfire

The show seems to be settling into a rhythm with it’s episodes. We have one with a lot of violence and then the next will be at a lower ebb. This is likely wise ““ if we had episode after episode of midnight zombie attacks, the show would be just nihilistically oppressive. There has to be some sort of hope, even if it’s just that someone will survive this, or there’s no reason to feel connected to the characters. Read More TV Recap The Walking Dead: Episode 5, Wildfire

Style: The Lazy Crafter’s Guide to Homemade Presents

I come from a large Polish Catholic family, the kind where the first wave of immigrants had 6 or 8 or 10 kids and no one has really gotten around to breaking that tradition yet. (Sometimes, I think people talk sadly behind my back about my lone offspring.) Read More Style: The Lazy Crafter’s Guide to Homemade Presents

TV Recap The Walking Dead: Episode 4, Vatos

Though we left last week in tension, we open this week on serenity. Amy and Andrea fish in the middle of the quarry lake. The water is a gorgeous green-blue, the rocks are a warm yellow, the women are outlined in sun and water. They argue about the kind of knots you’re supposed to tie to fish, if you throw back the fish or keep them, reminisce about the lessons their father taught them. Read More TV Recap The Walking Dead: Episode 4, Vatos

Music: Ms. Claus’ Party Mix — Crowdsourcing Ladytunes

Every year since my daughter was 5, she has received a special present from the Santa’s family at Christmas ““ a mixed cd from Ms. Claus. We call them “˜Ms. Claus’ Party Mix(es)’.

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Walking Dead Recap: Episode 3, Tell It to the Frogs

After 2 episodes spent showing us the dangers of living in a zombie overrun world ““ summary: they are dead and would like to eat you and the horse you rode in on ““ the third episode gives us comparatively little gore and a whole lot of human fallibility. Read More Walking Dead Recap: Episode 3, Tell It to the Frogs

We Try It! – Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes

When my sister called me Friday to see if I would have time this weekend to bake cupcakes with her ““ which as anyone with siblings knows is code for “˜can I come over and watch you bake me some cupcakes that I will later claim as my own’ ““ I agreed on condition that we try one of the Bacon and Dark Chocolate cupcake recipes that have been making the rounds of the internet.  The suggestion was met with a dead silence and then a confused, “Well, I trust you, I guess.” Read More We Try It! – Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes