Superhero Sexism: Damsel in Distress Undies and Pink Wonder Woman

Summertime is superhero season. The blockbusters hit the theaters, themed birthday parties are thrown, and merchandise is everywhere. If you happen to be a girl, your superhero-themed merchandise is limited to female characters. If you’re lucky, you get access to all characters, but they’re covered in pink or glitter or shiny and come in a cute, babydoll fit. Unless you’re at Target. Then you get PINK Wonder Woman and Damsel in Distress Avengers underwear. I’ll wait a minute for you to finish rage-flailing. Read More Superhero Sexism: Damsel in Distress Undies and Pink Wonder Woman

Explaining the Joke: Lady Excuses, Leslie Knope, and Female Hysteria

This edition of Explaining the Joke features Leslie Knope, female hysteria, and the kind of history you probably didn’t learn about in your high school history class. Read More Explaining the Joke: Lady Excuses, Leslie Knope, and Female Hysteria

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E6, “Halloween”

Who you are? The Watcher, sniveling, tweed-clad guardian of the Slayer and her kin? I think not. I know who you are, Rupert, and I know what you’re capable of… But they don’t, do they? They have no idea where you come from. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E6, “Halloween”

Anthroholics: How “Lifestyle Brands” Market to Women

Full disclosure: Anthropologie, their website, their catalog, their backlit models, their barfy animal designs, their faux-vintage everything, their impractical housewares, their head-scratch-inducing styling, their might-as-well-be-full-price sales, their transparent embrace of all things privileged and crusty-rich: it makes me swoon. Read More Anthroholics: How “Lifestyle Brands” Market to Women

Babies, Periods, Weight Loss and To Do Lists: iPhone Apps for Women

Users of iTunes: I double dog dare you to search the app store with the term “women”.   Look in a mirror.  Now look back at your screen.  You are now a fecund uterus with a flabby ass who needs to buy milk and eggs. Read More Babies, Periods, Weight Loss and To Do Lists: iPhone Apps for Women