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So what would a lioness be?

This post has nothing to do with best of/end of the year/end of the decade/retrospective. Jes sayin’.

So a friend sent me a link to this New York Observer essay. After reading it several times, I’m 99% sure it is a joke, a satire on the way we’ve taken to describing various types of women as cats (for a much funnier and clearly satirical article, see this blog response to the Observer article. The original article describes the behavior of the “cheetah,” a term used to describe “women past the first flush of youth wanting to date or at least fuck ‘above their station.'”

Lovely.

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Wedding Crashing

Confession time.  My current guilty pleasure is the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress. Yes, Friday night Professor Bean and I are curled up watching brides try on gown after gown, break down in tears when they find “their dress,” and spend thousands of dollars. So what do I, a rabid feminist, get out of this show?

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Professor Moss and I recently upgraded our cell phones, and apparently one of the “fun” features of newer phones is the ability to download screensavers and other personal touches onto one’s phone (maybe this isn’t so new, but it’s new to us).  Since I enjoy a bit of window-shopping as much as the next fellow, I decided this morning to browse the possible screensavers available to me.

My cell provider divides screensavers into categories, and many of these are banal but predictable (sports, movies, music, etc.).  I was intrigued, however, by two categories in particular: “For Him” and “For Her.”  My blog-radar began to beep uncontrollably.  What, you may ask, is in each category?  The surprising thing isn’t so much the differences in gendered screensavers as the one glaring similarity. Continue Reading »

Early Friday morning Tiger Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree, was taken to the hospital and released after being treated for facial lacerations. This much is fact. And while the mainstream media has stuck to the facts, the gossip columns (especially the website TMZ) has had a field day claiming that Woods was driving away after a fight over his infidelity, that his wife smashed the window of the SUV with a golf club and that Woods’ injuries are due to his wife, not the crash.

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Happy gendered Thanksgiving

What do I hate most about Thanksgiving? Well, what I really hate most is the way people say “Happy Turkey Day” when millions of turkeys are killed just so Americans can overeat. But this isn’t a vegan blog; it’s a gender and culture blog, so I’m going to talk about the way Thanksgiving (and holidays in general) bring out traditional gender roles.

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I Get a Kick Out of You

By now you have probably heard at least some of the commentary surrounding women’s college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s recent use of violent “tactics” in an important (conference tournament semifinal) game.  Today’s AP article on the subject presents the debate as one between outraged feminists and apologist male commentators.  I think the AP article is wrong on a few counts, but I’m more interested in the article’s framing. Continue Reading »

Update/Apology

We know we haven’t posted much lately, and we’re very sorry about that.  When we started this blog, during the summer, Professor Moss and I did not anticipate that commitment of time it would take to post regularly.  I think we set our own bar fairly high, posting several times a week for a couple of months.  We had a lot to say.  We’d been discussing gender and popular culture for years, and we were chomping at the bit to share our insights with the world.  Once the semester started, we dialed back the blogging a bit, but we still managed to post a couple of times a week.  Then the student papers started pouring in, mid-terms came, and we both became totally snowed under with work.

We just want to say that we appreciate those of you who read us regularly, and we especially like when you post comments.  We’re not going away, but we obviously set a pace we cannot continue to match, at least not during the semester.  Please bear with us.  More exciting popular culture dissection is on the horizon!