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PostBourgie: The Podcast #9: The Notorious B.M.I. This week, Shani, Jamelle, Monica and Nicole discuss Monica’s controversial post on the body mass index at Feministe, Jamelle’s much-discussed review of Markos Moulitsas‘s book, American Taliban, and then they try to figure out why POTUS’s casual gear is so sorry.

I wrote a post for Ta-Nehisi earlier this week that got a lot of discussion and was even picked up by Andrew Sullivan. I’m excited about it not just because my name was all over the innanets for a day, but because it drew attention to something that people don’t talk about widely enough: street Read More

Yes, yes they are. Without going into details that might embarrass people I kinda know, the line “You’re just giving birth now/You’re not mother earth now/Now that you’re pregnant,” well, it really spoke to me.

Maureen Dowd writes about boys “drafting” girls. A group of soon-to-be freshmen boys at Landon, an elite private grade school and high school for boys in the wealthy Washington suburb of Montgomery County, Md., was drafting local girls. One team was called “The Southside Slampigs,” and one boy dubbed his team with crude street slang Read More

Crossposted from Attackerman. Monica notes that an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, introduced by Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) will repeal a ban on abortions for servicewomen. The ban, re-instituted by Congress in 1995 (after Clinton rolled it back in 1993), prevents a servicewoman from obtaining an abortion on base, even if she uses Read More

(Cross-posted from TAPPED) As Adam noted on TAPPED, Miss USA crowned its first Arab-American, and first Muslim, Rima Fakih, last night. I never know what to say about these triumphs of diversity in arenas I otherwise find objectionable. There’s a diversity argument to be made about the win — Tyra Banks, who was the first Read More

Elena Kagan, the U.S.’s solicitor general, is on nearly every speculative shortlist to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald isn’t sold on her (to put it mildly) because her views on lots of important constitutional questions aren’t clear. (And anyone who watched the last several confirmation proceedings knows that they’re not likely to Read More

PostBourgie: The Podcast, Episode 4: “Black Women Should Just Quit Life.” Monica, Jamelle and I are back with a discussion about That Study on women of color and wealth; marriage equality in D.C., and Marc Thiessen on the Daily Show. Listen to the podcast here on the blog (and subscribe). Click once to play, click Read More

We’re back and at it again. PostBourgie: The Podcast, Episode 2: “Addicted to Bourgie.” G.D., blackink, and I are joined by special guests, writer and photographer Syreeta McFadden, and Latoya Peterson from Racialicious and Jezebel. We chop it up about Obama’s first State of The Union address, Chris Matthews’ response to the address, and That Read More

Cross-posted from TAPPED. The Washington Post has a great story today about the rise of female ambassadors in the past several years, a phenomenon called “the Hillary Effect.” The end of the piece covers a sad truth I’ve written about before. Women who advance to such high levels in their careers often leave their husbands Read More

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