Big Girls Read Political Books.

I don’t watch Gossip Girl, but, apparently, Rebecca Traister’s terrific book about women and the 2008 election, Big Girls Don’t Cry made a cameo in Monday’s episode.

I did, however, just finish reading that great book. In it, Traister points out something that I had missed and that you probably did too. When Hillary [...]

Rant-ish? On Kanye’s ‘Monster.’

Decided to throw this up here before the label undoubtedly takes it down: Kanye West‘s leaked video “Monster.”

Soon there will be a host of blogs that pick a part every scene to explain what Kanye is trying to tell us, but here is the short version: there are a lot of dead, [...]

Regis Philbin’s Adrien Brody Moment.

For some reason, Regis Philbin decides to get all presumptuous and grabby with Nicki Minaj. Is this functionally any different than dudes who put their hands on women during Derby weekend or Caribana or whatever else?

UPDATE: Monica has more.

This also, of course, belies a misunderstanding among Americans of what [...]

Silence, Ines Sainz and Offensive Lines.

More outrageous than a swimsuit model-turned-TV sports reporter wearing tight jeans, or the boys-will-be-boys defense that has prevailed in recent days, or disingenuous conversations about fashion choices, are the numbers.

Or rather, the absence of the numbers.

I’m talking about estimates showing that only 5 to 15 percent of women who are sexually harassed [...]

Showing Some Love.

At Colorlines (which has become one of my go-to sources for news, and it should be one of yours), Jamilah King posts about the backlash to this picture of two young men. She quotes Rod 2.0, who writes:

The image was snapped of two young men apparently on Atlanta’s MARTA and the Twitpic is [...]

The Odd Habits and Foibles of Sexy Black Women on the Internet.

Joel Johnson at Gizmodo decides to “stalk” a black girl on Twitter:

I realized most of my Twitter friends are like me: white dorks. So I picked out my new friend and started to pay attention.

She’s a Christian, but isn’t afraid of sex. She seems to have some problems trusting men, but she’s [...]


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: [...]

The Draft.

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 [...]