All Hail Serena Williams on Her U.S. Open Journey to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam

We are not worthy, but all eyes are on superstar Serena Williams as she heads into the U.S. Open ready to make history. If she wins, she'll attain a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four major titles in one year), which hasn't been earned since Steffi Graff did it in 1988.  The draw was announced Thursday and play begins next week.   ...more

Tig Notaro's Takes Her Top Off & That's Not the Provocative Part of 'Boyish Girl Interrupted'

I knew that Tig Notaro would likely take off her shirt at some point during her HBO comedy special, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted.   I was counting on it. ...more

What We Read on Summer Break: Book Recommendations from 11 Bloggers

Back-to-school time used to mean closing the folder on my summer reading list while filing a "What I Read on Summer Break" book report. Even though I didn't chart my reading to earn awards at my local library or the admiration of my new 4th grade teacher, I read some fantastic books this summer guided by a list of my own creation, literally on the sand as "beach reads" and, more often, under the whirr of my bedroom's ceiling fan as "escape-the-blistering-sweaty-sun-on-crisp-white-sheets read." ...more

Let's Talk About Voice Choices That Are Worse Than Vocal Fry

Handwringing about women and vocal fry is back in vogue, and I've had enough of it.  Whether you call it a tic, a pattern, a learned affectation or a cultural gift from the Manic Pixie Pandora of Zooey Deschanel (who is typically used to illustrate articles about vocal fry), complaints and analysis abound.  ...more

Amy, Simone, Tig and More: 6 Amazing Documentaries About Women to Watch Now

I spent the last week immersed in the lives of six compelling artists. After seeing Amy in the theater and watching Tig on Netflix, the magic of search and streaming algorithms began suggesting other recent documentaries about women. "You might also like this," those algorithms predicted, and they were right.  ...more

Why are You Not Watching Lifetime's Fantastic 'UnREAL' Yet?

In the last scene of the third episode of Lifetime's summer breakout hit UnREAL, two producers of a Bachelor-type show sit poolside after orchestrating a vicious yet banal catfight among their contestants. They consider their surroundings — the mansion, the just-so twinkling lights, the nameless bouquet of beautiful women and the one British "suitor" — and they consider their own sociopathy, or whatever it is that drives them to enjoy the wretched exploitation they so masterfully dole out in constructing this unreal fairytale universe. ...more
Agreed! That show is brilliantmore

What You Need to Know to Think Like a Pop Culture Expert

Pop culture writing is one of the things that drew me to sharing ideas on the internet. Web forums devoted to interpreting movies like Mulholland Drive or The Shining led me to early television show recap communities. By the time the Internet was collectively enduring Lost, I knew I had found my people....more
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Watch US v. Japan in the Final Battle for the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup This Weekend

After weeks of tournament play and a dramatic week of semi-final games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is culminating in two fantastic, final games on Saturday and Sunday. ...more
The tournament was great! GO USA!more

'Game of Thrones' Season Finale Proves It Again: GoT Fans Love Pain

Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones are squealing, keening and bemoaning their fates in the aftermath of a death-filled season finale. They are questioning their misplaced loyalty with the show, and they are pondering the various ways the dead may magically be brought back from the dark. They are tortured fools, but hold no pity for them. Game of Thrones fans are nothing if not lovers of torture, even if it is their own pain as viewers.  Image: HBO ...more

Women's World Cup 2015 Fever Is Off to a Wild Start

The 2015 Women's World Cup is off to a strong start, and I'm already obsessed.  The U.S. Women's National Team has a great shot at bringing the Cup home from Canada, which would be our first win since 1999.  All fans are facing a month of exciting competition, with the Third-Place Match scheduled for July 4. The final game on July 5 in Vancouver will award the World Cup trophy, and we have hours of games this month to take us along on the journey. ...more