Here's to You ‘Mr. Robinson,' But Why Are Most Pop Culture Teachers Men?

With kids all across the country getting ready to head back to school, NBC is launching a 6-episode series, Mr. Robinson, starring stand-up comic Craig Robinson as a struggling musician who takes a day job substitute teaching a high-school music class to pay the bills. (Because it’s trivial to land a teaching job, and you don’t need certification or anything.) Image via NBC ...more

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book 'Between the World and Me' Bleak and Hopeless?

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me,  styled as a letter to his 15-year-old son Samori, the opposite of the song that has become somewhat of a rallying cry at some Black Lives Matter movement events, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”? ...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

Wait, Nicki Minaj Can't Even Be Frustrated? What Emotions Am I Allowed To Have As a Black Woman?

Years ago, my visiting sister and I were teasing each other about one of those random topics siblings joke about. My roommate overheard us as she climbed the stairs in our apartment and gently admonished us: “Now girls, don’t fight.” My sister and I turned to each other with the same puzzled expression. We weren’t fighting. We were joking around, having a good time. What was she talking about? I considered my roommate’s perspective: she saw two sisters in conversation with raised voices, using animated gestures. ...more
I'm upset too. I don't like what's going on, there has been too much; I think we should speak ...more

MTV Documentary #WhitePeople Examines American Perspectives on Race

Most white people are completely uncomfortable discussing race. And with 91% of white Americans having zero non-white friends, they kind of don’t have to....more
JosephatManyar you too!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

Every 'Ghostbusters 3' Announcement Unleashes More Sexist Pushback

Let me tell you a little story about the Ghostbusters and me. ...more
CatherineTheWriter Totally feel you. I got (figuratively) accosted in a Mythbusters forum once ...more

Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Business, Divorce, and Parenting at #BlogHer15

Gwyneth Paltrow—actor, mother of two and founder of goop, a lifestyle site making quite a media impression indeed—spoke this Friday at our #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference in New York City. ...more
Loved your post. I think Gyneth is amazing.more

Amy Schumer, Satire, and the Appeal of 'Trainwreck'

As I’ve mentioned here before, it’s a rare occurrence these days that I get excited about a movie. ...more
Cool! Glad to hear that. I confess I haven't seen it yet (something came up Friday night) but ...more