January 1 is always my favorite blogging day of the year. My blog feels all shiny and new and ready to write all of the things. That feeling doesn't generally lost very long but I am able to meet some of my goals because of the reading and writing challenges I choose every year. ...more
You either laugh, smirk or roll your eyes, but it could happen.
After all, a month ago, did you think one of the most beloved icons of feminist queer music folklore, Ani DiFranco, would organize a (really expensive) retreat on a plantation? Yes, a plantation -- as in the antebellum Louisiana South....more
After taking a look at television trends from 2013, I'm paging Dr. Freud. Television, you might want to call your therapist and book a few sessions to talk about your mommy issues. We don't need a show called How I Hate Your Mother, because the message comes through loud and clear.
If you are planning on taking your children to Saving Mr. Banks for a reanimation of the feeling of seeing Mary Poppins, forget it.
Saving Mr. Banks isn't for the Janes and Michaels of today. I believe it is for us, the aging Baby Boomers who were the age of the Banks children when the Poppins movie premiered in 1964.
In your recent interview with Barbara Walters, you stated that you thought it "should be illegal to call someone fat on TV." While I understand the context in which you said it – that the adjective "fat" is used to hurt and demean women – I am uncomfortable with this statement. I’m uncomfortable with it because the adjective "fat" is just that, an adjective describing someone’s body type. It’s already a negative thing. Why make it a taboo thing to say when for many people, it’s just a true descriptor of how they look?
I love TV merch and swag, those specialty items that celebrate a show or character. Merch makes a tribal vocabulary tangible, and wearing or using it is a fun way to show the world that you are a Gladiator, or that you are in with the Downton In Crowd. Products related to a shared favorite pop culture show make great gifts for the same reason: on the 12th day of Christmas, you can tell your RuPaul-loving true love Shantay, You Stay, and she just might.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: that time when we get together with our loved ones… and sometimes grit our teeth and bear it. We all hope for happy family memories, but sometimes that's just not what life has in store for us.
[Editor's Note: Editor's Note: BlogHer is nonpartisan, but our members have a variety of opinions. For another viewpoint on Phil Robertson's suspension, read iamwoman2013's post Why I Think A&E is Unfairly Punishing Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for His Anti-Gay Remarks.]
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall...more
[Editor's Note: BlogHer is nonpartisan, but our members have a variety of opinions. For another viewpoint on Phil Robertson's suspension, read Only-Mama's post I'm Against Homophobia, But Support Free Speech.]...more
Television executives on Cartoon Network have a "No Girls Allowed" sign on their treehouse because they think girls won't buy enough toys to make it worth it to give female characters their due. That's what industry insider Paul Dini postulated on Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman podcast, and he makes a convincing case.