Barbie's Plastic Surgery and Beyond: The Worst iPhone Apps for Kids

This week, parents–and anyone else with an iota of common sense–expressed outrage over the discovery of the Barbie Plastic Surgery App, whose name was soon changed to Barbara for legal reasons. As for ethical changes? Not so much. The app, rated for kids 9+ (just the age they should be fretting about their thighs) … » 1/28/14 2:25pm 1/28/14 2:25pm

I'm a Gigolo and Here's a Secret: It's Not ALL About Sex

"Gigolo" isn't a job title. Many male escorts, including myself, will use the term "gigolo" in reference to our profession. More often than not, such use is the easiest way to clarify that our clients are women -– that we are heterosexual. Technically my profession is "escort," although I think the term… » 1/23/14 4:30pm 1/23/14 4:30pm

The Horror of Coming of Age: Films Subverting the Teen Girl Experience

Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to be watching a… » 10/15/13 6:45pm 10/15/13 6:45pm

The Concept of a 'Bikini Body' Is Infuriating Bullshit

It's that time of the year again (in the Northern Hemisphere at least). It's the time when everyone begins to realize that the sleet and the snow are going to end and people will actually want to wear swimsuits. In tandem, it seems like every site on the internet (or sign on the street) is telling you the right way to… » 4/04/13 5:00pm 4/04/13 5:00pm

What's Up With All These Unfeminist Nail Polish Names?

Why do nail polishes have names? Not brand names — color names, like Essie's Ballet Slippers? Sure, naming polishes is a fun way to add personality to the products and make them memorable, but unless it includes a word that clearly describes the color, they're ultimately arbitrary and have absolutely no bearing on… » 3/27/13 7:00pm 3/27/13 7:00pm

Why Oz the Great and Powerful Is A Major Step Back For Witches and Women

When it comes to adapting the wonderful world of Oz, Hollywood is, admittedly and regrettably, in a bit of a bind. All things Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City are so tightly linked to the 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" that trying to venture back into L. Frank Baum's mythology is treading on the memories of millions of… » 3/08/13 11:20am 3/08/13 11:20am