Trish Bendix: Queer Fest Midwest


Trish has written for Time Out Chicago, The Village Voice, Punk Planet and AfterEllen.com. She is one of the Hook-up bloggers on Ourchart.com, one of the curators for Queer Fest Midwest, and was the co-founder and publisher of the now defunct, chillmag.com.
Trish took time out this week to report back on Queer Fest Midwest in Chicago last weekend and her views on mainstream queer media. Here’s Trish…


Trish has written for Time Out Chicago, The Village Voice, Punk Planet and AfterEllen.com. She is one of the Hook-up bloggers on Ourchart.com, one of the curators for Queer Fest Midwest, ...

“Designer vaginas” get a warning label by medical professionals


Who would want to cut up such a happy and serene vagina?
Finally. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released a public warning against vaginal rejuvenation surgery, saying that not only is there no proof of the surgery being effective, but that it can be severely damaging to, well, your vag:

According to ACOG, the procedures are unproven and the potential risks — including infection, scarring, nerve damage and loss of sensation — outweigh the potential benefits (Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal, 8/31). ACOG in a statement said it is ‘deceptive’ for physicians to ‘give the impression’ that such procedures are ‘accepted and routine surgical practices.’ ACOG’s Committee on Gynecologic Practice in a statement published in the September ...


Who would want to cut up such a happy and serene vagina?
Finally. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released a public warning against vaginal rejuvenation surgery, saying that not only is there ...

Voices of the Latina Institute: Why We Move


By Veronica Bayeti Flores, Research Assistant, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
We often think of immigration in the context of people leaving a “poor� country and going to a “rich� one. In some regards this is true – many immigrants do arrive at their new homes with the promise of a land filled with opportunity. But to think of immigration in terms of the movements of individuals is to obscure a large piece of the picture: the social and political forces that precipitate these movements and make countries “poor� or “rich� in the first place. As an immigrant who comes from a family of immigrants, it is clear to me that these forces have ...


By Veronica Bayeti Flores, Research Assistant, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
We often think of immigration in the context of people leaving a “poor� country and going to a “rich� one. In some ...

Anti-feminist: Carrie Underwood is mean to boys!

You know, i think Carey Roberts is maybe my favorite anti-feminist. He’s at least in the top five. Because he’s nothing if not original. First it was that feminists have a mental disorder (which he called “FIPH – feminist-induced phobic hysteria.”). Then it was that feminists ruined Amnesty International.
Roberts’ latest gripe? American Idol winner Carrie Underwood:

Dial up your local Country and Western station and you may soon find your fingers tapping out the beat of Carrie Underwood’s latest hit, Before He Cheats. Underwood suspects her boyfriend is probably cheating on her (in matters of infidelity, I guess “probably� is proof enough).
This how she extracts her revenge:
“I dug ...

You know, i think Carey Roberts is maybe my favorite anti-feminist. He’s at least in the top five. Because he’s nothing if not original. First it was that feminists have a mental disorder ...

Friday Anti-Cat Blogging

I know I’m in the extreme minority of feminist bloggers because I a) don’t own a cat, b) don’t find LOLcats all that funny, and c) don’t really think cats are cute. Which is why Realisticats is for me! A sample of one of these blissfully accurate and grammatically correct images:

Because I want this trend to spread like wildfire, I tried my hand at creating my own — inspired by a real-life event in which my roommate’s cat shredded a dress I had just made to wear to a friend’s wedding:

Make your own, people! Spread the cat-hate! We’re the, um, silent majority in the blogosphere, I swear.

I know I’m in the extreme minority of feminist bloggers because I a) don’t own a cat, b) don’t find LOLcats all that funny, and c) don’t really think cats are cute. Which is why

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