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“Orange is the New Black” offers new opportunity to discuss trans* issues

I can’t say that I love Netflix’s latest original series “Orange Is The New Black.” I haven’t finished watching the thirteen episode season, but find myself agreeing with the critiques laid out by Autostraddle and The Nation, specifically regarding uninspired stereotypes of women of color, the absence of sex lives for queer women of color, and the dismissiveness of sexual assault. I’m also just not in the market for “Weeds in Prison,” considering how terrible that show became in its later seasons.

All that aside, I appreciate “Orange Is The New Black” for introducing me to Laverne Cox, the actress who plays Sophia Burset, a black trans character who found herself in prison after committing credit fraud in ...

I can’t say that I love Netflix’s latest original series “Orange Is The New Black.” I haven’t finished watching the thirteen episode season, but find myself agreeing with the critiques laid out by Autostraddle and ...

How excited are you to get relationship advice from Ron and Tammy II?

I somehow get the sense that we’ve got more than a few Parks and Rec fans around these parts. So I’m sure you’re as pumped as I am that the real-life duo of Ron (Nick Offerman) and Tammy II (Megan Mullally) will answer all your relationship questions. I mean, how could this not be great?

Let’s see if their advice is as good as their costar Amy Poehler’s. And while we’re at it, can Andy and April tell me how to live my life too?

I somehow get the sense that we’ve got more than a few Parks and Rec fans around these parts. So I’m sure you’re as pumped as I am that the real-life duo of Ron (Nick ...

Leslie Knope’s sexuopolitical dreams are coming true

“Sexuopolitical” is a word I just made up for when you think a political figure is super sexy. This is how certain members of the Feministing crew feel about Barack (though I reckon more of us feel that way about Michelle). It’s how almost all the young women of America in 1961 felt about JFK. It’s how more than a few American men in 2012 feel about Elizabeth Warren. And it’s about how Leslie Knope, who is fictional, feels about Joe Biden.

“Parks and Rec”’s heroine has on multiple occasions mentioned her crush on the man who was just reelected as VP. Her dream man would have the brain of George Clooney and the body of Mr. Biden, and her celebrity ...

“Sexuopolitical” is a word I just made up for when you think a political figure is super sexy. This is how certain members of the Feministing crew feel about Barack (though I reckon more of us feel ...

WTF: NBC to end Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community after next season?


Knope 4 Life.

Say it isn’t so! No, really–tell me I’m wrong. While NBC has said that 30 Rock will have just one more abbreviated final season, the fate of Parks and Rec and Community is still unconfirmed. But with rumors that they too will end after next season, the internet–or at least my section of it–was already abuzz with cries of outrage. Courtney started a petition:

Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope are not only two of the funniest female characters on television, but they are played by two of the most creative and powerful women working in cultural production today. It’s been a joy for smart, complex women all over America to finally have a few laughs ...


Knope 4 Life.

Say it isn’t so! No, really–tell me I’m wrong. While NBC has said that 30 Rock will have just one more abbreviated final season, the fate of Parks and Rec and Community is ...

Has Leslie Knope become a damsel in distress?


Over at The American Prospect, Amanda Marcotte argues that Leslie Knope has fallen from her previous heights of feminist heroism and become a “damsel in distress” in this season of Parks and Rec. I disagree.

Things started to go off the rails with an artificial obstacle thrown in the way of Ben and Leslie’s happy coupling: an arbitrary rule established by their mutual boss disallowing office romances. The only purpose for this plot contrivance was to put Leslie in the role that anti-feminists paint as the fate of all ambitious women—trying to choose between love and work, and unable to have both. The writers expected the audience to believe that Leslie’s romance with Ben would somehow sink her ...


Over at The American Prospect, Amanda Marcotte argues that Leslie Knope has fallen from her previous heights of feminist heroism and become a “damsel in distress” in this season of Parks and Rec. I disagree.

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SNL takes shots at an accused rapist by making jokes about raping him

To quote Seth Meyers… really?

The cold open on Saturday Night Live this weekend was about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, who last week was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. The sketch started with Strauss-Kahn being led into a cell, whereupon his two black cellmates introduced themselves and started talking about European fiscal policy.

Here’s the thing: European fiscal policy isn’t at all funny (correction: it’ can be funny, but only in the hands of Eddie Izzard). The only reason this sketch was funny because in this culture, black men, especially black men in prison, are supposed to be ignorant. So the idea of two black men in prison speaking intelligently and insightfully about austerity measures ...

To quote Seth Meyers… really?

The cold open on Saturday Night Live this weekend was about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, who last week was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. The sketch started ...

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This week is Transgender Awareness week, with organizations around the country hosting events to bring light to trans issues. It concludes on Saturday with the Trans Day of Remembrance, a day meant to commemorate all the trans lives lost to hate, violence and intolerance.

Fred Goldhaber, the first teacher at the Harvey Milk School for gay and lesbian students, passed away on Monday. Harvey Milk was the first school established specifically to provide a safe environment to gay and lesbian students, founded in ...

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