Elocution Lessons: Yet Another Tool of the Patriarchy?

“Like, omigod! People are so, like, rude and sexist.” Is it sexism that makes me want to stick a knitting needle down my ear canal every time I find myself at school pickup standing within earshot of the Lululemon-wearing mom who speaks with the rising intonation and vocal fry of a teenager? Perhaps my urge … Continued


Sarah Palin is no Judge Judy

Today we have a reality star running for president, so it should hardly be a surprise that a former elected politician is gunning for a reality show. Vice Presidential candidate and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin—already a veteran of reality television with TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska—has embarked on yet another reality television project. NBC News … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Television

Bristol Palin Deserves a Lecture About Arrogance, Not Sex

Bristol Palin took to her faith-based blog to announce her second pregnancy yesterday on account of the “constant trolls… !!!” who spread the rumor before she was ready to share it. The announcement comes one month after she called off her wedding to Dakota Meyer (a week before the wedding date), and her tone was … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

“True Blood” and Misogyny

When it comes to explicit sex and violence on television these days, Game of Thrones probably leaps first to mind, but it would be difficult to find a show that pushes those boundaries further than True Blood, HBO’s sex-and-gore-soaked soap opera about small-town Southern vampires. It would also be hard to find a show that … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Television

Post of the Week

Mark Judge pulled in a major interview exclusive this week, chatting with Sarah Palin about music, politics, and pop culture. It gets our Post of the Week honors this week. Check it out and join the discussion going on in the comments section.

Politics, Post of the Week

Time for Bristol Palin to Grow Up

In yesterday’s Washington Times, I had a review of the new reality show starring Bristol Palin, 21, called Life’s a Tripp. The show is supposed to be about how Bristol matures in adulthood as the single mom of a toddler, but it struck me as typical reality show fare, complete with manufactured drama, rehearsed camera talk, … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Television

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

by Emily Esfahani Smith New York vs. Paris, A Contrast in Minimalist Pictures—Brain Pickings Kristen Stewart Gives Middle Finger to Paris Fashion Shoot—E! One Man’s Disillusioning Journey Through Film School—LA Times Has Top Chef Gone Bland?—The Daily Beast Lana Del Ray’s Beautiful and Twisted Fantasy—Atlantic It’s Official: Hollywood Is Totally Self-Obsessed—NYT Videogamers Go On Non-Killing … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Why Does Fat Taste So Good?—Yummly (via PJ Media) Meet the Marriage Killer: Nagging—WSJ Feminism, Sarah Palin, and Sex and the City—ABC Online Sex and the City Actress: I’m Lesbian by Choice—Daily Caller The Oscar Nominations and Yearning for the Past—Chicago Tribune Vladimir Putin’s Scary Proposal for a Russian Canon—NYDN TV’s Touch, Featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Reviewed—NYT … Continued


Is the Media Really Sexist?

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a provocative trailer for the documentary Miss Representation, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and has since then had local screenings across this country. The film is about the media’s overly sexualized portrayal of women and the harm that this causes to adolescent girls and boys, whose … Continued

Culture, Movies