Topic: Literature

The Gender Divide In Children’s Books Is Hurting Our Kids

The Gender Divide In Children’s Books Is Hurting Our Kids

Picture books are pretty much universally acknowledged to be awesome. There’s a handful I can recite by heart, full of love and emotion, even when it makes my kids sigh. But then, children move into early and middle grade books. This is where the problem lies. I knew, kind of, that the books my sons and their friends read are very gender specific. Then I worked one afternoon at the book fair with my third grader and kindergartener in tow, and my feminist heart almost broke. More »

7 Great Books With Female Protagonists That Are Better Than The Hunger Games

7 Great Books With Female Protagonists That Are Better Than The Hunger Games

Nothing makes me happier than sitting down with a cup of tea and a great book. Especially when that great book has a strong, interesting female protagonist. This leads people to assume that I must love Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games. Which I totally do, BUT, being a full, grown adult (at least on paper, sometimes I feel like I’m still a teenager), I’m not really into the young adult genre. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy The Hunger Games, but looking at all the praise its received, I can’t help but think of all the other great books out there, (old and new) with kick-ass female leads that don’t get as much attention (as having a huge, multi-million dollar budget series of films is wont to do). More »

News For Bitches: Dennis Rodman Is Going To Outlive Us All

News For Bitches: Dennis Rodman Is Going To Outlive Us All

In this week’s episode of News for Bitches we marveled that Dennis Rodman promised lifelong friendship to Kim Jong Un on his recent trip to North Korea. I guess that is a good thing to do if you strongly suspect that someone might become a power mad overlord. Mikala takes a moment to wonder what Carmen Electra will do to compete, and you probably should to. Also, consider whether you think Dennis Rodman would be a good ruler in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. My answer is “maybe?” At least the future race will be tall. More »

According To The Daily Mail…

According To The Daily Mail...

Every morning, I try to do a “newsy” piece. I was mentioning to a friend that it means that, at least one a day, I type the phrase “according to The Daily Mail” because they are a publication that is all lady issues, all the time. Just only issues about how stars have cellulite in their armpits. I thought maybe I could cut down on the time I spend doing that if you could just reference this post, every morning, forever. Reference this for the rest of your life, because I’ve covered every single article. More »

Cindy Adams Really Hates Washington, Loves Term Crapola

Cindy Adams Really Hates Washington, Loves Term Crapola

Sometimes I think about how it is very, very difficult to get a column in print publication. For young people, but, really, for anyone. I mean, I think we can all probably name really talented writers – who are great! – who are writing for rates very close to free online. There’s such a readily available pool of talent to draw from that you have to assume that print publications, with actual budgets, would employ the best of the best. I am going to present to you, without comment, some lines from Cindy Adam‘s column on Washington: More »

Business Insider EIC Henry Blodget Is Horrified By American Airlines “Cattle Class”

Business Insider EIC Henry Blodget Is Horrified By American Airlines "Cattle Class"

Guys, I don’t know if you know this, but on American Airlines Economy Class you sometimes have to sleep in an uncomfortable position. Oh? You knew that? Because you have flown economy class before, like a person? Henry Blodget, the EIC of Business Insider, did not know that, I guess. But he recently flew “in the heart of cattle class” and he learned some things. SOME TERRIBLE THINGS. More »