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Orange is the New Black, white, straight, gay, and everything in between

Date: September 5, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
I’m extremely skeptical about television. I don’t have cable because, save for Breaking Bad, I’m generally not interested. So when I first saw the ads for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I was quick to write it off as a scripted and gimmicky tale of a white girl in prison. But after watching it, I Continue reading

All bi-myself: bi-erasure in the media

Date: August 19, 2013 | Posted By: Molly
About a month ago, I came across this article at Huffington Post. Disregard the actual article for a moment and check out the slideshow at the bottom: “Celebrity LGBT Families.” I clicked through the pictures and was surprised to find that the final two were about bisexual women. As a bisexual woman myself, who is Continue reading

JC Penney and Gap lead the way in gay/lesbian advertising – but have we reached true inclusivity?

Date: June 5, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
My friends, there’s no denying it: the political and social landscape of 21st century America is changing rapidly. On May 9, President Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage, becoming the first American President to do so. On Saturday the 19th, the NAACP followed suit. These drastic endorsements in the political realm are significant milestones for Continue reading

Lesbian storylines make a desperate grab for Sweeps Week TV ratings

Date: December 13, 2011 | Posted By:
Sweeps Week, the week(s) during the television season when Nielsen ratings data is collected (most recently at the end of November), is not known for quality. What it is known for are live episodes, celebrity cameos, character deaths, cliffhangers, and of course, the infamous shark jump. But beyond these trivial stunts, a disturbing trend has Continue reading

Policing gender…on ice!

Date: March 11, 2010 | Posted By:
Here in my hometown of Vancouver the main part of the Olympic Games might be over, but people are still talking about it. During the Games I was fortunate enough to attend three figure skating practice sessions. I’m a huge figure skating fan, but getting to follow its biggest event so closely made me think Continue reading

I’ve heard “I Kissed a Girl,” and I REALLY don’t like it

Date: July 8, 2009 | Posted By:
Anyone who listens to the radio or is remotely up to date with today’s music has unfortunately grown accustomed to lyrics that offend, degrade, or sexualize women. Nonetheless, nothing prepared me for Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” when I heard it on the radio last summer. It’s been nearly a year since I first Continue reading