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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cupcakes are evil

Everyone loves cupcakes, right? Sweet, portable, frosted cupcakes. Good for childhood birthday parties and swish grown-up ones too, after that minute or two when they were apparently A Thing for hipsters and foodies and foodsters and people who never got over Sex & the City. Whether Red velvet or devil’s food, or just a plain […]

I Wrote A Letter To Gene Lyons

Yes, it’s true! I am also putting up two posts a day, apparently. Because, long story short: This is really racist and sexist. And it deserves a response. And it’s getting a response, from a lot of people. That response deserves your attention. My letter is quoted below, with only three edits. All of those […]

Professor Journalism Asks: What Was “The Worst Groping” Of The Year?

Good morning, everyone! It’s time for us to play a game. A game of Choose Your Own Adventure! Let’s say you are a journalist. No, really! You are getting your work published, and getting paychecks for it, and everything. It’s very exciting for you. You wear a little porkpie hat, with a card that reads […]

The Monstrous Clitoris: two stories about gender and sexuality in colonial Latin America

I wanted to write about Middle Class values and feminism. Mostly, about how much we have internalized Middle Class aspirations as a desired feminist goal (i.e. Career women, equality in a capitalist framework, etc.). I swear, this was going to be the subject of this week’s post. But instead, I got seriously sidetracked while trying […]

No Service: Women in Combat and Military Policy

It’s been a big month for military news. In the United States, the discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was finally rescinded, putting the LGBQ in the US military. People no longer need to remain closeted to serve, although many servicemembers are still nervous about being out, for very understandable reasons. And yes, that was […]

The Fountain and Shrine of The New Yorker: Katherine S. White

This past Saturday was the 119th anniversary of the birth of Katherine Sergeant Angell White, one of The New Yorker‘s first editors. She began working for the magazine in 1925 and nurtured the talents of many of its best known writers. “She had a fabulous correspondence with them. She mothered them. She was interested in […]

Tiger Beatdown Blogiversary Presents: What Is Tiger Beatdown?

Yes, it’s as true today as it was yesterday: Tiger Beatdown is three years old. Actually, Tiger Beatdown is slightly older than three today, which I personally find shocking. And, as is usual every few months, we are fundraising, which means that now is a special time where you can donate to Tiger Beatdown, or […]

Update: Troy Davis Has Been Killed

Last night, after a three-hour delay, Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia. The Supreme Court statement refusing a stay of his execution consisted of a single sentence, and read, in its entirety, as follows: “The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred […]

Tiger Beatdown Birthday Party! (SPOILER, It Is Just A Post.)

So, here’s a fact that’s somewhat alarming to contemplate: Today, Tiger Beatdown is officially three years old. This is — for me, anyway — a very strange sentence to type out loud. For the past three years, this blog has been one of the most central facts of my life. It has taken me decisively […]

Time is Running Out for Troy Davis

Earlier today, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Troy Davis, a man who has been imprisoned on death row since 1991, and has faced multiple execution dates. The death penalty has been in the news a lot in the United States recently, as it came up rather memorably and dramatically at […]