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Grossest Media Story of All Time: Dude-itors

This WWD story by John Koblin, “Dude, Where’s My Magazine?,” has to be the most appalling media trend piece in the long history of appalling media trend pieces. Here’s the gist: thank GOD laid-back dudes who know how to drink beer and party and go to the gym are FINALLY in charge. All those uptight ladies and gay men with their STRESS and SUITS are so OVER. PHEW. Fist bump! Continue reading

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Jane Curtin, ’90s Woman in the ’70s

She straight-up tells Oprah how John Belushi sabotaged female writers. And when Chevy Chase starts boorishly yammering about how women kept trying to ram “women’s issues” skits into the show, she makes this totally awesome face at him.

Watch the video of her feminist-realness at Vulture.

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Lady Gaga + Glee = 90s Woman

Okay, I meant to put this up a million years ago. The Glee Lady Gaga episode explains (better than any ecofeminist-reading 90s woman could) what political correctness was supposed to be before it became about academic witch hunts and turned into a punchline. The most relevant two minutes are here (starts about 26 min into the episode; no, I couldn’t figure out how to embed a Hulu custom clip so you have to click on there to get to it). Continue reading

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Liberal Hypocrisy and Corporate Media

Barbara Stanwyck was a 90s woman and I know she wasn't really in His Girl Friday, but in my mind she was.

So, Kara, I just started working part-time at a tabloid as a city reporter, because, well, wouldn’t you? And I walked in fully prepared (almost enthusiastic!) to see all manner of pre-90s-enlightenment behavior — ass-grabbing, cigar-chomping, you name it. But you know what I found instead? A woman in charge and everyone flexible and friendly.

Contrast this with all those horror stories we have seen and heard surrounding liberal media bastions: hours cut so employees couldn’t get health insurance, totally sexist dudes running the show, racist articles, back-biting, etc., etc. Continue reading

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Lisa Carver Download Available!

For three dollars, you can download Lisa Carver’s original, disturbing “Suckdog Love Booklet” from Nutmusic. There is horrific hate speech in it (Lisa famously performed with Jean-Louis Costes and Psychodrama), lots of talk about violence, and some gems of 90s music history.

In a SPIN interview reprinted here, Robert Christgau, says of Suckdog, “Why should anything you’ve said make me want to go see this group?”

Lisa writes on Nutmusic’s website something that puts the booklet into some context, and provides as lucid an explanation of Suckdog, extreme zine culture and the 90s vs. today as anything I’ve seen. Here’s how it opens: Continue reading

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“Woman’s Last Stand”

Love this spoof of that horrible Dodge commercial (via Mocha Momma and Brendan)…

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Not Enough Guys on Campus is a Feminist Issue. I’m Serious!

so many girls. from collegecandy.com

Wait, Ada, are you publicly shaming me? That is so 90s!

Well, my main thought while watching these commercials was, “No wonder college guys can be jerks! They are getting the message that they only have a few years before they are consigned to this kind of domestic dystopia.”

That’s because I was thinking about the college guys in a NYT article by my former colleague (disclaimer) Alex Williams. The thesis, articulated by Kathleen A. Bogle, the author of “Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus,” is that “on college campuses where there are far more women than men, men have all the power to control the intensity of sexual and romantic relationships.”

According to the women in the article, this means girls often go further than they want to, sexually, in order to “lock it down,” in the words of one girl; girls nakedly (almost) compete for guys, who can just sit back, drink a beer, and wait for attention to be lavished on them; and girls let male behavior that they don’t like slide because they don’t want to be single.

As someone who, back in the 90s, went to a college with a huge imbalance of men to women and a more depressing dating scene than my all-girls high school, I would like to say: I concur with Bogle that this is true and I concur with the girls in the piece that this situation totally sucks.

And also that the kind of sexism that manifests when 19-year-old guys know they have the upper hand isn’t contained to the romantic realm. Especially at schools where a lot of these guys are already really privileged.

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