While spending time in a paranoid haze, consuming music videos as only crazy people and social scientists can, I came across an unexpected phenomenon: The Brit-Split. As Ms. American Dream since she was seventeen, Britney Spears must toe the thin line of fantasy and wear every garment she finds hanging from it in order to maintain her pop-queen status.
We have a strange relationship with intellect in our society. We view intelligence as something you either have or you don’t, so when we see someone act more intelligent than we feel, we see them as inherently “other”. But “smart isn’t something you are, it is something you get” as one of my professor once said. We can gain more knowledge and we can gain the skills of logical discourse, which are both components of intelligence.
With her latest album Femme Fatale, Britney brings her exploration/exploitation of femininity to a new, more obvious level. Britney’s (too) long discography contains a cultural discussion of pop femininity, but the recent surge of celebrity-as-object (read: femme-pop-star-as-object) songs and videos since Lady Gaga gives Britney’s team a whole new tool set. Don’t hold it against them.
Being a bad choice for preside, unfortunately, does not necessarily mean he couldn’t win; the fact that he doesn’t seem to recognize that his thoughts on foreign and domestic policy epitomize all our worst fears about U.S. politics and government does His common-sense demagoguery might draw him attention and get him ahead in the polls, but it doesn’t—can’t—win elections.
Unfortunately, while both doctors offer excellent advice, in general, to women young and old alike concerned with living up to impossible ideals set by impossibly and, occasionally, artificially ideal idols, they misdiagnose the the disease, which has less to do with ideals or standards of things as abstract as beauty or attractiveness than signifiers of much more identifiable qualities, mainly, sexuality and youth.
The word “hentai” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, which means that a casual hazard/goal of being an internet-person has turned into an actual, recognized thing of the English-speaking world, which means that we might as well start talking about it outside of internet-people saloons.
Despite the apology, I’m sure that Chelsea Fagan was saying something on a number of non-feminist minds. I know it’s not my job to do this: sometimes it feels like feminists write and rewrite this article, so I made a chart.
Senator McCarthy during the McCarthy-Army hearings. The exact moment of his doom. Following January’s Arizona shooting , a call for civility in political discourse rang…
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