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Mad Men: Far Away Places

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: This Sunday’s episode of “Mad Men” lived up to its title and certainly took us to some far away places, like the deep subconscious of Roger Sterling, the most unstable anxieties of Don Draper, the biggest resentments held by Megan Draper, and the ever-changing thought processes of Peggy Olson. We tripped out and got cerebral, dropped some jaws, and actually started to like Megan a little bit more. We watched out heros feebly try to negotiate the territory between time, space, and good intentions. With another destructive relationship crossed out, “Mad Men” travels deeper into the knots and snarls that this season, and seasons past, have left to be slowly untangled.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Exactly! Roger and Joan getting out of their entanglements, back-to-back! Guessing it isn’t that simple, but that’s certainly what I thought of as well. Continue reading

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Music and Messages

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The other day on my way to work I found myself listening—and I mean really listening—to the lyrics of Katy Perry’s newest hit single, “E.T”.

EMILY SAIDEL: Katy Perry’s hit song “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West) has been in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks. While there is a lot to be said about the lyrics–sexually fetishing “the other”, a female voice asking to be a victim–I am far more fascinated by the music video, particularly when contrasted with Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends.” Both pop stars are dealing in apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic visual images, potentially weighty images for dance songs in difficult economic times. However, each deftly avoids delving into the consequences of the destruction of civilization by concentrating on sexuality. Continue reading

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Online Dating Study

AKIE BERMISS: We’re all very sensitive about what makes us attractive, aren’t we? As a pretty average looking guy (or less-than, depending who you ask!) I’ve always been pretty curious about what an attractive woman could possibly be seeing that would make her want to be with me. Especially with so many better-dressed, better-shaped, better-acting candidates available. I suppose there are all sorts of prickly issues there if you’re talking about male attractiveness in our patriarchal society with a heteronormative bias. Nevertheless, I manage to find admirers somehow. Yet a recent article on Jezebel.com has me reconsidering what I may or may not have been doing right. The article uses female pictures on a popular online dating sight to create an algorithm that correlates levels of beauty to levels of interest from men. And the results are kind of weird.

ZOË RICE: Good gracious, OK Cupid Blog. Do you know how long it took for me to be able to look at a photo of myself and think, “Hey, that’s cute”? “Cute” was that lofty goal throughout my adolescent years and even my blossoming early 20′s. And then I got there. I got to cute! And now you’re telling me that’s not good enough? OK Cupid, are you trying to make us all neurotic freaks?
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Feminism Today

EMILY SAIDEL: The difficulty with writing about feminism and feminists and assigning people into relevant categories is that feminism itself is an overloaded word. Merriam Webster offers this as the first definition: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. A single line makes it seem simple. Feminism is about equality of the sexes. However, trying to combine political, economic and social theories of feminism under one movement umbrella complicates the issue of individual identification. Politics, economics, and social agendas do not always agree.

AKIE BERMISS: I simply want to say that I am a great supporter of feminism. I have been for many years. I was raised by feminists and I aspire toward the practice of gender equality in the things I do. If I slip here and there and call women “chicks” it is not from a desire to do wrong willfully, but from inarticulateness of subconscious chauvinism. Don’t we all suffer, in some form or another, from the institutional prejudices of our civilization? Even a front-lines feminist is bound to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous conditioning. We are surrounded by the anti-feminine. We still harbor a nostalgia for the simplicity of the days when, as Archie and Edith sang it: Girls were girls, and men were men. Its hard to change things from the base of the column. But, indeed, the skew often stems from a crooked foundation.

LAURA ROBERTS: If Sarah Palin’s a feminist, then I’m the Queen of England. I think we can all agree that I am not the Queen of England, and therefore, on the grounds of logical reasoning, Sarah Palin is also no feminist. But why does this matter?
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Calling After the First Date

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lately it seems as though a lot of women I love and respect have been prefacing statements with, “I’m not a feminist, but—“. This tends to make me mad, because the statements they’ve prefacing are usually about how women deserve to be treated equally, which, to me, is what feminism is essentially about.

AKIE BERMISS: Maybe I’m not the person who should be writing this. I don’t date well. I get alternately mildly talkative/anxious and viscious/untalkatively bored. I hate dates. I hate the idea of coming home from a day of work, getting showered and cleaned up and heading back out. I don’t like the whole trip on trying to keep things interesting. Dinner and movie is too dull? Can’t just go to a bar with live music?! Stroll in the park is a bit overdone (especially when you’re surrounded by other couples on their “romantic” walks). Yes, I’m awkward and unkempt and I don’t like crowds.

Let’s put this as simply as possible: what are you trying to date for? If the answer is anything significant, relationship-wise, let your emotions, not some ever-changing set of rules, be your guide. Continue reading

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