sing a strong song
fighting patriarchy in words & music
If I told you ’bout my sex life, you’d call me a slut When boys be talkin’ about their bitches, no one’s makin’ a fuss. (Lily Allen, “Hard Out Here”) It’s no secret: The patriarchy exists to screw women over. From the workforce to the schoolyard, systems ingrained with sexism lie in wait, ready […]
is girl rock an exclusive club?
girlpool, cleo tuck, and the future of gender-defined spaces
For years, the female-fronted rock scene has been connecting loyal audiences with female personalities. In a genre dominated by men who have laid claim to the “Rock God” persona, female-led rock movements like Riot Grrrl have cut against the grain. But despite efforts to subvert industry toxicity, an unwelcome deposit of transphobia within the subgenre […]
nothing feels good
’90s emo music: a quick cure for valentine’s day loneliness
It’s Valentine’s Day—that unique yearly moment when we gather together, buy each other cheap Hallmark cards (or maybe a heart-shaped box of those plastic-tasting Russell Stover chocolates), and declare our undying love for whomever we happen to be dating/hooking up with/crushing on at this particular run through the calendar. But, for a moment, let’s forget […]
what’s coming after that?
future hndrxx and his misery
Because we live in a malicious free market economy and I have decided to make my living in print media, I find it therapeutic to imagine that all rich people are secretly miserable. If Gossip Girl taught me anything, it’s that you can’t locate happiness in the diamond section of Vera Wang (or whatever they […]
why all lists are garbage
featuring our editor’s picks for album of the year
I don’t watch TV or go on Tumblr, so excuse me if this is mansplaining. But I’ve noticed that it has become common for people who love show “X” or enjoy band “Y” to excitedly describe themselves as “X obsessives” or “Y nerds.” I find this bewildering. To me, “nerd” has always had a very […]