Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

I Heart/I Hate

In the wake of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and The L Word, there have been a ton of mainstream books, movies, and television shows that address alternative ways of expressing sexuality. But "alternative," in these cases, usually means gay or lesbian. Recently, the tide has shifted and bisexuality is finding a spot somewhere among the thicket. Within the first few episodes of the much-hyped Cashmere Mafia, for example, one of the main characters finds herself nervous and perspiring in the presence of a woman. The show, which shamelessly parrots the well-worn model of Sex in the City, continues to delve into this issue, as the character sleeps with the woman, wonders if she is gay, sleeps with a man, wonders if she is straight, and, finally, comes to the conclusion that, heaven forbid, she is bisexual. And never does she have that much expected, "Am I a lesbian?" breakdown.
 

My Red Self

Written by Jenny Russell
Feminine hygiene products have a marketing problem, and television commercials are the worst. That’s because all across America, families are eating dinner, trying to maintain the fiction that Mom isn’t shedding her uterine lining right there underneath her nice, ironed skirt. So while there are a few commercials where they pour blue liquid onto a pad to demonstrate its absorbency, most of the ads sort of dance around the issue.
 

OMFG GG xoxo

Written by Liz Wasserman
The show Gossip Girl, where wildly wealthy Upper East siders navigate bars, limos, social nightmares (most often of their own creation) and occasionally high school classes, hooked me with the unseen gossip girl’s snarky, scheme-y voiceover. While we don’t know who the actual gossip girl is, her omniscience is our point of view as we watch these beautiful characters flit across screen wreaking havoc.
 

Girls, Their Schools and Their Babies

Written by Susannah Wexler
A January 7th Denver Post article reports that students at East High School in Denver, Colorado asked for maternity leave. Until that point, the district had been working with pregnant students on a case-by-case basis. Among these case-by-case provisions, mothers who missed school after childbirth risked a series of unexcused absences .
 

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