Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Rebel Girls

Heather Gold is Allowed to Suck

Written by Vanessa Bombardieri
      Active Image                            The stage is bare except for a flip chart, a music stand and a computer.  As comedian Heather Gold enters, she greets the audience like any comedian would.  But what follows is not ordinary stand-up nor is it, thankfully, a monologue show. Rather it is a hybrid performance that combines rehearsed storytelling with audience participation and my personal favorite off-the-cuff bits.  When talking about her own law school experiences Gold asks the audience, “Anybody here a lawyer?” and one man rises his hand.  When talking about her Jewish background Gold asks the Jews in the audience to out themselves, I raise mine to halfway as does another woman in the audience who Gold then picks on stating, “As a half Jew, you would have at least gotten this answer half right?” 
 Active Image                                 Having already established herself as a significant artist and style icon in her home city of Toronto, Ladyfag moved to New York City in 2006—and New Yorkers immediately recognized her talents. Soon after her arrival, she began club promoting and modeling and has since been named one of Paper Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and one of the Village Voice’s Most Welcome (and Welcoming) Party Presences. She currently hosts multiple club nights in New York City and regularly updates her truly sparkling blog.


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Many of us spent our college days working at Starbucks. Others, if we were lucky, earned cash in chosen fields, conducting experiments or assisting bigwig editors. If we were saucy, we wore lingerie on Halloween and wrote erotica for campus sex mags. Melissa Febos, however, is different. While attending Eugene Lang, she worked in a Midtown dungeon, as a dominatrix. Born and raised on Cape Cod, Febos dropped out of high school at age fifteen, homeschooled herself for a year, and then moved to Boston at age sixteen where she took night classes at Harvard. In 1999, she moved to New York and began attending Lang. During her senior year, she became a dominatrix. In Whip Smart, her recently released memoir, she tells her story.

Marisa Meltzer Talks Girl Power

Written by Brittany Shoot
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Former riot grrrl Marisa Meltzer has been writing about feminism, pop culture, and the nineties for a while now so it only makes sense that her latest book, GirlPower: The Nineties Revolution in Music, would marry all three of these topics so seamlessly. She examines antagonistic pop stars like Avril Lavigne and Pink with the same lens she uses to reflect on Sleater-Kinney’s influence. She writes about the radical media blackout that riot grrrl groups engaged in, a particularly extreme example in an area of constant connectivity.


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