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90s Nostalgia, Day Four: The Rise and Immediate Fall of Alternative Rock

This is part of a series of posts about 90s nostalgia, in honor of the third WAM! Prom. RSVP and find information here. For a brief period, dating from roughly the release of Nevermind to the day that Kurt Cobain killed himself, there was real hope that there would finally…

Non-overt, overt, and assumed feminism in pop culture

The great paradox of social justice movements is that they exist to eradicate themselves.  Think, for instance, of the abolitionist movement.  Once the goal of ending slavery was achieved, there was no more abolitionist movement.  This is what we all want for our movements. Feminism, in particular, exists for one…

Zombie pop music panic

Instead of just tossing up a Friday Genius Ten, I want to make it up to you for not blogging some this week by writing about music and culture with a little more depth. So there was some fussing when Barack Obama revealed to Jann Wenner that he has dipped…

Friday Genius Ten “Duuuuuuude” Edition

Update: sorry, I fucked up the HTML. All the cat pics are now up. Team Pandagon is really kicking ass in the Bowl-a-Thon for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Because of you guys, we’re well past the $1,000 mark, and so both Jesse and I will be going bowling…

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