On Our Radar

We're back again! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week on another edition of On Our Radar.

  • On Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory highlights the Menstruation Machine, an art project designed by Japanese artist Hiromi Ozaki. The machine is "fitted with a blood dispensing mechanism and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes" to mimic the effects of menstruation. Woah.  
  • On Transgriot, Monica Roberts compares the fate of flight attendant/folk hero Steven Slater to a flight attendant that made headlines in 2008. Brown, a black woman, "was according to her attorney thrown against a first class lavatory door and elbowed in her breast" by Victoria Osteen, co-paster of Texas-based evangelical megachurch Lakewood Church.
  • I, for one, am pretty bummed about Cathy ending. Alan Gardner interviews the creator of the comic strip, Cathy Guisewite, on The Daily Cartoonist. 
  • Lesley Kinzel dissects Nikki Blonsky's recent announcement of a scholarship in her name to "'the longest running' fat camp in the US" and obligatory the blow-up on the <i>Huge</i> Facebook page on Fatshionista.
  • After years of speculation surrounding her sexual orientation, photographs of Queen Latifah embracing her personal trainer and purported partner surfaced this weekend. On Colorlines, Jamilah King writes on why we shouldn't force her to come out publicly. 
  • On Threadbared, Minh-Ha T. Pham interviews Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, the author of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion. 
  • Sociological Images' Gwen Sharp looks at the curious history of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.
  • Holly Ord delves into the mixed representations of Jessica Simpson in popular culture on Women's Eye on Media.

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Thanks!

Thanks a lot for linking to my post on Jessica Simpson and the media's love affair with erasing all of her accomplishments in order to talk about her weight. I really appreciate it.

I would also like to plug a post Renee recently wrote on Ke$ha, Ke$ha Appropriates Native Culture Again.

Thanks again!

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