pop culture

On mothers-in-law

I came to the prospect of having a mother-in-law with some trepidation. At a point in my life when I was bruised and weary, I expected my then-boyfriend's mother to disapprove of me on sight. When that didn't happen, I waited for it to occur. By the time I realised we were going to be okay, we had become family. ...

Tori and the women who love her: feminism in action?

The iconic Tori Amos and her devoted followers do not fit the stereotypical view of women's place in music. But what about the women who just crave a good tune? Louise Allan takes a critical look at US scholar Adrienne Trier-Bienieck's recent book about Amos fans and argues that there are a variety of female music lovers out there doing their own thing who cannot all be categorised by "women's issues" ...

Ain’t I a Girl?

Farah Kristin argues that the whiteness of Girls and Caitlin Moran's reaction to it reflect the fact that minority women have yet to break into the consciousness of society as equals ...

Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent

Laurie Penny's new book brings together a diverse collection of her writing from online content to newspaper columns. Sarah Graham reviews the works of one of the most prominent voices of the new left as she provides analysis, interviews and first-hand accounts of everything from the UK student protests to vajazzling ...

Obligatory X Factor post

This year is the first time I've been sucked into The X Factor, and I'm going to come right out and admit it's because I think Tulisa is, in the language of y...

S&M with Rihanna

BBC Radio 1 has refused to play the official version of Rihanna's new song, S&M, in the daytime, deeming it inappropriate for younger listeners. The BBC-appro...