Oh My God.

by Isabel

I probably threw up in my mouth about 8 times while looking at this.

Fashion!
Fashion!

The sight of my beloved Scrabble bedecked in bubblegum pink, and ornamented with goddamn flowers is enough to make me retire my vocabulary and subsist on grunts and monosyllables for the rest of my days. Fucking FASHION? Seriously? Every word is a winner? Obviously some words are blatantly more valuable then others. That is how you win at Scrabble. It is a game of skill and strategy. Why bother selling boardgames at all? Just hand out pink, glittery, Participant gemstones that come with a passcode to play a computer game where you get to dress the gemstones up in trendy prom gowns online. After all, as long as it involves dressing up and looking pretty-pretty-pretty, then girls HAVE to like it, right? Everything else is superfluous!

Ugh!

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Tina Fey and “Sister Souljah” Feminism

by Isabel

“I love to play strippers and to imitate them… . I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better than that.

Tina Fey, from the January issue of Vanity Fair

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Mistress of Spices.

by Isabel

Has anyone seen Mistress of Spices?

I’m a sucker for movies about cooking, and while Mistress of Spices isn’t technically about cooking, it IS about spices. And love. And duty. And precognition. All very interesting things. It’s a beautiful movie, exquisitely shot, and perfect for watching while you create dozens of won-ton ravioli by hand. The protaganist is a mystical purveyor of spices who can see potential futures and use different spices to affect the outcome.

4 tbsp of cinnamon out of 4.

What I really want to see next: Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)

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The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007

by Isabel

Happy Banned Books Week!

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

h/t Jill @ Feministe

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And Now For Something a Little Lighter.

by Isabel

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that not only am I aware of the series premiere of the new 90210 tonight, but I’m planning on having a little viewing party. I’m sure the new version won’t come close to the original series (For one thing, the bodies have become more streamlined and unattainable. FlowTV has a pretty good article about the shrinking bodies of the new cast, the increased sexualization, and the new emphasis on designer labels here), but I feel compelled to give it a chance anyway. I was a big fan of the first few seasons of the original.

Take a trip down Memory Lane with me!

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