Food stamps, credit cards, and public vs. private poverty

I just got food stamps for the first time in my life. I struggled with the decision as a white grad student in my thirties: I’m supposed to be a sort of respectable middle class poor, not food stamps poor. I’m supposed to boot strap my way through grad school, eat ramen, get an extra […]

Still Feminist, Size Positive, and “Actually” Fat

in jesus name, lettuce spray.

This is a comment I received on Facebook regarding my most recent blog post here at MsBehaved.com.  I wasn’t surprised to receive a comment like this, just disheartened, because I thought I’d made it clear in my article that my ideals were intact even though I did something that is, from the outside looking in, […]

Black Ass Sabbath: Punk, Metal and Racial Politics

One of my earliest memories is lying in bed with my sister with the TV on, no older than 5 or 6, and watching Def Leppard and Poison videos on MTV.  As little Black girls in the south, we didn’t have much exposure to rock music, and I remember being mesmerized by the big blond […]

The Best Wilson Phillips Spoof You Ever See

According to the creator William: I was eating there with my girlfriends and they were telling me how [they support anti-gay organizations]. I was like, “Oh that sucks about the gay thing.” And then, I got diarrhea from it, so I was like, “F— this, I’m gonna write a song.” The fact that they come after […]