About that Facebook study: ethical oversight and informed consent

By now you've read — possibly several times — about "the Facebook study." You're probably familiar with the details: 689,003 people whose news feeds had been manipulated to feature more negative or more positive emotional content were monitored for shifts in the emotional content in their own posts. At the time… » 6/30/14 6:32pm 6/30/14 6:32pm

Henleys & other "men's styles," but cut for women?

At heart I'm still a tomboy, meaning that if I could spent all my days in boots and jeans and t-shirts I basically would (honestly, I kind of do). Over the years I've noticed that the "lady" versions of certain styles are kind of bullshit — either paper-thin, or with weirdly open necklines, or with functional details… » 6/20/14 4:32pm 6/20/14 4:32pm

What are your favorite summertime horrors?

Summer is the time for splashing in cool, deep swimming holes (populated with toothy, tentacled monsters), staying up all night with your friends at summer camp (where a killer roams free in the woods), and hanging out with your family (before you're all killed by murderous mountain cannibals). What are your favorite… » 6/18/14 3:38pm 6/18/14 3:38pm

Elvie & Geeshie & questions of cultural ownership

First of all, if you have a spare hour today and you haven't read this John Jeremiah Sullivan piece (it came out in mid-April, but I just got around to reading it), do it. It's about the search for two musical ghosts, women who were blues singers and guitarists, who exerted significant cultural influence but about… » 6/10/14 1:14pm 6/10/14 1:14pm

I'm sharing this 'cause whatever, it's Friday

In a conversation on the doll post about tomboyishness, I remembered I had a scanned copy of a contract I wrote....for myself?...as a child — so I posted it. I was a stubborn little bastard who hated dresses, guys. Link. Also, pantsuits for all! Welcome to Pantsuit Friday on your friendly neighborhood GT! » 5/23/14 2:15pm 5/23/14 2:15pm

Risk, reward, and running in the middle of the night

At one o'clock yesterday morning, I put on my running shoes, stuck my earbuds in, and went out the door. Six miles later, I was home and getting ready for bed. Even though I've been told all my life about walking dark, empty streets alone as a woman – let alone running them, let alone with music playing in my ears –… » 5/21/14 4:15pm 5/21/14 4:15pm

Health insurance is only half the battle

This piece by Olga Khazan at the Atlantic sums up results from a survey by the Kaiser Foundation on women and healthcare — specifically, the article focuses on the reasons why women don't seek healthcare in cases where they should (which women do more frequently than men). Cost barriers are part of the story, and can… » 5/15/14 3:20pm 5/15/14 3:20pm

Girl Canon: women defining the books *they* think are great

Full disclosure: this is partly shameless promotion, because a good friend of mine curates this site. But also, I think it's a totally badass project that a lot of GT readers might be interested in checking out or contributing to! Girl Canon is a site dedicated to collecting the "secret canons" of women* — an act… » 5/10/14 11:52am 5/10/14 11:52am

Let's take a second to appreciate that....

1) ScarJo and Chris Evans costarred in a movie pre-Marvel; 2) that movie was ALSO about sticking it to a massive, pernicious organization that masquerades as a beneficent force but is actually quite costly for most people and serves to keep power ensconced within a privileged elite. Sneaky, high-risk break-ins happen;… » 4/15/14 6:09pm 4/15/14 6:09pm