30.12.07

FICTION: LAURIE WEEKS, MARY GAITSKILL

Vice are doing another short story issue and it has one story by Laurie Weeks and one by Mary Gaitskill! Available at your local hipster emporium NOW!

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19.12.07

THE LIPSTER


Girly indie site www.thelipster.com launched last week. Edited by Jude Rogers of Smoke and Laura Barton of The Guardian, it has a similar look and feel to Drowned in Sound (it's produced by the same company). There's an interesting thread on it on DiS here, which presents the usual gamut of responses to girl-only stuff ('I feel patronised' / 'Why not just hire the same writers to work for DiS' / 'why are they only writing about women? it seems a bit full-on feminist i.e. anti-male' etc). I'm all for anything that foregrounds women and makes men feel left out, just so that male readers can see what it feels like to be sidelined as a result of a gender bias, so good luck to 'em (though the name grates a bit - what's a lipster? A lipstick wearing hipster?) I do wish such projects would be a bit more subtle with the marketing tactics though. Why describe yourself as 'the world’s best new female editorial-led pop culture website' when it's far more subversive to simply present a website full of editorial pop culture that just happens to be by and about females? After all, DiS doesn't broadly proclaim 'TOTAL BOYS' CLUB - MESSAGE BOARD FULL OF MILDLY SEXIST INANITY - EDITORIAL STAFF ALL MALE - COVERAGE OF MALE TO FEMALE ARTISTS APPROX 70/30'. It just does it, thereby promoting the status quo without advertising itself as doing such. Why can't female-focused projects do the same thing but in reverse? I'd love to see that - to see Reading or ATP with a 99% female line-up, or the NME with all the features by and about women, but nary a word advertising this fact. Now that's subversive. Maybe one day. When the world turns on its axis. Until then: The Lipster.

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13.12.07

LOLSHEIVIKS

lol: http://www.flickr.com/groups/lolsheviks/pool/show/

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12.12.07

CUTE MENSTRUAL CALENDAR

menstrual_calendarWeak boys, self-loathing females and misogynistic faggots look away now, it's time for your MENSTRUAL UPDATE! Nope, we're not talking about The Keeper or The Sponge this time - we'd just like to draw your attention to this adorable menstrual calendar produced by a girl living in Mexico. Card-sized to fit in your wallet, it has 12 of the cutest illustrations we've ever seen, and a handy calendar so you can track your body's business and get to know where you are with your cycle. Tracking your periods is a good idea so you don't get caught out by bad tempers or forgotten tampons. It's also handy to know when you're ovulating so you can know just how much to panic when the condom breaks or you 'forgot' to use one like the lazy slut you are. The site's called Vive La Menstruation and it's cool. There's also a handy links section, so check it out!

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7.12.07

RATHER RIPPED

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6.12.07

MY M.I.A. INTERVIEW

MIA_venuszine"With big love for her mama and her signature punk approach to dance music, is she the modern girl next door or the most exciting thing since riot grrrl? We're convinced she's both." The MIA interview I did for Venus magazine is now online at their site - take a peek!


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4.12.07

THE WAVE PICTURES

THE WAVE PICTURES

I miss London. Catch The Wave Pictures for one last night on 11th Dec - they're doing a free residency at The George Tavern, Commercial Road. Download 'Now You Are Pregnant', visit their Myspace, or steal a whole bunch more stuff including a great track with John Darnielle from their website.

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2.12.07

THE GULABI GANG

They wear pink saris. They beat up dudes who abandon or mistreat their wives, and they beat up corrupt policemen, and they've uncovered corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor and beaten the crap out of those involved there also. They use traditional Indian fighting sticks called 'lathis' to dispense their vigilante justice, and they're led by a firebrand called Sampat Pai Devi, a former government health worker who quit because her job was 'not satisfying enough' and started her 'gang for justice' instead. Men can join too, but the main focus is on improving the status of women in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest regions. "Village society in India is loaded against women", says Sampat Devi. "It refuses to educate them, marries them off too early, barters them for money. Village women need to study and become independent to sort it out themselves," she says. Looks like *insert cheesy quote about sisters doin' it for themselves, etc*.


via BBC news

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1.12.07

CATBOOK

More sophisticated than making your pet a profile on Myspace. Catbook allows you to make a mini Facebook profile for your pet! You can add photos, write on its wall, stroke it, etc... and of course, add this cute little box to your own profile so everyone can see / stroke / admire your pet. Aw. I made one for Katrina even though she's dead, because my replacement cat just ain't worth talking about (no offence MABEL, honest.)


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