Category Archives: pop culture
I don’t normally do memorial posts, but I have to type a brief note on Howard Zinn due to the impact he had on my life and my academic path. I was never a big fan of history, see. I kind of hated it, which now is hard to believe, but the history you learn in grade school is pretty narrow. In 11th grade, though, we read a chapter of A People’s History of the United States and it blew my mind. This guy was for real. Since then, I went on to get a degree in history, and I think the exposure to Zinn was a big part of the turning of the tide. So hats off to you, Sir, for daring to tell a fuller version of the story. And if you haven’t read A People’s History, pick up your copy today.
You don’t get much more badass than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who stood up for women’s rights from early on in her career as an attorney and has been doing so ever since her nomination to the Supreme Court. She may not be in very good company most of the time, but hey, at least we’ve got one voice up there.
I may not love everything she writes, but it seems like half the time I’m reading an interesting and/or intelligent essay or response to something in a magazine, it’s by Ursula K. Leguin. She’s not only a very talented science fiction author, but she’s a woman who speaks up about seemingly anything and everything. More power to that.
Yes, the third awesome woman I’m featuring is none other than Joy the Baker. A foodblogger. This may be surprising, but hey, blogger’s license! I’m featuring Joy because I think the power of narrative is great in this tech-driven society, and Joy is a master at it. She’s the cheerful, cookie-baking, California sun-loving friend you never had on the other end of your computer screen, and reading her blog posts always brighten my day (as does trying out her recipes!) You can visit her blog here.
Yes, yes, it’s Rachel Maddow. Get ready to say thank you, Captain Obvious. But it’s true, I love her and I love that she not only brings liberalism and a bit of lesbian snark to cable news, but also isn’t afraid to indulge her own interests. She has her geek out moments, her focus on the military (retained from her Air America radio program), and as a consequence she’s not only smart, funny, and fabulously gay, but real. Rock on.
This year, I’ll be featuring an advent calendar of women I admire: strong, sexy, smart, talented, and on top of their game. Hope you enjoy!
I grew up on Christiane Amanpour because my mom had a serious CNN kick in the 90s, and Christiane was her favorite reporter. She’s badass, she’s not afraid to jump into the war zones with the boys, and she also has a grace and an intelligence about her that you can’t help but pick up on. I hear she has her own show now, so if unlike me you have a television, you should check that out.