Posts Tagged ‘RIP’

A Eulogy For Christine Daniels (And Not Mike Penner)

Christine Daniels with Autumn Sandeen
In November, transgender Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner was found dead of an apparent suicide. Penner, who wrote for the paper since 1983, made headlines himself in 2007 when he he came out as transgender, began living publicly as a woman, and changed his byline to Christine Daniels. In 2008, [...]

Should We Remember Mike Penner or Christine Daniels?

Mike Penner, then presenting as Christine Daniels, with Autumn Sandeen
On Saturday, Nov. 28, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner was found dead in his Los Angeles home, the victim of an apparent suicide. Penner had been covering the sports beat for the LA Times since 1983. But the writer's public profile skyrocketed in April of [...]

The Final Hours of the Washington Blade

It's 12:30 p.m. outside of the downtown offices of the former Washington Blade, which served as Washington D.C.'s gay newspaper of record from 1969 until this morning. Just hours ago, the staff of the Blade learned that its parent company, Window Media, had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that the Blade was closed effective immediately, [...]

A Very CockBib Christmas

It seems like only yesterday that the CockBib arrived on the adult novelty scene to protect us against the horror of sloppy blow jobs. The CockBib, which is exactly what it sounds like, was always there for us—ready to catch our spittle before it fell upon a man's balls. And I was really hoping that [...]

Is Michael Jackson the New Nipple?

The Huffington Post entertainment page has been conspicuously absent of female nipples lately. I think we've finally found the kryptonite to HuffPo's entertainment page sexism: The biggest, weirdest star in the world suddenly dropping dead.

Pictured: Not Megan Fox's boobs

Michael Jackson Date Rape Anthems: Too Soon? Edition

Michael Jackson's death at 50 from cardiac arrest has inspired the entire world to revisit the King of Pop's body of work. And though I'm a huge MJ fan, I'd be remiss in my role as Pop Culture Fun Killer if I didn't point out some defining characteristics of Jackson's music videos: rapey, stalkey, and [...]

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett, sex symbol, has died at the age of 62. This photo reveals the private moment of one young fan unrolling her iconic poster for the first time. The snapshot captures what Fawcett represented to many men and women—an image of beauty to be admired, replicated, bought, sold, manipulated, imitated, discarded, stuck on bedroom [...]

RIP Bea “Battle-Ax” Arthur

Now together in the big sassy retirement community in the sky.
Bea Arthur, television feminist icon, died on Saturday at the age of 86. When Bruce Weber's New York Times obit was emailed to subscribers, the headline read, "Bea Arthur, TV Battle-Ax, Dies at 86."
Someone at the NYT must have thought better of sending Arthur off [...]

The Feminist Mystique: How Election 2008 Killed a Notorious Word

Still ruining everything: Palin paved the way for Obama to kill "feminist"
The death of the word "feminist" was broadcast on the evening news. In September 2008, at the height of the presidential campaign, Katie Couric boarded John McCain's airplane, took a seat with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and lobbed the first in a series [...]

The Morning After: Death of Sparks Edition

* Revealed! How Moe Tkacik avoided becoming a cat lady early in life—you can too! [via Slate's XX Factor].
* Regrettable! Tiger Beatdown laments that the loss of Sparks' caffeine, gain of doctors "conscience".
* Rectal! Shakesville presents the perfect stocking stuffer for the Catalan at heart: the Obama Caganer!
* Rick Warren! Wants wives to submit to [...]