All posts by Emily Bartek

“Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3

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It’s been just about a year since Denver-based electronic/hip-hop group 3OH!3 released their debut album Want, but the hit single “Don’t Trust Me” continues to dominate radio playlists as well as the iTunes top 100. The song’s unique beat is great to dance to, and you’ll probably have to hear it all of 3 times to remember enough lyrics to sing right along. What are your kids saying about “Don’t Trust Me” and what do you feel about the song? Is it all in good fun? Or are you uptight if you don’t get the joke?

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Actress Nia Vardalos asks “What’s the Big Fat Deal?”

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It seems like every other week that a new female celebrity has to issue a statement, post a blog, or “respond” to the chatter about her weight. Without even thinking, I can recall Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Oprah, Tyra Banks, Cheryl Burke…please fill in the blanks where I’ve left some out. I like Vardalos’ blog because it’s not an excuse–she has nothing to apologize for. It’s also not a glossy “women of every shape and size are beautiful” line that you know she herself does not believe because in two weeks she’ll show up at an event looking gaunt and chic having learned her lesson about letting herself go. Vardalos really hits the nail on the head about the fact that our weight-obsessed culture neglects substantive conversations, recognition of accomplishments, or responsible dialogue for the “this is how I lost 20 pounds in 20 minutes” story every time.

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“Like a Boy” by Ciara

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“Like a Boy” was one of several hits off of Ciara’s album Ciara: The Evolution, which debuted in late 2006. But even though “Like a Boy” is several years old at this point, it’s still one of our favorite videos for starting a discussion about gender roles and cultural expectations for young men and women.

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Lady Gaga, “The Fame” Album

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Chances are if you’ve been anywhere near a radio, computer, or television station in the last 3 months then it’s likely that your ears have caught a few bars of Lady Gaga. The 22 year-old American singer and songwriter has exploded in the U.S. and Europe with the hits “Just Dance”, “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich”, and “Poker Face”, all off her debut album, The Fame. She’s known for her irresistible dance beats, catchy hooks, and theatrical wardrobe, and has recently been finding her way into the headlines in the US. and abroad for scandalous behavior mirroring that which she often sings about.

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