Anne Orthwood's Bastard: How Law & Sex Entwined In Colonial Virginia

Few people know that the legal system of the burgeoning Virginia Colony would be forever changed due to a clandestine meeting in a tavern. That's just what happened. The four subsequent legal cases stemming from one night of sex between an indentured servant (Anne Orthwood) and young man from a powerful family in… » 1/27/15 10:07pm Tuesday 10:07pm

I Feel Comfortable Using Legal Jargon in Everyday Life

Hey PowderRoom! Welcome to Elle Woods & Associates, a weekly group post about the intersections of law and sex and sexuality, family and family relations, race and racism, LGBTQ issues and general questions about the law. We hope you find our differing perspectives and experiences with these issues enlightening,… » 1/23/15 9:42am 1/23/15 9:42am

Doctors/Monsters: Make Fatties Lose Weight Before You Treat Them

Doctors have always had a problem with telling fat patients that all their problems are a result of their fatty-fat-fatness. But now, rather than being a problem of shitty doctors who can't overcome their personal biases even in the face of science and research that completely contradicts their stupid shitty opinion… » 1/22/15 3:35pm 1/22/15 3:35pm

A Real Scream: Feminist Discourse With A Screenwriter 

I rarely watch a horror movie without mulling over what was going on in the screenwriter's head when he or she wrote the dialogue. Luckily, I know one that is readily available to answer all of my inquiries. John Doolan is an individual who has been heavily involved within the film industry for years, both in front of… » 1/20/15 10:16pm 1/20/15 10:16pm

Nous sommes Nigeria: All Lives Matter

Diplomats, actors, and thousands of individuals on Twitter have bound together in solidarity after recent terrorist attacks left 17 dead across France. "Je Suis Charlie," a phrase and hashtag (#JeSuisCharlie) is the uniting battle cry for human beings that support freedom of the press and despise acts of violence. For… » 1/14/15 1:52pm 1/14/15 1:52pm

Interested in Writing for The Powder Room? 

The Powder Room is Jezebel's subblog devoted to highlighting the best writers from its vast commenter ranks. Unlike topic-specific sub-blogs, The Powder Room is 'general interest', which means we publish posts on a variety of topics, serious and non-serious, gif-heavy and gif-free. Over the past year we have run… » 1/13/15 10:47am 1/13/15 10:47am

The Future is Now: Welcome to The Republic of Gilead 

The Handmaid's Tale, which was first published in 1985, is a work of speculative fiction that depicts a dystopian future world. Author Margaret Atwood penned a novel that described a near future where the rights of women had been completely stripped. Women in the Republic of Gilead have no autonomy. Unfortunately,… » 1/07/15 9:10pm 1/07/15 9:10pm

Paying for It: The High Cost of Transgender Depression

I knew he was depressed before I knew that he wanted to be a woman. All the signs were there; low motivation, negativity, few plans for the future. That's the last sentence where I use the male pronoun, by the way. When she came out to us, it was kind of exciting. It was, at least, something to talk about. As gossip… » 1/07/15 1:26pm 1/07/15 1:26pm

The Seven Best Anagrams for Kirby Delauter

Kirby Delauter, a Frederick County Maryland council member, does not want you to use his name. The Frederick News-Post gave a brilliant takedown of his untenable position, and have opened up a new game for us to play: finding the right anagram for Kirby Delauter so Kirby Delauter doesn't sue you for using his, Kirby… » 1/06/15 10:53pm 1/06/15 10:53pm

Required Holiday Reading: "The Yattering and Jack"

The Holiday Season is upon us. Arguably, the Holiday Season is all about fighting demons. For this reason, Clive Barker's "The Yattering and Jack," first published in Books of Blood, Volume One is a most appropriate read for the season.

The Yattering is a minor demon that was sent to haunt Jack Polo (a gherkin… » 12/22/14 10:50pm 12/22/14 10:50pm