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Saved by the bell hooks Tumblr Began as a Joke, Stumbled on Brilliance

Saved by the bell hooks juxtaposes the candy colored images of Saved by the Bell with bell hooks’ feminist musings.

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Ever watched Saved by the Bell and felt frustrated that the only roles for women were “plain Jane brain,” “vapid shopaholic” or “pretty cheerleader?” Or found yourself wrought with anguish over the societal implications brought on by the macho power struggle between POC jock Slater and untouchable cool dude Zack? Or wondered what the point of making the Jesse character a radical feminist was if writers were just going to cut down her every stand with a quick roll of the eye from white, male narrator Zack? It’s alright, cause you’re saved by the bell – hooks. On the heels of new research suggesting that memes can actually endear readers to feminist theory, comes novelty blog ‘saved by the bell hooks.’ Created by Liz Laribee, an illustrator whose career is in arts advocacy, the Tumblr mashes the words of intersectional feminist icon bell hooks with stills of ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell.

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Whether It's Gingrich or Beavis, We All Miss the '90s

The perplexing momentum behind Newt Gingrich may have to do more with nostalgia than anything else.


Everyone is sure the momentum behind Newt Gingrich's recent endorsements and sudden rise in the polls won't last. He's scandalous, he's mean, he's broke. He's not Romney. He's not conservative enough. He's associated with that universally hated entity, Congress. Yet there's a perplexing amount of fervor surrounding the former Speaker of the House. Could it be that we just miss the '90s?

Culturally, the pining is in full force. People are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Thelma and Louise and Nevermind. The feminist punk movement Riot Grrrl is enjoying a revival. Beavis and Butthead is back on the air. Nickelodeon plays classics like Doug and Salute Your Shorts on their new programming block, "The 90s Are All That." Jane Pratt is back, too, and her fairy goddaughter, Tavi Gevinson, adores everything from Twin Peaks to Bikini Kill. Even your favorite 90s lesbians are dating. Some have argued that '90s nostalgia has defined a generation in need of an identity. I say it's a way to crawl back into the womb.

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Now and Then: Pogs Vs. Foursquare

Our "Now and Then" series continues with two worthless obsessions: pogs and Foursquare.

In our week-long series, Now and Then, GOOD writers each choose a beloved piece of pop culture from back in the day and pit it against its modern-day equivalent, with a fresh pair of adult eyes. May the best zeitgeist win.

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