Tyee contributing editor Vanessa Richmond writes the Schlock and Awe column about popular culture and the media. She is also the former managing editor of The Tyee.
Stories by Vanessa Richmond
Too shy? Too nice? Blame the suburbs and our collective good nature. Now get me a cat.
And why you did, too. We're grasping at fantasies as fairy tale traditional marriages fade away.
Does her Liberal leadership bid symbolize a new kind of female candidate?
It explains why nine-year-old Willow Smith is the next pop 'queen' while other fame-seeking children are 'whores.'
You may not like celebrity gossip, but you can't look away. This doc explains why.
Is standing up for a woman's right to freeze parts of her face really part of the work of contemporary feminism?
The supposedly anti-big-brother company censors risqué apps. But who decides what's iPorn?
Self-help books like the Mars and Venus series want to help us create perfect emotions. Sorry, I don't live in that universe.
Thrill seekers using free online classifieds may get just what they pay for.
Some pro-sex feminists are noticing a trend against the casual hook-up as a means to equality.
Are athletes doing it enough to justify 100,000 condoms? Why do we even care?
With two Pride Houses and refugee counselling for gay athletes, Vancouver may be starting a new Games tradition.
'The Downside of High' calmly, rationally cautions young teens about today's potent pot.
Porn may not be a "neurotoxin" but it's time to talk about how it's changing our sexual lives.
Don't think this scandal is about infidelity. It's about a public brand that may be built on lies.
Don't be so smug, real estate winners. Your success is based on luck more than skill.
Want sex? You got it. Want love? Well, that's a little trickier.
Without it, there's no level breeding field.
Hallow'green is freakier than scarily packaged costumes.
New doc linking teen sexual harassment to new media gets it mostly right.
'The most taboo term in the English language'. What's its power?
A lot of women who invested in big busts are in deflationary mode.
There are more than 40 reasons to do so, including more sex.
Blame their prettier-than-thou bullying and rise of the fashion blog, not the recession.
Let's stamp the stars with their giant eco-footprints for all to see!
Famous in analog. Mourned in digital. In death he perfected 'obitutainment.'
If your marriage is boring, maybe you think too much.
It's a constructed reality and a mixed blessing for our kids and our sanity.
Why Sarah Palin's brand of bitching is great for his ratings.
Naomi Wolf thinks so. But what would she be without the boobs and lips?
A new report shows how we're failing sex ed and putting kids at risk.
Brit TV chef saves working class moms from fast food! Why the bad taste in my mouth?
Miss California! And silicone implants and 'opposite marriage.'
Why a pat on the head can be worse than a pat on the bum.
'Oral Sex Is the Goodnight Kiss' presses the panic button, wildly, again.
Or are childless men caught in a homosocial comfort zone?
If men's biological clocks tick just as loudly, does it mean we're closer to equality?
A-listers get open doors. The rest get chain-link 'fun jails.'
Rise in US teen pregnancies proves information beats abstinence.
No, thanks. I'd rather talk about Meghan McCain's inarticulate and boring writing.
Why is Washington debating Michelle Obama's buff biceps?
Gwyneth Paltrow's popular e-newsletter seems to be working. Why the backlash?
Why do some people freak out, and others treat crime like a TV show?
In these tough times, people are choosing fantasy, love and sex over reality.
Only if you have a litter, and happen to be poor.
Getting mad as hell at tycoon villains is the new buzz.
Recent research still considers women's arousal a problem to be solved.
Even Canadians are caught up in Obama inauguration hype, sort of.
Welcome to the golden age of schadenfreude.
As resolutions un-resolve all around us, a closer look at one of the biggest.
Politics is hotter than porn, pretending to be dead is a good career move, and more.
'Jizz in My Pants' takes 'Dick in a Box' genre to absurd climax.
Eloping (like some good dates) is cheap and hot right now. But not so easy in BC.
Why the public imagination feeds so hungrily on vampires.
My generation has been shut out of the housing market for years. Something's gotta give.
VIDEO: When advertising like Toshiba's timesculpture ad are distributed via e-mail, what happens to news revenues?
Sorry I sold you short. Obama has changed my views... a bit.
VIDEO: US Westboro Church's gay bashing plans in Vancouver.
How Paris Hilton and George W. Bush's inherited, unmerited privilege is being brushed aside.
Relationship sex is down, cheating is up.
Given a devil's choice about your child's happiness, what would you choose?
Why teen mothers keep getting shocked up by the media.
But are current hots for 'older' women just skin deep?
In the topsy-turvy world of US politics, the paid-to-lie class is the most influential.
If the election is a made-for-TV event, why not get a pro?
Why isn't the crime of disposable fashion on the enviro radar?
The new kid and parent ideals in Gossip Girl.
The Olympics seem to have lost the race... to reality TV.
But is cruelty mandatory for feminism to prevail?
Media's obsession with who risks the knife for beauty.
Milestone of 20,000 homes for sale has realty blogs abuzz.
Brangelina is in the business of making us look. Does evolutionary psychology explain why it's impossible to look away?
If a wife has more oomph than her husband, can it last?
Why we don't cut Britney or Amy any slack.
Death by Taser, Pickton's evil and severed feet. That's our brand now.
That's the new media mantra. But what does it mean?
Fame and fortune flows to kids of the famous fortunate.
Nothing pure about the TV diva's 'self-esteem' preaching.
One part news, three parts trash. I find it quite healthy.
Stop me before I watch again.
A few thoughts on Lindsay Lohan's 'threat' to moral decency.
We're told now that liberated females don't inhabit kitchens.
A nation's sleeping libido awakens.
The only occasionally glamorous life of the young novelist.
Interest rates could change tomorrow. Then what?
Can F1 clean up its act?
Fertility crisis fretting misses how lots of women really think.
Heather Mallick on the war on women, laughter and the Internet
Fests and sales are hot, but BC content is not.
100-Mile Diet authors on feeding a movement, and writing the book.
The revolution that sparked a big spring book.
'Don't go!' say fans of Vancouver Housing Blog.
Here are answers to some questions you may have.
Localness is the #1 story of 2006.
As nerves fray over home prices, a blogging doomsayer gains followers.
A photojournalist's close-up of women who starve themselves.
Stroumboulopoulos on learning from 'The One,' relaunching 'The Hour,' and refocusing the CBC.
TV's hottest unreality show is the real thing.
Organic denim zips into a new market niche.
Prom is back, with a vengeance.
The celebrated chef's uncensored views on un-American virtues, nurses' shoes and eating well.
Bamboo fabric and other alternatives to toxic fashion.
Is a locally manufactured wardrobe possible?
Who really yearns for 'enhanced' boobs?
Our new web sleuth likes to go out on a link.
What does mixing gymnastic discipline with sex appeal teach teen girls?
In Vancouver almost all say it's time to fix the way we finance and elect candidates.
It's fast, furious and secretly practiced by its inventors.
15,000 teachers and their supporters rally in front of the legislature.
What does it mean that so many girls want careers as celebrity stylists?
Audio highlights of Sunday's Word on the Street poetry slam.
With wrestlers, writers, and poets.
This time, fighting for women's safety includes yoga, stargazing and hip hop.
The problem is, I don’t want help.
Today's women who aim for thin, just this side of anorexia.
For her, music is about home, the outdoors and 'little moments.'
What’s that mean? Hint: think way past 'metro.' With photo essay by Maria Coletsis.
Playwright Sean Cook stirs up critical thinking in the classroom, and now on stage.
How Campbell, James and Carr look to our panel of branding experts.
Want young people to vote? Try a fresh appeal, hot issues, and schooling that takes kids' decisions seriously.
Stitch 'n' Bitch parties weave knitting, gossip, and a new take on feminism.