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Bitchtapes: Witch Grunge

This week's feminist mixtape comes to us from Nashville-based band Daddy Issues. When Bitch premiered their song "Unicorns and Rainbows" a few weeks ago, I was struck by how the band described their sound as "witch grunge." 

Kate Bolick Talks About Her Book "Spinster" and the Changing Lives of Single Ladies

Cultural critic Kate Bolick’s first book, Spinster, is part memoir, part cultural commentary on the changing nature of marriage and relationships.

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the news on our radar today.

• As BP is set to pay $18.7 billion for damages from the 2010 oil spill, new maps reveal the disparate impact of environmental injustice on communities of color in the United States. [NY Times & Al Jazeera America]

The Word "Cisgender" Is Now in the Oxford English Dictionary

In a small milestone of transgender progress, the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary have added the word "cisgender" to its pages. 

Cut & Paste: Five Black Zine Lives

As the founding zine librarian at Barnard College, I have probably read about 7,000 zines in the past twelve years. 

Rock Goddesses of a Certain Age

Girlschool's current lineup: Kim McAuliffe, Denise Dufort, Enid Williams, and Jackie Chambers. Photo by Ludy Wetzl.

Girlschool formed in 1978, part of the burgeoning New Wave of British Heavy Metal. 

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Happy first day of July! Here's what we're reading this fine (overly warm) morning: 

• Writer Claudia Rankine discusses the invisibility of Black women and why calling out racism is an act of responsible parenting. [Guardian] 

Girl Scouts of Western Washington Aren't Interested in Transphobic Money

A still from the Girl Scouts of Western Washington's Indiegogo campaign video.

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a $100,000 donation

A New Film Explores the Complicated Life of the Legendary Nina Simone

In 1970, Maya Angelou penned an article that asked, “What happened, Miss Simone?” Forty-five years later, a new documentary revisits the question asked of the singer-songwriter and activist Nina Simone. With depth and rhythm, director Liz Garbus does a beautiful job of packing a complex life into the film.

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Good morning, here’s what we are reading today!

• Can diaries become the new novels? This New Republic piece talks about the “genre-bending” trend in women’s writing. [The New Republic]