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RetroPop: Why Edna St. Vincent Millay Would Love

Welcome again to RetroPop, the Top 40-centric series where I invite you to help me compare the messages of lady-performed Billboard hits with themes from the work of great female artists of the past.

Today we're going straight to the lyrics of the latest hit Nicki Minaj single, "Starships" to find out what it has in common with a (relatively) well-known and respected poem by all...

Sm{art}: Diggin' Deep With Cristy C. Road

Cristy C. Road, a Miami-raised, Brooklyn-based, Cuban-American illustrator, writer, and of course, total dreamboat, is no stranger to DIY, punk, queer, zine, and activist communities all over the place, and certainly no stranger to the pages of Bitch magazine. You might recognize her work from covers of books such as We Don't Need Another Wave and The Revolution Starts at...

Thinking Kink: The Right to Play With Race

Last post I looked at those for whom playing with racialized imagery in kink is too close to the bone. Today I'm turning my attention to the the black artists and performers who refused to be silenced in their desire to push boundaries.

Parks and Menstruation: Sexism, Bears, and the National Park Service

Kerry A. Gunther, bear management biologist at Yellowstone National Park explains in her information paper "Bears and Menstruating Women," "The objective of this paper is to present the data available on this subject so that [campers] can make an informed choice when deciding whether or not to hike and/or camp in bear country during their menstrual period." In the end, the author concludes...

RetroPop: Pride & Prejudice & Carly Rae Jepsen

Welcome to the first proper installment of RetroPop! A blog in which I, your humble guest writer, bring together my loves for the Billboard Hot 100 and bodacious bits from female artists of the past. It's all based on my argument that lady-related pop messages of today are no less worthy than pop messages from the canon of women artists throughout history, and that by comparing them a...

Games On! Going the Distance

Following Tiki Gelena's record-breaking win for Ethiopia in the women's marathon on Sunday, it's easy to forget that women's distance running has a relatively short history in the Olympics.

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana crosses the finish line. Image: EPA

B-Sides: Laetitia Sadier's New Album is as Political as it is Pretty

Laetitia Sadier, who some may know as the bilingual frontwoman of '90s indie-rock band Stereolab, just dropped her second solo album, Silencio, a couple weeks ago on Drag City.

Sadier's vocals were one of my favorite things about Stereolab, always melding perfectly with their synth-driven songs, still bright and melodic while hitting minor or dischordant notes. Stereolab...

Read: An Oral History of Mad Men's Killer Episode "The Other Woman"

The Mad Men fans among us will never forget "The Other Woman." In a season filled with beautiful, heart-wrenching, affecting episodes, "The Other Woman" stands out as one of the best, and we aren't the only ones who think so: The episode is nominated for Emmys in the acting, writing, and directing categories this year. Not only that, the Daily Beast is publishing a...

Seven Must-Hear Bands from this Year's Pickathon Music Festival

It took me two showers to wash off the dirt from Portland-based roots music festival Pickathon last weekend, but I'm still basking in the glow of new music discoveries. Some of my faves after the jump, with links to band websites and performances...

Bridal Party: You've Unlocked the Bouquet

Oh, Bitch readers. My time with the Bridal Party series is nearing its end. For my penultimate post, I thought I'd share with you something I never knew existed prior to this series. Something so amazing (read: absurd) that I'm not even sure I can develop a critical thought framework around it. That is a lie. I could develop a critital thought framework about a slice of pie if I tried.

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