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SXSW Day 2: Six Awesome, Genre-Bending, Women-led Bands

Day one of Austin's SXSW Music fest was about seeing bands from around the world, day two was about seeing bands from wildly disparate genres. We saw garage rock, alternative folk, dark dreampop, singer-songwriters, and 60s-girl-group-throwbacks in a span of four hours.

Ms. Opinionated: I Am The Friend Who Never Pays Her Share At Group Dinners

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don't.

Dear Ms. Opinionated:

I think I'm about...

In Real Life, as in Disney's Brave, Some Choose Horses over Husbands.

Growing up in 4-H, I heard the joke often: girls would rather give up boys than our ponies. When women talk about horses, they often speak of freedom and power, of connectivity and understanding, of trust—often using the same language we use when we discuss intimate relationships with humans.

The Great & Powerful Snooze: The Lack of Quality Female Characters Makes New Oz Film a Bore

In a strange expression of boredom, I spent the latter half of The Great & Powerful Oz's two-hour span counting James Franco's teeth. He shows them early, eagerly, and often—the healthy expanse of his gums counting for double if you keep score.

Why is The Mindy Project so Funny? Because it Inverts the Rules of a Rom-Com.

Mindy Kaling believes in the power of the rom-com. The world of The Mindy Project, Kaling's great sitcom that FOX just picked for a second season, isn't a romantic comedy world. But the humor of the show comes from Mindy's expectation that those same rom-com rules will apply. Unlike in the movies, when Mindy uses the unrealistic traditions of romantic comedies to take her own romantic...

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Morning Bitch readers! Here's some news to start of your day.

  • Ok, so Jorge Bergoglio is the first Pope elected from a Latin American country, and apparently he rides a bus instead of a limo, but is he any more progressive than his papal predecessors?  Unfortunately, it seems like he isn't.  [Alternet]
  • Ever wonder where the bi women of color are in black and women...

Queering the Academy: Four Signs Queer Studies is Still Fighting for a Place in Academia

When do you know that you have arrived, as an academic field of study? Has queer studies arrived?

Four Great Female-Fronted Bands from SXSW's First Day

Tuesday kicked off SXSW Music, the world's biggest urban music festival. Bitch is in Austin for the festival all week, covering bands we love and think you'll love too. Read below the jump for highlights from our first of many 12+ hours days on the streets of Austin.

RuPaul's Drag Race Comic Recap: The Six Best Moments from Episode Seven

This season of RuPaul's Drag Race is nearing the end, as we continue our tireless illustrated recaps of every damn episode. In this episode, RuPaul pulls off a roast with the most. We find out which queens are funny-haha, and which queens are funny- uhhh. Our seven soul sisters sling shady snaps in the race for the crown and cash.

On “Girls” and the Line Between Awkward Sex and Rape

I've never known quite what to make of the sex scenes in Girls. While I appreciate the show's desire to examine how flawed and awkward sex can often be, the fact that the characters so often seem unsatisfied with their sex makes it difficult to distinguish an off night from sex taking place without consent. More often than not, the scenes that are...