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The 99%: Villainy and the Very Rich on Revenge

On ABC's Revenge, the story is uprooted from the Second Empire in France to the modern-day Hamptons.  The heroine is Amanda Clarke turned Emily Thorne, who seeks revenge on her old neighbors after her father was wrongly convicted of a terrorist plot, leading to her placement in foster care and, ultimately, juvenile detention. When she turns 18, Amanda learns her father made a...

Douchebag Decree: If I Were a Douchebag Forbes Writer Edition

If you don't want to give Marks the pageviews, Dominion has a nice highlight reel from his article here. Instead of rehashing the (many) negative aspects of what Marks had to say, let's look at some of the incredibly positive, non-trolling responses to Marks' piece that could use your clicks.

Bitch Radio: Tunes of 2011

If my two gift guides (Music Lover's Edition, Part I, Music Lover's Edition Part II) and Bitchtapes aren't enough for you, here's some more music selections from 2011, including a teen rockband from Norway, a 17-piece disco orchestra, and Jean Grae's take on a Kanye West song. (Warning: In my attempt to avoid using the word "awesome" to describe everything, I ended up using the word "amazing"...

Bitch in a Box: Music Lover's Edition Part II

If you're still in the market for music gifts after Bitch in a Box: Music Lover's Edition, Part I, here's Part II with even more albums from 2011 that'll make great gifts!

Mom & Pop Culture: The Reality of Reality TV Parenting

I understand that reality television has to have some sort of "hook" to get you, the viewer, interested enough to stick around. For the most part, that's usually drama. Even when shows are about parenting, it's not the day-to-day rhythm that gets airtime, but rather the sensational, unbelievable, and usually questionable parenting decisions that take center stage.

So...is that really...

In The Frame: Art Therapy

Art therapy has been used for years on patients who are dealing with trauma in all its forms, whether they are suffering from cancer, struggling to fit into a community that isolates women of a certain age or race, or rebuilding their lives following rape and domestic violence. A lot can be gained from this sort of psychological approach, as it allows patients to express themselves (which, in...

Bibliobitch: Somnambulist Zine Creates One More for the People

Martha Grover has been publishing her zine Somnambulist since 2003. The first collection of this zine, One More for the People came out on Tuesday from Perfect Day Publishing, a small press based out of Portland, OR. Unlike other zine collections, One More for the People is not a linear anthologizing of Somnambulist, but instead a selection of writing from...

Bitch in a Box: Music Lover's Edition, Part I

With all the great music that came out this year, there's no excuse for not knowing what to get the music fan in your life. Here are some suggestions, with more to come!

Bechdel Test Canon: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Robert Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime offers a space to explore film characters' relationship to fandom and identity politics, as well as the relationship between actresses and male directors.

The 99%: What

Can being broke be funny, after all? 

Monday's post on 2 Broke Girls generated a lot of comments—from fans of the show who felt I was being too harsh, and from others who felt I was too forgiving of the show's many flaws.  One commenter said, "You can't expect a comedy to be so heavy and grounded in real life struggles."

Well, yes. I can.

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