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Required Reading: Banned Books and Black Ink

Judy Blume made it to the the top of the American Library Association's "Most Frequently Challenged Authors" list in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

Now at BitchMart: Jennifer's Journal by Jennifer Crut

We're very excited to announce the newest book available at BitchMart! Jennifer's Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl Vol. 1 is the first comic book in a series that chronicles the life of author and illustrator Jennifer Cruté. In this self-published debut, Cruté shares stories about her childhood, family, interpretations of popular culture, and her spirituality with honesty and...

Visi(bi)lity: How Bideology Battles Biphobia

Straight women: would you ever date a bisexual man? Do you think that bisexual men are more likely to spread STDs than straight men? Do you think that bisexual men are more feminine than straight men? These questions have preoccupied writer and filmmaker Arielle Loren's work for the last few years. After falling in love with a bisexual man, Loren developed The Bi-deology Project, a...

End of Gender: Melissa Harris-Perry's "Being Transgender in America" Roundtable

Last week the trailblazing scholar and MSNBC television host Melissa Harris-Perry featured a segment on being transgender in America.

In true Harris-Perry fashion, this segment blasts through typical media narratives of trans inequality by covering topics that most media commentators won't touch.

BiblioBitch: "Virginia Woolf," Abridged and Alluring

Claude Monet called Herman Bang's wartime Tine "the world's first Impressionist novel," floating as it does between characters, events, and chronology. Alexandra Harris' short, delightful book Virginia Woolf, published last fall, is a similarly Impressionist biography. The move to present Woolf—a writer who has been explored, revealed, questioned, adored, criticized,...

"The Women's Vote" Was Awesome on The Daily Show Last Night

On The Daily Show last night, Jason Jones met with Tad Devine, a political consultant, to talk about the increasing emphasis on "the women's vote" among the remaining presidential candidates. After pointing out that many of the discussions about women in Washington don't actually involve women, Jones invited Joanne Smith (Girls for Gender Equity), Julie Menin (Eleanor's...

Fertile Ground: Bloody Ecofeminism

There are a lot of simple ways to try and prevent toxins from being absorbed into your body. Everything from new clothes to drugstore make-up to regular deodorant carries toxins, and your skin, which happens to be the largest eliminating organ your body has, absorbs all that it comes in contact with. But fear not; much can be done to avoid these contacts (wearing...

End of Gender: Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys

Teen birth rates in the U.S. have hit an all-time low.

Much of the conversation has revolved around this: in a generation with greater freedom to break free from gender norms, "boys will be girls" and "girls will be boys."

It's (Un)Equal Pay Day!

April 17 is Equal Pay Day, marking how many extra hours women have to work in order to make as much as their male counterparts did the year prior. Not only is this day depressing because we're still "celebrating" it nearly half a century after John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, it's depressing because large pay gaps still exist among groups of women whose wages fall far below 77 cents...

Visi(bi)lity: Finding Realism in Rose By Any Other Name

One of the best parts of writing for Bitch has been hearing from folks who read the series, particularly when they recommend media I've never seen before. Such is the case with Rose By Any Other Name, a web series that recently finished its second season. Produced by Kyle Schickner of FenceSitter Films, the series follows Rose, a woman coming to terms with her bisexuality after...