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10 Reasons to Support Bitch Media: Subscription Income Makes Up Less Than 40 Percent of Our Budget

It's the end of the year (almost!) and we're looking ahead to January to dig in to a new "era" here at Bitch Media. With exciting programs on the horizons ready to launch, we're sharing 10 Reasons to Support Bitch to compel readers to invest in our future. This week's reason focuses on where our money comes from—and why that's so important. Technically, Reason #2 reads:

Pumped Up Kids: New report shows adolescents hit the gym (and the steroids) in search of muscles

According to a New York Times piece from earlier this week, teens still work out to lose weight just like they did in my mom's day, but that's not all: A recent study shows that boys are increasing their workout routines, and they're increasing their "muscle-enhancing behaviors" (everything from diet changes to steroid use) along with them.

Béatrice de Géa for The New York...

Backlot Bitch: Oh Boy, Girl Problems in Film Criticism

A film critic quits after his new publisher objects to reviews of movies with strong female leads, "fuzzy feminist thinking," and "pandering to creepy hollywood mores produced by metrosexual imbeciles."

Bibliobitch: Author Lidia Yuknavitch's Freudian Flip

Lidia Yuknavitch gives the term "body language" fresh meaning in her debut novel, Dora: A Headcase (Hawthorne Books). In response to Sigmund Freud's famous case study, "Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria," Yuknavitch recasts 19th-century teen Ida Bauer, or Dora, as a 17-year old punk-rock video artist in modern-day Seattle.

In the original study, Freud chalked up...

Lady Liquor: Drinking Diaries and Women's Self-Judgment

At least half – if not two-thirds – of the essays in Drinking Diaries (a newly published book spawned by the blog of the same name) are downers. That stands to reason: alcohol is a depressant, and as I've written before in this series, historically women have borne its consequences more severely than men.

If the book sometimes feels like a long self-help meeting—with...

Daddy Issues: Where Are All The Single Dads of Color? (Not on TV...)

Back in 1994, Sister, Sister captured my only-child heart by portraying one of my deepest wishes: teen girls bump into each other while shopping for clothes, discover they're long-lost twins, and become instant best friends.

Sister, Sister is also still one of very few shows to feature a single father of color. In comparison to today's whitewashed TV...

On Our Radar: TDOR, The Walking Dead, and Condoms in Porn

There have been plenty of ups and downs around the world (wide web) this week.  Here's just a taste of the things we've been keeping up on:

  • Here's Sarah Thomasin's reaction to the tragic and ultimately unneccesary death of Savita Halappanavar. [The F Word]
  • Transgender Europe (TGEU) provides a chilling account of the history of transgender homicides in a press release ...

Bitch Tapes: $10 Vocabulary

$10 Words from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

Music occasionally begs accessories. A box of tissues, a journal, a picture (ripped in half or whole, depending on the song), a sex toy... some songs simply cannot be enjoyed to the same degree without physical appurtenances. This week's Bitch Tapes is a collection of...

Backlot Bitch: Lena Dunham Doesn't Care What You've Got to Say

Lena Dunham tells Esquire she doesn't listen to the haters, including those who say she's whitewashing Brooklyn.

Daddy Issues: Clueless Dads and Daughter-Wives

The first time we see Bill Sanford in Coyote Ugly, his daughter Violet is cooking him egg whites and urging him to stick to his diet. The first time we see Mel Horowitz in Clueless, his daughter Cher is telling him to drink his orange juice and reminding him about his doctor's appointment that afternoon. At different times, both of these men act like overprotective fathers ...