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The 99%: Exploring Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality in Popular Culture

I've got 99 problems with American television, and the rich are one.  We have lots of shows about rich people—in fact, we love shows about rich people.  With Gossip Girl, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Revenge, Real Housewives of _______, Pregnant in Heels, and even the beloved returning Arrested Development (along with many others), the...

Mom & Pop Culture: An Interview With Peggy Orenstein

"There is still pressure to do everything, do everything well, and look hot while doing it. And I think that 'and look hot while doing it' part, that's the new piece. It used to be that having it all did not include looking hot... But now it does and it includes it at a really young age. And while princesses may not be hot, per se...although one could argue—in fact I have a lot of mothers...

The H-Word: Big Money, No Whammies

I wanted to be beautiful. I wanted to be taken care of. I wanted to be rescued. I was sexualized long before I sexualized myself. Even as a child, I knew the way men looked at me. I knew what it meant. In Mexico, men called out in the street and hissed when I walked past. Even older men—friend's fathers, male teachers—even as a little girl. Even in grade school, I knew what it meant to...

Douchebag Decree: Rick's Topless Basketball Association (and Spud Webb)

Sports fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief last week when news broke that the NBA lockout will end on December 25. Yay basketball (go Blazers)! If the lockout were to have to continued, though, some douche-y spectators would've been satisfied anyway, thanks to Rick's (Topless) Basketball League. Started in response to the lockout (because recruiting a team of topless women in...

Pop Pedestal: Patty Chase

Patty Chase (Betty Armstrong) puts up with a lot of shit. Not only does she have to put up with playing the bad cop to good cop dad, Graham Chase (Tom Irwin), but she also gave birth to teenage drama lightning rod Angela Chase (Claire Danes) and has to work for her own dad (Paul Dooley), whose staggering immaturity puts any Liberty High student to shame. Nobody gave Patty enough credit...

In The Frame: John Holmes' Iconic Cover for The Female Eunuch

The cover art for Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch is world famous. I want to work out why it's so good, and how the original has led to so many great interpretations. Let's meet the legendary torso...

Elisha Lim's SISSY Illustrated Calendar Now for Sale at BitchMart!

Bitch is happy to announce that we are now selling Elisha Lim's brand-new illustrated calendar at BitchMart!

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Stocking Stuffer Edition!

A small gift or "stocking stuffer" can be really be the kind of simple luxury that brings fun, color, and joy into your daily routine, which is why they are so fun to give and receive. And although they can be inexpensive, these gifts are often not the sort thing we buy for ourselves. During the winter holidays at Bitch HQ we draw names for a gift exchange, which is referred to alternatively...

Bringing Up Baby: Farewell And Thanks From Bringing Up Baby!

This is my final post for Bringing Up Baby! I want to thank you wonderful readers for making this experience so enriching and enlightening.

Headless Bodies Found in Shameless Media: When is it okay to cut off someone’s head? When she’s a fat person, and your news outlet is reporting on “the obesity epidemic,” apparently.

Headless photos are only one of the rampant problems with mainstream news coverage of weight issues. Last spring, Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity pinned a disturbing number on the shoddy coverage: 72 percent of the 429 stories they examined from the websites of CBS, ABC, MSNBC, FOX, and CNN portrayed fat people in a "negative and stigmatizing manner." These five...

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