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BitchTapes: Let's Ride Bikes!


All you fair-weather cyclists, dust off your helmet and put on your finest spandex shorts. It's biking season!

Tracklist after the jump.


On Our Radar

Start your weekend off right: with compelling articles from around the web!

  • Bitch contributor s.e. smith discusses asexuality on Tiger Beatdown.
  • Katha Pollitt writes for The Nation about the DC Abortion Fund and the right's vendetta against Planned Parenthood. (via AlterNet)
  • ColorLines shares three scholars' thoughts on fighting homophobia in hip-hop....

Beyond The Panel: An interview with Christine Smith of Eve's Apple

Christine Smith is the author of two webcomics, Eve's Apple and The Princess. Today I'm interviewing her about Eve's Apple (EA), a three-year-old webcomic about the titular Eve and her friends, love interests, enemies, and everything in between. Read our conversation about newspaper comics, fat bodies, and Betty and Veronica below!

The Wedding March: To Obey, Or Not To Obey

If rumors are true—and with this couple, it's only ever 50:50—then Kate Middleton will not promise to obey her husband in next week's ceremony. When even the Archbishop of Canterbury thinks it's a bit old-fashioned, you know it's a tradition worth discarding.

The Games We Play: Game On!

I have to say, right off the bat, that I have had an outstanding time during this run. It is not often that so many topics of my interest come together in one place as they have here with so many people to discuss them. Gaming, like many elements of pop culture, is a great opportunity to look at many aspects of Social Justice in a broad spectrum, and I was most appreciative to the Bitch team...

From the Library: More Online YA Book Clubs on the Way

Hey, feminist YA readers! Did you participate in our online YA book club earlier this month? If you missed it, you can check out the discussion here. Today's post is just to remind you that the next online YA book club is coming up on May 6th. That's two weeks from today, which gives you plenty of time to pick up our next book, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan.More details about the upcoming...

Electro Feminisms: Ikonika, Speaking With Synths

What happens when we have a female artist who only makes instrumental music? One of the things people might say when they hear instrumental music is that it's neutral, that it's impossible to tell the sex of the musician from the sound. But reading feminist theory has taught me to be suspicious of anything that claims to be neutral and unmarked. Read on for more about the instrumental music of...

Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle

The Smurfette Principle was named two decades ago by Katha Pollitt, when she noticed that there were a disproportionate amount of male characters in programming aimed at young people. Even in adult programming, when women do appear in the primary cast of a television show or movie, they are usually alone in a group of men. Sadly, this trope has made its way into the 21st century.

Sm{art}: A Girl and Her Room

Susan 15 #1, Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut, 2010

Rania Matar is a Lebanese-born photographer who currently lives and and teaches in Massachusetts. In a recent interview she said, "I was 11 when the war started and like most children was resilient enough to learn to live with it. It just became a fact of life and then things would be peaceful and life would be normal again and we all...

Douchebag Decree: BrewDog's Royal Virility Performance

Hear ye! Hear ye! There's a Douchebag for everything. Everything, including beer. But, sometimes it takes a regal event, say, The Royal Wedding, for Douches-in-waiting to make their mark and declare their oh-so royally Douche-baggy ways. Her Royal Highness would not be so proud.