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Race Card: Xenophobia and Racism Surface in Reaction to Reporter Lara Logan

Now that word's spread about the assault she endured, Logan is being re-victimized by those who say that an attractive white woman with blonde hair should've known better than to make her way through a mob of brown, Muslim men. Why didn't Logan realize that all Arab men are misogynistic beasts who haven't the slightest respect for their own women, let alone Western women—all of whom they regard...

Sm{art}: Carolee Schneemann in Portland Feb. 17

Tomorrow night in Portland (Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 PM), renowned artist Carolee Schneemann will give a free performance lecture at PCC's Performing Arts Center on the Sylvania Campus. A product of the 1960s-70's New York art scene, her work challenged, shocked, and forced her audience to think about their reaction to women's bodies and feelings about physicality, often with her...

Sex and the Fat Girl: Fat Bottomed Girls

Outside the world of runway models, a degree of fatness is desirable--but only in certain places. We talked about desirable fat body configurations, but what about that gray area dividing thin women from fat known as "voluptuousness"? Society is willing to accept fat body parts, but distribute it throughout your entire body and watch folks retreat.

New Articles from the New Issue of Bitch!

Coming to a mailbox near you! The new issue of Bitch! (Not a Bitch subscriber? You still have a few hours become one and save five dollars!) To get you excited about our spring issue while February still rages outside, here's three articles available for your reading pleasure online! First is an interview with author Peggy Orenstein on her new anti-princessification book Cinderella...

Birth of the Uncool: In defense of the Tori Amos fan

Illustration by Rebecca Green

Tori Amos is not cool. Even now, as we find ourselves in the midst of '90s alt-nostalgia—Pavement has reunited, Weezer is putting on a tour devoted entirely to its first two albums, the cool kids are all going to Courtney Love's shows to see how out of control she'll get (heck, Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando are touring)—the love of Tori Amos...

It's Hard Out Here For a Pop: Blogging offers a way for dads to get branded, but can they get respect?

With all the pixels expended on the annual female-blogging extravaganza known as BlogHer, you might be forgiven for having overlooked the very first Modern Media Man Summit, a heavily sponsored and branded affair held this past September in Atlanta. Targeting "the blogosphere's top men and dad bloggers," M3 promised to "change everything"—presumably by connecting dad bloggers to new and...

Pink Slip: Breaking down the princess castle with Cinderella Ate My Daughter author Peggy Orenstein

From the outside, Peggy Orenstein epitomizes feminist success. She's an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such distinguished publications as the New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, Discover, Mother Jones, and O: The Oprah Magazine. But her work itself is dedicated to asserting the ways in which "having it all"—or trying to—in a world built to the measure of men can have...

Race Card: Why it Matters that a Black Woman Exposed Chris Lee

If you're a married congressman, it's probably not a good idea to send shirtless photos of yourself to women you encounter on Craigslist. New York Congressman Christopher Lee found that out the hard way after a woman he'd exchanged flirtatious emails with—including the shirtless one—outed him on the gossip website Gawker. In the emails, 46-year-old Lee portrayed himself as a divorced father...

No Kidding: I Didn't Know You Didn't Know I'm Not Pregnant

On Saturday night, my partner and I were walking out of a local grocer when he decided to buy one of the newspapers being sold by the homeless couple on the corner. I was holding our grocery bag as Andreas paid for the paper, and as the woman handed it to him, she asked him something, then reached over and patted my stomach before he steered me away. I chuckled as we turned towards home. "Why did...

Sex and the Fat Girl: If You Want My Body

Sometimes it seems like we're bombarded by study after study telling us fat girls that unless we fit a certain body type, we're doomed to be relegated to the "unattractive" bin. If your fat happens to settle into an "hourglass" or "pear" shape, your fat is more likely to be seen as "OK" by the dominant culture. That's less a product of evolution and more a product of the images drilled into our...

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