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The 99%: What

Can being broke be funny, after all? 

Monday's post on 2 Broke Girls generated a lot of comments—from fans of the show who felt I was being too harsh, and from others who felt I was too forgiving of the show's many flaws.  One commenter said, "You can't expect a comedy to be so heavy and grounded in real life struggles."

Well, yes. I can.

Mom & Pop Culture: Gender is NOT a Genre

With gender stereotypes pervading our TVs, movies, toys, clothes, etc., can't we just have kids' books without adding more labels?

In The Frame: Votes for Women and Tackling the 1%

Aside from looking at artists who happen to be feminist, or happen to be women, I also want to look at how key events in history have led to the creation of art that inspires support of feminism. One example of this is Votes for Women and the suffragettes and suffragists who wanted to achieve gender equality for the electorate.

It's a complex debate, because not all men had the vote...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Fool for Type Edition!

Many of us have someone on our list who is a big old typography geek. She's the person who hosted a screening of the documentary Helvetica, the obsessive typespotter who plays Kern Type like it's Angry Birds, the mad genius who regularly thinks things like, "What if typefaces were dogs?" (Or perhaps your type-loving pal is this guy?) If you're shopping for someone who loves...

Shit Girls Say: I Seriously Don't Get It

Help me out here, blogosphere. The Internet (OK, my tiny corner of it) has been blowing up since yesterday with people LOLing at this Shit Girls Say video (inspired by this Twitter account) created by Graydon Sheppard and his boyfriend, Kyle Humphrey. The video is just a dude (Sheppard) wearing a wig saying things like "Can you read this and see if it makes sense?" and "I know, right?" while...

B-Sides: PrOphecy Sun

PrOphecy Sun is a multimedia performance artist, mother of four cats, and master of the green Line 6 delay pedal. Beginning her music and sound practice with Vancouver-based anarcha-feminist group, Her Jazz Noise Collective, over the last two years Sun has been diving into new collaborations and looking out from the pages of local arts and culture magazines as a result. In...

Hitting A New Low(e's): Sponsors Pull Ads from All American Muslim

All-American Muslim is a TLC show that first aired a month ago, that follows the lives of several Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan. I still haven't seen the show, but it sounds perfectly....blah. Sort of like, "Oh, an inter-faith marriage? When is Freaky Eaters on?" As Porochista Khakpour put it in the New York Times, "There is absolutely nothing extraordinary...

The 99%: Fixing the 2 Broke Girls

In the past few years, being broke has become something of a communal experience in America, to the point that television can no longer just air constant streaming coverage of millionaires and their matchmakers, their real housewives, their stylists, their babies, and their real estate, without seeming completely out of touch.  Network television's response to the financial crisis is CBS's...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Illustrated Edition!

Today's post is for all the art lovers out there: a half-dozen art ideas from some of the illustrators we've had the pleasure of working with in the magazine. Check out our back issues to see more of their work, and don't forget our own limited-edition cover prints at Bitchmart...

 

Leslie A. Wood's (the Red issue, #52) Ron Swanson print would look fabulous hanging over...

Mom & Pop Culture: Drowning in the Fountain Of Youth

Dressing up and pretending to be an adult is a natural part of childhood. Adults (just like fairies, kings, or queens) hold a bit of allure and enticement for young kids, making it a treat to pretend to be them for a while.

Yet, in today's consumer-driven culture, the notion of "aging up" kids is happening in a way that has taken all the fun and pretend out of it. Clothing that is...

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