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Bounce Away: "Sheets or Bar" Ads for Every Stereotype

Let's talk about Bounce. Specifically, let's talk about the "Sheets or Bar" campaign, the only ad series I've seen lately that can compete with the obnoxiousness of Virgin Mobile's stalker humor.


You know, I was gonna start off with a standard intro, but that was mucking up my flow, so I had to switch it up in order to get unstuck. If you've spent some time around these parts, you may remember my original Bitch blogging series, a two-parter called On the Map, where I provided a slight peek at feminisms that exist around the globe. It's been a year since that gig ended, and I am...

Electro Feminisms: Loleatta Holloway, Disco Diva

The iconic sound of disco is unmistakeably female—the wailing sound of a diva. And there is no better than Loleatta Holloway. Read on for more.

Adventures in Feministory: Dr. Ruth Westheimer

She's last been seen giving sex tips to seniors in Massachusetts. On Wednesday, she's speaking about sex, life, and maybe a little rock 'n' roll at Westfield State University. With more than 30 books in tow, oodles of accolades, and millions of fans, Dr. Ruth is still Dr. Ruth.

What to Expect When You're Watching Pregnant in Heels

Bravo's latest reality series, Pregnant in Heels, follows clothing designer and "Pregnancy Concierge" (which basically means just what you think it means: doing stuff for pregnant people) Rosie Pope as she deals with clients whom she's dubbed "million dollar moms." Only one episode of the show has aired so far, but it's already being billed as showcasing the "bitchiest" women ever while they'...

The Wedding March: View from a Brit

Spare a thought for Prince William and Kate Middleton. They probably just want to get hitched, with as little fuss as possible, and head off and enjoy their honeymoon. Instead, their wedding has become a cultural signifier—but does it really warrant all the media attention it's getting?

The Games We Play: Mentally Evil

One trait I see portrayed frequently but not often discussed is mental illness and how it is used as a mechanism to propagate or explain away the actions of characters. Often, I see mental illness used as a tool to demonstrate just how terrible a character's actions are when their actions could be held up to scrutiny on their own. The use of mental illness as an agent of character development...

On Our Radar

Another week, another bunch of thought-provoking articles. Here's some of what we've been reading:

  • ColorLines celebrates the U.S.' first integrated all-female band.
  • Also at ColorLines, Kai Wright reflects movingly on the still-far-off mountaintop MLK described.
  • Jessica Valenti talks about the glorification of basic fathering in The Daily.
  • Ms...

Bitchtapes: Guilty Pleasure Edition

This week around Bitch HQ, we indulged in musical guilty pleasures. So, I combined some of my most guilty and most pleasurable, for you! Track list after the jump.

Sex and the Fat Girl: Subjectivity and Self-Image

Many of the ways we've talked about to combat dominant societal beauty standards and, in the process, boost your self-esteem/self-image, are subjective in nature. They involve presenting in a certain way to elicit the desired results: a new way of looking at fat sexuality. There's nothing particularly wrong with subjectivity in this sense, but when you take subjectivity to the personal level,...