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Hello good readers of Bitch blogs! Starting this week for the next twelve weeks, I'll be blogging at Bitch about Indian feminist books and films and I might quite possibly "ruin" India for many of you (it's a superpower of mine, I'm often told) and I'm hoping in turn you'll "ruin" my impression of north-Atlantic feminisms (which in my experience have not been of the most dedicated listeners)....

End of Gender: Up The (Trans)Punks!

The lead singer of Against Me! came out as transgender in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands on Friday.  While some of the comments on Rolling Stone's online article are predictably disgusting, commentators on the official Against Me! message board have been overwhelmingly supportive.

After all, any diehard fan knows it's the music that matters.  ...

Bristol Palin is Against Obama's Support of Gay Marriage, Blames Teen Girls and Too Much Glee

Bristol Palin has a blog post up today on Patheos about how problematic it is that Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage was inspired by his teenage daughters.

Lady Business: You want food stamps to go with that advanced degree?

So, I thought the point of making the investment to get more education was to not rely on government assistance. I want to be careful about my tone, since I was a welfare recipient as a child. I don't think we should stigmatize men or women who need assistance, but this is a frightening precedent for institutions to set for women and families.

Fertile Ground: Heartland Institute Pulls "Unabomber" Climate Change Billboard

The conservative organization Heartland Institute pulled a billboard recently featuring a photo of "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, with his supposed voice saying in scary maroon letters: "I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?" (Two other billboards featured Fidel Castro and Charles Manson. Of course they did.)

Not Buying It: 10 TV Shows Ranked by Wardrobe Believability

There are plenty of shows on television right whose characters sport highly realistic wardrobes, and there are just as many that definitely don't. I crowdsourced (read: asked people on Facebook and Twitter) some examples of both recently and have ranked 10 shows based on a completely unscientific wardrobe believability index. My only criteria were that the show in question: A. is currently on...

End of Gender: It's a [Heteronormatively Gendered] Girl!

Even in the most progressive families, some traditions trap us in gender boxes before we're even born.

Lady Business: Introducing a Blog About Women, Money, and Business

Some people will tell you that pennies are useless, but J. Victoria Sanders keeps hers for fun times with Coinstar machines. Before she started this guest blog, she was also a secret business nerd. Now, she can express her love for Suze Orman, studies about work and motherhood, and how career women are portrayed in popular culture for Bitch.

Mad Men: Just Taste It!

Last night's Mad Men had us reaching for our Sylvia Plath books, our Gilmore Girls DVDs, and our tubs of Cool Whip.

Okay, maybe not the Cool Whip.

On Our Radar: Protesting Seventeen, Illustrating Wheelchairs, and Remembering MCA

  • In sad news, we lost rapper, artist, producer, and activist Adam Yauch today to cancer. We'll miss you, MCA.
  • Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera are cast in an upcoming indie film on Caesar Chavez. Dawson will play activist Dolores Huerta, Ferrera will play Chavez's wife. 
  • Wow. No words for the Chronicle of Higher Education publishing Naomi Schaefer Riley's call...