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The Bitch High Five: Female Characters (Fictional or Real) Whom We Miss Now That They're Gone!

Each month in our nifty newsletter (sign up on the homepage if you haven't already), we'll be polling Bitch staffers and readers on their top five in different categories and posting the polls and results on the Bitch blog. This month, it's female characters we miss now that they're gone. So c'mon, give us five!

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Douchebag Decree: Phyllis Schlafly & Suzanne Venker: The Flipside of Douchiness

This just in! Career antifeminists Phyllis Schlafly and Suzanne Venker blame feminism for the nation's divorce rate (among other things)! In their upcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know—and Men Can't Say, Schlafly and Venker posit that feminists, with our love of divorce, our hatred of men, our general negativity, and our blatant duplicitousness, have fostered a...

No Kidding: Fit to be Tied? Talking with Dr. Rebecca Kluchin

Does the history of sterilization have links to modern consent forms? How has forced sterilization intersected, if at all, with the fight for women's right to be voluntarily sterilized? Rebecca M. Kluchin, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of history at California State University, Sacramento, and author of the book Fit to be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America,...

BiblioBitch: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

I noticed the book immediately: a colorful, unmistakably travel-esque picture topped with a billboard that evoked both Broadway and freeway diners, staring out from a new display in my much-loved young adult section. But the best part? The display was for LGBTQ fiction.

Race Card: Beyonc

I hate to overload you with Beyoncé news, but just after I critiqued the Daily Mail op-ed accusing her of looking too white, news broke that Beyoncé donned blackface and pseudo African garb for French glossy L'Officiel. Why did Bey make this enormous misstep? According to reports, she participated in the African-themed photo shoot to pay tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.

Sex and the Fat Girl: Ask a Fat Girl

We're trying out a new feature on Sex and the Fat Girl, in which you get to ask me questions about sexuality, body image, etc. and I answer them here, in future posts. So please, let your inhibitions down, get curious, and start asking! Here's the link to the page where you can submit your questions: Ask a Fat Girl. Or, you can use the form below. I think this will be exciting, and I can't wait...

Stand with Planned Parenthood: Sign-Making Open Thread!

As you've probably heard by now, the House voted last week to cut federal funding for Title X, which would in turn U.S. bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding. If you're reading Bitch, you probably agree with us that this is a bunch of completely outrageous bullshit. If you haven't already signed the online petition to let the House and Senate know that you stand with...

Pink Saris

This is the last week to catch the Portland International Film Festival, which the Northwest Film Center has been running since February 10th, screening several films a day in venues around Portland. One of the films on our radar here at Bitch was Pink Saris, a British documentary about a gang of women in Uttar Pradesh, India who wear hot pink saris to demonstrate their revolt against...

No Kidding: Putting Voluntary Sterilization in a Historical Context

If we're going to talk about voluntary sterilization—or even the simple act of opting to have few or no children—we've got to get everyone on the same historical page. While I tend to take for granted that people understand the history of forced sterilization in the U.S., as well as countries such as China that mandate single-child families as part of population control, it may not be a given...

Adventures in Feministory: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jordan!

It's Texas Senator and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's b-day today!