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BitchTapes: Young at Heart (and Age)

Sometimes music sounds youthful and exuberant, and then sometimes you flip the record cover over and see the a picture of three smiling 16-year-olds and you think "damn, they are actually are young and exuberant!" This week's BitchTapes is dedicated to those who don't wait around to start making awesome music.


Beyond Judy Blume: Queer YA Characters Need Friends Too!

There are many great YA books that feature queer teens who also struggle with loneliness and unhappiness, and most of us will probably agree that these books shouldn't disappear, as many queer teens do struggle with these things. But when queer teens go to novels looking to find people like themselves, they should also be able to find characters they can relate to who have friends they...

Douchebag Decree: Facebook, [Controversial Humor], and "12 year old slut meme's"

Making matters worse—way worse—for young people online and for the world in general is a new page on Facebook called "12 year old slut meme's" [sic], dedicated to slut-shaming and general douchebaggery. Since the page launched last month, Facebook users have asked that it be taken down as a violation of the site's hate speech policy, but as of the publishing of this post it's going strong with...

Tales From The Crip: Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me

Within Hollywood now, there's still a huge dearth of material that not only features disability as a normal, everyday topic, (which of course it is), but does so in a thoughtful, comical manner. Most depictions of disability in cinema continue to fall back on insidious stereotypes of disability as tragedy (The Elephant Man, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane), or someone "...

Katy Perry is Billboard's Woman of the Year... But Who is RetroPop's Woman of All the Years?

Mazel tov, Katy Perry, for being named Billboard's Woman of the Year for 2012. But for RetroPop purposes, who is the Woman of ALL THE YEARS?

Victoria's Secret's "Go East" Goes Away

Hardly known for being tasteful, Victoria's Secret hit a new low earlier this month with its "Sexy Little Geisha" lingerie. As Nina Jacinto put it on Racialicious, "It's the kind of overt racism masked behind claims of inspired fashion and exploring sexual fantasy that makes my skin crawl." This offensive cloud has a silver lining, however: Thanks to the power of the Internet and righteously...

Watch This: The Subversive Humor of "DIY Bride"

Mikala Bierna is best known for her her Disappointing Gay Best Friend series, which lampooned tired gay stereotypes. She's at it again with her new video "DIY Bride," where she pokes fun at the Wedding Industrial Complex.

Never forget: You can't spell bridey without DIY!

Body Revolution: Is Lady Gaga's New Project Resisting Beauty Standards or Reinforcing Them?

Earlier today, Lady Gaga posted photos of herself in her underwear on her website with the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15" and launched a new project encouraging fans to "make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous."

Anything that pushes back against body snarking and encourages body diversity and acceptance is a good thing, obviously, but is Body Revolution...

Tales From The Crip: Ready, Willing, and Disabled

What's up Bitches!?

Ahem. I mean "Hello, distinguished readers of the Bitch community. Pleased to make your acquaintance. How do you do?" My name is Caitlin and this is my new blogging series, "Tales From The Crip." I hope you enjoy it and that we can be friends. Or at the very least, be frenemies who engage in some stimulating conversations.

RetroPop: Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf

What do the secret lives of Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf have in common? More than you think.