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It's Hard Out Here For a Pop: Blogging offers a way for dads to get branded, but can they get respect?

With all the pixels expended on the annual female-blogging extravaganza known as BlogHer, you might be forgiven for having overlooked the very first Modern Media Man Summit, a heavily sponsored and branded affair held this past September in Atlanta. Targeting "the blogosphere's top men and dad bloggers," M3 promised to "change everything"—presumably by connecting dad bloggers to new and...

Pink Slip: Breaking down the princess castle with Cinderella Ate My Daughter author Peggy Orenstein

From the outside, Peggy Orenstein epitomizes feminist success. She's an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such distinguished publications as the New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, Discover, Mother Jones, and O: The Oprah Magazine. But her work itself is dedicated to asserting the ways in which "having it all"—or trying to—in a world built to the measure of men can have...

Race Card: Why it Matters that a Black Woman Exposed Chris Lee

If you're a married congressman, it's probably not a good idea to send shirtless photos of yourself to women you encounter on Craigslist. New York Congressman Christopher Lee found that out the hard way after a woman he'd exchanged flirtatious emails with—including the shirtless one—outed him on the gossip website Gawker. In the emails, 46-year-old Lee portrayed himself as a divorced father...

No Kidding: I Didn't Know You Didn't Know I'm Not Pregnant

On Saturday night, my partner and I were walking out of a local grocer when he decided to buy one of the newspapers being sold by the homeless couple on the corner. I was holding our grocery bag as Andreas paid for the paper, and as the woman handed it to him, she asked him something, then reached over and patted my stomach before he steered me away. I chuckled as we turned towards home. "Why did...

Sex and the Fat Girl: If You Want My Body

Sometimes it seems like we're bombarded by study after study telling us fat girls that unless we fit a certain body type, we're doomed to be relegated to the "unattractive" bin. If your fat happens to settle into an "hourglass" or "pear" shape, your fat is more likely to be seen as "OK" by the dominant culture. That's less a product of evolution and more a product of the images drilled into...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

This week on Grey's Anatomy: transplants, gauche moves, more baby drama, and big decisions for some of our characters! Did Meredith make the right choice? Is Alex riding for a fall? Who wants to place a bet on how the Mark/Callie/Arizona love triangle will end?

All this and more, after the jump!

On Our Radar

Happy Friday, readers! Here's some of what we've been reading this week at Bitch HQ:

  • At both Native Appropriations and Racialicious, Adrienne K. asks for opinions on white uses of Pendleton.
  • Also at Racialicious, Arturo R. García discusses troubling aspects of the hit "Born This Way" and their pop forbearers in "Lady Gaga Brings Cholas Back to Pop Culture -- Like It or Not...

From the Library: Upcoming Online YA Book Club

Last week we asked you to vote for which books you'd like to read for our upcoming online young adult book club. The poll has been closed, so it's time to announce the winners!

No Kidding: Barbara and Oprah Admit it Ain't Always Easy

Oprah and Babs talk about how tough it is to have kids as a working woman—or in Oprah's case, the unambiguous lack of regret in regards to opting out. Skip to 7:30 in the video, where the discussion about having kids starts. Transcript after the jump.

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative hidden-camera hijinks. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Lila Rose, a 22-year-old whose organization, Live Action: a "new media movement for life," is using hidden cameras to discredit Planned Parenthood and garnering mainstream and political attention....