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The H-Word: "I'm a Whore"

"I'm a whore, a proud whore. What does this word mean? A whore is a prostitute, sex worker, hustler, degenerate, scum in a female body. I call myself a whore revolutionary. I consider myself a survivor."

Celebrate Columbus Day: Call Out Native Appropriation

Well, today's Columbus Day, a time when we feel weird about getting a day off work because Columbus and the genocide that followed his "discovering" of America is not someone we should celebrate in any sense of the word. If you're currently feeling conflicted about staying at home on the couch watching Real Housewives reruns, take a minute to call out some of the Native appropriations...

Isn't He Lovely: The Myth of the Superior Penis

As feminists, I think it's easy to forget that for all of the misrepresentations and misinformation delivered to us about what vulvas and vaginas "should" look like and how they "should" respond to sexual contact, equally tall tales about penile look and length abound.

Bitchtapes: Red Edition

Prompted by our Red issue, I bring you a sampling of fiery, scarlet songs for your listening pleasure.

Track listing after the jump!

On Our Radar

Another week, another round of excellent reading.
  • A must-read at Crunk Feminist Collective about ongoing racism within feminism (spurred by That Sign at NYC Slutwalk) 
  • Emily Manual writes about how trans children are portrayed sympathetically by mainstream media for Raising My Boychick. 
  • Ms. iw in the midst of their Top 100 Feminist Non-Fiction book list! (Bitch's own...

Preacher's Daughter: Are There Progressive and Feminist Voices in Country?

A couple of commenters have raised questions about progressiveness in country music. Today, I want to suggest that there are progressive voices, at least in Americana, roots, and alt country music, but those voices are limited. They are almost always white, and usually populist and male. There are a few women in country who arguably identify as feminists. None of these...

Thursday Night 'Lights: Since We're Stuck With Whitney, Let's Improve the Show

For this installment of TNL, I've decided to focus on the most beloved new show of the fall season. That's right, Whitney. Since NBC has chosen to give it a full season pickup, I think its time to accept the show is here to stay until May. So before I get to the other recaps from last night, allow me to offer a few suggestions for how to make Whitney worthy of the laughter...

The H-Word: "Dancing Saved my Life"

"When I was a teenager, like 14, I took off from an abusive foster care situation (one of many) and I had to 'make it' on my own. I had no ID, and no money. I danced at Billy's Topless and a place called The Baby Doll Lounge, until I was legal age to be on my own and to get a proper job. I never got drunk at work, I never did drugs, or slept with or dated clients. The older women looked out...

Isn't He Lovely: Hollywood Adores a Handsome Blind Man

If Hollywood gravitates toward a "sexy" disability for male characters, it would have to be blindness. I was recently mulling over how the big screen portrays men of color and with disabilities and realized that blind male characters in movies often aren't dehumanized or marginalized. They're downright hot.

<em>Young Adult</em> Trailer Released, Features "The Girl You Hated in High School"

You know how the past decade or so has brought us countless films with a male protagonist who is juvenile and irredeemable, and it's kind of a problem? Wouldn't it be so equally problematic edgy and trendy and subversive if filmmakers started casting WOMEN in those roles instead of men?! Well, it didn't work in Bad Teacher, so Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody are giving it a try with...