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Feministory: Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Masachusetts in 1928. Sexton was the youngest of three daughters and quickly earned the title of the wild child. At seventeen, her parents sent her to Rogers Hall Boarding School in Lowell, Massachusetts to try and cure the rebellious side in her. After graduating from school, Sexton attended what she would later call a "finishing school" before she met...

Mad Men: TKO!

Last night's episode of Mad Men was a knockout!

You wanna take your teeth out? Or you want me to knock them out?

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Did you watch the pilot episode?

OK, so we've all seen it now, yes? Let's discuss.


On Our Radar: Beyonc

It's Friday the 13th! We're not superstitious or anything, but these links are bound to bring you good luck (or at least some weekend reading material):

  • Bitch editorial director and co-founder Andi Zeisler was on Chicago's WBEZ this week talking about...the b-word!
  • The Guardian covers how female-centered television dramas are becoming increasingly...

Fertile Ground: Children's Book Review: The Last Wild Witch

When I found out that Starhawk, famed Earth Activist, spiritual feminist, Witch and permaculturist, had written a children's book, I bought it before I knew I was ever going to be pregnant. The pictures, done by artist Lindy Kehoe, are beautiful paintings. The story centers on an herbalist (or witch), and introduces children to a woman healer making healing decoctions with herbs, emphasizing...

BitchTapes: I've Got a Question

Inspired by the Beach Boys "I Know There's an Answer," I'm going to take a look at the question in rock. From "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" (answer: no) to "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" (answer: it's complicated) questions give artists ways to both push forward the narrative and to put the audience in a character's shoes. What follows are 15 prime examples of the inter-rock-ative (ha...

End of Gender: Not Your Mother's Storybooks

A new wave of children's books depicts families who encourage their kids to be who they are.

Visi(bi)lity: The L Word

In the comments of Wednesday's post, Anita pointed out that Queer As Folk is not the only Showtime program that struggles in its depiction of bisexuality. When discussing depictions of biphobia in the gay community, one can't avoid The L Word. The difference between the shows as I see it, however, is that if Queer As Folk suffers from bi invisibility, The L Word...

Douchebag Decree: Governor Scott Walker, General in the War on Women

It comes as no surprise that when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed over 50 bills last Thursday, several of those bills limited women's reproductive rights. However, Walker took his douchery to a new level by repealing the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Governor Scott Walker you have earned a Douchebag Decree for taking your sexism a step beyond reproductive health issues,...

Happy 96th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

As a Portland native and book lover, I've spent my whole life obsessed with Beverly Cleary. I wore the spines out of all of her books, my mom took us to Grant Park when they unveiled the Beverly Cleary statue garden (and Madame Cleary herself was there!), my cousin works at Beverly Cleary Middle School, I watched the crap out of my taped-from-TV copies of that late '80s Ramona series...