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BitchTapes: Gifts!

This week marked the beginning of Hanukkah, which in turn marked the beginning of the gift buying/giving frenzy that happens at the end of every year. Here's a soundtrack to keep you company while you shop (nudge, nudge): 

Bitch in a Box: Feminist Gifts for Teen Girls

Picking out gifts for teenage girls is hard work. Especially when you want to pick out the gift that will dispel the doubts and insecurities that so often come with being a teenage girl. While there might not be one magic present that will turn your teenage sister or niece into an overnight feminist, there are a whole lot of gifts that will get the ball rolling. I've rounded up a bunch of...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Adrift and at Peace

This week on Grey's Anatomy: Christmas is in the air, a fishing trip, nurses lay down the law, and tensions between Meredith and Owen. How is our favourite medical drama going to leave us set up for the holidays, and what do the Grand Rounds bloggers think? Find out more (and sound off) after the jump!

On Our Radar

It's Friday, which means our radar is beeping! Here's what we've been reading in our post-Thanksgiving-feast torpor.

  • We're pretty excited that someone noticed how tired Sex and the City comparisons are when writing about "the modern woman." We're not so excited that the New York Times has missed that memo.
  • World AIDS Day was December 1st, and we're pretty sure...

Bechdel Test Canon: Real Women Have Curves

We close week five of our series of movies that pass the Bechdel Test with the first star-making vehicle for a lead actress. Honduran American novice America Ferrera charmed audiences with her feature debut in director Patricia Cardosa's 2002 indie sleeper Real Women Have Curves, which was distributed by HBO Films.

Bitch in a Box: Books all around!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of the month, Bitch HQ staff and interns will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest feminists on your shopping list. Below, my picks for the book lovers...

Douchebag Decree: Boehner and Posse vs. Smithsonian

I have a feeling that House Majority Leader-to-be John Boehner may prove himself the worthy recipient of many a Douchebag Decree in the months and years to come, but the distinctly layered douche-osity of this story made it hard to resist awarding him the honors this week.

Iconography: Let's Get Lit Started

Hello, gentle readers. The good people at Bitch have made a terrible and now, I fear, irrevocable mistake, having hired me to write for you for the next eight weeks. There is an upside, however. I'm going to be writing about the greatest thing in the whole world: literature! So, welcome to this here series called Iconography. We're going to look at the formation and celebration of feminist...

The Long Goodbye: Introducing...Oprah!

Is Oprah's last season a gift to her viewers, or a gift to herself?

I'd Rather Go Naked... Than See More of These PETA TSA Ads

PETA has long been known for offensive, weirdly sexist, and lazy advertising. Their sexism-is-OK-because-it's-for-animals tactics are tired as can be, yet they seem determined to stay the course. Case in point: Their latest campaign revolves around the much-reported-on new TSA screenings, and it is chocked full of sexism, misinformation, and size discrimination (surprise! but not really)....

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