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From the Library: Librarians on the Tube

What do Community, Parks and Recreation, and Episodes all have in common? Besides being popular sitcoms, these shows have all got something to say about librarians.

Sex and the Fat Girl: She's Got a Great Personality

In real life dating, as in pop culture, fatness is often treated as something a person has to overcome in order to be considered an acceptable romantic partner. The trope of the fat girl with the "great personality" ("great personality" being a common code phrase for "ugly" or "fat") who triumphs over dating adversity and finds a date who is able to see past the fat is commonly used...

BitchTapes: Lady Minstrels

Ever wonder what happened to the women musicians of New Weird America? Me too! Take a stroll through the fragrant foliage of female-made neo-psychedlic folk...

The Long Goodbye: (Sung in the tune of Peter Tosh) Veganize it!

Oprah has made clear throughout this season that because it's the last, she only wants to cover topics and guests of real significance to her—I applaud her for using her platform to raise awareness about the benefits of a vegan diet. That being said, this episode was a real mixed bag.

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Not Responsible

This week on Grey's Anatomy: problem storylines galore! Pregnancies, relationships, everyone telling everyone else what to do, and not a whole lot of anyone listening to anyone else. Grey's wants to set us up for sweeps with a bang, apparently, and we've got a lot of thoughts about it after the jump.

On Our Radar

Need some awesome links to start your weekend? Thought so!

  • First, the great news, in case you didn't hear: Obama declared DOMA unconstitutional!
  • Feministe links to the full list of events for the Walk for Choice. Mark your calendars for Saturday! At Feministing, Ann Friedman talks about her experience on MSNBC talking about Planned Parenthood and points to ways to speak out...

Race Card: Anti-Abortion Billboards Target Black Women

There's been an uproar in New York all this week about an anti-abortion billboard in Soho. The billboard featured a little black girl with the message, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." Launched by anti-abortion group Life Always, the billboard served as a controversial way to bring attention to the fact that black women have a disproportionately high abortion...

The Bitch High Five: Female Characters (Fictional or Real) Whom We Miss Now That They're Gone!

Each month in our nifty newsletter (sign up on the homepage if you haven't already), we'll be polling Bitch staffers and readers on their top five in different categories and posting the polls and results on the Bitch blog. This month, it's female characters we miss now that they're gone. So c'mon, give us five!

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Do you miss these ladies as much as we do? Have...

Douchebag Decree: Phyllis Schlafly & Suzanne Venker: The Flipside of Douchiness

This just in! Career antifeminists Phyllis Schlafly and Suzanne Venker blame feminism for the nation's divorce rate (among other things)! In their upcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know—and Men Can't Say, Schlafly and Venker posit that feminists, with our love of divorce, our hatred of men, our general negativity, and our blatant duplicitousness, have fostered a...

No Kidding: Fit to be Tied? Talking with Dr. Rebecca Kluchin

Does the history of sterilization have links to modern consent forms? How has forced sterilization intersected, if at all, with the fight for women's right to be voluntarily sterilized? Rebecca M. Kluchin, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of history at California State University, Sacramento, and author of the book Fit to be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America,...