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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)....

Bechdel Test Canon: Water

A consideration on the politics of revolution and widow's ashrams in Deepa Mehta's Water, which takes place when Gandhi was rising to power and India and closes the director's elements trilogy.

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Pet Lover's Edition!

Well, Thanksgiving's over and the holiday season has officially begun. 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 December, we (Bitch HQ staff and interns) will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest...

I ? Bitch For Its Critical Voice

As 2010 draws to a close, it's the time of year that nonprofits ask for donations. Bitch Media is no different; we need ongoing financial support. Usually, we would ask you to make a gift after telling you why you should support us. However, Bitch Media is lucky. We don't need to tell you why Bitch is important because we can let our supporters tell their own stories. This week, Everett...

Music Matters: Starman, Queen Bitch, and Me.

(David Bowie, "Life on Mars." My favorite music video ever, directed by Mick Rock. Lyrics here.) Dear Bitch readers, it's time for me to leave you. Thanks for indulging me in all manner of things, from my teenage crushes on Axl Rose and Trent Reznor to my all-consuming current Robyn obsession. But I did save the best for last. And I'm not even equivocating on that one.

Adventures in Feministory: Nella Larsen

Although you can count her published works on one hand, Nella Larsen's achievements went beyond literature. She was a head nurse at the Tuskegee Institute, and the first African-American woman to graduate from library school as well as the first to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. But Nella Larsen is first and foremost remembered as an author—along with Zora Neale Hurston, Larsen was one of the...

Bechdel Test Canon: Daughters of the Dust

Today we encounter perhaps the most difficult entry of the series. While "important" and "palatable" are not always mutually exclusive descriptors, there's no denying the cultural significance of writer-director Julie Dash's hypnotic and elliptical 1991 debut feature Daughters of the Dust, which apparently was the first nationally released film by a black female director. In 2004, the...

Political InQueery: The Next Two Years

We took a long gander at the 2010 midterm elections, and I'm grateful we've had this time together, even if electoral politics often seems like an unworthy issue to spend quality time examining. For me, assessing the rhetoric from politicians and the press who cover them is telling because it outlines the parameters of debate across a range of issues and by illuminating what gets spotlighted,...

Bechdel Test Canon: The Descent

Today's entry marks the first official selection of the horror genre. It isn't my intention to project ill will toward familial bonding the Friday after Thanksgiving, as I'm having a fine time with my partner and parents. However, maybe this post will entertain those waking from food comas or folks heading back home.

I'm a recent convert to horror movies. I started my master's program...

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