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I ? Bitch Because It Takes Pop Culture Seriously

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, Veronica...

Adventures in Feministory: Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes was a poet, novelist, journalist, and artist whose work was known for its unique prose rhythms, its sexual openness, and its fascination with the bawdy and grotesque. She lived in Greenwich Village in the bohemian 1910s, frequented the artists' salons in 1920s Paris, and late in life became a cult icon and famous recluse.

Open Thread: Naomi Wolf and Jaclyn Friedman on Democracy Now!

Writer and Douchebag Decree-recipient Naomi Wolf debated Jaclyn Friedman (executive director of Women, Action...

Iconography: The Rather Extraordinary Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking

If any icons loom large, they're those of our formative years. Let's open up some children's books, shall we? With sales numbering at about 145 million copies and, according to UNESCO, as the world's twenty-fifth most translated author, Astrid Lindgren is about as formative as it gets. Who among us doesn't love Pippi Longstocking?

Bechdel Test Canon: Nobody Knows My Name

Taking its title from rapper T-Love's song, Nobody Knows My Name is about female participation of hip hop culture as MCs, DJs, breakers, and producers, despite being obscured by a recording industry that doesn't know how or care to figure out how to sell their product.

On Our Radar

Happy Monday! Here's what's been On Our Radar lately at Bitch HQ:

  • Nailing the majority of female roles in mainstream movies, the Vulture details the 14 most thankless female roles of the past year. Who would you add?
  • Keep up with Sady Doyle and the #MooreandMe campaign on her Sady's website, Tiger Beatdown. Still no word from Michael Moore, but Keith Olbermann knows a...

The Long Goodbye: Oprah and Franzen Fake it

Earlier this month, celebrated author Jonathan Franzen finally graced The Oprah Winfrey Show stage, an appearance roughly nine years in the making. Some of you may recall the press that surrounded Winfrey's book club selection of Frazen's novel The Corrections in late 2001. Post-selection, Franzen expressed some discomfort with having a corporate "Oprah Book Club" logo...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Calendar Edition!

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 feminists on your shopping list. Here's my guide to calendars—be sure...

Tweet #MooreandMe if You Hate Rape Apologists!

Feminists of the blogosphere, if you haven't been tweeting the #MooreandMe hashtag, it's time to start.

The Long Goodbye: Michelle Rhee Gets the Winfrey Endorsement

Oprah presents Michelle Rhee as the person to lead education reform.  Does this oversimplify the issue?