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Douchebag Decree: James Carnell and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association's Racist, Sexist, Terrible Newsletter

The Boston Police Department has been in the news lately, and not for entertaining buddy cop shenanigans. Well, unless you count publishing a racist, homophobic, sexist, bigoted, rage-inducing union newsletter and then deleting the archives instead of taking responsibility for them to be entertaining (it isn't).

Thinking Kink: Swinging Both Ways (Christian Grey Included)

Dominant, submissive, top, bottom, masochist, sadist... What if your kink preferences don't fit one of these labels? Does popular culture have no time for fence-sitters, or as Jay Wiseman called them, "switch-hitters"? Or does it regularly represent them without acknowledging their existence?

Having It All: Anne-Marie Slaughter engages with critics without being an asshole.

In case you missed it, Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the controversial Atlantic piece "Women Still Can't Have It All," responded to her critics yesterday on the Atlantic's website. In "The 'Having It All' Debate Convinced Me to Stop Saying 'Having It All'," Slaughter discusses the conversations her piece has sparked, some places where her article fell short, and the ways in...

B-Sides: Regina Spektor, "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats"

Listening to What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, the sixth studio album from real-life Manic Pixie Dream Girl Regina Spektor, is a pretty philosophical experience. Spektor has done a lot of changing. Her music has changed, her career has changed (read: exploded), her audience has changed (read: used to be some people, is now ALL OF THE PEOPLE). But she's also done a fair amount...

Bridal Party: Scooch Over, Gender Binary!

One thing I found in planning my own wedding, and in being semi-privy to other queer weddings, was that the very fact of queerness and/or same-sex-ness sort of short circuited everyone's conscious and unconscious cultural assumptions. It's almost as though since the expectation of adhering to a traditional template wasn't there in the first place, it opened the playing field to a...

Brony Love: Lauren Faust, Creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Live from Bronycon!

"Everypony, without further ado we'd like to introduce the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Lauren Faust!"

4,000 fans leap from their chairs. The predominantly male crowd claps and whistles and screams Faust's name, the auditorium echoing with their cheers.

When Lauren Faust developed the idea for a new iteration of Hasbro's animated show My...

Five Non-Beefcake-Related Things That Will Surprise You About Magic Mike

Some of us Bitch staffers went to see Magic Mike on Friday. (So did a bunch of other people, but weirdly not as many as went to see Ted. WTF?) As we said in our podcast review, we all liked the movie and, though it is just as chocked full o' beefcake as the trailer would have you believe, we were still surprised by a few things.

McConaughey as Uncle Sam? Not all...

Thinking Kink: The Appeal of the Submissive Male

Other men may condemn them, but how do women feel about men who want to be dominated? Today I'm thinking again about masculinity and how it's dealt with in media representations of kink, and pondering why a submissive man might appeal to some people...

True Blood: We'll Meet Again

Did you watch True Blood last night? Check out our live tweets from the episode after the jump!

Kamasutra and the Indian Feminists

Talking sex—especially about the Kamasutra—is progressive, but discussions of the political economy of the text don't get the same pedestal. How can I claim and embrace queer liberation (as much as I may want to), when it silences someone else?