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Preacher's Daughter: PJ Harvey's Apocalypse Now

Last week, I wrote about apocalyptic themes and imagery in contemporary music. In closing out that discussion (at least for now), I use PJ Harvey's February LP, Let England Shake*, as a jumping off point to think about about war as apocalypse. In the album, we encounter a crumbling empire beset by militarism. 

Here is the music video for "This Glorious Land" (lyrics here). It's...

Bitchtapes: New Music + Artists to Watch!

For this week's Bitchtapes, I wanted to feature some new artists and some soon-to-be-released (or brand spankin' new) tunes out there from independent labels. Track list after the jump!

Bitch Popaganda: The Cheesy Beefcake Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Mac, Andi, and Kelsey discuss the male objectification in the media, Fox's The New Girl, and the obsolescence of Miss Universe (and beauty pageants in general). Plus, Bitch faves!

Transcript here.

Isn't He Lovely: It's Boom Time for Male Skin Bleaching

While we might scoff at the spray-tanned guys of "Jersey Shore" and their year-round pursuit of bronze, skin lightening isn't so easy to laugh off. First, skin lightening is far more globally and culturally pervasive than tanning, with pressure to lighten being highest for those of Asian, Latino, and African ethnicities. For instance, baseball star and native Dominican Sammy Sosa made...

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Many characters on television are explicitly mentally ill, and they come in a wide range of presentations. Television as a medium provides a unique opportunity for long, complex character arcs, which can be good when a show wants to take mental health seriously and really explore characters and their development. It can also be very, very bad, when a show doesn't do the research, and...

Preacher's Daughter: Love in the Time of Apocalypse

I agree that apocalyptic imagery has figured prominently in the public imagination in 2011 in part as a result of the anxieties of this moment in time. Nowhere has this been more evident than in songs about love, in which said love is either a distraction from or metaphor for the end times. First, let's take a look at Aussie singer, Lenka's "At the End of the World (lyrics here): 

 

From the Library: Join Us for Zines & Snacks with Anne Elizabeth Moore this Sunday

It's time for another Bitch Library Open House! Join us at our library in Portland this Sunday for zines and snacks with Anne Elizabeth Moore, author of the brand new book Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh.

Douchebag Decree: Michele Bachmann and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad HPV Vaccine

Sometimes it seems futile to try and separate the wheat from the douche from week to week in politics. You just want to give up. I mean why even bother? But persevere, everyone, because this week we really got one. We found someone who's douchetastic, factually inaccurate intrusion into women's health actually made Rick Perry look reasonable. Her flagrant douchery even inspired an...

Pop Pedestal: Amber Holt from <em>Parenthood</em>

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to our pop culture favorites. Up today is Amber Holt from NBC's Parenthood, played by the fabulous Mae Whitman.

Internet Crush: Ladydrawers

Anyone who gets geeky about gender, numbers, and comics should check out Ladydrawers today! Writer and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore teams up with a female comics artist to produce comics explore various inequities within the comics industry—from who's being hired, who's being printed, and who's inside the pages (and how fully dressed they are!).

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