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Bechdel Test Canon: One Sings, The Other Doesn't

In her 1977 film One Sings, The Other Doesn't, Agnès Varda uses the musical to play with convention and assert a feminist history.

The 99%: Mamas with Money and Parents in Poverty

How much does it actually cost to raise children?

You might be thinking about the price of diapers, health insurance, or preschool programs when trying to work out a rough answer.  But don't forget the $230 silver ballet shoes that your five year old will grow out of in a few months, or the $56 baby blanket, or the $500 bassinet.

Our culture is obsessed with all things celebrity...

Adventures in Feministory: Annie "Little Sure Shot" Oakley

Born on August 13, 1860 to Quaker parents Jacob and Susan, Phoebe Ann Mozee early life could not begin to foreshadow the wild adventures she would have. As she grew up, Annie's penchant for hunting became local legend and she started to garner fame and respect in her region for her excellent shot. After winning a competition against a traveling performer and sharp-shooter who she would later...

Bitch Radio: This Land is Girl Land

girllandtranscript.doc (69 KB)Remember earlier this week when we told you not to read Caitlin Flanagan's Girl Land? Well, we read it so you wouldn't have to (lucky you).

Thursday Night 'Lights: Four Ways for Up All Night to Fit Right In

So if you read these recaps with any regularity,  I imagine you were relieved when NBC moved Whitney to "cocktail hour" on Wednesdays to be paired with Chelsea Handler's new show. (So avoid Wednesday nights on NBC.) In its place came Up All Night, a mostly charming show about new parents Chris and Reagan. Like WhitneyUp All Night focuses on a couple in a...

Bitchtapes: Groundhog Day Was Yesterday

While brainstorming for this week's mix (too early for anti-Valentine's Day songs and too late for Squirrel Appreciation Day?) Kelsey came up with something brilliant: a mix inspired by the 1993 movie Groundhog Day featuring the same song played over and over again (Bill Murray's character in the film experiences, inescapably, the holiday every day). But because the utter meta-ness of...

Project Runway All Stars: A-muse-balls

Last night, our All Stars hit the streets to find inspiration (and innocent bystanders willing to donate the clothes off their backs) for an a-muse-ing runway challenge.

They're all titillated, but only one of them got his number.

On Our Radar

Is it Puppy Bowl weekend yet?
  • How genuine is the Susan G. Komen backtracking and apology? Here are a few excellent links on recent developments.
  • Check out this Feminist Wire article on the intersections and manipulations of anti-Palestinian occupation protestors and LGBTQ protestors by the Israeli government.
  • Transgriot has a report on awful transphobic actions going on...

Double Rainbow: Tony Attwood tells us to "make lemonade."

Well, he tells non-autistic people to make lemonade, specifically. Guess who the "lemons" are in this metaphor.

Popular fiction both shapes and reflects cultural attitudes. In a previous post, I picked apart the film Adam and expressed concern over the film's troubling conclusion that people with Asperger syndrome—and by extension all autists, since Asperger's is thought of as...

Bechdel Test Canon: Pumzi

In a recent interview with Samantha Burton for Bitch, Kenyan writer-director Wanuri Kahiu recalled a lovely endorsement she received from a film festival attendant in Zanzibar. Speaking of her 2009 short Pumzi, he said:

"If you ask everybody here, 'What exactly happened in that film?' they wouldn't be able to tell you. But if you ask everybody here, 'What was that...