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Douchebag Decree: Pete Hoekstra's Racist Political Ad

This morning I woke up to the news that the Census Bureau counts dad staying home with the kids as "child care arrangement" (not so much, moms who do the same thing!), and a certain, Gawker-owned "women's issue" site posted stills of a woman being raped, but in a week of douchebags, I had to spend some time pointing out Pete Hoekstra's racist political ad that will be airing in...

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls Part 2: "Boys, fashion, shopping, movies, and music"

That's what little girls are made of, apparently.

In my last post, I took a look at the book Asperger's and Girls, a collection of essays that attempt to address the needs and concerns about girls with Asperger syndrome. I found the book to be a disappointment overall, but one chapter in particular stands out as especially heinous. In "Girl to Girl: Advice on Friendship,...

School's Out: Slut Shaming and the Empowered Young Woman

There have been countless observations made here at Bitch and elsewhere about how the term "slut" has been used, abused, and reclaimed with varying degrees of success. In this post, I want to explore a topic that I've been having a lot of conversations about lately with a friend who works full time at my university. Her position happens to be managed by the undergraduates in the student...

BiblioBitch: Send Me Work

In this age of literary Jonathans, I am always on the lookout for some good solid realism by women, about women's experiences, that doesn't feel like it has to scream from its pink and lime green cover, "WARNING: YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ A BOOK ABOUT A WOMAN." Thankfully, I have found Katherine Karlin's new book. Send Me Work is an extremely thoughtful and often funny collection of short stories...

The 99%: Republican Classism Roundup

The Republican presidential candidates deservedly get a good amount of critical coverage due to the homophobic, racist, and misogynistic rhetoric that they seem to spout at every campaign stop.  This election, though, is one of the first times in my memory that the candidates' classism and profound oblivion regarding their own privilege have really taken center stage. While I'm sure...

B-Sides: Bj

Björk trades exclusively in weird, constantly redefining herself in ways that challenge conceptions of women in music. I love Björk for shaking off any definitions people have applied to her, so let's cruise through a short "greatest hits" list of classic Björk moments that have helped shape her nebulous character.

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls

In my last post, I critiqued a chapter of Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. Now I'm taking a look at Asperger's and Girls, a slim collection of essays in which Attwood and others tackle the intersection of Asperger's and gender.

Or, rather, in which they attempt to take on that intersection.

School's Out: Popular Media and the Gay Teen Martyr

Kids are indeed the future and so they're also the site of great moral panic. As more kids are skipping the closet, debate rages on about what is appropriate to "expose" young people to—which also raises the question of what is appropriate to acknowledge as already existing in young people's experiences. And because it is easier to recognize the specificity of queer sexuality, sociality, and...

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.

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