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Lady Business: The Myth of Free Work

My friend and colleague Omar Gallaga's 2010 essay on the costs of presenting to people for free has stayed with me for a little while. The same is true for Courtney Martin's column about misconceptions about the costs of online feminism. They each reminded me that there's no such thing as free work.

End of Gender: The End of the End

From he-waxing to "gender-reveal" parties, we've covered a lot of ground in the past two months. Despite the ever-growing "hip factor" of gender neutrality, there's evidence of a powerful backlash. But alongside the media missteps and the horrors of transphobia, we've seen some binary-bustin' events happen around the world.

Articles from the Fame + Fortune Issue Now Online!

Hey Bitch readers! Now you can find four articles from our new Fame + Fortune issue to read and share online. And if you're not a subscriber, here's a chance to see what you're missing. Plus, you can now buy digital copies of the new issue as well!

On our articles page, you'll find "Never Said Nothing," where Lindsay Zoladz takes a look at how the use of "cunt" has progressed...

Comics Alliance: Inking Outside the Box: A profile on editor Laura Hudson

"Reports of my boobs and fists have been greatly exaggerated," says Laura Hudson, staring at a webcomic that depicts her with enormous versions of both, under the headline, "What I'm Offended About This Week!"

Hudson, the editor of AOL-owned comics blog Comics Alliance, deserves some serious love for striding boldly into an Internet shitstorm (...

B-Sides: Kat Edmonson

Kat Edmonson makes warm, hand-holding love songs that hearken back to smoky 1940s lounges or swinging 1960s girl groups, with simple lyrics and arrangements that keep her message accessible and sweet. And now that it's almost summer, the breezy, throwback pop which makes up Edmonson's sophomore album Way Down Low is exactly what the doctor ordered. Read after the jump for an interview...

Fertile Ground: Attention Shoppers! The Problems with Celebrating Memorial Day by Shopping

Memorial Day, a day of remembrance in the US for fallen soldiers, is also a day of shopping for many Americans—at least, according to TIME magazine it is. The social media data in the article suggest that most people were more excited about shopping this past Memorial Day weekend than they have been in years.

Lady Business: New Female CEOs, Coming Right Up

A recent Catalyst survey of Fortune 500 companies found that in 2011, women accounted for 14.1% of executive officer positions. They are just 7.5% of top earners in those position, but there are apparently a lot of women being groomed for leadership in the "corporate pipeline."

Adventures in Feministory: Althea Gibson, the First Black Tennis Player to Win a Tennis Grand Slam Tournament

In honor of the French Open this week, it felt appropriate to highlight the achievements of the female singles winner from 56 years ago: Althea Gibson. Long before Venus and Serena started making waves in the tennis world, Gibson was not only the very first African American tennis player to win ANY of the major Grand Slam tennis tournaments independent of each other, she won three of...

Mad Men: The Other Woman

What an episode! We laughed, we cried, we called for Pete Campbell's head on a platter, and then we cried some more.

Seriously, somebody kill this guy.

BitchTapes: Tales of the Jazz Age

For me, the 1920s stand out as one of the coolest times to be alive. The music, the parties, the changes in social mores, the fashion, the burgeoning of film and radio. (This is of course, with rose-tinted glasses neglecting the poverty, the subjugation of classes, ethnicities, and women—not to mention the violence brought on by prohibition.) Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby introduces...