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The H-Word: "Cleaning Up" OWS and Our Country's Historic Fear of Contagion

Not so good morning, America. I woke up yesterday to discover that on Monday night the police had cleared Zuccotti Park. As of this morning, Zuccotti Park remains largely unoccupied and quiet, thanks to a judge's ruling that the city needn't allow them back in. At a press conference yesterday, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to effectually shut down the protest, which had...

Sneak Peek: Articles from the New "Underground" Issue of Bitch!

 

The frost-covered issue of Underground is on its way to mailboxes and newsstands soon, but you can check out three new articles ahead of time today! Lauren Elmore looks at whether a spate of recent pop songs is making things "better" (or not) in "Raise Your Glass If U R A Firework Who Was Born This Way: Who's to say what makes a gay anthem?". Emi Koyami examines how the...

B-Sides: Tender Forever's "Congratulations" Tour

If I wasn't already a big fan of French/Portlander musician Tender Forever (I was), I would be after seeing her "Congratulations" tour last week. Currently traveling down the West Coast, "Congratulations" is an all-ages tour that combines Tender Forever's amazing stage presence and music with a bunch of weirder-than-life YouTube videos. It's like going to an awkward house party with no booze...

Bringing Up Baby: The Overrepresentation of Fatherhood in TVLand

In today's complex television landscape, it's easy to argue that traditional conceptions of "parenthood" are changing as we see fewer heteronormative nuclear families, which reflects demographic and social changes in the real world. Yet a closer look at parenthood in contemporary scripted television reveals that when it comes to family life, the perspective of the cisgendered male is...

Mom & Pop Culture: Remakes

This trend of remaking childhood classics holds no nostalgia for me. It only holds anger that companies feel that they can update a part of my childhood in order to double their profit margins and, in the same breath, insult my child by suggesting he won't enjoy something with a simple, timeless message.

In the Frame: Woman Offers Her Body as Men

23-year-old Shauna Taylor is proud to own an original piece by Damien Hirst. If you want to have a look, she's showing it within the pages of Garage magazine—a new publication edited by Dasha Zhukova, who runs a gallery in Moscow and used to edit Pop, the biannual fashion bible. A word of warning: Shauna isn't flaunting one of Hirst's trendy spot paintings. She's been...

The H-Word: Essence, Revealed

The first time I met Essence Revealed was two years ago at the Sex Workers Cabaret, an annual event in New York City where sex workers take the stage to tell their diverse stories through performance, narrative, puppetry, burlesque, comedy and more. Essence is a dual degreed, former lap dance engineer from the upscale gentlemen's club scene. Her performance that night reminded me of the girls...

Adventures in Feministory: Gloria Anzald

Gloria Anzaldúa lived a pedal-to-the-metal life, refusing to deny any aspects of her dynamic identity and writing her own page in the great book of queer/feminist/critical theory by tearing out 20 others. Her writings are enactments of the "borderland/frontera" concept that she pioneered; her books fly between prose and poetry, English and Spanish, and any number of personal and theoretical...

Bitch Popaganda: Childish Things Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as we discuss Joan Didion's new memoir Blue Nights, the #mencallmethings Twitter hashtag, and the Childish Gambino album Camp. Plus, Bitch faves!

On Our Radar

Here's what we've been reading (and watching, and thinking about) this week.
  • Have you been reading Ladydrawers' interview comic with Alison Bechdel? Catch up with part two of three over at Truth Out.
  • Women's Media Center writes about Ibtihaj Muhammad's journey to become the first women to compete for the U.S. Olympic team wearing a headscarf.
  • In the "Something...

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