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It's (Un)Equal Pay Day!

April 17 is Equal Pay Day, marking how many extra hours women have to work in order to make as much as their male counterparts did the year prior. Not only is this day depressing because we're still "celebrating" it nearly half a century after John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, it's depressing because large pay gaps still exist among groups of women whose wages fall far below 77 cents...

Visi(bi)lity: Finding Realism in Rose By Any Other Name

One of the best parts of writing for Bitch has been hearing from folks who read the series, particularly when they recommend media I've never seen before. Such is the case with Rose By Any Other Name, a web series that recently finished its second season. Produced by Kyle Schickner of FenceSitter Films, the series follows Rose, a woman coming to terms with her bisexuality after...

Feministory: Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Masachusetts in 1928. Sexton was the youngest of three daughters and quickly earned the title of the wild child. At seventeen, her parents sent her to Rogers Hall Boarding School in Lowell, Massachusetts to try and cure the rebellious side in her. After graduating from school, Sexton attended what she would later call a "finishing school" before she met...

Mad Men: TKO!

Last night's episode of Mad Men was a knockout!

You wanna take your teeth out? Or you want me to knock them out?

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Did you watch the pilot episode?

OK, so we've all seen it now, yes? Let's discuss.


On Our Radar: Beyonc

It's Friday the 13th! We're not superstitious or anything, but these links are bound to bring you good luck (or at least some weekend reading material):

  • Bitch editorial director and co-founder Andi Zeisler was on Chicago's WBEZ this week talking about...the b-word!
  • The Guardian covers how female-centered television dramas are becoming increasingly...

Fertile Ground: Children's Book Review: The Last Wild Witch

When I found out that Starhawk, famed Earth Activist, spiritual feminist, Witch and permaculturist, had written a children's book, I bought it before I knew I was ever going to be pregnant. The pictures, done by artist Lindy Kehoe, are beautiful paintings. The story centers on an herbalist (or witch), and introduces children to a woman healer making healing decoctions with herbs, emphasizing...

BitchTapes: I've Got a Question

Inspired by the Beach Boys "I Know There's an Answer," I'm going to take a look at the question in rock. From "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" (answer: no) to "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" (answer: it's complicated) questions give artists ways to both push forward the narrative and to put the audience in a character's shoes. What follows are 15 prime examples of the inter-rock-ative (ha...

End of Gender: Not Your Mother's Storybooks

A new wave of children's books depicts families who encourage their kids to be who they are.

Visi(bi)lity: The L Word

In the comments of Wednesday's post, Anita pointed out that Queer As Folk is not the only Showtime program that struggles in its depiction of bisexuality. When discussing depictions of biphobia in the gay community, one can't avoid The L Word. The difference between the shows as I see it, however, is that if Queer As Folk suffers from bi invisibility, The L Word...