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Murder, She Blogged: Detectives in Distress

All good characters have a complex back story. But what is it with giving female TV detectives a particularly awful past?

By no means is every female investigator on television shown to be "damaged," but I think there are enough to make up an anecdotal trend. This "damage" is usually crucial in explaining why the character became a detective in the first place and why they are so intent...

Bitch Radio: Women in Open Source, Part 2

Last week, I spoke with Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative about women in open source and how to get more women involved. In Part 2 of women in the open source world, I speak with Sumana Harihareswara (volunteer development coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation) who I also met at the Open Sourcebridge conference, where she was named on of three Open Source Citizens at the conference (read...

Beyonce in Weddingland

My love of Beyoncé has been well documented on this blog before, so I won't get into it again here. However, I do want to talk about Bey's new video for "The Best Thing I Never Had," or rather, talk about the way other people are talking about it. First, the video, which is mostly just Beyoncé dancing around and looking really pretty in a wedding dress:

Book Club Edition: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

The Bitch Community Lending Library's book club recently got together to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Tune in as we share our thoughts on this feminist sci-fi classic.

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From the Library: Book Club Podcast // Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

As you may already know, our library hosts a monthly book club in Portland, OR. We're currently in the midst of three months of feminist sci-fi picks. We got together last month to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, we'll be reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood this month, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler in August. We love the varying groups of Portland-...

Murder, She Blogged: Prime Suspect

Are there any explicitly feminist crime TV shows? Prime Suspect, which ran on UK television channel ITV from 1991 to 2006, is surely a contender, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a female detective breaking into a male-dominated world. It dealt explicitly with issues such as institutional sexism and racism in London's Metropolitan Police force.


BitchTapes: Conversational Hits!

Conversational song has to be one of the most overlooked music genres ever, next to songs that mimic whale noises and songs that have no rhyming whatsoever. More than just duets and trios, these songs feature singers responding to one another in verse and usually a recognizable narrative arc. These are great songs to listen to if you are feeling alone or want to have an awesome sing-...

Sweet 15: Our Anniversary Party is TONIGHT!

Our Sweet 15 anniversary party is tonight in Portland! Help us celebrate 15 years of a feminist response to pop culture with a retrospective of Bitch covers, and buy a few favorites to take home and hang on your wall!

A few more details:

When: Friday, July 8th 6-9pm

Where: ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Avenue (in between Stark and...

Political InQueery: Social Security is a Feminist Issue

I've written a few times on this blog about unfair criticism and downright racist language aimed at President Obama, in part because it's so prevalent and persistent, and in part because I believe it deflects attention from policy critiques. For a president as centrist as Barack Obama, valid criticism is necessary, especially when middle-of-the-road stances often mean compromise on the Hill....

Pop Pedestal: Captain Turanga Leela

Welcome to another installment of Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay homage to our favorite characters from pop culture. Today, let us travel to the year 3000 to take a look at Leela of Futurama.