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B-Sides: Susan McKeown, "Singing in the Dark"

There is, in my opinion, a right way and a wrong way to advertise Irish singer Susan McKeown's album Singing in the Dark. Calling it "a work exploring Creativity, Suffering and the Pursuit of Happiness," as her website does, is the wrong way. The project loses its power in those highfalutin capital letters, veering instead to the inspirational spoken-word side of the record...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Feminerd Miis

I took your suggestions on your feminerd role models and tried to find instructions on making Miis for them for Nintendo Wii. There isn't enough space to give full instructions on Miis here, but I'll give you the list of the feminerd ones I did find on MiiCharacters, as well as a few I created, for which I've posted full instructions at my website.

Political InQueery: Criticism & Obamockery

Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown (not to be confused with the football player) was yanked by GOP operatives at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend when he came a bit too close to sensitive topics like Tim Pawlenty's backbone and the rest of the presidential field. With the grace of a roughly managed Oscar night, the music began and the helpful staff ushered...

Takin

When over 200 press outlets worldwide covered the street harassment hearing in New York City, the photo that accompanied the popularly distributed article depicted four construction workers watching a woman walk by. Despite the fine print reading that none of the construction workers in the picture were actually harassing women, their guilt is implied in the composition of the image, the fact...

From the Library: Fighting for the Stacks

New York library advocates have been working hard these past few weeks after news broke of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts, which would cut library funding from $308.5 million in 2011's fiscal year to $223.5 million for 2012 (these depressing numbers are further broken down on the city's Office of Management and Budget website). If Bloomberg's budget is approved, New York would...

On Our Radar

This week has been chock-full of awesome articles and online conversations! Here's some of what we've been reading:

  • The Black Women Film Festival happens this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia!
  • Heather at AfterEllen gives her two cents on the events surrounding Glee's Dianna Agron performing in a t-shirt that says "LIKES GIRLS." For more, I recommend Jenny Aisenberg's...

Bitch Radio: Audrey Bilger on Gay Marriage (from the archive)

With the news in New York that the state Senate is one vote shy of passing same-sex marriage, we thought we'd share an audio segment from the past addressing the issue. Professor, author, and frequent Bitch contributor Audrey Bilger was invited to speak on Seattle-based radio show the Menage, featuring Julie Mains and Jennifer Austin, about her Bitch magazine article "Wife...

BitchTapes: The Future

I'm reading Woman on the Edge of Time for the Bitch Book Club (which meets next Tuesday night, if you're in the Portland area!), and it's got me thinking about the future. Most of it's not that bright-looking. Humans might be wrecking the planet, and nuclear catastrophe is one red button away. But then I thought: it's almost SUMMER here in the Northern Hemisphere! A future that's...

Political InQueery: Reinventing the Constitution

"Pull out a map of Virginia and look where the abortion clinics are. That doesn't make you mad?" Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was speaking to roughly two dozen pastors in the state as he showed them how to be more political without infringing on the state constitution.

Away from the bright lights and snazzy set decoration of CNN's debate stage, far from the on-camera smiles...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Nerd "Hyperwhiteness"

Reading Benjamin Nugent's book American Nerd in preparation for writing this column I came across a reference to research by UC Santa Barbara linguistics professor Mary Bucholtz, which argues that nerd culture manifests "hyperwhiteness" in its language. Nugent didn't elaborate on this much in his book but he'd also written a review of her research for the New York Times...

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