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Bitch Popaganda: It's the Water Edition

It's time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in this week as Kristin, Ashley, and Kelsey discuss Roseanne's recent article on sexism and TV from New York Magazine and Jane Pratt's new website xoJane—complete with drinking game!

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The Bitch High-Five: Who's Your Dream Vacation Partner?

Each month in our newsletter (sign up right here on the homepage if you haven't already!), we poll Bitch staffers and readers on their top five in different categories and posting the polls and results here on the Bitch blog. So c'mon, give us five!

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Revenge of the Feminerd: Feminism? There's an App for That

Part of the reason the iPhone has been getting more buzz than other smartphones seems to be due to the plethora of apps available on the system (over 350,000 compared to just over 25,000 for Blackberry). And given some of the options we've seen, including hate-filled, sexist> and homophobic propaganda, I thought it would be a good idea to profile some of the more positive options...

From the Library: Let's Talk Sci-Fi

Here at the library, we're spending the summer reading feminist sci-fi. We'll be meeting in Portland to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy on June 21st. Then we'll be discussing Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler on August 16th. If you're in Portland, come to our book clubs! If you can't be here in person, perhaps you'll consider joining us from afar as we read some of the...

Pop Pedestal: Penny Gadget

We're going kid-cartoony for our fourth week of Pop Pedestal, where we give a shout out to pop culture personalities we admire. This week is all about the force behind Inspector Gadget… Can we get a Go-Go Penny!?

Tropes vs. Women: #4 The Evil Demon Seductress

Tropes vs. Women is a six-part video series by Feminist Frequency that explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows.

The Evil Demon Seductress is a supernatural creature usually a demon, alien, robot, vampire etc. who is most often disguised as a sexy human female. She uses her sexuality and sexual wiles to manipulate,...

Douchebag Decree: Comcast VP Steve Kipp, Attempted Reel Grrls Camp-Ruiner

Reel Grrls, the awesome Seattle-based nonprofit organization that teaches media production to young women, has been under douche attack! Recently, Reel Grrls tweeted about the massive conflict of interest that is FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's new job at NBC (this coming after she voted for the NBC/Comcast merger, natch) and Comcast's Steve Kipp responded by attempting to...

<em>L'illusionniste</em> Fails to Work its Magic

Best Animated Feature Film nominee L'illusionniste (The Illusionist) came out on DVD in the USA last week. I looked forward to seeing it, given that I enjoyed Sylvain Chomet's Belleville Rendezvous (The Triplets of Belleville)—who can forget that loaded, graceful scene where the men turn into monkeys?—and plenty of critics gave L'illusionniste their stamps of...

Bitch Wins an Utne Independent Press Award!

Bitch Media proudly took home the Utne Independent Press Award for Social/Cultural Coverage at last night's awards ceremony at the MPA-Association of Magazine Media's Independent Magazine Media Conference in San Francisco. 2011 marks Bitch's tenth Utne nomination since 1999 and first-ever win, making this honor all the more exciting. Thanks Utne!

(On the left: Andi, Bitch's...

Electro Feminisms: M.I.A and Diplo, Taking Credit

One of the things that's really persistent in electronic music is the idea of female artists as proteges, molded, shaped by a man behind the scenes. As Joanna Russ detailed in How to Suppress Women's Writing, women's contributions to culture are actively suppressed. A man must have written that book, or those lyrics, or song. That "makes sense," to a culture that values men's...