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Political InQueery: The Danger of Conscientiousness

Last January a certain bill in the House of Representatives caught the attention of the media. At the very start of the 112th Congress, House Republicans made moves to "redefine rape" and shift how publicly funded insurance covers (or doesn't cover) abortions. Speaker of the House John Boehner, at the time, said that the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was a priority for the GOP. An...

B-Sides Open Thread: Rihanna's "Man Down"

Pop-star Rihanna's new single "Man Down," is making waves and opening up conversations about depictions of sexual assault.

Sexual Inadequacy: The Lonely Island's "3-Way"

Last month Saturday Night Live released aired a video by the television skit/musical act The Lonely Island called "3-Way." It starred Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg from such other digital shorts "Dick in a Box," "Jizz in My Pants," and "Mother Lover." The two men play flashy, ridiculous men who consider themselves sexual dynamos and most of their songs revolve around their sex...

#YAsaves, Ignorance Hurts: The <em>Wall Street Journal</em>'s Attack on Books

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal fired a shot heard around the literary world: a so-called book review by Meghan Cox Gurdon condemning the YA genre. Gurdon begins by describing a mother looking at covers in a young adult section and finding nothing she considered appropriate for her daughter, only "vampires and suicide and self-mutilation, this dark, dark stuff." Of course, many...

Revenge of the Feminerd: X-Men Goes Retro

I enjoyed most of X-Men: First Class. The acting, special effects, and writing were excellent, except possibly the two times Xavier tries to hit on women in bars by saying they have "groovy mutation[s]".

But then again, the whole movie had a cheesy retro vibe to it, with its Cold War setting and costumes (turtlenecks for the men, not much clothing at all for the women)...

Political InQueery: Yes We Might

It has only been a few years since the "yes we can" wave made landfall in Washington, DC, ushering in Barack Obama and a broad sense of hope, after two long Bush administrations, during which progressives were increasingly alienated and frustrated. While President Obama was marketed, during the last campaign, as a liberal politician, his political stances on everything from same-sex marriage...

On Our Radar

Bringing you fine, feminist work from around the web!

  • Bitch YA Blogger Jessica Stites follows up on police response to Ms.' petition demanding they apologize for having a woman who reported her rape fined.
  • Queerty shares a video and list, "Just In Case You Forgot Why The Family Research Council Is A Hate Group."
  • Monica at TransGriot provides a history...

BitchTapes: Historical Figures

This week's BitchTapes is comprised of songs devoted to historical figures!

Playlist & more after the jump!

Bitch YA Book Club: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

For this month's YA book club, Jennie Law asks Erin Blakemore, Ellen Papazian, and Nona Willis Aronowitz what they thought about Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. Add your own answers to Jennie's questions (or come up with your own discussion points) in the comments section!

Internet Crush: I'm Not Racist But...

Time for Internet Crush! A new series highlighting the latest thing on the interwebs that we love.

You can pick your friends, but you can't always pick what shows up in your news feed (no matter how much I've messed with my Facebook settings). I'm Not Racist But... is a website that's been gaining notoriety recently for its screenshots of publicly available Facebook posts featuring the...