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Happy Friday, readers! Here's some of what we've been reading this week at Bitch HQ:

  • At both Native Appropriations and Racialicious, Adrienne K. asks for opinions on white uses of Pendleton.
  • Also at Racialicious, Arturo R. García discusses troubling aspects of the hit "Born This Way" and their pop forbearers in "Lady Gaga Brings Cholas Back to Pop Culture -- Like It or Not...

From the Library: Upcoming Online YA Book Club

Last week we asked you to vote for which books you'd like to read for our upcoming online young adult book club. The poll has been closed, so it's time to announce the winners!

No Kidding: Barbara and Oprah Admit it Ain't Always Easy

Oprah and Babs talk about how tough it is to have kids as a working woman—or in Oprah's case, the unambiguous lack of regret in regards to opting out. Skip to 7:30 in the video, where the discussion about having kids starts. Transcript after the jump.

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative hidden-camera hijinks. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Lila Rose, a 22-year-old whose organization, Live Action: a "new media movement for life," is using hidden cameras to discredit Planned Parenthood and garnering mainstream and political attention....

Race Card: An English-Only America?

Iowa Rep. Steve King reportedly plans to reintroduce a bill that would make English the official language of the U.S. The bill would require those trying to become naturalized U.S. citizens to be tested on their ability to read, write and speak English. It would also require that those pursuing U.S. citizenship be tested on their comprehension of the Declaration of Independence, the...

B-Sides: The Uke Revival

I did some of my growing up on the island of Maui, Hawai'i, but somehow only came to pick up the ukulele seriously when I was 23 and living in Los Angeles. I'm back in Hawai'i for a little while, and am taking every opportunity I can to sit on the beach and strum my uke while my brother the professional chef sears some mahi mahi for dinner. It's raining here, and is supposed to for...

"Skinny" Diet Pepsi: At Fashion Week, Even Cans are Too Fat

Fashion Week starts today, and Diet Pepsi has a big fat announcement! From their latest press release:

In celebration of beautiful, confident women, Diet Pepsi presents the taller, sassier new Skinny Can at New York's Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Finally! Our unrealistic beauty standards for women—oh, excuse me, just "beautiful, confident women"—have made the jump to...

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Bibliobitch: Telling Tough Stories Through Comics

Kominsky-Crumb. Gloeckner. Barry. Satrapi. Bechdel. Some of the most well-renowned contemporary female comic artists are all featured in the book Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics by Hillary Chute, published by Columbia University Press. Chute, an associate professor at University of Chicago (and who helped edit Art Spiegelman's MetaMaus), has...

Sex and the Fat Girl: Too Fat to F*ck?

A little over two years ago, "World's Fattest Man" Manuel Uribe married his fiance Claudia Solis to the clucking dismay of fat haters everywhere. How could she be sexually attracted to someone so fat? How do they even have sex? When the answer to the latter question came in, you could almost see the horrified faces: His friends constructed a "sex ramp" that enabled him to consummate...