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Bitch Popaganda: Chicks, Flicks, and Retro Pricks Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Julie, Kjerstin, and Kelsey discuss fall TV's "season of the vagina," Mindy Kaling's "Flick Chicks," and the retro sexism of Pan Am and the Playboy Club.

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On Our Radar

Another week, another round of blogs to read!
  • Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency were featured on a French blog this week (translated version sans video ici)! 
  • Miss "Grey's Rounds"? Everett Maroon is recapping Grey's Anatomy at his site, Trans/plant/portation. 
  • I'm planning on taking the weekend off reading stories from Mindy Kaling's new book into the...

Preacher's Daughter: American Civil Religion and Masculinity in Country Music

Toby Keith is back with a brand new ode to God and country called "Made in America" (lyrics):

Isn't He Lovely: For Boys and Their Bodies, Average Is the New Ripped

Talk to a group of teen boys, and they'll probably tell you that, sure, they'd like to have the swoon-inducing sex appeal of Justin Bieber, Taylor Lautner, or whomever is playing the newest iteration of the Degrassi High heartthrob. But do they want to look like them, immaculately styled and toned to the max? No way, bro.

Thursday Night 'Lights: Who Won Must-See TV's Battle Royale?

In a kooky coincidence, the phrase "battle royale" was uttered on both Community and Parks and Recreation. In the spirit of the strange competitions exhibited on both shows this week, I'm going to crown one of our NBC comedies the winner of the Thursday Night Battle Royale.

(Spoiler alert: It wasn't the show filmed in front of a live studio audience.)

Preacher's Daughter: Willow, Xander, and the Prayer of St. Francis

Season six is my favorite season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I like the dark themes, and I like seeing Willow grow up and mature as a result of her grief. (I also like the musical episode.) Recently, I was talking over Buffy when my friend, Bitch contributor Emily Manuel, reminded me about the surprising musical accompaniment to that season's final moments. This is the moment when...

Douchebag Decree: Reebok EasyTone's Butt Claims Are Full of Shit

Remember Reebok's line of EasyTone shoes? The ones with the dry-heave-inducing commercials that claim to "make your boobs jealous" by toning your butt? Yeah, turns out that wasn't just a sexist ad campaign, it was also a lie.

Bibliobitch: Who Is Ana Mendieta?... Now at BitchMart!

The latest book to grace the shelves of Bitch's virtual bookstore is Who is Ana Mendieta?. Part comic book, part eulogy, and part social critique, this book is a unique graphic retelling of the life and legacy of conceptual and land artist Ana Mendieta by artists Christine Redfern and Caro Caron.

Isn't He Lovely: Hypermasculinity Behind Bars

If there was ever a marginalized male group directly and powerfully affected by the masculinity construct, it's jail and prison inmates. No, I didn't just finish up an Oz marathon (honestly, I haven't seen a single episode of the prison drama, so there will be no show references dropped in this post henceforth), but I did stumble across a series of studies dissecting the insidious,...

Sm{art}: Lorna Simpson

Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Simpson produces visual works that both isolate and confront conventional views on identity, ethnicity, and history. A majority of her recent work portrays black American women casually posed in standalone scenes or everyday interactions, inviting viewers—herself included—to question what divisions exist between society's past and present.

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