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We'll miss you, Rue McClanahan.

Television icon (and feminist favorite) Rue McClanahan passed away this morning at the age of 76. She was best known for her role as Blanche Devereaux on the classic sitcom The Golden Girls (though I probably didn't have to tell you that). Blanche was always my very favorite of the four Golden Girls. I loved her Southern wit and charm and her unabashed sexiness (oh, and I thought her flowing...

TelevIsm: Family Guy's Racist Emmy Campaign

Ugh. Family Guy. It's a terrible, terrible show in my opinion. I still watch it regularly, out of long-held habit. But it's just. It's lazy, it's aesthetically not pleasing. It's not very funny. And it's offensive on an consistent, regular basis. But for some reason, folks really like it, and Seth MacFarlane, its creator, seems particularly proud of it. It's currently in the midst of an Emmy...

Political InQueery: Where in the World is Gary Condit?

It goes well beyond irony that anyone, after much hard-fought competition, would land an internship on DC's Capitol Hill only to wind up at the center of a sex-and-murder scandal. The Chandra Levy/Gary Condit relationship wound up stealing the majority of the national news cycle when the story broke in May 2001, supplanted as a headline only by the horror and tragedy of 9/11.

Snarky's Cinemachine: No Country for Old Women

In the early '90s–before Goldeneye–I created a silly 'zine called "Judi Dench: Action Hero." In it I presented an alternate universe where Dame Judi Dench was a cheeky action hero in the manner of Bruce Willis or Jason Statham, complete with fake film posters, movie reviews and interviews with the woman herself–fashioned from my vivid imagination and repeat viewings of 84 Charing...

Mad World Open Thread: Which ads have *actually* compelled you to buy something?

OK folks. We're a little busy here at Bitch HQ today getting ready for our Compromising Positions Forum tonight (you're coming, right?) so it seemed like the perfect time for a Mad World open forum. The prompt: Which ads have actually compelled you to buy something? Or, have you ever purchased something just because you liked the ad?

I'll start. Last week I was at a big box...

Le Tigre: On Tour and In Charge

"FEMINISTS, WE'RE CALLING YOU! PLEASE REPORT TO THE FRONT DESK!"

It's fucking hard to be feminist. (If you just made a dick joke to yourself then get the heck outta here!) No one said negotiating power was easy, but that doesn't mean that you can't rock out while challenging the status-quo, being politically active and refusing to compromise your principles. Enter Le Tigre, and for fun'...

The Lady Is a Tramp: She Who Must Be Silenced

The men who debased Kat Stacks defined her as a "ho" who had to be "put in her place" by assaulting her into apologizing for her honesty because, according to how society views and treats women who are forthrightly sexual (even when they're honest about getting paid for sex), that's how such women are supposed to be treated. In fact, goes the idea, they deserve such violence. Slut-shaming...

TelevIsm: The Office's Subversive Messages About Fatness

Image: A dressed-up Phyllis Lapin with Bob Vance As The Office is a show about white people and men primarily; it is also a show about size-privileged people primarily. However, its focus on folks of size privilege is not myopic; of the regular cast, Kevin, Phyllis, and Stanley are all visibly fat. Discrimination against their size is not ignored, but portrayed in a responsible and progressive...

From the Library: An Introduction and a Call for Zines

From the Bitch Library will be used to explore the relationship between libraries and feminism, to profile radical and alternative libraries across the globe, to highlight Bitch library happenings, and to review books and zines that are new to our collection.

On Our Radar

Welcome to the inaugural installment of On Our Radar, your trusty guide to the best the blogosphere has to offer. We'll be rounding up the posts that intrigued us at the end of every week.
  • Thea Lim at Racialicious deconstructs Alicia Key's ill-conceived attempt at portraying interracial relationships in her latest video.
  • Jessica Coen at Jezebel investigates Sorority Life, the...

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