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Bechdel Test Canon: Pariah

We bring the Bechdel Test Canon to a close today with Dee Rees' Pariah, a coming-of-age film about a black lesbian nerd hopefully playing at a theater near you.

Bitch Radio: Preview the Frontier Issue!

For this week's podcast, you'll hear three short previews from the upcoming issue of Bitch magazine—the Frontier issue! From the Love It/Shove It section, you'll get one "Love It"—"Jailbreak the Patriarchy: Flipping the (Java)Script" by Katie Haegele, on the web plug-in Jailbreak the Patriarchy, and one "Shove It" —"Jesus Take the Heels: One Woman's Crusade to Save Streetwalker's...

Thursday Night 'Lights: My Funny Valentine

Valentine's Day is a tricky holiday for TV shows, no matter if the characters are coupled or single, happy or miserable, or somewhere in between. The TNL lineup (and last week's Parks and Rec) all tackled February 14, with mixed results. Here's what worked, and what didn't in the Thursday night comedies' approach to Valentine's Day.

BitchTapes: 10 Karaoke Songs to Avoid

We've had Karaoke-themed BitchTapes in the past, but as an enthusiast of the sport who has seen far too many dud performances (and given a few myself), I'd like to revisit the topic and offer some helpful Karaoke don'ts. Let these songs serve as a guidebook of sorts, to keep you from looking like too much of a fool the next time you get on the mic.


On Our Radar

Here's what we have been reading this week:
  • CNN suspends Roland Martin for his homophobic tweets during the Super Bowl. 
  • Civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due died at 72 this week. 
  • NPR Fresh Air's interview with Meryl Streep covers her latest role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
  • Oklahoma Democratic State Senator Constance Johnson offered...

Project Runway All Stars: A Face-Off For All Seasons

It was a fashion face-off for all seasons last night for our Project Runway All Stars.

This "who made it first?" coat scene was more dramatic than it looks.

Double Rainbow: Deconstructing "The Geek Syndrome"

Eleven years ago, an article in Wired magazine helped establish the reputation of Asperger's as "the geek syndrome." As the condition has become more prominent in the popular imagination, it has acquired a close association with computer technology. One could write a whole book on the relationship between Asperger's and cultural fascination with and anxiety about technology, but here...

Bechdel Test Canon: XXY

Save a few outlying exceptions, I watched most of these films on Netflix and streamed a number of them. This is how I saw Argentinean writer-director Lucía Puenzo's 2007 feature debut XXY. It's a touching coming-of-age film about Alex Kraken (an excellent Inés Efron), a 15-year-old intersex girl who decides to stop taking medication to suppress her masculine features. She recently...

School's Out: Honor Codes and Dress Codes

Some big news broke recently involving the so-called "honor killing" of four women close to where I live, and the media coverage has just been troubling to say the least. A father, his eldest son, and his second wife have been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of three of their daughters and his first wife.

The fact of Geeti Shafia, Sahar Shafia, Zainab Shafia, and Rona...

The 99%: Thoughts from the 1%

One of my close friends pointed out when I began to write this series that I wouldn't have the opportunity to explore a freelance writing career if I weren't able to take risks with my own earnings.  And she's completely right.  Bitch is wonderful, but as an independent, nonprofit publication, blogging for them doesn't exactly pull in large amounts.  If I had a family dependent upon my wages,...