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We're All Mad Here: Fighting Stigma Through Humor

Last year in Canada, there were two nation-wide campaigns to fight mental health stigma.

The first focused on the financial cost of mental health. It was launched by one of our major banks, and had a slick advertising campaign full of dark colors and statistics. There were multi-page discussions in the national newspapers, as well as multiple bus shelter advertisements driving home the...

Sm{art}: Angela Singer

Angela Singer puts buttons, beads, and a barrage of sparkly things on dead animals to make art.

Keep Bitch in Print: Because Print is Beautiful

Times are changing for illustrators.

Traditional print markets are dwindling, but even as publications struggle, there is a growing appreciation for beautifully printed materials...stores are brimming with letterpress cards, silkscreened wares, and archival prints of artist works. Illustrators have to create a lot of this work themselves. They have to be entrepreneurs, designers,...

B-Sides: Sacha Sacket

I first heard Sacha Sacket's exquisite voice in 2004, when he performed on my university campus to promote his then-new album, Shadowed. Mid-walk, I sat down, stunned, until the end of the simple, voice-and-keyboard show... then hastened to introduce myself, gush, and fork over a few dollars for my own Shadowed CD. I fell asleep night after night plugged into "Kite...

Sexual Inadequacy: Ambiguously Gay Wizards

I've noticed a trend in the content attributed to and depicting the three male Harry Potter leads—Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Daniel Radcliffe—and the running joke that they might secretly be gay for one another. This idea isn't original to them, of course. The male leads of any science fiction or fantasy epic will be paired off in the minds of their fandom. For example, TBS ran a...

Stage Left: On NINE and Manpain

I like Nine. I like it for its score, and I like it for the traits an observer can impart to the women. There are many female characters, and the silver lining to their being incredibly underdeveloped is that it is simple to impose one's own headcanon, to imagine their internal lives. The point is, though, that I shouldn't have to do that. When solely relying on the text, removing...

Murder, She Blogged: Why Detectives?

I've come to the half-way point of the Murder, She Blogged series, and half way through my time guest blogging here at Bitch, so I just wanted to take a brief pause to address the question: Why detectives?

Keep Bitch in Print: A Message from the Stacks

Lots of people who come into our library ask to see the very first issue of Bitch magazine. For those who have had committed fifteen-year relationships with our print magazine, paging through that very first black and white zine is a walk through memory lane. Others, who have become quick friends with the magazine in recent years, are excited to hold that premier issue in their hands and...

We're All Mad Here: Intake Interview

Welcome to We're All Mad Here, an exciting series on depictions of mental illness (and health) in pop culture featuring the lovely Anna and s.e. smith. We thought we'd start things off with a little interview so you could get to know us, learn more about why we're doing this series, and find out what to expect from the coming weeks:

Why does it even matter? It's just...

Political InQueery: False Dichotomies in the Race for President

News of the early election season has been swamped by the stalled debt ceiling vote in Congress, but the proposals put forth by Speaker of the House Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid are sure to factor into stump speeches by the GOP candidates for president. And because this is my farewell in this series for Bitch Magazine's blog, I'd like to point out a few things regarding analyzing...

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