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Adventure Time Gay Subtext: "Spicy" or Adorbz?

What time is it? Time to get to the bottom of what happened between Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen! Before I lose anyone who isn't a fan of this irreverent, Cartoon Network show, a recent episode alluded to a complex, queer relationship between two of the older, female characters on the show. But you know what happens when complex, queer...

Preacher's Daughter: Women in Country and the Construction of Femininity

There's a script for women in commercial country music that doesn't necessarily coincide with more mainstream stereotypes and assumptions about women. If you've ever heard Carrie Underwood's ubiquitous 2007 single, "Before He Cheats" (lyrics), you'll recognize the tropes.

Of course there are exceptions, but the ideal country woman is often blond (and white), feisty, world-wise, and hot...

Adventures in Feministory: Dara Puspita, The First Indonesian All-Woman Rock Band

Dara Puspita ("Flower Girls" in English) were the first Indonesian group of women to pick up instruments and play rock music on their own, without the assistance of any men. Up through the '60s, many Indonesian women had found musical success singing for bands with only dudes, but Dara Puspita decided to cut to the chase and write, perform, and play their own songs. The four jet-setters played...

The H-Word: What the H?

Welcome to the H-Word, a series dedicated to evaluating, challenging, and re-presenting sex worker portrayals in the media from a feminist, pro-sex worker (though not necessarily pro-sex work) stance. If that seems contradictory or impossible, keep tuning in. Besides my perspective, this column will present first-person stories from individuals across the country and from all areas of the...

Bringing Up Baby: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Care in TVLand

Hello, fellow Bitch readers! I'm a freelance journalist, editor, writer, and blogger, and I warmly welcome you to the first post of my guest blog series, Bringing Up Baby, which will explore pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care as represented on television (and, occasionally, in film and the mainstream media). My goal is to introduce babies as an important topic for...

Isn't He Lovely: Fear and Loathing of Asian American Male Sexuality

This is the first of two related posts.

When I decided to write about the Western stereotype of the emasculated Asian American male, I understood going into the topic that this would be an exercise in imparting while learning—and that I needed an expert guide. I therefore turned to Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies and Sexuality Studies at San...

BitchTapes: Creation Myths

I try not to read magazines like People and US Weekly too often; I don't want my money, attention, or time supporting the creeps that hang out in Angelina Jolie's bushes. But there is, pretty undeniably, a facet to human nature that likes to gossip, likes to know secrets, and likes to read between the lines. Instead of threatening the safety of overpaid, spoiled...

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.

Links and more after the jump!

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):