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BiblioBitch: Beauty Queens

Pageant competitors in a dire situation? It sounds like a recipe for an overly catty misogyfest (or, let's be honest, a terrible porno). Instead, Libba Bray has crafted a complex, blistering satire that is, dare I say, one of the most explicitly feminist novels I have ever read.

Revenge of the Feminerd: Wikipedia Challenge

Earlier this year the New York Times sparked a debate when they reported on the underrepresentation of women among editors on Wikipedia: "the free site that anyone can edit". The Times reported that just 15% of Wikipedia editors are women. The gap caused the Wikimedia Foundation to aim to raise that number to 25% by 2015, a worthy if unambitious goal.

Political InQueery: SCOTUS, Wal-Mart, and the Limits on the Rule of Law

In what I'll call the executive summary of the Supreme Court's decision to throw out the class action lawsuit alleging sex-based discrimination against the female employees of Wal-Mart, Justice Scalia writes that the plaintiffs must show evidence that the company operates under "a general policy of discrimination," and that the Court does not see this evidence. Well, how smart of sexism that...

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For more than 15 years, Bitch Media has published Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, a quarterly magazine devoted to media- and pop-culture critique and analysis. Each issue of Bitch offers commentary on our media-driven world via essays, columns, reviews, and interviews with artists, thinkers,...

Takin

The disdain in many comments on street harassment is palpable and the message they hold is clear: if you're a girl or woman who likes receiving overt sexual attention from men and boys in public, it's because you lack the self-respect necessary to throw off the confines of external validation regarding female sexuality and beauty.

B-Sides: Susan McKeown, "Singing in the Dark"

There is, in my opinion, a right way and a wrong way to advertise Irish singer Susan McKeown's album Singing in the Dark. Calling it "a work exploring Creativity, Suffering and the Pursuit of Happiness," as her website does, is the wrong way. The project loses its power in those highfalutin capital letters, veering instead to the inspirational spoken-word side of the record...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Feminerd Miis

I took your suggestions on your feminerd role models and tried to find instructions on making Miis for them for Nintendo Wii. There isn't enough space to give full instructions on Miis here, but I'll give you the list of the feminerd ones I did find on MiiCharacters, as well as a few I created, for which I've posted full instructions at my website.

Political InQueery: Criticism & Obamockery

Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown (not to be confused with the football player) was yanked by GOP operatives at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend when he came a bit too close to sensitive topics like Tim Pawlenty's backbone and the rest of the presidential field. With the grace of a roughly managed Oscar night, the music began and the helpful staff ushered...

Takin

When over 200 press outlets worldwide covered the street harassment hearing in New York City, the photo that accompanied the popularly distributed article depicted four construction workers watching a woman walk by. Despite the fine print reading that none of the construction workers in the picture were actually harassing women, their guilt is implied in the composition of the image, the fact...

From the Library: Fighting for the Stacks

New York library advocates have been working hard these past few weeks after news broke of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts, which would cut library funding from $308.5 million in 2011's fiscal year to $223.5 million for 2012 (these depressing numbers are further broken down on the city's Office of Management and Budget website). If Bloomberg's budget is approved, New York would...

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