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Bechdel Test Canon: Real Women Have Curves

We close week five of our series of movies that pass the Bechdel Test with the first star-making vehicle for a lead actress. Honduran American novice America Ferrera charmed audiences with her feature debut in director Patricia Cardosa's 2002 indie sleeper Real Women Have Curves, which was distributed by HBO Films.

Bitch in a Box: Books all around!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of the month, Bitch HQ staff and interns will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest feminists on your shopping list. Below, my picks for the book lovers...

Douchebag Decree: Boehner and Posse vs. Smithsonian

I have a feeling that House Majority Leader-to-be John Boehner may prove himself the worthy recipient of many a Douchebag Decree in the months and years to come, but the distinctly layered douche-osity of this story made it hard to resist awarding him the honors this week.

Iconography: Let's Get Lit Started

Hello, gentle readers. The good people at Bitch have made a terrible and now, I fear, irrevocable mistake, having hired me to write for you for the next eight weeks. There is an upside, however. I'm going to be writing about the greatest thing in the whole world: literature! So, welcome to this here series called Iconography. We're going to look at the formation and celebration of feminist...

The Long Goodbye: Introducing...Oprah!

Is Oprah's last season a gift to her viewers, or a gift to herself?

I'd Rather Go Naked... Than See More of These PETA TSA Ads

PETA has long been known for offensive, weirdly sexist, and lazy advertising. Their sexism-is-OK-because-it's-for-animals tactics are tired as can be, yet they seem determined to stay the course. Case in point: Their latest campaign revolves around the much-reported-on new TSA screenings, and it is chocked full of sexism, misinformation, and size discrimination (surprise! but not really)....

Bechdel Test Canon: Water

A consideration on the politics of revolution and widow's ashrams in Deepa Mehta's Water, which takes place when Gandhi was rising to power and India and closes the director's elements trilogy.

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Pet Lover's Edition!

Well, Thanksgiving's over and the holiday season has officially begun. No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of December, we (Bitch HQ staff and interns) will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest...

I ? Bitch For Its Critical Voice

As 2010 draws to a close, it's the time of year that nonprofits ask for donations. Bitch Media is no different; we need ongoing financial support. Usually, we would ask you to make a gift after telling you why you should support us. However, Bitch Media is lucky. We don't need to tell you why Bitch is important because we can let our supporters tell their own stories. This week, Everett...

Music Matters: Starman, Queen Bitch, and Me.

(David Bowie, "Life on Mars." My favorite music video ever, directed by Mick Rock. Lyrics here.) Dear Bitch readers, it's time for me to leave you. Thanks for indulging me in all manner of things, from my teenage crushes on Axl Rose and Trent Reznor to my all-consuming current Robyn obsession. But I did save the best for last. And I'm not even equivocating on that one.

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