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Pink Saris

This is the last week to catch the Portland International Film Festival, which the Northwest Film Center has been running since February 10th, screening several films a day in venues around Portland. One of the films on our radar here at Bitch was Pink Saris, a British documentary about a gang of women in Uttar Pradesh, India who wear hot pink saris to demonstrate their revolt against...

No Kidding: Putting Voluntary Sterilization in a Historical Context

If we're going to talk about voluntary sterilization—or even the simple act of opting to have few or no children—we've got to get everyone on the same historical page. While I tend to take for granted that people understand the history of forced sterilization in the U.S., as well as countries such as China that mandate single-child families as part of population control, it may not be a given...

Adventures in Feministory: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jordan!

It's Texas Senator and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's b-day today!

Roll Right Through Fox's Traffic Light

Somehow I feel like Fox's new sitcom Traffic Light pulled one over on me. This is likely my own fault, because the warning signs were there. Three dude main characters in various stages of romantic entanglements? Check. Jokes made at the expense of the women in their lives? Check. Cohabitation without any mention of domestic responsibilities whatsoever? Check. Yet I still had high hopes that...

Race Card: Plastic Surgery and People of Color

The impetus for double eyelid surgery is debated in the recent New York Times piece "Ethnic Differences Emerge in Plastic Surgery."

On Our Radar

Another week, another roundup! Here's what caught our eyes this week around the Internet:

  • In the "Beyond WTF" file, Mother Jones dissects the proposed law in South Dakota that could have legalized the murder of abortion providers. Fortunately, Feministing announced Thursday morning that it's already been shelved.
  • Racialicious editor (and Bitch contributor) Latoya...

Sex and the Fat Girl: Unicorns, Better Head, and Other Myths

There's a lot of misinformation around the web about sex and fat people. Particularly when it comes to the sexual skills fat people possess. I thought we'd have a little tongue-in-cheek fun by breaking down these myths and getting to the truth of the matter.

Race Card: Has Beyonc

Is Beyoncé Knowles' bleached blonde hair and light skin reason enough to accuse the singer of racial treason? Yes, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who just penned a piece in the Daily Mail about how Beyoncé is betraying black and Asian (meaning South Asian) women with her exterior.

No Kidding: How We Talk About Choice and Intentionally Small Families

As someone who writes about choosing to not have children, what I seek are equitable conversations about honoring and giving space to all sorts of reproductive options—in a way, I suppose I want "choice feminism" to extend to us all. In the end, I simply want Bill McKibben's Maybe One to have a shot at being even half as popular as What To Expect When You're Expecting. (I know, a pipe dream, but...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Golden Hour

This week on Grey's Anatomy, high drama in the ER, and a reminder that lives can change in an hour. Lots to chew on this week as our characters continue vying for the role of Chief Resident and fracture lines appear in some of their relationships. Who is going to become chief resident? Do you really think a bunch of doctors would leave a drunk dude and his buddy alone in a...

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