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Revenge of the Feminerd: Fanfic is Underrated

I'll admit there's a lot of fanfiction that can read like sloppily edited romance novels (including my first couple of stories), and the fact that anyone can publish fanfic without having writing experience can mean readers have to wade through a lot to find the real gems. That's why, even though I enjoyed writing and reading fanfic, I was embarrassed to talk about it. Now though, looking into...

Run the World Girl: In Defense of Beyonce

OK, first things first: I am a Beyoncé fan. However, fandom aside (well, sort of, because you can't ever really throw fandom aside) I must say that I'm surprised by all of the negative pushback Bey's latest video, "Run the World (Girls)," is getting. Not because it's a perfect video with a flawless, amazing message (it isn't), but because so many people are fired up about it. On the...

A Q&A with the Organizers of Queer Rock Camp

The very first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls took place in Portland during the summer of 2001. Since then, rock camps for girls have been popping up all over the world. This summer will mark the first Queer Rock Camp, brought to us by a group of very diligent organizers in Olympia, WA who want to make sure queer youth are given instruments and stages from which to voice themselves. Bitch caught...

B-Sides: Jeepneys

Oakland-based Anna Petrisko sound-collages imagined jeepney soundtracks in her experimental music project called Jeepneys. Jeepneys are also vehicles that originated from United States WWII army jeeps abandoned at the end of the American 48-year occupation of the Philippines. Filipinos/Filipinas, including Petrisko's family, flamboyantly decorated the discarded jeeps-turned-...

Electro Feminisms: Pink Noises

To hear some critics tell it, women have been largely bystanders and groupies in electronic music. Tara Rodgers' Pink Noises steps into this void to talk to 24 female DJs, producers, composers, installation artists and more about gender, race, sexuality, sexism and music.

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The Long Goodbye: Oprah's Mark on Pop Culture

This week, after 25 years on the air, we say goodbye to the Oprah Winfrey Show, a juggernaut that has shaped the popular culture landscape perhaps more than anything else on TV.

Adventures in Feministory: Comandante Ramona

Comandante Ramona was an influential member of the Zapatista Army or Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico. Dubbed "The Petite Warrior," she led the Zapatistas' initial uprising against the Mexican government, leading to to the Zapatista rebellion and the revolution of indigenous women's...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Board Game Colonialism

Unfortunately there are a significant number of boardgames themed around European colonialism, and they really rub me the wrong way. The legacy of colonialism still underpins social inequalities in North America and around the world, so I want to take a closer look at the games I play that deal with this theme.

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Unaccompanied Minor

Shonda Rhimes promised us a 'mellow' season finale and didn't keep her word! 'Unaccompanied Finale' contained a series of fireworks and revelations to set us up for the eighth season of Grey's Anatomy. Relationships exploded (or imploded, or flowered), truths were told, and our characters got down to doing what they do best: Being completely dysfunctional. Along the way we found who...

Electro Feminisms: Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien is a German producer, DJ, singer and label owner, familiar to anyone who follows the worlds of house and techno. She was resident at famed Berlin techno club Tresor in 1992, and has started two labels (Braincandy and BPitch Control) as well as releasing some acclaimed experimental music. With over two decades of work, she's quite an inspiration.

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