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Revenge of the Feminerd: What PC Games Teach Girls

The media pays a lot of attention to violence in kids' video games, but not so much the negative messages around gender stereotypes in games for tween girls. In an article in WIRED magazine, Tracey John argues that games that encourage girls to be pretty and liked above all else could be just as damaging as games like Grand Theft Auto.


Adventures in Feministory: Sappho

Even in the male-dominated world of classic literature, Sappho has long been considered one of the greatest lyric poets of all time. The scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria named her (in the company of eight men) as one of the nine melic, or musical, poets worth studying, and in a loaded compliment, Plato famously dubbed her "the tenth muse." She served as the inspiration for countless...


Filmmaker and educator Nuala Cabral entered into anti-street harassment activism in 2009 with her short film Walking Home. Her aim is to use her artistic talents "as a tool to build understanding, share silenced voices and provoke social change." I spoke with her about what she's been up to during the last two years and what her plans are in Philly this summer.

On Our Radar

Time for a blog roundup!

  • Former Bitch intern Katie Presley reviews Anuradha Roy's novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, on the Ms. blog.
  • Bitch contributor Chally writes on representing representations of feminism, saying, "when feminism becomes about defending the identity rather than doing the work, that's when we have a big problem."
  • The Crunk...

BitchTapes: Forgotten Fem Gems

Ever wonder how singles are chosen? All of these female or female-led artists have found success... but not, strangely, with these songs. This week on BitchTapes, listen to the hits that should have been.

Track list and space for your own faves after the jump!

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: I Will Survive

This week, Grey's Anatomy wound viewers up for the season finale with some last minute character shuffling, a few big revelations, and a surprisingly slow and even sleepy penultimate episode. Is Shonda's promise of a mellow finale with no fireworks and more character development true, or is she setting us up for a shocker?

Find out what the Grand Rounds crew thinks...

A Conversation with Megan McCafferty

I was lucky enough to speak with beloved author Megan McCafferty this week about her new book Bumped (and more)! Check out the audio and transcript below.

Transcript (.doc)

More about Bumpedand a chance to win your very own signed copyafter the jump!

Revenge of the Feminerd: Feminist D&D

Earlier in the series someone commented that they were starting a Dungeons and Dragons group and were looking for suggestions on how to keep it feminist. As luck would have it, I've played a campaign or two of D&D in my time, so I loved the idea of writing about it.

Electro Feminisms: I Bet You Look Better on the Dancefloor

How come almost every new micro genre seems to repeat the same arrangement of male center and female margin, male dominance and female exception? The question of how men keep power is one feminists have wrestled with forever, but it seems particularly noticeable when you're talking about scenes that may only be a few years old. How do you get an old boys' network before you even have any old...

Bridesmaids Revisited

Bridesmaids—in theaters today—is the new potential blockbuster comedy from Judd Apatow, directed by Paul Feig and written by Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo. We left this movie with distinctly different opinions. Time for a point/counterpoint!