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Watch Retro-tastic Television Commercials from Duke University

Duke University's AdViews Project has digitized thousands of 16mm television ads from the 1950s through the 1980s. And now you can watch them online for free! (As far as I can tell, you do need iTunes in order to watch them).

As bizarre as these ads seem (business men arguing over socks, women walking provocatively through huge flames to sell lipstick) it does make you wonder...

Beyond The Panel: An Interview with Gabrielle Bell of Lucky

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a cartoonist whose transition to webcomics has been rather recent: Gabrielle Bell. She started out self-publishing zines, and eventually made the leap to Alternative and later Canadian comic book publisher Drawn and Quarterly. Her print collections include When I'm Old and Other Stories, two volumes of Lucky, Cecil and Jordan in New York, and...

Race Card: Egypt

If you're a dark-skinned black woman in Egypt, you're likely to be sexually propositioned by men and slighted by women there. At least, that's what African-American journalist Sunni Khalid observed during his three years in the North African country with his Kenyan Somali wife.

No Kidding: Jillian Michaels is Not "Doing That" to Her Body

Last year, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels got into some natalist hot water when, in an interview with Women's Health, she was quoted out of context when she said, "I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself." As it turns out, Michaels has endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) —...

From the Library: A Response and an Invitation

Another weekend, another post "From the Library." Well, not exactly. If you're reading this post now, you probably know that our decision to revise our list of 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader created an enormous controversy, and we feel there's more to be said.

On Our Radar

Groundhog Day was this week, and if we, like Bill Murray, were stuck forever repeating the last seven days, this is what we would read to keep us entertained:

  • Ever-quirky, ever-fabulous Miranda July has a new movie debuting at Sundance this year! She spoke to Bust about her new project, The Future, and shares some insight into YouTube culture and how it affects young women...

BitchTapes: Beach Party Revisited!

Since roughly half of the US and much of the rest of the northern hemisphere is slushing through the snow and ice right now, we thought it might be nice to revisit a BitchTapes mix from last year in the hopes of warming things up a little. Beach Party, expertly crafted by former Bitch intern Sara Reihani, has just the jams to keep your mood sunny while you're snowed in. So pour yourself a...

Sex and the Fat Girl: The Joys of Fat Porn

Many fat girls bristle at the mention of fat/BBW porn. Of course among some feminists, any porn can be a hot topic, but for some fat feminist girls there's something in particular that's troubling about the idea that someone gets off on a body simply because it's fat. They may find it exploitative, or objectifying, or demeaning. As a sex-positive, porn-loving, fat, feminist girl I do...

No Kidding: Why is It "Selfish" to Be Childfree?

In my opinion, the strangest persistent belief about childfree women is that we're selfish. From the jump, this is problematic as this logic negates the experiences of infertile women, women ambivalent about motherhood and parenting, and women who would—for any number of reasons and because of any combination of circumstances—perhaps like to be mothers but have opted out nonetheless....

Race Card: The Racial Divide in the Reaction to Halle Berry

Which one is uglier: Halle Berry's custody battle or the public's reaction to it?  The more comments I read on the web about Berry's fight for custody of daughter, Nahla, the more I'm convinced of the latter.

Make no mistake. I'm not saying that the battle between Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry over Nahla isn't a nasty one. After all, Berry's camp insinuated that Aubry was an unfit...

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