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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...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)

This week on Grey's Anatomy, the race for Chief Resident is on, old Cristina is back, baby!, baby drama and romantic quadrangles abound, and oh yeah, there might be some patients too. We've crossed the halfway point in the seventh season of this hit medical drama, so it's time to start reeling in some of those plotlines, so we can get things squared away in time for dramatic...

GOP Drops Asinine Attempt to Redefine Rape as "Forcible Rape." Thank You, Kristen Schaal!

Looks like some members of the GOP must have seen The Daily Show last night, because they've decided to give up on their ridiculous crusade to redefine rape in a bill banning taxpayer subsidies for abortions. Of course, they still want to ban taxpayer subsidies for abortions in most cases, so it's not exactly time to break out the champagne, but at least women who have been raped will not have...

Women in Publishing: What's the Real Story?

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts recently released several large pie charts comparing how women and men are published in some of the largest literary magazines—who's reviewing books, whose books are being reviewed, and who's being interviewed. Out of 40 charts, women outnumbered men on only two of them.

Sex and the Fat Girl: What's it All About?

Hello, dear Bitch readers. I'm Tasha Fierce and I write the stalled blog Red Vinyl Shoes. If you don't know, I wrote the Size Matters blog series for Bitch last fall. Now I'm back with another column dealing with fat—this time, we're talking about sex and sexuality as it relates to being a fat girl. I feel like talking about sex and fat is something that's rarely done, even...

No Kidding: Jennifer Aniston, We Hardly Know You

Is there any famous childless woman whose fertility is as scrutinized as Jennifer Aniston's? In the past five years, since she and Brad Pitt split up so he could go build a global village with Angelina Jolie (a topic worth an entire blog series of its own if you ask me!), how many times do you think Jen has had to defend her womb, her supposed selfishness, what is perhaps simply her...

Race Card: SNL

Saturday Night Live's "Bride of Blackenstein" skit did black women no favors. In this blaxploitation-like spoof of The Bride of Frankenstein, which aired Jan. 30, we learn that even a black chick created from scratch in a laboratory is demanding, bossy and built like an extra from the "Baby Got Back" video. Starring SNL guest host Jesse Eisenberg as Igor and musical guest Nicki Minaj as the...

It's Your Move: Subscribe to Bitch! Save Money! Feel Awesome!

Each week, thousands of people visit this website (hi there!), but many of them haven't yet subscribed to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, our print magazine. Does this describe you? Do you enjoy Bitch Media's online offerings but have yet to know the joy of getting a shiny print edition—full of new articles that can't be found on the website of course—delivered right to your mailbox?...

No Kidding: What We Talk About When We Talk About Not Having Kids

I'm here to talk about social pressure to procreate, media attention on multi-child families, tabloid obsession with childless women and pregnancy, and voluntarily female sterilization.

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