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B-Sides: "I'm [Not Quite] With You"

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, I'm With You, officially dropped today (or yesterday, depending on where you are) but has been streaming as an iTunes preview for the past week. This sort of move shows confidence: After all, if you can legally listen to the whole album without buying it, the powers that be must expect a good portion of listeners to love it...

Gaga's Jo Calderone Confuses VMA Audiences, Me

Like many others (if Twitter is to be believed), I sat through two-plus hours of VMAs last night. There were highlights (I don't care how you feel about Beyoncé—her performance, which concluded in a mic-dropping-baby-bump-reveal move was the brightest of bright spots), lowlights (Chris Brown, who flew above the audience looking like a royal jackass—as if any amount of highwire bullshit could...

Adventures in Feministory: Rena

I used to live in a neighborhood boasting several martial-arts schools, and always liked walking by at night to see them all lit up and peopled with serious-looking little girls and boys in their crisp white gis. But it wasn't until recently that I heard about the woman who was partially responsible for making sure that girls got an equal shake in martial-arts training and competition...

Murder, She Blogged: Closing the Case

Well, it's been a great eight weeks guest blogging here at Bitch about detectives and police work, but unfortunately it's time to close the case.

Sexual Inadequacy: By Blood or Marriage

Essentially this judge, the dishonorable Charley E. Prine Jr. of Harris County, has decided that even though there is no evidence to suggest that a gay man is even statistically AS likely to molest a child, that Flowers cannot trust Evans to watch the children while he does anything. No grocery shopping, no quick run to the store, no day home sick from school. This is the undue burden that is...

We're All Mad Here: Pharmaceutical Advertising and Messaging About Mental Illness

Advertising is as much a part of pop culture as deliberately created works of art. Here in the United States, one of the most lasting contributions to perceptions of mental illness in society has come courtesy of the pharmaceutical industry, which spends an estimated $2.5 billion annually on reaching the public through advertising. Most people who have televisions or magazine...

Murder, She Blogged: Partners and Sidekicks

While the archetypal hard-boiled detective might be a bit of a lone wolf, almost all detectives—especially on-screen detectives—need a partner, a team, or at least a sidekick.

Bitch Radio: Movie Review-o-Rama! Our Idiot Brother and Colombiana

Tune in as we review the new films Our Idiot Brother and Colombiana, both in theaters this weekend.

(Transcript in .doc form can be found here.)

We're All Mad Here: Crazy Ladies in <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>

"We're all mad here" might be the best description of almost all of the characters in Batman: The Animated Series, including the caped crusader himself. Most of the villains in Batman are super criminals with personal obsessions that drive their crime sprees well beyond the point of parody. Of course someone named E. Nygma is going to be puzzle-obsessed and, when...

On Our Radar

Happy Weekend! Keep your mind sharp for Monday with these links from around the web.

  • In honor of the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Ms. has launched the HERVotes blogging campaign, an effort to mobilize women voters in the 2012 election. Be sure to share your voice!
  • Clutch presents 10 Black Women Making Moves in Film. Check these ladies out and show your...