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The Long Goodbye: What's it like to work for Oprah?

Working for Oprah is fun! And rewarding. If only that pesky personal life would go away...

Douchebag Decree: Andrew Wakefield and his Fake Research Data

Douchebag Decrees around here are often on the tongue-in-cheek side, but every once in a while someone's actions are so heinous that even we can't make puns about them. This is one of those times. According to an independent study published by the British Medical Journal, researcher Andrew Wakefield's 1998 paper linking autism to the MMR vaccine was "an elaborate fraud." That's right;...

Beyond the Panel: An interview with Dorothy Gambrell of Cat and Girl

Hello, and welcome to Bitch's new weekly series on webcomics, Beyond the Panel! I'm Rachel McCarthy James, sometimes known as RMJ. You may remember me from my previous guest-blogging stint here last summer, TelevIsm, or my blog, Deeply Problematic. This time, I'm here to write about webcomics and the people who create them by interviewing cartoonists and comic creators who occupy a...

Bibliobitch: Of Lamb

I'm super excited for Of Lamb, the new book from poet Matthea Harvey and artist Amy Jean Porter, so although it hasn't been published yet I thought I'd share a sneak peek. The book is one long erasure poem by Harvey accompanied by beautiful and weirdly funny illustrations by Porter. More about erasure, plus illustrations from the book, after the jump!

Iconography: Jane Austen, a Contemporary Kind of Lady

Jane Austen has quite the hold over the contemporary imagination. Not only are her books still bestsellers almost 200 years after her death, but there's a veritable industry around adapting and appropriating her work. From The Jane Austen Book Club to Jane Austen's Fight Club, Miss Austen's influence reaches more widely than ever. So how did these books about young women searching for...

The Long Goodbye: Meditations on Giving

Is giving nobler when done quietly? Oprah's last season and the mixed messages that tie giving with getting.

Offensive Commercials: Miller Lite "Man Up" Showdown!

Since I frequently share the TV with someone who loves NFL football, I've been watching a completely different set of offensive commercials as of late. (Typically I see the offensive ads directed at women, you know, the ones that make us feel like even even our armpits aren't pretty enough? Football ads are much dudelier but make me just as stabby, as it turns out.) Though ads during NFL games...

Iconography: Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and Clashing Worlds in 19th Century England

Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South (1855) and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda (1876) are two of my favorite novels. They're both set in 19th century England, and written by women, so those are two big ticks right there. But one of the main reasons I like them both so much is that they're not about navigating comfortable worlds of privilege so much as they are about the clash...

Adventures in Feministory: Maya Angelou

Here is the semi-embarrassing circumstance that resulted in the more-than-semi-embarrassing-realization that I haven't yet written about Maya Angelou for this blog: I was watching the first day of OWN's (Oprah Winfrey Network, duh) new programming with my mom, (...nope. Can't even come up with a sarcastic parenthetical. I just was.) and saw that Dr. Angelou would be featured on an...

Iconography: Jean Rhys and Jane Eyre

It's time to head back to the nineteenth century, and one Miss Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre (1847) is, of course, one of the most widely-read books in the English language. But I wonder about the kinds of readings that are to be had here. And I wonder what I'm getting out of this book that would have gone over the head of Brontë, as a white woman from a colonising nation. These are...

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