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  • In case you didn't know, New York legalized gay marriage. Not only is it just, the Atlantic reports it's good for the economy. Gawker presents photos from the celebration.
  • Feministing reports on the beginning of the Women's World Cup. Even if you can't make it there pledge to go to at least one women's sporting event this year.
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BitchTapes: Slowin' it Down

Lots of songs are slow, but to recall the awkward, needlessly dramatic tradition of the junior or senior high school "slow dance," tunes need to have several additional qualities for me:

  • They must speak of a love most intense and cinematic.
  • They must have a late-'90s sensibility, regardless of when they were actually recorded.
  • They must sound just... so...

Esquire Gets Patriotic About... George Wallace?!

Charles P. Pierce's already obnoxious "36 Reasons it's (Still) Good to be an American Man" slide show for Esquire (Steak! Highways! Football! The word "self-evident"! These things are for men!) crosses the line into offensive territory by listing George Wallace as reason #34.

16 and Pregnant: For Girls Only

It's no secret that 16 and Pregnant is marketed to women. Each episode is narrated by the teen mom, who also provides the testimonials and has the camera on her at all times. The commercials shown during the program are obviously geared toward teen girls, and the chat on's 16 and Pregnant page is filled with girls, mostly teen mothers themselves. As viewers we never...

Political InQueery: The Week in Absurdifensiveness

This week pushed the upper limits of absurd and offensive: two incorrect stories hit the wire, although they can't both be called "news" per se; Glenn Beck went off the air, only to reappear thirty minutes later; and a fake candidate for President got real Federal Elections Commission approval to form a Super PAC. Earlier this week I wondered if I shouldn't juxtapose Beck and the Oxford comma'...

Douchebag Decree: Douche Round-Up

Three douche-tastic nominees landed on our radar this week! Read on if you're ready for an onslaught of unspeakable behavior. First up is Abercrombie & Fitch who I suspect is in a private war with American Apparel to be the douchiest popular clothing line. A&F has an illustrious history of looks-based discrimination, and they're at it again when they fired a woman...

Pop Pedestal: Lucille "Two" Austero

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to the pop culture figures we admire most. Up today is Lucille Austero—aka Lucille Two—from Arrested Development.

I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim for Sale at BitchMart!

There are as many ways of being an American Muslim woman as there are American Muslim women, and the contributors to the recently-published I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim will prove anyone who tells you differently (hello, popular media?) wrong. Edited by Maria M. Ebrahimji and Zahra T. Suratwala, I Speak For Myself, which we're happy to be selling at BitchMart, is...

Political InQueery: The Good Husband

Rep. Weiner gave us another version, earlier this month, of the near-iconic image of the suffering, strong wife standing by her disgraced man as he calls a press conference to discuss whatever scandal has plagued him. Actually, his wife doesn't even need to be at his press event; the Washington Post will force the image on readers anyway:

So does the media cover the...

B-Sides: The Lovesick Party Jams of Making Friendz

Social Life (Last Bummer Records), Making Friendz' first album channeling punk, '80s pop, and R&B through a lo-fi filter, is a great time whether you're sharing it with your crush de jour or or having a lone sing-along pining sesh in your bedroom.

With lyrics like "Don't want to hurt nobody/just want to touch your body" ("Situation") and "Don't make me cry, I just...