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Open Thread: Naomi Wolf and Jaclyn Friedman on Democracy Now!

Writer and Douchebag Decree-recipient Naomi Wolf debated Jaclyn Friedman (executive director of Women, Action & the Media) about the sexual assault allegations against Julian Assange today on Democracy Now!. It's in two parts. Anna Overseas has provided a transcript of the first part.

TRIGGER WARNING: These conversations deal heavily with rape and consent and may be triggering (it...

Iconography: The Rather Extraordinary Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking

If any icons loom large, they're those of our formative years. Let's open up some children's books, shall we? With sales numbering at about 145 million copies and, according to UNESCO, as the world's twenty-fifth most translated author, Astrid Lindgren is about as formative as it gets. Who among us doesn't love Pippi Longstocking?

Bechdel Test Canon: Nobody Knows My Name

Taking its title from rapper T-Love's song, Nobody Knows My Name is about female participation of hip hop culture as MCs, DJs, breakers, and producers, despite being obscured by a recording industry that doesn't know how or care to figure out how to sell their product.

On Our Radar

Happy Monday! Here's what's been On Our Radar lately at Bitch HQ:

  • Nailing the majority of female roles in mainstream movies, the Vulture details the 14 most thankless female roles of the past year. Who would you add?
  • Keep up with Sady Doyle and the #MooreandMe campaign on her Sady's website, Tiger Beatdown. Still no word from Michael Moore, but Keith Olbermann knows a "...

The Long Goodbye: Oprah and Franzen Fake it

Earlier this month, celebrated author Jonathan Franzen finally graced The Oprah Winfrey Show stage, an appearance roughly nine years in the making. Some of you may recall the press that surrounded Winfrey's book club selection of Frazen's novel The Corrections in late 2001. Post-selection, Franzen expressed some discomfort with having a corporate "Oprah Book Club"...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Calendar Edition!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of December, we (Bitch HQ staff and interns) will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest feminists on your shopping list. Here's my guide to calendars—be sure...

Tweet #MooreandMe if You Hate Rape Apologists!

Feminists of the blogosphere, if you haven't been tweeting the #MooreandMe hashtag, it's time to start.

The Long Goodbye: Michelle Rhee Gets the Winfrey Endorsement

Oprah presents Michelle Rhee as the person to lead education reform.  Does this oversimplify the issue?

Iconography: Figuring Fan Fiction

I was twelve or thirteen when I first started reading and writing fan fiction, and I can't see myself stopping any time soon. Fan fiction is not only creative, I haven't simply been a part of great communities, but there are some really interesting dynamics going on with feminist refiguring of literary icons.

Douchebag Decree: Sepp Blatter

Today's Douchebag Decree goes to (drum-roll please)... Sepp Blatter! The FIFA President has earned this distinction thanks to his cavalier and massively insulting response to the serious question of gay football fans' safety at the 2022 World Cup

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