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Sexual Inadequacy: If You Can Take a Tracy Morgan...

Near the end of this tirade, Morgan included an old chestnut for the queers in the audience, something I've grown used to hearing from every "edgy" comedian who wants to get a few yucks doing material about sissy men or butch ladies or epicene androgynes or whoever is filling the straight male id with abject terror this week: "If you can take a dick, you can take a joke." The implication being...

Political InQueery: Lying Liars and the Lies They Think They Can Get Away With

If aliens are evaluating whether to visit Earth and reveal their secrets of the universe, they had better not be looking at in their analysis, or they'd certainly reject the idea. Once again, two scandals about men who misappropriated technology and then lied about it have made headlines, and once again not much is happening because of it. If a politician or activist falls in the...

On Our Radar

Another week, another collection of web adventures.

  • ColorLines shares responses to the claim of a "post-racial society."
  • At TransGriot, Monica reports on an anti-trans* "bathroom bill" in Maine. If you're a Maine citizen, check the link at the end to see how you can help.
  • Bitch contributor Sarah Jaffe unpacks the impacts the Bush tax cuts have had for their tenth...

BitchTapes: American Black Music Month

It's been 32 years since the music industry officially recognized June as American Black Music Month. But, ask any casual music fan and she'll tell you that popular black music has been pumping through the speaker box since long before 1979.

Bitch Radio: Political InQueery on the Air

Catch up with Political InQueery and Grey's Rounds contributor Everett Maroon as we talk about the Obama Administration's LGBT initiatives, how GOP candidates are beginning to frame Obama's presidency thusfar, predictions for summer politics, and yes, Weinergate (with apologies to the Watergate Hotel).

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I wrote in Part I about the problem of a "neutral" women representing all victims of street harassment, and in this post I want to tell a story about how I've seen this happen in my own work. I will also provide strategies that anti-street harassment activists who conform (in various ways) to the "neutral" woman standard can constructively use their own visibility to better represent the...

Revenge of the Feminerd: The Magic School Bus

Seatbelts, everyone!

If there's one show I watched as a kid (other than Star Trek) that made me the nerd I am today, that show was The Magic School Bus, with its accompanying series of books. In MSB, Ms. Frizzle's class was a utopia where learning was literally a magical experience. Starting on PBS, it has also had stints of syndication on NBC, Qubo, TLC, and The...

From the Library: Name that Book!

Put on those literary thinking caps, 'cause it's time for a game of "First Lines of Feminist Fiction"!

Here's how it works: we provide a list of opening lines from feminist fiction and you guess which books the sentences are from. The books are listed at the bottom of the post, so don't scroll too far unless you're ready to check over your answers.

Once you've given the game a...

Douchebag Decree: the DC Comics "Re-Boot"

Earlier this week, DC Comics (who dominates the mainstream comics market along with Marvel) made a real douche move when they announced a "reboot" of their leading characters. This means they'll be ending a large portion of their storylines in August and release 52 first-issues of characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. They'll be "publishing innovative storylines...

Pop Pedestal: Sookie St. James

It's time for another installment of Pop Pedestal, where we pay tribute to the pop culture personalities we most admire. Up today is the greatest chef in Stars Hollow history, Sookie St. James.