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Adventures in Feministory: Comandante Ramona

Comandante Ramona was an influential member of the Zapatista Army or Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico. Dubbed "The Petite Warrior," she led the Zapatistas' initial uprising against the Mexican government, leading to to the Zapatista rebellion and the revolution of indigenous women's...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Board Game Colonialism

Unfortunately there are a significant number of boardgames themed around European colonialism, and they really rub me the wrong way. The legacy of colonialism still underpins social inequalities in North America and around the world, so I want to take a closer look at the games I play that deal with this theme.

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Unaccompanied Minor

Shonda Rhimes promised us a 'mellow' season finale and didn't keep her word! 'Unaccompanied Finale' contained a series of fireworks and revelations to set us up for the eighth season of Grey's Anatomy. Relationships exploded (or imploded, or flowered), truths were told, and our characters got down to doing what they do best: Being completely dysfunctional. Along the way we found who...

Electro Feminisms: Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien is a German producer, DJ, singer and label owner, familiar to anyone who follows the worlds of house and techno. She was resident at famed Berlin techno club Tresor in 1992, and has started two labels (Braincandy and BPitch Control) as well as releasing some acclaimed experimental music. With over two decades of work, she's quite an inspiration.

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On Our Radar

Links, links, links!

  • Salon explores the implications of the fate of the Wonder Woman show described in Jennifer K. Stuller's podcast. (Spoiler alert: It's not going to air.)
  • Muslimah Media Watch writes of Arab women and democracy.
  • ColorLines speaks of CNN anchor Don Lemon's coming-out (good for him!) and their hopes that analysis of the intersection of...

BitchTapes: Worldly Ladies

Overheard at the bar last week: "The thing is, I'm just REALLY not into female singers." Well, here are 13 tracks including music by Bebel Gilberto, Césaria Évora, and France Gall, that show how much you're REALLY missing out. These international ladies really know how to, ¿cómo se dice? ROCK.

Track list after the jump!

Bitch Popaganda: It's the Water Edition

It's time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in this week as Kristin, Ashley, and Kelsey discuss Roseanne's recent article on sexism and TV from New York Magazine and Jane Pratt's new website xoJane—complete with drinking game!

(click here for a .doc transcript)

The Bitch High-Five: Who's Your Dream Vacation Partner?

Each month in our newsletter (sign up right here on the homepage if you haven't already!), we poll Bitch staffers and readers on their top five in different categories and posting the polls and results here on the Bitch blog. So c'mon, give us five!

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Revenge of the Feminerd: Feminism? There's an App for That

Part of the reason the iPhone has been getting more buzz than other smartphones seems to be due to the plethora of apps available on the system (over 350,000 compared to just over 25,000 for Blackberry). And given some of the options we've seen, including hate-filled, sexist> and homophobic propaganda, I thought it would be a good idea to profile some of the more positive options...

From the Library: Let's Talk Sci-Fi

Here at the library, we're spending the summer reading feminist sci-fi. We'll be meeting in Portland to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy on June 21st. Then we'll be discussing Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler on August 16th. If you're in Portland, come to our book clubs! If you can't be here in person, perhaps you'll consider joining us from afar as we read some of the...