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Geek Feminism Has you Covered at Conferences

Following a great expose ("The Dark side of Open Source Conferences") by Valerie Aurora on harassment and sexism in Open Source (technology that is horizontally integrated, anyone can collaborate on it, and its nuts and bolts are all transparent) conferences and communities, which has been making its rounds on feminist as well as tech sites, the blog Geek Feminism has posted a great conference...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Children's 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 gifting for the...

Bechdel Test Canon: Toe to Toe

A discussion of 2009's Toe to Toe, writer-director Emily Abt's full-length feature debut about two teenage lacrosse players who develop an interesting relationship despite differing racial and class backgrounds.

Do Your Feminist Holiday Shopping at BitchMart!

Whatever and whenever you celebrate this season, you can support what you love by shopping at BitchMart.

Here are some of our staff faves for gift giving that are IN STOCK and ready to send now! Be sure to snap up something special before they're gone. And remember, it's OK to treat yourself to something fun this season too...

From the Library: She Was A Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West

She Was A Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West is a collection of essays, excerpts, and photos that attempt to capture the spirit of Celeste West, a woman whose influence on feminist librarianship, publishing, journalism, and activism was monumental. After West passed away in 2008, a few friends and admirers (Toni Samek, Moyra Lang, and K.R. Roberto) decided to embark on a project that...

BitchTapes: Gifts!

This week marked the beginning of Hanukkah, which in turn marked the beginning of the gift buying/giving frenzy that happens at the end of every year. Here's a soundtrack to keep you company while you shop (nudge, nudge): 

Bitch in a Box: Feminist Gifts for Teen Girls

Picking out gifts for teenage girls is hard work. Especially when you want to pick out the gift that will dispel the doubts and insecurities that so often come with being a teenage girl. While there might not be one magic present that will turn your teenage sister or niece into an overnight feminist, there are a whole lot of gifts that will get the ball rolling. I've rounded up a bunch of...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Adrift and at Peace

This week on Grey's Anatomy: Christmas is in the air, a fishing trip, nurses lay down the law, and tensions between Meredith and Owen. How is our favourite medical drama going to leave us set up for the holidays, and what do the Grand Rounds bloggers think? Find out more (and sound off) after the jump!

On Our Radar

It's Friday, which means our radar is beeping! Here's what we've been reading in our post-Thanksgiving-feast torpor.

  • We're pretty excited that someone noticed how tired Sex and the City comparisons are when writing about "the modern woman." We're not so excited that the New York Times has missed that memo.
  • World AIDS Day was December 1st, and we're pretty sure...

Bechdel Test Canon: Real Women Have Curves

We close week five of our series of movies that pass the Bechdel Test with the first star-making vehicle for a lead actress. Honduran American novice America Ferrera charmed audiences with her feature debut in director Patricia Cardosa's 2002 indie sleeper Real Women Have Curves, which was distributed by HBO Films.