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BitchTapes: The Self-Esteem Awareness Month Edition

In response to a Gold's Gym marketing campaign that declared July "Cankles Awareness Month" (WTF, douchebags?!) Imagine Today deemed August Self-Esteem Awareness Month. To celebrate, I've put together a few songs about standing up for yourself, being yourself, celebrating that self and flaunting it. And for the record, I think your calves and ankles look fantastic.

Bitch seeks new intern

We've got a new internship opening up here at Bitch Media this month and would LOVE it if you all could help us spread the word - we are seeking to fill the position as soon possible.

The "Publishing Intern" works with our Operations Director and other staff on the nuts and bolts of running a non-profit media organization. The intern gains in-depth knowledge of independent...

Books for the Anti-Princess Girl-Feminist

Peggy Orenstein grapples with it and so do many other feminist mamas, aunts, sisters, cousins, dads and uncles: what to buy your girl-feminist.

A Bitch reader named Maura recently wrote to us asking readers to weigh in about the "best books for budding feminists," especially six- and eight-year-old girls.

So, please take two seconds to channel your feminist girl-self and talk...

Open Thread: Shooting in Pennsylvania a Crime Against Women

image via The Guardian

Earlier this week in Bridgeville, PA, a 48-year old man opened fire on a fitness class and shot 12 women, killing three. As more information becomes available, it is clear that the shooter, George Sodini was motivated by a hatred of women (watch a video describing his diary entries here, and the full text of his blog is available here -- view/read with caution)....

Little House with a Bigger Story

I knew the Little House on the Prairie series from my mom reading it out loud to me over the span of many many months. As an idealistic Midwestern youngin', I felt a connection to the Ingalls family, romanticizing the debilitating diseases, crippling crop failures, and other completely unrelateable nineteenth-century pioneer ailments they experienced throughout their homesteading and...

Big Pharma Writes Script For Menopause Research

How did hormone replacement therapy become so popular for American women going through menopause? Well, it turns out that pharmaceutical giant Wyeth helped write many of the supportive scholarly articles about its own hormone replacement drugs. The New York Times revealed this morning that the manufacturer of drugs like Premarin and Prempro paid ghostwriters to pen research articles about the...

Gay Commercials a la infoMania

Love Sarah Haskins' hilarious critiques of media aimed at women? Check out comparably witty Bryan Safi's analysis of homosexuality and media in another infoMania segment aptly titled, That's Gay. In this one, Bryan examines gay and lesbian characters in TV commercials...

Director Spotlight on Quentin Tarantino, Part 2

Many thoughtful points have been made regarding Part 1 of this discussion both at the Bitch Blog website and on Bitch's Facebook Page.

Before we head on to Part 2, I'd like to encourage y'all to check out an excerpted sampling of comments . . .

 

Lady Gaga: "I'm not a feminist. I hail men, I love men."

You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music 'cause I love fast cars and fucking girls, you'd call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I'm just a rock star.

Are you also a...

Mimi My My! Eminem can't stop hating.

Thea Lim at Racialicious started an open thread to revisit this spring's feud between Eminem, Mariah Carey, and her husband Nick Cannon. What seemed like another petty celebrity feud has turned ugly with Eminem's new single "The Warning," which features personal attacks on Mariah Carey that make his other misogynistic crap look tame...

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