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Travelling Saleswoman

Folks Good Morning! Today marks my introductory blog post for Bitch, a publication I have such admiration and appreciation for, it has taken me several months to settle on what I might write about that would be worthy of the association. I decided to discuss my travels and travails as a touring musician, with a focus on the women's advocacy work with which I am involved. There will also be...

Douchebag Decree: Caitlin Flanagan, our first Douchebag All-Star!

 

Sometimes a simple acknowledgment of douchery just isn't enough. Sometimes you have to step back and marvel at how consistent, how dedicated, how impressively shameless a person's commitment to being a total asshole is. And that's why Bitch has decided it's time to start recognizing those individuals as the All-Star douchebags they are. Practically, it just makes sense: We plan...

The Lady Is A Tramp: Auntiehood

...what the heck could I possibly tell him, being a bit of an outlier in my own family?

Perhaps it's that exact status that allows me to be the perfect aunt.

You too can look like Cruella Deville with MAC's Venomous Villains Collection!

By now, you're probably aware of the Disney Princess Industrial Complex, an entire industry built on encouraging young girls to fantasize about being princesses and convince their parents to spend tons of cash making their tiara-clad dreams come true. Well, apparently the folks at Disney don't want to stop at marketing their characters to young girls, because they are teaming up with MAC...

New issue, new articles! A hot sampling from the Action issue

If you haven't gotten the Action issue of Bitch yet, or if for some bizarre reason you're not a subscriber, here's three offerings from the magazine on our website. Read 'em as a break from shorter pieces on the web, post 'em to your various Twitter-book-pages, and leave your insightful comments, and all that fun tech-y stuff you can't do with a paper copy.

And now, feast your feminist...

TelevIsm: The Numbers

Spoiler Alert! Don't say we didn't warn you... Thanks to Liss for the screengrab! Representation is not necessarily anti-racism, and Lost's framing and depiction of nonwhite characters is often violent and damaging. A pertinent example of this in the current, last season came two weeks ago in the episode "The Candidate", in which Sun, Jin, and Sayid–three out of four of the remaining...

Tuning In: The healing power of rock on Degrassi: The Next Generation

A look back at Degrassi: The Next Generation's season two episode "Shout," and how Paige Michalchuk uses rock music to work through the trauma of date rape.

The Young and The Feckless: Playing DJ for the Class of 2010

The supermarket where I shop plays music of a certain vintage (which, as we've recently discussed, could be anything from last year's Billboard Top 40 to ditties from the War of 1812). The other day it happened to be Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop". As I browsed the selection of veggie sushi, I thought of how appropriate this particular song is for the commencement season (forget about Clinton...

Mad World: Is the Bayonetta Campaign Innovative Advertising or Sexual Harassment Training?

The widely popular video game Bayonetta boasts an advertising campaign that rivals the onscreen sexism of the game itself. In Tokyo, a large billboard in the subway invited passersby to literally strip off flyers to reveal Bayonetta naked underneath. The campaign perpetuates and encourages sexual and physical harassment against women, an epidemic in Japan (and many other countries,...

Page Turner: An Interview with Instinctive Mama Author Ada Calhoun

You've likely encountered the work of writer and editor Ada Calhoun—whether it's her editorial work on Babble.com, of which she was founding editor, her pieces for Time and New York magazines, or her blog conversation 90s Woman—where, among many other admirable feminist pursuits, she and author Kara Jesella try to pinpoint the "most 90s woman" song of 2010.

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