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Horror Show: Women Horror Directors to Watch

The conventional wisdom is that women don't want to be scared—or enjoy scary movies only insofar as the terror gives them the opportunity to snuggle up to male companions, as Entertainment Weekly pointed out in a 2009 piece. This strikes me as bizarre. Women bleed, after all, regularly and sometimes very heavily. We push human beings out of our bodies. We deal with constant threats to our...

Music Matters: You can't match this rapper / actress

I have a very long-standing one-sided love affair with Lauryn Hill. It goes back before the Fugees, even.

(Lauryn Hill, "The Sweetest Thing")

Political InQueery: Election Messes

There's a three-way race for the US Senate in Florida. An unemployed veteran who lives with his father is up against an almost-certain opponent in South Carolina. A candidate in Delaware gets more press for things she said in 1999 than in this race. Two long-time Republicans are running as independents. Two years after the message of "hope" carried in a sweeping victory for Barack Obama, what...

Douchebag Decree: Lou Dobbs

This week's Douchebag Decree goes to a man who used his post at CNN as a platform to rage against "illegal aliens" to the American public. If that wasn't douche-y enough for you, it has now come out that this same man has been employing undocumented workers for years to tend to his prized horses and mansions. Who is this hypocritical douche, you ask? Lou Dobbs, come on down!

Tube Tied: A Short Post About the Cancellation of "Huge"

ABC Family has cancelled one of my favorite shows of the last year—Huge. (On the chance you missed it, I highly recommend watching it online on ABC Family's website. Hopefully they'll leave it up awhile.)

It's sad, though not surprising. Huge had the kind of pedigree that often spells network doom. It was created by Winnie Holzman, whose other most famous achievement is...

BiblioBitch: A Child's Life and Other Stories

In keeping with our current Make-Believe issue this week's BiblioBitch features A Child's Life and Other Stories by Phoebe Gloeckner. A Child's Life is a riveting collection of illustrated stories (or comics or comix or graphic novel depending on who you talk to) that merge the fantastical with the realistic.

Racy Thoughts: <i>Glee</i>'s Magical Friendship

Regular readers of Bitch know by now that Glee, while addictive and entertaining (if you try and tell me you didn't make a heroic attempt at recreating the choreography from "Safety Dance" alone in your room, I'm going to straight up call you a liar), is imperfect. This week's episode, which tackled religious belief (or the lack thereof), was no different.

Vag Magazine: LYFAO

The idea that feminists are hilarious isn't exactly news to most of us, but it's still fun to see new comedies that feature feminism (even if those comedies poke fun at, ahem, Bitch). Check out this video from the ladies of Vag Magazine (in real life they're the ladies of the Upright Citizens Brigade):

Vag Magazine Teaser 1 from Vag Magazine on Vimeo.

Music Matters: I Make Me So Damn Easy To Love

Let's start this off right, shall we?

With Beyoncé.

Political InQueery: Frank Lautenberg Loves Lady Gaga

Frank Lautenberg made it clear this summer that he has a big love for Lady Gaga. The octogenarian isn't even up for reelection this fall, but just to pad his war chest a little, he hosted a fundraiser at a Gaga concert. For a mere $2,400—the maximum individual donation amount allowed by law—one could join him and his wife in their box at the Verizon Center in DC. He wasn't playing about his...