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Political InQueery: The Voting Closet

June is LGBT pride month, commemorating the multi-day standoff at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, 1969. When I've marched through the sticky heat of Washington, DC's pride festivities, I find myself wishing we were commemorating something in April, but the Stonewall riots are probably the best touchstone to choose, so June it is.

As commercialized as Pride festivals are these days—...

Snarky's Cinemachine: Five Things I Learned Watching Recent Movie Trailers

2. Even female action stars must submit to the Makeover trope.

The trailer for the hotly anticipated Salt finds Angelina Jolie rocking the mess out of a pencil skirt and taupe heels, only later to revamp her exterior with some snug black clothes and Miss Clairol's bluest black. While it certainly makes sense for a person to alter their looks when being chased...

The Lady Is a Tramp: The Trojan Horse and Debrahlee Lorenzana

I'm not sure Debrahlee Lorenzana counted on her case becoming a Trojan horse for the media rolling out their usual racialized sexism.

TelevIsm: Upcoming shows and how they may or may not be awesome

Image: A seafoam green television from the past, the Braun HF 1. From Wikipedia.

TelevIsm is a series about currently airing television shows. I imposed this parameter on myself so that I would not post endlessly about shows that I love that are gone, like Battlestar Galactica and King of the Hill (an excellent show that the brilliant Snarky's Machine and I turn the discussion to in a...

From the Library: White Blackbirds: conversations with women who aren't married and don't want to be

The title of this zine comes from an old Irish expression that says, "There will be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot." The zine features interviews with 11 women who all have something to say about why they don't want to be married.

On Our Radar

Never fear, On Our Radar is here! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read in the feminist blogosphere!

  • HULK HERE TO SMASH GENDER BINARY! Audrey Bilger interviews the Twitter Phenom Feminist Hulk for the Ms. Magazine Blog.
  • Speaking of interviews with internet phenoms, Jeanne Sager talks to Jamie Keiles, the high school senior undertaking a...

Snarky's Cinemachine: Backyard Superheroes

Whenever I opted to play "superheroes" with neighborhood kids, I was often assigned Catwoman, since other gals had already called dibs on Batgirl, Superwoman, Mary Jane (didn't realize she was a superhero) and Wonder Woman. Backyard rules apparently dictated there could only be one of each female superhero, but had no prescriptive on the number of Batmans, Supermans and Spidermans...

BitchTapes: The Crying Game

We've been reminiscing a bit at Bitch HQ lately about Free to Be... You and Me. Remember that jam? Even if, like me, it aired before you were born, you're probably the product of its lovey message in some way or another. If not, it's not too late. Check out this video clip of Rosey Grier singing "It's Alright to Cry." Do it! It inspired this week's BitchTapes!

A powerful message,...

Political InQueery: The Week in Offensive Comments

I don't mean to get stuck on Sarah Palin, honestly. She pops up on the media's radar, however, for a whole host of reasons:

* She gives meatier, off-the-cuff remarks than most anyone, including Joe Biden * She is something other than a white guy in a stuffed suit * She looks like she's gunning to run for President in 2012 * She has sex appeal

This last point isn't...

TelevIsm: The Competent and Awesome Ladies of Bones

Since I've begun my stint here at Bitch, I've been watching a lot of Bones on Netflix. Are you ready for a surprise, faithful TelevIsm readers?

I'm kind of in love with it.

I spend a lot of time critiquing how ladies and folks of color are portrayed on television, but Bones is a rare show that consistently portrays their politically marginalized characters as competent,...