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B-Sides: Tentative Top Ten

Tomorrow, some people from OPB's "In House" are coming to the Bitch office to ask us about our top five favorite albums of 2009. This means that we have been spending a fair amount of time racking our brains to come up with a serviceable top five list that won't reveal to the public radio-listening public that at least one of us (hi, that's me) has been mostly jamming out to Linda...

New Moon's success means women hate sex. Obviously.

OK, I'll be the first to admit that the whole Twilight phenomenon is interesting. Here at Bitch we've written about the movies, the books, the parody videos, and tons of other sparkly vampire stuff over the past year. People are obsessed! It's compelling! However, lately it seems like every single teenage behavior is being connected to the franchise in some way, from negotiating gender...

Sapphic Salon: We're Here, We're Queer, But Our Successors Think We're Incapable of Change

I think I'd have a love/hate relationship with Karla Jay, were she my professor. As a Distinguished Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University, and the author of books like The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out about Sexual Experiences and Lifestyles and The Amazon and the Page: Natalie Clifford Barney and Renée Vivien, I...

Transcontinental Disability Choir: Emo - a hip way to police emotional expression

"Emo" means a whole lot of things in a whole lot of contexts. It's a musical genre. It's a style, with distinctive clothes and hair. It's a type of poetry, type of drawing, type of dance. There is even an emo cow. While I'm as guilty as the next person for snarking on diagonal-cut bangs (how do you see??), I'm concerned that at the core of the "emo" label is a judgment of...

On the Map: About Those Swiss Minarets

At first glance, the ominous poster made by the Swiss People's Party (SVP) seemed to me to be depicting a burqa-clad woman standing in front of a stockpile of missiles. The starkly dubious message being: Stop Islamic Fundamentalism. After reading the accompanying article on Al Jazeera (and than many, many more elsewhere), the poster took on a new meaning: This is what Islamophobia...

On the Map: Women Around the Globe Say 'No' To Gender-based Violence

A decade ago marked the start of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), a worldwide awareness raising campaign about the detrimental effects of institutional violence. Here's how the world celebrated on November 25, 2009. Be outraged. Be sad. Be inspired. Then be courageous.

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Pioneering Trans Sportswriter for <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Has Died

Such sad news today: veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter Christine Daniels was found dead today in her home. Suicide is the suspected cause. She was 52 years old.

Daniels made national headlines when in 2007 she announced in that she was transitioning from male to female. Then under the byline of Mike Penner, she wrote her groundbreaking sports column:

Transcontinental Disability Choir: The Public Consumption of Britney

Britney's entire life was open to the public for consumption. There was one part, however, that should have been left out of the tabloids.

Sm{art}: The People's History series by Just Seeds

As the American calendar rolls around to another historically-dubious holiday, it's comforting to know you can celebrate the righteous kind of history year-round with People's History posters from Just Seeds. At four bucks a pop, you can afford to load up on your favorite activists, or give them as presents to remind folks of the heroes that History-with-a-capital-H (not to mention...

Hana Hajar: Saudi Arabia's Female Political Cartoonist

Malika at Muslimah Media Watch has a great write-up and interview on Hana Hajar, who is currently the most prominent female cartoonist in Saudi Arabia.