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Hard Times: At the <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, all the misogyny is fit to print

The New York Times Book Review has never exactly embraced passionate advocacy—unless it was promoting Pynchon's and DeLillo's place in the postmodernist canon. Even worse, it has become the place where serious feminist books come to die— or more accurately, to be dismissed with the flick of a well-manicured postfeminist wrist.


Recently, Times editors—in both the daily paper and the...

The A-word in popular media: A plea for help

I feel sheepish asking for reader participation when my own contributions to this neglected blog have been so pathetic. I do hereby swear to post every day for the next week if you all help me out here, okay?

I'm looking for references to abortion or unplanned pregnancy on tv shows or in films over the past year or so. Knocked Up, Waitress, and Juno are, of course, already on the list....

RIP, yet again

I am hoping that the B-sides blog won't become a weekly RIP to independent publications - but then again, maybe it will wake us all up, myself included, to the reality that independent media is becoming increasingly more difficult to produce and that we can create opportunites to do something about it, otherwise we'll wake up and it will all be gone. That all sounds fine and good to say and...

The Modern Rabbit

Peeing on a stick has become a rite of passage for both those struggling to get pregnant and those who would rather not find themselves with child at this time. Last year's two hot procreation films, Juno and Knocked Up both had scenes taking advantage of that universal feeling of anticipation and/or anxiety we feel when waiting for that little window to display its character.

Thanks...

"Are you ready to rock 'n' roll?”

If there's anything more awesome than seeing an eight-year old girl scream that into a microphone, it's being in a theater full of girls like this celebrating the opening of Girls Rock! The Movie.

Filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King focus on the inspiring breakthroughs, but don't skip over the heart-wrenching breakdowns. And interspersed through it all are statistics about...

Girls Rock!

Tonight Girl’s Rock! The Movie premieres in selected cities across the country. I’m going! You should, too, if it’s playing where you live (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago). If you’re not familiar, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls is a nonprofit that teaches girls ages 8-18 to learn how to rock DIY style and in the process, build...

B-Word is seeking interns!

B-Word is seeking interns for summer 08 at our office located in Portland, OR.

Click here to find out more information!

And since this is the B-sides blog, I am going to make a shameless pitch for development/outreach intern applicants - what's more fun than helping Bitch stay in business by planning an art show/auction? By working with supporters/readers around the nation for...

Election fatigue, I haz it

A few commenters have wondered in the past few weeks why there's been such a paltry amount of coverage of the primaries and their attendent issues on this site. I can't speak for my colleagues — as we always write, in tiny print, in the magazine's masthead, we have varying opinions and no monolithic position on most of the issues we cover — but I've become, as I'm sure many of you have, really...

Listen & Love It: The Terrordactyls

The Terrordactyls are silly and sweet twosome Michael Cadiz and Tyrel Stendahl (who occasionally team up with The Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson). Whether sort-of rocking out with a cover of Andrew WK's "Long Live The Party" or charming the pants off of us with back-and-forth vocals and kazoo solos on "Devices" they are tons o' fun. You can stream the whole self-titled album here.

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Another wee step into now

It's the Bitch podcast!

Well, it's going to be. At long last, we're thrilled to announce that our very own podcast is in the works. Look for more details soon, but for now I want to give a quick shout out to podcaster extraordinaire Julie Sabatier, creator of DIY, Portland, who's graciously agreed to serve as our podcast producer. She and I met over pizza and beer (guess that seems to...

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