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An Open Letter to Eminem

Dear Eminem,

I have been struggling all morning trying to decide if your new video is worth blogging about. While I understand that you consider yourself to be a satirist from whose biting commentary no celebrity is safe, I personally find your methods of cultural critique to be boring, trite, and always misogynistic. For those readers who have not yet seen the video for your new song “...

But <em>why</em> are they the happiest people?

American mainstream media has been a wee bit obsessed with the happiness of Denmark this past year. Since I'm an American currently living in the supposedly blissed-out Scandinavian paradise, I've been trying to uncover why this (somewhat incorrect) assumption has been made. Are Danes the happiest people in the world because they're simply more flexible when it comes to gender identity?

For Realz?: (Reality TV) Fight Like A Girl (Gamer)

Why aren’t the women doing better on the Sci Fi Network’s new video-game competition reality series, WCG Ultimate Gamer? Gaming seems like something where women should be able to compete on fairly equal ground with men – there’s no real physical strength component to it; it’s a fairly objective standard (numerical scores); and if a woman’s interested in...

Say It Loud: “Obama is sexy!”

During the '08 campaign season, I cringed at comments made about former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's "hotness" and at the idea of the porno "Nailin' Sarah Palin"--even though Palin's politics, her demeanor, and pretty much everything about her, made me throw up in my mouth a little. And to be sure, if Palin had become vice president, continued objectification...

Now We Can See: Thermals Album Release and Bitch Interview Excerpts!

Today marks the long-awaited release of “Now We Can See,” the fourth album from Portland’s own The Thermals. The album was reviewed in the “Buzz” issue of Bitch, but as a huge fan of the band, I thought it deserved a bit of blog attention as well. Check out the video from their single, “Now We Can See”! It just came out today. I should warn you, though, it contains enough handclap-y...

Good story, Fox News

Fox News is giving half the story again, this time in a report about bra sales in Australia and the cup sizes associated with them. The message the Fox story sends is that these giant-breasted women got that way because of birth control, obesity and artificial hormones. In a story from The Daily Telegraph story, which Fox links, the causes are defined as age, estrogen from plastics and...

Offensive Commercials: It's Showdown Time!

I came into the office today prepared to blog about just one creepy, sexist, bizarre television commercial, but since that time three more have been brought to my attention. You know what that means, right? It’s time for a commercial showdown!

In this showdown, four commercials will compete, but only one can be named the most offensive! Will it be the Carl’s Jr. ad featuring...

Monday Fuzzies: Seattle School of Rock Covers Bikini Kill

I got a full night’s worth of sleep and the weather is beautiful in Portland, but sometimes you just need a little more to get through a Monday. So, consider this clip my gift to you:

Seeing those girls give Kathleen Hanna a run for her money just makes my riot grrrl heart grow three sizes bigger.

Handmade Nation was in my neck of the woods

Last night I had the chance to attend a screening of Handmade Nation at the Museum of Contemporary Craft here in Portland. Most of you are probably pretty familiar with the culture of DIY, but author and director, Faythe Levine has done a great job of bringing many of the diverse activities within the community (whether it be people who make things for fun or profit, galleries...

For Realz?: Running In Heels

I’ve always wanted to be a Bitch intern – I imagine it like a summer of fact-checking articles, some light filing, answering the phones (“Ms. Levit’s not available right now, can I take a message?”), processing donations and subscription requests, handling long-term office admin projects like indexing the library or something, and generally being available to do anything people...

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