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Tube Tied: In Which I Gingerly Criticize Jon Stewart

Like many a thinking lady I watch the Daily Show mostly for Jon. When it is on hiatus, and it always disappointingly seems to be on hiatus when America goes a little mad in the late summer (2005: Katrina, 2008: Sarah Palin, 2009: Health Care Nonsense), my evenings seem even less magical than they usually are. I am the kind of woman, you see, who would go for Jon - funny, informed, irreverent...

Grrrl on Film-Frustrating Ignorance du Jour: Women Directors

This morning’s Entertainment Weekly PopWatch blog featured a “Made Us Think” comment that provides us a choice topic for discussion over here at Bitch; particularly considering our recent discussions about women directors.

“Today’s Made Us Think comment comes from “Elly,” who writes in response to Missy Schwartz’s interview with Jane Campion,

 

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On the Map-In Your Facial: Queer Feminist Pornographers

Recently in Sweden, adult film director Mia Engberg received 500,000 kronor ($69,000USD) in public funding from the Swedish Film Institute to create a collection of feminist pornographic films. Just before the final product—entitled Dirty Diaries—was released, conservatives in the European country expressed outrage at their tax dollars being used to fund the film. Ironically, the...

The Supergirls: A feminist response to catsuits?

There’s a surprising gap of research, let alone feminist research, on female superheroes from comics. Trina Robbins has turned out some amazing books on women and comics, including one on female superheroes, but she can’t do it alone (and good luck trying to find her work at your nearby Barnes & Noble). That’s why I’m excited about Mike Madrid’s new book The...

The Original Potter

I'm sure you're all very familiar with Beatrix Potter and her famous rabbit creation, Peter. I grew up with the books myself, but never really appreciated the illustrations fully until I saw many of the original works at the Smithsonian in a travelling exhibit. The detail and warmth is unbelievable. The pieces are so small, but you stare and stare at each little flower and 'paw...

She Pop: VMA Disappointments For Everyone!

Ah, the VMAs! Pop spectacle at its finest! If, by "finest," you mean "most spectacularly overhyped and therefore ripe for viewer disappointment." Which is what I mean, actually, so I'm good. And today, in my quest to provide you with the least timely post on the VMAs EVER, I present you with three defining moments. Which is most disappointing? That is for you (by which I mean "me," since I am...

Today's Twitter Trends: #DontTweetThem

Well, the verdict is finally in, and it looks as though it IS in fact possible to be a bizarro douche in 140 characters or less. Today’s trending Twitter topics include #dontcuffhim and #dontwifeher, and both offer a shit-covered window into the minds of Twitter’s best and brightest gender stereotypists. (You know, like a typist who only writes about gender stereotypes. Zing!)...

Tube Tied: Betty Agonistes

Tami at What Tami Said recently had a great post about, among other things, why she doesn't like Mad Men's Betty Draper, noting that buried in Betty's blonde, blue-haired Grace Kellyesque perfection lies the "antithesis of black womanhood":

Betty is enslaved, while also being the slave master. This is what I hate about her. She wants freedom and agency when it is convenient. She wants...

Bed, Bitch & Beyond-Menage a Trois: Part Deux

After I posted about threesomes over the weekend, a bunch of comments came flooding in. The responses—both on Bitch and on Facebook–were smart, expressive and even witty. Kudos to those of you who shared advice and stories about threesomes gone right—or wrong! Readers also posted comments that touched on some very relevant issues about female sexuality that I didn’t mention...

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