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On the Map: The Kitchen Sisters Shift from Food to Feminism

Kitchen Sisters Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva debut The Hidden World of Girls on NPR with an interesting tale about Jamaican women obtaining beauty from an unlikely source.

The Biotic Woman: Parting Ways, Moving On

My time on the Bitch blog comes to a close today. It's been nothing but an honor and privilege to be here, dissecting environmental issues and animal rights among some other stellar bloggers. I had a number of things that I wanted to tackle that never made the blog, and mostly, I straight up ran out of time. From veggie oil cars to reusable menstrual pads to vegan pro-choice rhetoric, I had...

Reproductive Writes: I Choose My Choice: An Interview with Elizabeth Kissling

Elizabeth Kissling is Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and of Communication at Eastern Washington University, and the current president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She is the author of Capitalizing On The Curse: The Business Of Menstruation. Here she talks about postfeminism and advertising.

Adventures in Feministory: Loretta Lynn

Full disclosure: I love Loretta Lynn. I have dressed like her for Halloween. I have sat glued to Sissy Spacek’s performance as her in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I have been known to sing “You Ain’t Woman Enough” at various karaoke bars in the greater Portland area. I am a fan. But! Even if I weren’t a fan of her music, her awesome biopic and her sassy Grand Ole Opry...

I Can Has Feminizm?

This comic-loving cat is very disappointed in the poorly-lettered drivel that is Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1. While Young Kim’s quality manga-style artwork eliminates a lot of Meyers’s interminable descriptive prose, it can’t get rid of the book’s counter-feminism and general ridiculousness.

Sorry, giant cat. Try something by Murasaki Yamada...

Crip Drag No More?

Are you counting down the days until Glee returns for a second season (23!) or are you groaning at the mere mention of a show you hoped would be wiped from the national memory once American Idol came back on the air and satisfied the public urge to see young people engage in petty competition and sweaty vocal gymnastics?

Whichever camp you fall into, you may remember the amount of...

Raising Trouble: The Pink and Blue Project

Artist JeongMee Yoon was inspired to create "The Pink and Blue Project" when her five-year-old daughter only wanted to wear pink, and to play with pink objects.

I Can Has Feminizm?

File it under “Where have you been for the past 26 years?,” and cross-reference it with “How on earth do you have a career in news?” (you have files for both of those, don’t you?): Glenn Beck came out this week as being decidedly against Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”. Apparently, the song doesn’t send the patriotic message he’s always thought it did. Really,...

Raising Trouble: Is My Four-year-old a Budding Hate Criminal?

"I want to shoot Iggy*," Ivan often tells me. He and his friends want to shoot Iggy, he says, because "we don't like princesses." Iggy is a boy in my son's preschool class who wears dresses to school – often bringing several, as he may want a new look by midday -- and likes to play princess with the girls.

Why does my son have violent fantasies about this kid? It's disturbing, to say...

The Biotic Woman: What the Hell is a Femivore?

I mentioned over the weekend that I was a little too miffed after reading the terribly myopic piece in the New York Times Magazine last weekend, "The Femivore's Dilemma," to write about it then. The internets move quickly, but I figure a few days late is better than never. Since my time here is quickly drawing to a close, I figured I'd revisit the piece because it really deserves some...