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Six Questions for Writer and Activist Staceyann Chin

Welcome to “Six Questions,” a new Page Turner interview series with authors about their work. Today we talk with Jamaican-born writer, activist, and performance-poet extraordinaire Staceyann Chin about her new memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, a chronicle of Chin’s childhood that includes her survival of parental abandonment, poverty, abuse, sexual assault, and her eventual coming...

How Could $3 Million for Postpartum Research Hurt Women?

A landmark federal bill aiming to put $3 million into research and education about postpartum depression is gathering controversy as it heads to the Senate floor. Advocates of the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (known as the Mother's Act) say it will save the lives of women and finally help develop decent education about a long-dismissed female health...

About that Ms. Cover

Mandy wrote a great post on the upcoming Ms. magazine cover last week that I've been meaning to respond to. First of all, I'm in this issue, so I'm a bit biased to think that y'all will judge the issue based on the cover and will skip the great article on mom blogs. But that cover...

Mandy makes some great points that there are those of Hindu faith that see the use of multi-armed...

Modesty Blaise: Princess of Spy-fi

For those of you who saw my previous post you'll know that the 1966 classic camp film, Modesty Blaise, was shown in the early morning hours on AMC. The film, based on the eponymous character of a long-running British comic strip, is of the so bad it's bad variety. But even so, this relatively obscure movie that inspires a love-it-or-hate-it reaction, as well as the enigmatic Modesty Blaise...

Introducing the Page Turner Blog

Welcome to Page Turner, a new blog on feminism and books here at Bitch's online headquarters. Here's my goal with Page Turner: to make it a collaboration between you, Bitch's readers, and me, your biblio-obsessed blogger. Page Turner is all about our love of books and feminisms, and all the many ways we interact with authors and their work in our daily lives. Read on for more!

How do two affirmative action babies raise their own baby?

The confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor have mostly focused on race and how she may or may not allow her Latinidad to impact her judicial rulings on the Supreme Court. Today Linda Chavez, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and regular on FOX News, took the cake. But they have also highlighted something that's been picking at me since becoming a mom.

First, much of...

Lindsey Graham wins for being the biggest loser

Inspiration for this week’s Decree was a tie dominated by the South: between South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ultimately Graham’s harassment topped the SCLC’s hypocrisy.

Sotomayor and Dr. Benjamin in the Media: An Open Thread

As the hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor continue, media coverage has ranged from the good, the bad, and the ugly. Meanwhile, Obama's recent nomination of Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General has gotten people talking about her weight rather than her wealth of qualifications. As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sotomayor has faced a slew of sexist and racist...

Changing Beauty Standards With a Scalpel

Empowerment through repulsion? Or brilliantly contrived self-transformation?

Mr. Mia Hamm

I had to take a screen shot of this ad on Facebook.

Do you see that? A six-time All-Star baseball player is being referred to as Mr. Mia Hamm.

Yes, when I saw it I yelled "Hell yeah!" It's overwhelming how often we hear of prominent women who get referred to as Mrs. Whomever She Married. Or even people who think that the wife of a prominent man owes her success to him. It...

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