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The Business of Being Born

I finally got around to seeing The Business of Being Born, which means I got very intimate with Ricki Lake and her female powers. Lake not only produced this documentary about the ever-increasing medicalization of birth in the U.S. but also included up-close-and-personal footage of the birth of her second son, at home, in the bathtub, attended by a midwife. The film is flawed in many ways, not...

Dying to know the outcome of last night's pop culture debate club?

We’re sure you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the results of last night’s Bitch “Pop Culture Debate Club” at Portland’s famed In Other Words bookstore. We got a great turnout for the event, probably because the topic — “Britney: Who’s to Blame?” tends to be one on which people we know have plenty of opinions. The gals from local discussion group...

Iowa, Nice!

Although I’ll never understand how enough force could gather behind the idea of inviting Karl Rove – recently named “The Worst Person Ever” – to the University of Iowa’s college graduation, I’m glad to see not everyone was pleased about it.

Some were upset at the protesters, and while I concur that it was disruptive, as one post articulated, If you pay a...

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it because toy companies flood whole store aisles with the color? Or because well-meaning relatives shower girl babies with pink blankets and clothing? Nope. According to the men in lab coats, it's purely biological.

Apparently, women are...

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...

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