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And the Loser Is...

It's been a long, bizarre, offensive battle, but the results from last week's Offensive Commercial Showdown are in! With 27% of the vote, which ad reigns supreme as the most offensive? (Drum roll sound here, please...)

And the loser is... ORANGINA!!!

Thanks to everyone who voted! Watch (or re-watch) the video, see the uber-creepy "making of" the commercial, and nominate...

You really, really like us!

From the department of last minute self-promotion, Bitch is proud to announce we’ve been nominated for the Best International Feminist Blog in the 2009 Canadian F-Word Awards! We found out today, which is lucky since the polls are open until…tomorrow! Show us some love by visiting the F-Word Site and voting for us!

For Realz?: It's A Noun, It's A Verb, It's The Amazing Race Next Week

As your feminist reality TV blogger, I've got the standard (short) list of complaints about The Amazing Race to run through: why hasn't an all female team ever won in the 14 seasons the show's been on, are the women being unfairly edited to look more shrewish under pressure than the men, etc etc., but I've got a new one for you: looks like we're going to have a discussion over the impact of...

To Porn or Not to Porn

Porn may well be one of the most divisive issues among feminists today. Personally, I have an incredibly difficult time deciding where I stand. Like most feminists, I am all for the healthy expression of sexuality, which may manifest itself in a variety of forms. However, it’s pretty darn hard to conceptualize a hierarchical sexual interaction as ‘healthy,’ particularly when it...

Madea, Tyler Perry, and Church-Going Black Women

According to a recent Entertainment Weekly article:

'''Tyler Perry understands that much of his audience is African-American women — the most ignored group in Hollywood — so he's doing movies that speak to them,' Bogle says. 'You could see these films as parables or fables. There's a black prince figure who shows up for black women who've been frustrated, unhappy, or abused.' That's the...

BitchTapes: Under Pressure(s)!

I've been feeling kinda stressed lately—and it shows with my BitchTapes mix. I collected a group of tracks about the external pressures we deal with day-to-day. You know, stuff like: Am I pretty enough? Tough enough? Smart enough? and on and on. The genres I've chosen are each so different, but the themes all come back to same stuff we all deal with at some point in our lives. Have a...

For Realz?: What Happens To A Queer Quiverfull?

The Duggars! The 18-child (picture above taken when there were only 17 of them), no-birth-control, "we'll have as many as God decides to give us" Quiverfull, fundamentalist Christian family on the Discovery Channel that everyone loves to hate! Did I mention the reason why the Duggar parents are Quiverfull believers is because they think that birth control is the same as abortion? Did I...

Crazy Like A Feminist

There is an article by Linda Hirshman on Slate's women-centric XX Factor today entitled "Crazy Love, Crazy Choices" that deals with domestic violence. In it, Hirshman posits that present-day feminists are too easy on domestic violence victims because "the current love affair with understanding stops feminists from calling victims on taking responsibility for their own well-being."

I...

Sarah Maple Will Make You Think

Sarah Maple isn't afraid to be provocative or stir up a bit of controversy now and then. Born to parents of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds (her mother is a Muslim from Kenya and her father is a Christian from the U.K.), much of her work deals with her own identity. From Islam to race to gender and sex, Maple's works touch on everything you aren't supposed to talk about at...

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