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Mad Men's Portrayal of Sexism Seeps Unironically into its Commercial Breaks

Did anyone else notice the bizarre sexism during the commercial breaks on last night’s episode of Mad Men? I can accept that a healthy dose of douchiness comes with the territory when I decide to watch currently airing episodes of a show instead of waiting for it to come out on DVD, but I honestly felt creeped out by how skewed all of last night’s ads were toward a male (and sexist...

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Bed, Bitch & Beyond: I (Still) Blame Porn: A Response

I opened a big can of feminist worms on Thursday with my post I Blame Porn, In which I talked about how the mainstreaming of mass-produced hetero porn is starting to influence—negatively—the cultural perceptions of what's sexy, particularly among teenagers. I was stunned by the number of Bitch readers who shouted me down, proclaiming that bald-vadge, facial-cumshot studio-produced porn isn't...

Rave On: Singer-Songwriter Joan Wasser on Outlaw Culture

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature musician and singer-songwriter Joan Wasser, of Joan as Police Woman, on Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, by bell hooks.

Outlaw Culture taught me to change the way I thought about...

Beaker Bitch-Women Who Make Money: The Mystery Explained!

The Internet is abuzz this week over a recent study that links high rates of testosterone with choosing risky financial ventures. While the study is an interesting and worthwhile examination of the hormone's role in decision making, the media coverage plays up a few juicy but entirely inaccurate angles.

The Washington Post article linked above, for example, is pretty straightforward....

We'll Miss You, Ellie Greenwich

 

I can’t add much to Annalee’s farewell to Brill Building great Ellie Greenwich, who died this week at age 68. (Ann Powers of the L.A. Times also has an excellent appreciation of Greenwich’s life and legacy here.) But as a devotee of the girl-group sound and the history of the songwriting women behind it (seriously, rent Allison Anders’s film Grace of My Heart,...

Tube Tied: Famous Last High School Bitches: A Rant

Somebody should probably call these people up and inform them that actually, there is already a modern adaptation of Heathers on the air and it’s called Gossip Girl.  Oh yes, of course, Gossip Girl isn’t actually witty or smart or anything but Serena did kill that one guy and dates the modern version of Christian Slater’s character if said character had poured his dreams into...

Grrrl on Film: Part Two of the Grrrl on Film Director Spotlight on Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez!

In this, the second part of my email interview with directors Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez, the collaborators talk about breaking the rules of documentary filmmaking, getting the girls to open up on camera, how their film can be used in classrooms, and their future projects.

If you haven't done so yet, don't forget to check out Part one– and keep an eye out for your local...

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: I Blame Porn

Facials, hairlessness, porn stars as role models...is internet porn changing sex for teenagers and twentysomethings? How has the rise of mainstream, accessible porn started fucking with teenage brains, both male and female?

Douchebag Decree: Who covered Caster Semenya the worst?

South African runner Caster Semenya has been making international news for a week or so now, and this week’s Douchebag Decree is honor of those news outlets and blogs that have handled the blown-out-of-proportion debate over Semenya’s gender the worst. It turns out that not only are pundits and bloggers jerks about Semenya herself, but have some other unfortunate sexist hangups...

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