Politics

Political InQueery: Queering Elections

On Monday, I took a look at LGBT candidates running for office. The general frame of that article, and of most of this series of articles for Bitch has been set within the confines of the US election structure—a within-system... Read more »

Political InQueery: Queers for Congress

Yesterday the New York Times ran an article highlighting transgender candidates for office in this election cycle, asking if more trans candidates will translate into greater tolerance for the community. While there are a handful of transfolk running for office, there are also out lesbians... Read more »

Political InQueery: A Low Bar for Women's Rights

I spent two hours standing in line yesterday to hear President Obama and Senator Murray rally the troops for her reelection bid. In the University of Washington's Huskies stadium, there were reminders of the basketball court under our feet, the Democrat's passage of student loan reform, and... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Ladies, please!

This week we’re highlighting three women who have a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. Read more »

Political InQueery: Campaigns Going Negative

Politicians often promise the electorate, especially at the outsets of their campaigns, not to "go negative" or take pot shots at their opponents. We hear phrases like "issues oriented," "positive campaigning," and "bridging partisan divides." And behind the scenes, no matter the rhetoric, somebody... Read more »

B-sides: Calliope Musicals

I’ve been in Austin, Texas for the past week, and the highlight of my hectic live show calendar has been... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Poverty of Citizenship

I had fully intended to take on the "everyone for themselves" quality of predicting election results, spending some time researching through the he said/he said (that's not a typo) of who will win the House and Senate when the smoke clears on November 3. And then German Chancellor Angela Merkel... Read more »

Political InQueery: Policing Masculinity

In last night's Nevada Senatorial, Sharron Angle told Harry Reid to "man up." This was in response to Reid's pressure on Angle regarding her stance on Social Security. The exchange: Reid: Don't frighten people about Social Security. The deal that was made by President Reagan and... Read more »

Political InQueery: When Elections Matter

The U.S. presidential election in 2008 generated a turnout of voters not seen since the late 1960s. More than 63 percent of the eligible electorate cast votes for President, amounting to more than 128 million votes. If these 2010 midterm... Read more »

On Our Radar

Our antennae are up, and the hive is buzzing; here’s what’s been On Our Radar this week! ABC has cancelled its new show Huge after less than one season. Our own Michelle Dean wrote about it... Read more »

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Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »