Politics

Douchebag Decree: Tucson Shooting Link Roundup

Since the violence that took place in Arizona over the weekend goes beyond the term "douche-y", and since it would be much too obvious to award the Decree to Sarah Palin for her crosshairs graphic and "blood libel" comment (let's just call her an honorary Douchebag for life), I thought I'd do a... Read more »

On Our Radar

Happy first week of a new decade, y'all! Here's what we've been reading at Bitch HQ as we dive into the 20-teens. Gender Focus has up a nice list of their favorite things of 2010. Like an NPR Top Ten list, but... Read more »

Douchebag decree: a Winter Round-up!

Gather 'round pardners! It's time for a Douchebag round-up! This week we're featuring three women unafraid to rain their misguided, bigoted, and douchey ways down on the world. Read more »

Love for the Women of MTV's "No Easy Decision"

You know how we've all been wondering how MTV could continue to air Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant while avoiding the... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: Ma vie en rose

Notes on Alain Berliner's 1997 Ma vie en rose, which remains one of the few fictional films about transgendered children. Read more »

On Our Radar

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for a look back at what blipped onto our radar here at Bitch HQ this week! Amanda Hess posted a take-down ... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: Toe to Toe

A discussion of 2009's Toe to Toe, writer-director Emily Abt's full-length feature debut about two teenage lacrosse players who develop an interesting relationship despite differing racial and class backgrounds. Read more »

Political InQueery: The Next Two Years

We took a long gander at the 2010 midterm elections, and I'm grateful we've had this time together, even if electoral politics often seems like an unworthy issue to spend quality time examining. For me, assessing the rhetoric from politicians and the press who cover them is telling because it... Read more »

Political InQueery: A Phone Call Away

We've spent quality time assessing the lead-in and results of the 2010 US midterm elections, and now that we're on the cusp of the 112th Congressional Session, I'd like to turn our attention to another level of civic participation: contact with our representatives and senators. After all, we are... Read more »

Political InQueery: In the Crossfire, on the Right

After the 2008 election, one of the first books that made the rounds of the daytime news shows came from none other than John McCain's daughter, Meghan. Of particular interest to the talking heads in the wake of Barack Obama's win was the enigmatic, rogue-designee Sarah Palin. Meghan had some... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... 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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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 »

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 »