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And while I'm at it

motherfucker. Why? Where did this word come from?  Every time I hear it, a similar jolt goes through my body.  Read more »

I really really really can't stress strongly enough

how much it shocks my heart to hear how often the expression "you guys" is used in everyday language, especially in social movement/radical community spaces. I don't mean to be unsympathetic or humorless or heartless. Yes I understand how difficult it is to replace that phrase with something else... Read more »

Assorted thoughts on Pride, weddings, and capitalism

Last night I went out to my neighborhood queer bar, the White Horse Inn, to see the East Bay Kings put on the most kick-ass drag show ever. It was not only the runup to the enormous Pride festivities in San Francisco, but also the farewell performance of Neil Down, who is seriously out-of-control... Read more »

There are no words

I don't know whether to thank my friend Elise for bringing this to my attention, or gently curse her: High heels. For babies. That is all. Also, when Fox News's Megyn Kelly starts sounding hard-hitting and feminist, the apocalypse is clearly nigh. Read more »

Under the knife: A thinner, sexier Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears

We've run articles on many a controversial subject here at Bitch, and readers have responded with appropriate ardor to such topics as fat suits, pro-porn theory, eating disorders, the "hasbian" phenomenon, and more. Yet some of the most impassioned letters we've gotten in the past year or so hinged... Read more »

About/for my dad

Since today is Father’s Day, I want to take some time to reflect on my dad, and try to start giving voice to some ideas and pain and anger that have been simmering in my mind. My dad died this past winter after a shitty and long battle with cancer (he was a life-long smoker). He was 67. Now I... Read more »

Coming out (and out and out)

Lately I’ve been thinking about the process of coming out and identities/shifting, and how for so many of us it’s an ongoing/lifetime process. In part because we as individuals change, and/or in part because our environment changes, and/or in part because our identities can’t be... Read more »

And speaking of MySpace...

but on a more positive (well, admirable at least) note…. Read more »

Oh Tila Tequila, how can we gays ever thank you enough?

Apparently all y'all gay folks in California who can now get married have Myspace/MTV reality assclown Tila Tequila to thank. From Us Magazine's website:  "It is because of me — I definitely think [my show] has helped the movement," she told Usmagazine.com at the Hollywood premiere of The Love... Read more »

And speaking of sex

A new publication about sex/sexuality in Pakistani society from a feminist and gender-inclusive perspective has entered the publishing world. Read Bitch contributor Sarah Seltzer's interview with Chay magazine founders Kyla Pasha and Sarah Suhail in the current issue of INTHEFRAY magazine, an... Read more »

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Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »