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BitchReads: 12 Books That Shaped Us as Feminists

For Women’s History Month, Bitch staffers share the titles that have influenced our feminist thinking, including work by Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Julia Serano, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Octavia Butler, and more. Read more »

TikTok’s “Hoochie God” Is Not Afraid to Say What Needs to Be Said

Nia Jones, who is better known as Hoochie God, is using her platform to offer a safe space to Black women both online and in real life. Read more »

Very Online: How Gullibility Became Our New Normal

Distrust in the authority of traditional sources has led to the credulous embrace of online bunk. Read more »

The Paralympic Paradigm: How the “Inspiring” Narrative Restricts and Fetishizes Disabled Athletes

Negative attitudes toward disability start with how athletes are framed in news coverage. Read more »

6 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through February

February brought fresh, heartfelt, sounds from artists Mitski, Mary J. Blige, Raveena, and more. As always, happy listening! Read more »

This TikTokker Has Your Next Queer Rom Com Reading Rec

“It’s Gay and It Slaps”  Read more »

Not Just for Kids: A New Book Addresses the Unbearable Truth of Sexual Assault

Anastasia Higginbothom writes children’s books on serious and challenging topics. Her latest is “You Ruined It: A Book About Boundaries,” which addresses sexual assault. Read more »

Fighting TERFs, Vomiting, and Writing Bathos: Grace Lavery on Her Eccentric, Exciting Memoir

“Someone I used to live with described my writing process as watching someone vomit compulsively for hours at a time,” says Grace Lavery, author of “Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis.” Read more »

“JANET JACKSON” Promised Honesty, But Delivered a Controlled—and Constrained—Narrative

For all its attempts at unabashed honesty, “JANET JACKSON.” is deceptively guarded: Jackson still seeks shelter in an unknowable self, hidden from even her closest family and friends. Read more »

In “High-Risk Homosexual,” Living Authentically Is Bittersweet

High-Risk Homosexual pulls apart the neat narratives we often see about what it means to come out—and to pursue your creative dreams.  Read more »

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

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

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

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 »

Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »