hip hop

Size Matters: We're Just Trying to Help

The Discovery Health channel is among my favorite TV channels, along with The Science Channel, TLC and the regular Discovery Channel. So a couple years ago when they started airing shows about "super morbidly obese" people getting bariatric surgery, I, of course, was quite interested. With... Read more »

Political InQueery: Politainment

There is the subject of politics and then there is entertainment. And never the twain shall meet, right? Wrong. So unbelievably wrong. In news of the “please don’t record this,” it leaked today that TLC—that’s The Learning Channel, for those who are television newbies—is doing some... Read more »

TelevIsm: Police Women of Memphis depicts trans women with respect

There's not a whole lot I have to say about Police Women of Memphis as a show in general. I think that glorifying a very problematic justice system as this show seems to do is probably not fantastic. But, I like that it depicts ladies in positions of authority, being competent. It's also cool that... Read more »

Bitchtapes: Actual Feminist Rappers

Kelsey’s postings of the “Feminist Rappers” videos drew more than laughs–it had some commenters asking, “But what about the real feminist rappers?” So here’s a genre- decade-spanning compilation of feminist rappers, hip-... Read more »

BitchTapes: Hey Dude, don't make it bad.

                         A recently revived obsession with Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ inspired me to share my fave songs penned with a named woman in mind. But of course, the... Read more »

B-Sides: Oh Dessa!

Can’tstoplisteningtoDessa! The only woman in the highly acclaimed underground hip hop collective, Doomtree, Dessa brings a literary beauty to hypnotic rhythms that left me (re)examining the super old and super problematic feminist consensus that hip hop, even what comes from woman artists, is... Read more »

Feminist Rapper: A Lady Made That!

It’s somewhat of a running joke in feminist circles that, while awesome, a PhD in Gender Studies doesn’t exactly bring in the big bucks. Well, Jenny Hagel is looking to change that (or at least the character she plays in her new web series,... Read more »

Screenshot: There she went, Miss America

It's hard to make an argument for paying attention to the Miss America pageant because the pageant hasn't really made a compelling argument for its continued existence. Why hype up a competition that has so little ultimately at stake? Read more »

Race Card: Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen, Race and Domestic Violence

Which celebrity has earned more bad press for reported acts of domestic violence—Chris Brown or Charlie Sheen? When gossip Web site TMZ.com criticized Brown Jan. 21 for appearing with designer Jean Paul... Read more »

BitchTapes: Funky Divas

As we’ve seen in past editions of BitchTapes, many Bitch Media staffers spent the 90s listening to super cool, street-cred building riot grrrl jams. Well, I’ve got a confession to make: Even though I grew up in the Pacific... Read more »

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