intersectionality

Push(back) at the Intersections: Glee and Me

I would be remiss in talking about pushback against intersectional critiques of pop culture without discussing my long and tormented relationship with the Fox hit Glee. To put it bluntly, I hate Glee. Yet, a lot of feminists, including some of the staff here at Bitch, love ... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Sluts, Bores, Attention Whores: How We Talk About Female Creators

The polarization that surrounds discussions about works of pop culture created by women can sometimes make it really hard to fairly and honestly critique female creators. We all internalize misogyny to some extent and I am never surprised, though I am disappointed, when it expresses in pop culture... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: How About Some -isms with Your Feminism?

What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bendel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? You were going to tell me they’re feminist icons,... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Who Writes These Representations, Anyway?

The commonality of really problematic depictions in Hollywood and other aspects of pop culture is, to my eye, a pretty compelling argument for improving representation on the creative teams behind the media we consume. However, it’s clear that better representations aren’t necessarily... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Two Ways of Looking at Mad Men

I think the differences in the way people engage with Mad Men are a reflection of the different ways that people like to interact with pop culture. For some of us, it’s pure entertainment. For others, it’s something deeper and darker. I like pop culture I can sink my teeth into... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Fat. So?

The fat acceptance movement has been active for a long time. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has been around since 1969, challenging social attitudes about fat and fighting for fat equality. There are clear intersections between fat acceptance and feminism, as writers... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Defining (and Critiquing) 'Intersectionality'

The conflict between proud statements about viewing things intersectionally and actually being an intersectional feminist is at the core of many problems within the feminist movement right now. Including the feminist pushback to critiques of pop culture that focus on issues other than the depiction... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Women Making Pop Culture

I thought it might be fun to start this series by exploring some female creators who are shaking things up in their industries. These women are a sign of great things to come,... Read more »

Inconsequential Girlishness: An Interview with Chally

My full-length interview with Chally, who talks about her love of sci-fi, why it’s problematic to have feminist “icons,” her experience as a teen in social justice movement, and of course, the internet! (The post title is tongue-in-cheek, by the way, she’s anything but, as you’ll... Read more »

The Biotic Woman: In Praise of Sistah Vegan

For a long time, one of my favorite vegan thinkers has been A. Breeze Harper, author of the Sistah Vegan website/blog and now the author of her newly released book of the same name—out this month! Harper also... Read more »

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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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