Paying Homage to the Queen of Teen Mean, Daria Morgendorffer: 20 Years Later, The Sarcasm Still Delights

Daria works against the idea of women as caregivers, or as primarily responsible for tending to others emotions and swaps it out with juvenile humor.

Backtalk: The VMAs and IUDs

On this podcast, Bitch editors Amy and Sarah talk Nicki Minaj and affordable birth control.  Read more »

Five Black Female MTV VJs Who Gave Me the Courage to Become a Music Journalist

From as far back as I can remember, MTV was a staple of my television experience. Read more »

The VMAs Cemented Feminism as Beyoncé's Brand. What Comes Next?

A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else... Read more »

Visi(bi)lity: How the Savage U Premiere Barely Exceeded My Extremely Low Expectations

Throughout this series, I have tried very hard not to write about the gigantic elephant in the room: Dan Savage. He's a controversial figure, particularly when it comes to his statements on bisexuality... Read more »

The 99%: The Hidden Class Politics of Teen Mom 2

Those things we think we know about teen moms? The limited education, welfare use, the doomed romantic partnerships, the poor outcomes for their children? When we control for poverty, those adverse outcomes virtually disappear. It’s not that they had a child while they were young, it’s... Read more »

Gaga's Jo Calderone Confuses VMA Audiences, Me

Like many others (if Twitter is to be believed), I sat through two-plus hours of VMAs last night. There were highlights (I don’t care how you feel about Beyoncé—her... Read more »

16 and Pregnant: For Girls Only

It’s no secret that 16 and Pregnant is marketed to women. Each episode is narrated by the teen mom, who also provides the testimonials and has the... 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 »

Tube Tied: "Teen Mom" and the Problem With Social Realism In Reality Television

MTV's been having a good summer. In part, that's because the second season of its reality series Teen Mom has been generating huge ratings for the network—it is this summer's third-most-watched original cable... Read more »

Tuning In: Daria on DVD

Daria comes out on DVD tomorrow. I can’t wait! Read more »