social justice

Vanderbilt Football Player's Attorney Blames "Campus Drinking Culture" for Rape

A Vanderbilt football game in 2010. Photo by ... Read more »

That Time Sleater-Kinney Hung Out With "Broad City."

NPR Music recently hosted a meetup that seems specifically designed to make me green with envy: the stars of Comedy Central show Broad City interviewing the members of Sleater-Kinney. Watch the video below the cut.  Read more »

Real-Life Nuns Are No Joke

Nuns are often portrayed as either evil or a joke—or in the case of this Nunzilla toy, both. Photo by Choking Sun.  Nuns get a bad rap. Until this year, my understanding of what nuns are like didn’... Read more »

Feel-Good Feminism

This is an excerpt from the article “Feel Good Feminism” in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Nineteen years ago, two friends and I sat around... Read more »

An Arbitrary List of Our Favorite Pop Culture from 2014

The end of the year is all about arbitrary best-of lists. Five of us here at in the Bitch Media office wrote up our favorite pop culture of the year, from comic books to subreddits. Read more »

Watch Franchesca Ramsey's Video "5 Tips for Being an Ally."

Screenshot from Franchesca Ramsey’s new video on how to be an ally. Franchesca Ramsey is an awesome video blogger whose work addresses all kinds of social justice issues in quick, engaging, and thought-provoking ways. She... Read more »

Born This Way?: Why an evidence-based stance on sex and gender is good for science and for feminism

Scarcely a week goes by without a study on gender differences in the brain making headlines. “Female brains really ARE different to male minds,” reported the Mail Online on July 28, while a day later Salon framed the same research as “Women are getting smarter faster than men.... Read more »

Pretty Unnecessary: Taking beauty out of body positivity

In the early 2000s, when I was a burgeoning fashionable fat girl, I stumbled across the LiveJournal community Fatshionista. I loved seeing pictures of women my size or larger dressed in stylish, interesting, sexy clothes, embracing bright colors and form-fitting cuts, performing liberation and... Read more »

The History of Women in Geek Culture Should Not Be Overlooked

This anxiety over gender is deeply tied to nerds’ concerns about the mainstreaming of geekdom. Read more »

Geek Culture: A New Hope

Despite all the recent harassment, many people and groups are successfully changing the image of geek culture—including these “punk senshi” cosplayers at Geek Girl Con. (... Read more »


House Proud : The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the...

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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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A Conversation About Transgender Representation in Pop Culture

Janet Mock, on her MSNBC web show, is one of a handful of transgender people who has recently gained international visibility. Recently, we... Read more »