Articles published in the print Bitch magazine issue, Tough. Check out the complete table of contents for the issue here.

Words to Live By: Why is it so Uncomfortable When Women Challenge Traditional Cancer Narratives?

There are two prevailing cancer stories we hear about: the one where someone lives  and the one where someone dies. There is, in the cultural narrative of the disease, little room for anything else.

About the Cover: The Tough Issue

For the cover of the Tough issue, my love of eye candy met my hunger for a good metaphor. Read more »

Everlasting Love: Why Courtney Love still matters

Illustration by Andrea Tsurumi I recently overheard a media colleague say, “I don’t get Lena Dunham. She’s no Courtney Love.” My ears perked up because I’m nosy, but also, huh? “When Courtney Love was 26 and you talked to her,” my colleague went on to... Read more »

Mass Market: Two Latina authors plot a feminist takeover of chick-lit

“You bitches are lucky to have a health clinic,” one of the girls said.“Hold up, ladies,” Marisol said. “Remember, you are not bitches,” she said. “You are hoes.”The women laughed.“Bitches are dogs,” Marisol said. “But whores are... Read more »

Against the Ropes: For women boxers, it's a fight just to get in the ring

Photos are from Women Boxers: The New Warriors, by Delilah Montoya. More than a decade before Maureen “Moe” Shea was Hilary Swank’s sparring partner in Million Dollar Baby, she was struggling just to get a jab in. “There were gyms that closed the door in my face,” says... Read more »

Precious Mettle: The myth of the strong black woman

In a society that finds little to praise in black women, other groups’ appreciation for perceived black female strength can feel like a reductive appreciation. Strength becomes one of few positive adjectives black women can own. Read more »