What happens when states contract with private, for-profit companies to both run their prisons and provide prison health care? Carol Lester, a 73-year-old grandmother, found out shortly after arriving at the New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility in Grants.
We had a lot of fun making this music video at the Bitch HQ here in Portland.
Dawn Jones from Hearts+Sparks Productions, our creative, nimble, and thankfully patient director, donated every minute of her time and talent. As did dedicated musician A Severe Joy, who wrote and recorded this tune just for Bitch. Volunteers streamed in to our office to help with everything from taping down light cords to back-up dancing. Someone lent us a cantankerous fog machine. A staff member precariously perched herself on top of a filing cabinet and waved a flashlight for a low-tech spot light.
• Conversations by people of color on Twitter and other social media platforms are holding the American media accountable for their lack of skill and sensitivity in discussing race in pop culture. [Salon]
• If you were disappinted when Rashida Jones told women to "stop acting like whores," you're probably still going to be disappointed by her explanation of it, even though it's always nice to hear celebrities engaging critically with feminism. [Clutch]
• In the latest installment of comedic reactions to Cosmo's sex tips, someone actually tests out some of the awful advice they give, like eating a doughnut off of a penis, or poking your partner with a fork while you have sex. Hilarity ensues. [AlterNet]
In the mid 1980’s Seattle was bursting with pride when several independent rock bands that created a musical hybrid that incorporated rock, heavy metal, hardcore and punk gained national and international attention. Grunge music and its accompanying culture coincided with the emergence of third-wave feminism and Seattle bands featured the work of a number of strong women musicians and artists.
This month's new music roundup is heavy on the dance music—consider it a DIY antidote to the gray sky and wintery weather. We've got music from Ghana, Berlin, Portland, Brooklyn, the UK, and the tippy-tippy top of Cape Cod. Plus, we've got guitars and remixes and cow hearts to boot. Read below the jump for what was on the feminist music boilerplate in November!