"No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried," lilts Merle Haggard’s 1968 refrain. With the flavor of '60s and '70s nudie mags, New Orleans-based magazine Momma Tried offers a outlaw glossy periodical to readers with equally subversive tastes.
Not Enough! Is a festival of new and collaborative queer art and music, happening on September 7th in Portland, OR. To gear up for the festival and for a further reminder of how brilliant us queers are, Joseph Bonnell is a mix of Northwest queer bands, some of which formed for Not Enough! More information on the festival is available right here.
Pornography is the largest part of our pop culture that no one wants to talk about. On this show, we bring discussions of porn out into the shining sunlight.
This show features artist Jess Fink on drawing erotic comics, porn producer and performer Jiz Lee on how to talk about porn with your family, journalist Lynsey G on financing feminist porn, and an exploration of online erotic roleplaying with writer and gamer Katherine Cross. For more on feminism and erotica, read Bitch's Love/Lust issue.
Individual segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.
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 there was to say about The Thing that everybody else hadn't already said.
But, as I watched the video of The Thing—and I assume you've figured out that I'm talking about Beyoncé's closing act of MTV's Video Music Awards, her performance of "Flawless" in front of a screen on which the word “FEMINIST” glowed in neon white—I realized that this was, in many ways, one of the reasons that Bitch was founded back in 1996: this was a moment that proved that popular culture is a crucial locus of feminism.
Who is April O’Neil? As the entirely unnecessary new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film floods theaters this month, the sassy reporter and number one mutant turtle documentarian is once again in our cultural consciousness.
• Elite colleges across the country are still, well, elite. New studies show there has been no increase in enrollment of low income students at many of these universities over the past 20 years. [New York Times]