So, you've got a friend or ALMTJAF (A Little More Than Just A Friend) who goes to reproductive justice rallies, has a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves on their shelf, and knows all about what kind of lube to use with silicone toys (counterintuitively, not silicone lube). While getting them a sex toy might be a little too forward, there are lots of other gifts to please the sex-positive friend in your life.
This week, we're putting together just-for-fun holiday gift guides. Today's edition of Bitch in a Box is a gift guide for those people from home who will never come visit you in the cool new city you moved to.
Maybe, like me, you've moved somewhere new in the past year or two. Maybe, like me, you're pretty certain that where you live now is cooler than where you grew up. Maybe, like me, you're also pretty sure that the people back home will probably never come and visit you there. But you still keep trying to convince them to do it.
This week, we’re putting together a series of feminist gift guides. Today’s guide for is a list of great presents that aren’t stuff.
If you’re me, or any of the other folks I know living in 850 square feet or less, the absolute last thing you want for the holidays is, well, a thing. The good news is there are so my wonderful gift options out there that aren’t stuff. Bonus: stuff-less gifts can easily be eco-friendly, creative, art-based, from the heart, and FREE.
Some Serious Relaxation
For every feminist that is utterly exhausted from fighting the patriarchy, the gift of relaxation and wellness is always a nice idea. Get them a massage (or give them one yourself); or perhaps a yoga, tai chi, or Pilates class; or a visit to a hippie bath house (#totallytrendingrightnow). Namaste.
Just for fun this week at Bitch, we’re putting together a series of gift guides. This edition of Bitch in a Box is all gifts for hosts.
One of the most fun to give and receive are gifts for hosts, since they can be the lovely kind of item you might covet but not typically buy for yourself. On the other hand, having a great gift when meeting relatives of a significant other or attending a dinner party of someone you don’t know well can be a stressful proposition. Here is a list of gifts for all your holiday hosts (or just yourself!).
Candles are traditional and safe gifts to bring to a dinner party, and you can usually find great beeswax ones at your local co-op or fancy grocery, but if you have the time to make an order, check out these traditional Japanese candles from UGUiSU. And really everything at UGUiSU would be fun to receive. Look at these beautiful round napkins! Why does one need round napkins? I can’t answer that, but therein lies the delight of this gift genre!
This week, we're putting together feminist gift guides to highlight the work of writers, artists, and groups we love. Today's list: gifts for plant eaters.
For many vegetarians and vegans, diet is important, but so are consumer choices and activism. Holidays for plant eaters are often full of exclusion: I’ve brought my own vegan meals to parties more than once to ensure I could enjoy a cruelty-free feast. It‘s challenge to shop for people who don’t do eggs, dairy, honey, wool, silk, leather, or animal testing, and it’s awkward to give someone a gift they can’t ethically enjoy. Turn your head-scratching holiday shopping into a joy with these suggestions.
This month, we're posting a series of gift guides to highlight the work of our favorite artists and groups, plus to offer ideas for finding presents for the people you love. This edition of Bitch in a Box is a gift guide for winter hibernators.
Hey, bear, have you seen ESPN's Nine for IX documentary series? You'll be riveted, I promise.
We all know one. Some of us are one. The winter hibernator may not be the most seasonally sociable of your friends, family members, or other loved ones, but they are among the most rewarding to buy stuff for. As long as it's a present that doesn't require them to set foot outside during the long, cold winter months, they'll most likely love it.
'Tis the season to stress out about making and buying presents for all the people you love. Here at Bitch, we're going to put together fun gift guides over the next two weeks to highlight the work of artists, designers, and groups that we love. You don't have to go out and spend a ton of money on presents, but if you are shopping around, it's nice to have ideas of great creators and organizations to support.
Artist Adam J. Kurtz's internet joke shop is full of funny little items—I like this bizarre golf pencil version of "the pen is more powerful than the sword." You get three pencils for only $1 and they're perfect for writing notes in books.
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.
It's that time of the year again... time for the new print issue of Bitch magazine! This winter, our long-awaited Food issue is hitting mailboxes and and newsstands around the world. (Not hitting yours? Subscribe today!)
We're so excited to share this issue with you (so excited that in Portland we're throwing a party—and you're invited!). We've got 80 pages filled with tasty morsels: from celebrity chef TV, to art so good you could eat it, to the politics of the food labor movement. There's a lot to sink your teeth into, and we've posted a few articles online to get you interested.
Soleil Ho shares a personal essay about cultural appropriation and cuisine in "Craving the Other." Activist and spoken word poet Kay Ulanday Barrett shares his thoughts on how food can build community in "Food from the Cusps." We've got an interview with the hilarious Samantha Irby, who discusses her new book Meaty in "Eating Out." We've got a discussion of the bitter-tasting sexism of the specialty coffee industry,"Steamed Up." And last but not least, Lindsay Zoladz delves into the 1960s teen girl group She.
In the pages of our new fall issue, Gray, we celebrate the spectrum of thinking in the gray areas—where complex logic is key to understanding nuanced issues "from science to sports to smut," as we wrote in our call for pitches. What you see here is the result of both of us taking some risks, and taking the time to read between the frames.