It's that time when everyone's saying goodbye to the previous year by listing all the things that made it great—in movies, in books, and much more. And we're jumping in to highlight ten of the articles and blog posts that made Bitch such a vital online destination this year. From Breaking Bad to cross-racial adoption, Halloween costumes to transgender reading lists, there's something here for everyone. Did you miss any? If so, get reading!
Just for fun this week at Bitch, we’re putting together a series of gift guides. Our last edition of Bitch in a Box is a guide to hostile gifts.
A hostile gift (as opposed to a Host Gift) is a present meant for someone you don’t want to please.
It is not a gift for someone that is in fact intended for you (eg. Homer’s gift for Marge of a bowling ball with the name “Homer” inscribed) or a passive aggressive or mean-spirited gift that suggest the recipient needs to make changes in their life (eg. deodorant or a copy of The South Beach Diet). Rather a hostile gift is meant to intentionally inspire perplexity, confusion, and apoplexy.
Time's almost running out for gifts this month! Bitch has some advice in the form of gift guides, which we're posting 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 your frequent traveler friends.
Do you have that friend that crosses the ocean more often than you clean out your fridge? The one that you're no longer surprised that yesterday's tweets came from New York and today's are out of Germany? Here's a few gift ideas for the jetsetter in your life.
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.