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Another week, another roundup! Here's what caught our eyes this week around the Internet:
In the "Beyond WTF" file, Mother Jones dissects the proposed law in South Dakota that could have legalized the murder of abortion providers. Fortunately, Feministing announced Thursday morning that it's already been shelved.
Coming to a mailbox near you! The new issue of Bitch! (Not a Bitch subscriber? You still have a few hours become one and save five dollars!) To get you excited about our spring issue while February still rages outside, here's three articles available for your reading pleasure online! First is an interview with author Peggy Orenstein on her new anti-princessification book Cinderella Ate My Daughter ("Pink Slip" by M. M. Adjarian), an assessment on so-called "Daddy" blogs and what it means to be a stay-at-home-pop in the digital age ("It's Hard Out Here For a Pop" by Rachel Fudge), and musings on why it's seems so uncool to like Tori Amos ("Birth of the Uncool" by Sady Doyle).
Miriam at Feministing discusses the new Orgasm Inc. documentary and Big Pharma's interest in alleged female sexual dysfunction.
Tiger Beatdown founder (and Bitch contributor) Sady Doyle continues to rock Twitter with the anti-HR3 #DearJohn campaign. See her discuss it on GRITtv. Meanwhile, fellow Bitch contributor Sarah Jaffe is profiling Democrats co-sponsoring the bill.
After Ellen reports on upcoming films by queer black women, including the feature based on Angela Robinson's popular Girltrash!web series.
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Groundhog Day was this week, and if we, like Bill Murray, were stuck forever repeating the last seven days, this is what we would read to keep us entertained:
Ever-quirky, ever-fabulous Miranda July has a new movie debuting at Sundance this year! She spoke to Bust about her new project, The Future, and shares some insight into YouTube culture and how it affects young women.
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Amy Chua's controversial "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" hit bookstores in China this week, which adds a new dimension to her "Chinese mother" construct: In China, the book's title is translated as "Being a Mom in America."
Speaking of Chua, Racialicious had a thoughtful roundup on "Black Parents and Amy Chua," up on Monday that's a welcome stir in the pot o' parenting discussions.
Happy first week of a new decade, y'all! Here's what we've been reading at Bitch HQ as we dive into the 20-teens.
Gender Focus has up a nice list of their favorite things of 2010. Like an NPR Top Ten list, but with more True Blood and trans rights!
Feminists With Disabilities (FWD) announced that it has ceased production, and will be maintained as an archive and blogroll site. Big love, FWD. We'll miss you!
Racialicious points out some...er...problems with the new Grouplove music video. Up and coming band? Yes. Lynching, warpaint, and headdresses? Not so much.
Yesterday was Nancy Pelosi's last day as Speaker of the House, and Ms. has a reminder to her replacement John Boehner that she's still on the feminist-agenda clock.
Taking a page from Kelsey's book, Sociological Images has a round-up of advertising that plays directly to close-minded, normative masculinity as a marketing tool for men.
Surprise! Teenagers are actually fabulous people that care about things! F Bomb wrote about "Teens and Technology," and how social media might not actually be the death of all that is good and proactive in the world. Rock on, F Bomb!
No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of December, we (Bitch HQ staff and interns) will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please even the scroogiest feminists on your shopping list. Here's my guide to last-minute gifting—be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments!