Welcome to the inaugural installment of On Our Radar, your trusty guide to the best the blogosphere has to offer. We'll be rounding up the posts that intrigued us at the end of every week.
Thea Lim at Racialicious deconstructs Alicia Key's ill-conceived attempt at portraying interracial relationships in her latest video.
Jessica Coen at Jezebel investigatesSorority Life, the popular Facebook role-playing game where the object is to be as powerful as possible. How do you go about doing that, you ask? Why, by throwing cool parties, buying the hottest outfits and the hottest boyfriends (seriously, you buy them!) and starting fights with other players, of course!
Wajahat Ali comments on the "Orientalist's wet dream" that is Sex and the City 2.
Gwen Sharp offers up some stunning examples of "male" as the neutral default in marketing at Sociological Images. Case in point: Cosmopolitan is a "Women's magazine" and Maxim is a "Lifestyle magazine".
This time, she's serious: Jessica Valenti reminds us all, once again, why Sarah Palin really really isn't a feminist, and why the mainstream media should get the hint.
In related Palin family news, teen mother and Candies Foundation ambassador Bristol Palin tells Harper's Bazaarabout her support of abstinence until marriage and distaste for social welfare programs. Jessica Grosse fleshes out the flaws and contradictions of Palin's message at Double X.
Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the comments section!
Help us in welcoming a new addition to the Bitch Blogs: an updated and much-improved COMMENTS POLICY! As you know, we've had some issues over the past year with blow ups in the comments section, and our former comments policy just wasn't up to the job.
Oh, and while we're on the subject of blow ups, we've gotten some feedback from our readers recently in regards to comment moderation on this site as well. In the past, our policy has been that the author of any particular post be in charge of moderating her own comments. However, leaving full responsibility of moderating to guest bloggers has proved inadequate when it comes to certain posts and topics, especially when privileged voices dominate threads. Commenters in the past have failed to check their ableist, gender, cis, sexual, and national privilege at the simple math equation required for commenting. It's for this reason that we've decided to update our comments policy and are working on a new flagging system.
Please keep in mind, though, that we have an extremely small web staff (hi, there's just two of us working part-time up in here) and cannot moderate every comment in a timely manner, and we feel it would be irresponsible to set a precedent that we could. We are reevaluating our roles as thread moderators, but we also need to rely on you, Bitch blog readers and commenters, to help maintain a productive environment. In addition to our updated comments policy, we will also be implementing tools in the future to put moderation in your hands as well as ours. Please read the new and improved comments policy, located in our navigation menu under "blogs," and let us know your thoughts!
Attention PDX-ers (that's code for Portland, Ore. residents)! Don't forget that next Tuesday is the semi-annual Bitch Clothing Swap!
Note: Leslie Hall will not actually be present at the clothing swap. But that doesn't mean there won't be a sequined leotard with your name on it.
This year we'll be at the happening Jupiter Hotel at E. 8th and Burnside. It's only $10 to attend and swap to your heart's content, and $7 if you bring in a bag of your own clothing to exchange. There will be some boutique items on sale for additional moneyz. Get there early to drop off your clothes and get first pickins' (although as someone who has had last pickin's, there are great finds throughout the evening!) All proceeds benefit Bitch Media, and items left at the end of the night are donated to the community. One person's awkward jacket is another person's priceless find, so spread the word, clean out your closet, RSVP on Facebook, and support what you love while getting a new wardrobe! Details after the jump....
If you haven't gotten the Action issue of Bitch yet, or if for some bizarre reason you're not a subscriber, here's three offerings from the magazine on our website. Read 'em as a break from shorter pieces on the web, post 'em to your various Twitter-book-pages, and leave your insightful comments, and all that fun tech-y stuff you can't do with a paper copy.
And now, feast your feminist eyes on "Lavender Menaced" which discusses the changing use of the word "lesbian"; Queers on the Run, an interview with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas of Homotopia and Criminal Queers; and finally "Eat, Pray, Spend," a feature on priv-lit (and I'm guessing you can tell which popular bestseller falls into that category).
Visit our Articles page for these stories, plus more from the Bitch magazine archives!
Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and though the commercial holiday might have a cheesy reputation filled with schlocky cards, cheap candy, and Build-A-Bears, the true spirit of Mother's Day is nothing if not feminist. After all, what other holiday exists solely to honor the older women in our lives for the sacrifices they've made on our behalf? We can honor not only our own mothers tomorrow (if we're lucky enough to have them around) but also those women who've helped to make us the kickass feminists we see in the mirror today. Did you know that one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day was from feminist Julia Ward Howe in her "Mother's Day Proclamation"? It's true!
More mother lovin' after the jump! Complete with music videos! Oh, and don't forget to give your mom a Mother's Day shout out in the comments section!
Hey Bitch fans! It's Valentine's Day, and whether you and your main squeeze have a romantic evening planned, or your romantic evening consists of drinking beers on the couch and passing out in front of the Winter Olympics (we've heard some people do that...) you can count on Bitch to be your Valentine. Look! We even got you a present:
So have a great Valentine's Day! And if you aren't in the romantic mood, remember that Eve Ensler's V-Day Organization hosts events all over the world today to support an end to violence against women and girls, and that's a cause we can all get behind. And never forget that shit, you is fine.
Bitch's Old issue (with a diorama-tastic cover) should be hitting mailboxes shortly. In the meantime, you can check out three hot-off-the-proverbial-press articles. We've got an analysis of 1963's Fascinating Womanhood's legacy ("Forever Your Girl"), a round-up of recent (male) child media prodigies ("Hitting the Small Time"), and an overview of fertility apps ("Control Womb"). If you're left salivating for the rest of the Old issue, you don't have much longer to wait (or subscribe if you haven't yet!) For more Bitch magazine articles, you can always check out the Articles page which features everything from the latest excerpts to stuff from the archive.