It's the last day of the year! Here's all the feminist news on our radar.
• If you missed the news yesterday that Ani DiFranco was planning to hold a songrwriting retreat on a former plantation (before cancelling the event after outcry this weekend), check out writer Mallory Ortberg's very funny satirical "Note from Ani DiFranco."[The Toast]
• The United States is slowly releasing innocent people from Guantanamo. Nine people have been freed this month, but we'reheading into 2014 with 155 prisoners remaining in Guantanamo, half of whom the military has cleared for release. [New York Times]
• Right now, the Israeli state health service only covers the cost of abortions in the case of medical emergencies, rape, or incest if the woman is between 20 and 40. Next year, it looks like the state might cover all abortions, regardless of reason. [The Frisky]
• Nearly all British internet service providers have been outfitted with "safety filters" meant to block porn—but they also block sex-ed advice. [Telegraph]
Brooklyn-based literary magazine n+1 has a small new book out this month that chronicles 13 smart women talking about literature.
The slim No Regretsis a set of three transcribed roundtable discussions with 12 participants (all writers, editors, activists, artists, and academics) and moderator Dayna Tortorici about what the women recall from their lives and reading lists in their early twenties.
Read an excerpt from No Regrets about trying to read On the Road and other dude-centric books.
The best way to talk about comics is through comics. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’re partnering with comics collective Ladydrawers to publish online a series of six comics about easy steps the comics industry could take to embrace a more diverse fan base.
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!
With so many folks starting new musical projects all the time, it can be super hard to keep track of who’s who.And while I'm a fan of more bands than I could ever list (who isn’t?), I've compiled a tiny sliver of a showcase of just four of our favorite new(ish) bands to watch out for next year.Come 2014, all of these bands will be releasing awesome new albums and playing lots of gigs.We wouldn’t want you to miss out on all the bands’ imminent hits, so listen up and follow away.
• I love reading through the New York Times' annual collection of obituaries of interesting people who died each year. Today, take some time for subversive domestic artist Ruth Asawa, actress Bonnie Franklin, and Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing. [New York Times]
• President Obama signed a major bill to combat sexual assault in the military. The new law provides legal assistance to victims and says that anyone who engages in sexual assault will get a dishonorable discharge—but it disappointingly still grants victims' commanders the power to hear assault claims and decide punishment. [ThinkProgress]
• Also in theaters this weekend, Saving Mr. Banks cuts out any reference to its leading lady's bisexuality and aims to make the free-thinking creator of Mary Poppins into "the role of the disagreeable-yet-acquiescent female." [After Ellen]
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.
Intrepid artist Erika Moen reports on a different aspect of sex each week in Oh Joy Sex Toy. This week gets a little sweet as she details going home for the holidays and introducing her boyfriend to her mom.