The Bitch editorial staff all crammed into our recording studio this week to discuss our favorite TV, movies, music, and books of the year. We talked and laughed about Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Warehouse 13, The Hunger Games, Frances Ha, Best Man Holiday, the genius of Lisa Hanawalt, and the music of Janelle Monae, HAIM, Lady, and Valerie June—plus much, much more. Listen in!
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.
I first noticed Suey Park last month when I came across her daily infographics depicting the number of days that Marissa Alexanderwas spending in prison even after an appeals court overturned her conviction. As an Asian American woman who had been following Marissa's story and who has been active in prison abolition work for all of my adult life, I was thrilled to see another Asian American woman publicly working to free Marissa.
Then this past Sunday, Suey Park started #NotYourAsianSidekick, a Twitter conversation originally meant to discuss problems within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, issues with white feminism, and the voices of those usually excluded from more mainstream AAPI discussions, such as people who are queer, disabled, mixed race and/or sex-positive. Very quickly, #NotYourAsianSidekick exploded, with nearly 34,000 tweets using the hashtag that first day.
The literary world gained a valuable new addition last week with the launch of new literary journal THEM, which focuses on the work of transgender writers.
Debuting on December 13, THEM proclaims itself to be the nation's first literary journal to specifically focus on trans* voices. While there arenumerous literary journals that highlight LGBT issues and writers, and a couple trans*-focusedanthologies, THEM is the first American journal that publishes only the work of people who identify as "within the trans* umbrella" (using the term "trans*" with the asterisk to include who have non-binary transgender identities). The volunteer-run biannual journal features writers from around the country, seeking to create a space that amplifies trans* voices.
We recently celebrated the completion of our 200th free mixtape, put together every week by Bitch staff, contributors, and assorted music-lovers. The mixes highlight the work of mostly female and queer-identified artists, mixing big names and small fries. To mark the occassion of our 200th BitchTape, I looked through the collection of feminist mixtapes and pulled out our 12 most popular mixtapes ever.
The most popular mixtape we've published is... drumroll please...
Keepin' it Tropical(ia)! Contributor Emilly Prado put together this Brazilian psychedelia tape back in 2012. Give it a listen.
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.