Reflecting on an entire year of pop culture is difficult business. Luckily, we have help from five fabulous Bitch contributors who call in to tell us about their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and graphic novels of the year. Grab a pencil—you’re going to want to write down some titles of work to seek out.
Then, we talk with the one and only Cheryl Strayed about what it was like to turn her memoir Wild into a film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this interview, Strayed talks about feminism, Hollywood, and her hatred of high heels.
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It’s the boogieman no kids talk about on playdates or at birthday parties. You don’t mention it in the living room, on the porch, or by the baby’s crib. It’s the dark feeling you don’t know how to put into words, the one that keeps you up at night and haunts you during the day as a parent or caretaker. It’s the Babadook.
In The 100, highly competent teen Clarke (Eliza Taylor) carries the weight of her friends' lives.
Typical post-apocalyptic television narratives are not a place for justice. Shows like The Walking Dead, Dominion, and Falling Skies focus on usual masculine-driven stories says that when the world goes to shit, there's no time for negotiation, it's all about shooting first and asking questions later.
• The story of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is heartbreaking—she committed suicide and left a note on Tumblr reading, "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights." [The Frisky]
I’ve noticed over my teaching career that kids possess a keen insight into the phenomenon of privilege. Curious about privileges I might take for granted, I asked four trans* teens I work with, ages 15-20, five questions about fashion.
What a year! In addition to publishing four print issues of Bitch magazine, Bitch Media worked with exactly 153 writers to publish original online articles and put together 23 brand-new episodes of our feminism and pop culture podcast Popaganda.
Since it's the last week of the year, we're looking back on all the great work we've published this year. We steer clear of publishing clickbaity articles, but are a home for thoughtful and incisive writing that says something new. From all the articles we published online, here are the 20 that were most widely read.
In the new Hunger Games film, Katniss is the kind of rebel who still makes a great Barbie branding opportunity.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Katniss Everdeen. I mean who doesn’t? She’s the cornerstone of her family, she is a total slayer with her bow and arrow, she’s got a sweet braid in her hair, and she’s committed to overthrowing the despotic ruling class.