There's no escaping the holidays. Our only hope is to make 'em our own. This episode tells four tales of subverting the holidays.
First, we talk with author Sherman Alexie about his take on Thanksgiving. Then, we get advice from the folks behind Adbusters and the Story of Stuff project on celebrating the season without getting caught up in consumerism. From there, we talk with a vegan chef who is transforming America's most meat-centric holiday, Thanksgiving, into a vegetable feast. To round it all out, Bitch editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler reads an essay about Jewish Christmas.
Photo of a Texas pro-choice protester by Mirsasha (Creative Commons)
For the past decade, individual states have waged all out war on reproductive rights. Every week it seems like there’s a new abortion restrictions bill that progressive advocates desperately scramble to fight. But last week, for the first time in ten years, Democrats went on the offensive on abortion rights: a coalition of Senators and Representatives introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), the first federal bill in a decade that would expand abortion rights.
• People who are willing to speak out in favor of prison reform often forget that violent offenders are humans, too, and they suffer from the same forms of injustice as non-violent drug offenders. [This Ain't Livin']
On Sunday, November 17th, the British author Doris Lessing died in her home in London at age 94. Lessing’s writing and life were exemplary—she held herself and society to a high standard—and if you were searching for a woman writer who might serve as a role model, you certainly could do much worse.
Lessing was a writer who refused to let others define her, and insisted (much earlier than most) that women’s inequality was part of a larger, all-encompassing problem of inequality in the world. She is one of only 13 women who have ever received the Nobel Prize for literature.
Guinevere Turner first made a name for herself with her debut film, Go Fish, cowritten with director and then-girlfriend (although they broke up mid-shooting) Rose Troche. Turner went on to direct many short films, wrote for The L Word (and played the elusive heartbreaker Gabby Deveaux), not to mention cowriting the scripts of American Psychoand The Notorious Bettie Page.
Turner is now working on her feature length directorial debut with Creeps, a film about a chosen family of somewhat aimless twenty and thirty-something friends living in L.A. in the nineties. I had the privilege of interviewing Turner about Creeps, and the ongoing Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund the project—it's over in four days!
• Young Lakota, which tells the story of three young activists on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, is premiering November 25th. Check out our review of the documentary in our new Food Issue! [Racialicious]
There’s a trust inherent in buying something from a store. If it’s for sale, it must be safe. While that’s mostly true in many industries in America, it’s not the case for one surprising sector: sex toys.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs tracks anti-LGBTQ violence in the United States and puts together an annual report that builds understanding of both the violence LGBTQ people deal with as well as the difficulties of accurately gauging the widespread problem. Here are three charts from the most recent report that shine some light on this complicated reality.
It's that time of the year again... time for the new print issue of Bitch magazine! This winter, our long-awaited Food issue is hitting mailboxes and and newsstands around the world. (Not hitting yours? Subscribe today!)
We're so excited to share this issue with you (so excited that in Portland we're throwing a party—and you're invited!). We've got 80 pages filled with tasty morsels: from celebrity chef TV, to art so good you could eat it, to the politics of the food labor movement. There's a lot to sink your teeth into, and we've posted a few articles online to get you interested.
Soleil Ho shares a personal essay about cultural appropriation and cuisine in "Craving the Other." Activist and spoken word poet Kay Ulanday Barrett shares his thoughts on how food can build community in "Food from the Cusps." We've got an interview with the hilarious Samantha Irby, who discusses her new book Meaty in "Eating Out." We've got a discussion of the bitter-tasting sexism of the specialty coffee industry,"Steamed Up." And last but not least, Lindsay Zoladz delves into the 1960s teen girl group She.