I'm having one of those days. The type that can't be improved by consuming ridiculous amounts of caffeine or chocolate. (I tried.) Lately, each time I turn on the news, my stomach begins to ache and I feel like I'm gonna hurl. It's days like these when the slumping economy, plastic television pundits, and big bank bonuses really bum me out.
Are you like me? Mainstream media got you down? Sick of Edwards? Tired of Tiger? Need a break from the shallow, male dominated 24-hour-blab-fest? Do you crave provocative remarks from women who can lift you up and make you feel good (the kind of healthy escapism that won't result in substance abuse or an std?) Well don't despair, because I've got a few media feel-better-band-aids...
Last week, I got a message in my inbox: Starbucks is now selling vegan cookies!!!! Vegan revolution OMG!! And my cynical first thought was, "What? And why the hell should I patronize an organization I lovingly refer to as Starfucks?" Maybe I'm an anomaly as a vegan, or maybe I'm just an idealist, but I care about liberation for all, not just the animals. We shouldn't have to sacrifice one set of rights for another.
Billboards proclaiming Black Children Are An Endangered Species have appeared across the city of Atlanta in the last couple of weeks. The poster was created by activist groups Georgia Right To Life and the Radiance Foundation. They claim that black women have three times the number of abortions in comparison to white women in the state and that this is indicative of a eugenics-based conspiracy to deplete the African American population. A conspiracy, they argue, that goes right back to the agitator for birth control, Margaret Sanger, who, they say, would have been happy to hear that 40% of African American women's pregnancies are aborted.
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.
Oh hai. So it's been a while since the last installment of I Can Has Feminizm?, but fear not: Feminizt LOLz r bak. And just in time for the sporting event of the season! (You knew that cats love the Winter Olympics, right?)
Tired of listening to Taylor Swift sing about all those love pains she's endured? Yeah, me too. In (dis)honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite tunes to smile to that present a love that is sometimes problematic, often tiring but never boring.
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.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen gave birth recently. Usually the gossip magazines will move from reporting the baby's name to detailing the mother's baby-weight shedding exercise and diet regime in the course of a week, but this time a pit-stop was made in the storyline for Gisele to announce that the birth had been painless.
Tower Block of Commons is a four-episode reality TV series in the UK that features five Members of Parliament (MP) who have agreed to live for eight days in British housing projects, or, as they're called across the pond, "tower block estates." Each MP was given £64.30 (appx $100 USD) to cover their expenses for the week. (The amount is the average weekly allowance provided to a job seeker receiving public assistance.) The point of the experiment was to pull the privileged MPs out of their posh lifestyle bubble and sensitize them to the struggles of working class people. But (surprise!) less than 24-hours into the experiment, one of them was caught cheating.