A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else there was to say about The Thing that everybody else hadn't already said.
But, as I watched the video of The Thing—and I assume you've figured out that I'm talking about Beyoncé's closing act of MTV's Video Music Awards, her performance of "Flawless" in front of a screen on which the word “FEMINIST” glowed in neon white—I realized that this was, in many ways, one of the reasons that Bitch was founded back in 1996: this was a moment that proved that popular culture is a crucial locus of feminism.
Who is April O’Neil? As the entirely unnecessary new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film floods theaters this month, the sassy reporter and number one mutant turtle documentarian is once again in our cultural consciousness.
• Elite colleges across the country are still, well, elite. New studies show there has been no increase in enrollment of low income students at many of these universities over the past 20 years. [New York Times]
• Last night was a mixed bag at the Emmys—female writers and performers took home some big awards, but still only 26 percent of nominees were women. And then there was the point where Sofia Vergara was presented on a pedestal as "something compelling to look at." [Huffington Post]