Today is Transgender Remembrance Day. Founded in 1999, this is a day set aside each year to remember the transgendered people who have been victims of hate crimes and other abuse throughout the year. Unfortunately, this type of shitty behavior is still going on as we speak. Case in point: former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae.
Obviously we here at Bitch love us some media criticism. That is why we are so excited to hear about the new IFC television show, "The IFC Media Project." (Well, that and the fact that the show is hosted by super-hunky-dreamboat Gideon Yago.)
While there's a lot a feminist critique of Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond flick, could cover, such as the other-ing of the voiceless "ethnic" communities/Bond's sense of entitlement to their culture and resources, Judy Dench's role as M, or the current, very real political turbulence in Bolivia (FYI? George Bush is still our president), this post mainly focuses on the use of the rape-revenge themes and surprise, surprise, the objectification of women found in the movie.
And yes, there are spoilers.
I'm really excited to announce that starting this very week we'll be hosting a rotating crew of guest bloggers. I'd like to introduce and welcome our first two:
Juliana Tringali, a regular and longtime contributor to and supporter of Bitch, started out as an intern here way back in the day, when she wrote this piece. Juliana will be blogging with a feminist eye on mainstream TV – so if you're dying to have conversations like, "Why Is 'Fake' the new 'Bitchy'?" after the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta or America's Next Top Model, tune in...
Lisa, who blogs at A Woman's Ecdysis, truly one of the raddest blogs around, and where I'm always learning new concepts (like the term kyriarchy). Lisa will be exploring the term "feminist" in-depth – including recent controversies and conflicts, and efforts to claim feminism– asking questions like, What does it say when pro-choice advocates supported Sarah Palin and How does academic feminism fit into hip-hop?