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?
Apparently, the stuffed animals of yesterday just aren't sexy enough for today's smokin' hot youngsters. Enter Tini Puppini.
These tiny stuffed dogs are, according to the products' website, "the
most popular pups in town." They wear shoes, clothes, and makeup. They
love shopping and gossip. They hang out in all of the hippest spots,
from nightclubs to spas. And, each of the three pups has her own unique
Find out more about each individual pup, and tell us your thoughts, after the jump.
As a graphic designer, my interests in innovative women of history are
often strongest for those involved in visual arts. And as a former
student of Russian and a devoted Russophile, my obsession with designers of post-revolutionary Russia is off the charts. Enter Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova.
Alright kids. My SAD disorder's kicking in—in ten minutes I'll be huddled over childhood pictures on my cold bedroom floor, weeping and craving carbs. So real quick, here are your weekend rhymes. They won't replace the sun, but at least they're cheaper than those natural light bulbs.
Tim Harrington, front man for indie rock band Les Savy Fav is as infamous for his stage antics (and tiny red shorts) as he is for his vocals. Tim has recently taken his showmanship to a new level with the PitchforkTV-produced web-show Beardo. Episode one, "Vampiral Dysfunction" (which probably would have been funnier not premiering on Halloween) guest-starred funny lady Kristen Schaal (Daily Show, Flight of the Conchords) and seemed to hold promise as another amusing, weekly online-timewaster. But then ooh…Tim…things got weird.
Hey there, Interwebs.
So, there was some pretty kooky stuff that went on this week when it comes to feminist issues and pop culture. And, since a lot of the words in that last sentence can also be found on the cover of our magazine, how could we not bring these things up in a way that is interactive, thoughtful, and an excellent way to goof off on the Internet instead of working?
That's where you come in.