We're sure you've been waiting with bated breath for the results of last night's Bitch "Pop Culture Debate Club" at Portland's famed In Other Words bookstore. We got a great turnout for the event, probably because the topic — "Britney: Who's to Blame?" tends to be one on which people we know have plenty of opinions. The gals from local discussion group Feminist Club put forth debater Renee Honn to argue the "It's Society's Fault" side. Our own Briar Levit battled her blocked sinuses to deliver an impassioned "She Should Be Taking Responsibility, Already" point of view. Both sides were well-researched and -reasoned, but Briar pulled an unexpected trump card in the form of former president Abe Lincoln and his own well-concealed battles with depression.
Well, it's going to be. At long last, we're thrilled to announce that our very own podcast is in the works. Look for more details soon, but for now I want to give a quick shout out to podcaster extraordinaire Julie Sabatier, creator of DIY, Portland, who's graciously agreed to serve as our podcast producer. She and I met over pizza and beer (guess that seems to be a recurring theme lately) and hammered out a sketch of our first podcast: excerpts from the new Wired issue, some highlights from our upcoming pop culture debate club, and voices from folks about technology and feminism.
Quoted in the New York Times about the hateful Skinny Bitch vegan "health" book phenom. Cheers to reporter Julia Moskin for including Debbie's critical viewpoint—that skinny and healthy are not the same, and vegan junk food is still junk, that these books stop short of the challenge to our industrialized food system that a more politicized vegan analysis would provide.