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Blog Profile / BitchMedia: Social Commentary


URL :http://bitchmagazine.org/blogs/social-commentary
Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Feminism
Posts on Regator:850
Posts / Week:3.2
Archived Since:January 22, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Despite the Haters, I Love Cosplay.

The author (far right), her sister, and two other cosplayers dressed as Marceline and Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time, taken at Sakuracon 2013. Summer is a good time to be a geek. This week is San Diego Comic-Con—the country's...Show More Summary

When I Say My Daughter is Transgender, Believe Me.

Many transgender people have made their story public in recent decades, including Nikki (above) a 12-year-old who graced the cover of People magazine in June. Decorated war veteran Kristin Beck made headlines in recent weeks after Anderson Cooper interviewed her on CNN. Show More Summary

Fat Liberation is Totally Queer

Last Wednesday, my partner and I woke up to wonderful news: DOMA and Prop 8 are defeated! After our wedding this summer, we will be legally married. It’s a time for celebration, and for inspiration. What work still needs to be done?Show More Summary

Three Michigan Muslim Teen Girls Discuss Their Hijabs

Whether it's debates over France’s ban on headscarves, schools banning girls from wearing scarves, or fights over what hijabs represent to society, what is often missing from media coverage of women wearing hijabs is the voices of Muslim...Show More Summary

This Father's Day, More than 1 Million Fathers Are in Prison.

Many kids will spend this morning hanging out with their fathers. But 1 in 7 African American children will have a hard time seeing a parent today—they’re in prison. Father’s Day is a particularly moving chance to reflect on the sheer...Show More Summary

Academia's Anti-Fat Problem.

“Dear obese PhD applicants: if you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth” That tweet from University of New Mexico evolutionary psychology professor Geoffrey Miller ignited uproar last week. Show More Summary

Meet the Teen Girl Superhero Squad Who Fight Racism and "Nerd Discrimination"

Something truly rad has happened in Winnipeg, Canada. A group of teenage girls has created their own set of superhero trading cards. The after school group has dreamed up heroines who fight against the everyday evils facing teenage girls. Meet The Bookmark. Show More Summary

Forcing Your Old Abercrombie and Fitch Clothes on People is a Bad Idea

Upset about Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries recent explanation that his brand refuses to cater to plus-size people and would rather burn its returned clothes than donate them, an LA video producer named Greg Karber got a bigShow More Summary

LEGOs Could Use a Makeover.

LEGOs are some of the most creative toys around for kids. When I was growing up, I loved mixing together sets and building whole worlds (including assembling a perfect replica of Jurassic Park whose quality I will defend to this day) and never saw them as a toy meant for either boys or girls. But recently, LEGOs have come under fire for two reasons. Show More Summary

We Need a National Monument to Survivors of Sexual Violence

This past year, rape has dominated the headlines. From front-page coverage of the Penn State trials to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment to international outcry about gang rape in India to national focus on Steubenville, talking about rape—a long-silenced topic—is finally a mainstream conversation. Show More Summary

Awesome Anti-Street Harassment Ads on Philly's Subway

This is Anti-Street Harrassment Week, the perfect time to highlight this great subway campaign the group iHollaback launched in Philadelphia. Every city could use this! Until then, check out our list of ways straight dudes can prevent street harassment.

How Do We Define Online Feminism? #FemFuture Ignites Debate.

How do you make money from online content? In the past two decades, this financial dilemma has plagued everything from newspapers to political-action organizations to social-media behemoths like Facebook. This week, feminist researchers...Show More Summary

Three Ways Straight Dudes Can Help End Street Harassment

Almost every woman knows why strangers hooting and hollering at people on the street is a problem. More than 80 percent of women experience gender-based street harassment: unwanted sexual comments, demands for a smile, leering, whistling, following, and groping. Show More Summary

My Emcee Battle Against the Disney Princesses

Before I became a mom at the age of 41, I was many things, including a hip-hop artist. Mostly, I did hip-hop theater, a solo show about fighting sexism in music. But I also rocked many a mic in the club. Little did I know that theseShow More Summary

Why Black Dolls Matter

As a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn’t stop to consider why most of her dolls—her American Girl dolls, her Cabbage Patch Kids, her Barbie dolls—were black like her. But black dolls were not common in her upstate New York hometown, whose population remains overwhelmingly white. Show More Summary

Interview With Manda Collis, Multiclassing Gamer

Manda Collis is a manager of the Roleplay Hub Network, where she spends her time helping build a community of online roleplaying games and blogs. She's also an ISBN Manager for Evil Hat Productions and a freelance writer. Busy busy!Show More Summary

Body Double (Standard): The celebrity profiles of Megan Fox and Beyoncé

Men’s magazines are dubious during the best of times, but so far 2013 is bringing out their worst. Last week, eyebrows were raised by this flimsy GQ profile of Beyoncé Knowles, where author Amy Wallace says Bey's “as hot as fish...Show More Summary

Here's the Backlash You Can Expect for Blogging About Gender Norms

The moment I hear Barbara Walters say my name on national TV, I realize I’ve been waiting my whole life to hear her say my name on national TV. She prefaces it with novelist and explains that I’ve written an op-ed piece for the New York...Show More Summary

Save vs Sexism: Put Yourself Out There!

If you make roleplaying games, you’re creating something for people to play. To engage with, experience, and share. But something I hear frequently from women in the gaming industry is their discomfort with self-promotion. I understand that, but it’s a discomfort we have to leave behind—as women and as professionals. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: On Publicity, with Jaym Gates

Jaym Gates is an editor and author, in addition to being an experienced stage manager. All of these skills are put to use in her work as a publicist; from being one of the public touchstones of SFWA (Science and Fantasy Writers of America)...Show More Summary

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