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Archived Since:January 22, 2010

Blog Post Archive

An Interview with the Brains Behind the bell hooks Phone Line

Last week, the internet lit up with news of a phone number that would text you back bell hooks quotes. The two creators of the "feminist phone intervention" see the project as a mix of activism and art—people can give out the phone number...Show More Summary

When a Woman is a Daddy to Her Kids

I was well into my thirties when my partner of six years and I signed ourselves up for parenting. And I mean signed up literally. Since we are in a same-sex partnership, we didn’t have the benefit of sperm whenever we wanted, so we opted for the foster care/adoption route. Show More Summary

This New Phone Number Will Text You Back a bell hooks Quote

What do you do if someone asks for your number and you don’t want to give them a real one? There’s a new fake phone number for that: (669) 221-6251. When you text the number, it automatically texts back a quote from none other than bell hooks. Show More Summary

Trolling Don’t Just Want to be Rude—They Want Power Over Us

It’s easy to roll your eyes at trolling—to say “don’t read the comments” and dismiss trolls as just a bunch of haters. But let’s talk about trolling for what it really is: disruptive behavior that seeks reinforce power over marginalized communities. Show More Summary

Eight Ways to Reclaim Mother’s Day

A gathering of Mother's Day for Peace. The founder of Mother’s Day was a righteous, anti-capitalist bitch. This year, let’s skip the toxic flowers and honor peace. Now, I have nothing against a little shopping. We can’t all be DIY mavens. Show More Summary

This Week, Groups in 24 Countries Stood Up to Street Harassment

An anti-street harassment protester in Kathmandu this week. Photo via Activista Nepal. Marching down a dark street in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday evening, dozens of people came together for one common cause: more street lamps. “We demand...Show More Summary

A Great Artist Kills His Wife—Now She's Just a Quirky Footnote in His History

Poet Joan Vollmer was killed by her husband, William S. Burroughs, before she even turned 30. This year is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of celebrated novelist William S. Burroughs. The date, as centenaries do, occasioned new...Show More Summary

The Cost of Kale: How Foodie Trends Can Hurt Low-Income Families

Last month, I sounded off about the new Whole Foods campaign rebranding collard greens as the next big superfood. Their efforts have resulted in public backlash over cultural appropriation and the rising costs of food—a phenomenon writer...Show More Summary

If the Choice is Between “Toxic” Criticism and the Status Quo, I’ll Take Toxicity, Thanks

Last week, in a cover story for The Nation titled “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars,” Michelle Goldberg made a lengthy case against the current climate of Twitter, where disagreements can escalate into personal attacks and call-outs sometimes stand in for measured discussion. Show More Summary

Dylan Farrow's Letter Tells Us What Our Culture Needs to Learn: To Believe Survivors.

This photo of Dylan Farrow, by Frances Silver, ran with her open letter in the New York Times. Dylan Farrow, daughter of filmmaker Woody Allen, did an incredibly brave thing this weekend: she told the story of how Woody Allen sexually abused her when she was seven. Show More Summary

#FoodGentrification and Culinary Rebranding of Traditional Foods

Since the beginning of January, Whole Foods has been screaming it from their Facebook pages, corporate blog, news affiliates, and tastefully designed signage: “Collards are the new kale!” While at first glance this just seems like aShow More Summary

How Steampunk Screws With Victorian Gender Norms

Two bearded ladies take a stroll at a Louisiana steampunk festival. Photo credit: infrogmation, via Creative Commons. During the quarter century since novelist K.W. Jeter playfully invented the term “steampunk,” the neo-Victorian movement has grown into a full-blown literary genre and an energetic subculture. Show More Summary

All About Eve on Ice: Creating a New Olympic Rivalry Between Blonde Girls, Just in Time

If you'd watched Mirai Nagasu's free skate this past Saturday night at the United States National Figure Skating Championships, you definitely would have believed you'd witnessed a triumphant finish to a figure-skating cliffhanger. Nagasu,...Show More Summary

R. Kelly Reveals Our Country's Unfair Sex Laws

A photo from the San Francisco event marking the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in 2010. (credit: Steve Rhodes, via Creative Commons) Last month, I dropped my daughter off with my mother and went into San Francisco...Show More Summary

Reconsidering Rashida: Her Slut-Shaming is Bad, but not “Anti-Feminist”

Man, Rashida Jones really stepped in it, didn’t she? Following up on a series of ill-advised tweets (with the charming hashtag #stopactinglikewhores) aimed at “encouraging” female pop stars to cut it with hyper-sexual stuff already, Jones channeled her inner Sunday school teacher again last week in the pages of Glamour magazine. Show More Summary

Sherman Alexie: Thanksgiving is a Story of Survival

How great would it be to share a dinner table with Sherman Alexie? The National Book Award winner, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Indian, and author of 24 books always has something smart to say, and his way of saying it is with a good-natured dark humor that illuminates the bad stuff of life with a warm and loving light. Show More Summary

Watch this Amazing Conversation Between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

The New School hosted an amazing conversation this afternoon between MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and acclaimed writer bell hooks. You really won't spend an hour this weekend doing anything better than watching their whole discussion. We'll...Show More Summary

Talking Costumes with Cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch

Costumes aren't just a Halloween thing for a lot of Americans. Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler talked with cosplayers at Seattle's Geek Girl Con this month, including Chaka Cumberbatch, about why they think costumes...Show More Summary

Let's Talk About Sexy Halloween Costumes.

It's sexy costumes season! In this 20-minute conversation from our Dress Up podcast episode, Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler and Online Editor Sarah Mirk talk with independent fashion designer Adam Arnold and Portland...Show More Summary

20 Feminist Halloween Costumes

It can be hard to find a good costume, what with the current trend in sexy cheeseburgers. Don't worry, here are 20 great costume ideas. 1. Any of the amazing characters from Adventuretime. (image via American Cosplay Paradise) 2. Kaylee from Firefly. Show More Summary

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