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Archived Since:January 22, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Save vs. Sexism: New Years' Resolutions for Fighting Sexism

It’s the second day of the New Year, but any day is a good one for resolutions against sexism. Whether you’re a games consumer or a games maker, there are things you can do to make tabletop games a more inclusive and less sexist hobby. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: The Sexuality of Monsterhearts

Monsterhearts is a paean to the teen supernatural genre. When I was a teenager we had Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine’s Fear Street, and a number of teenage-protagonist horror movies to settle the itch. People talk about the explosion of the teen genre, but it’s always been around. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: The Joy of Gloom

I love Gloom. I have a gothic, morbid, Edward Gorey–esque streak a mile wide. I’ve been that way my whole life. Gloom satisfies that love of creepy and adorable in one go, with the added bonus of being a game. It’s a bit more active as activities go than parking on the internet looking for creepy-cute art for my house. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a game that is fiercely popular, constantly requested, and perpetually sold out. In tabletop gaming, it is a cultural phenomenon. It's also deeply problematic. Over and over at conventions and parties I hear...Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Raised by the White Wolf

Disclosure: I’m a long-standing fan of many games put out by White Wolf, and was one of the writers for the newly released update of White Wolf’s Convention Book: N.W.O. The first time I cracked open a White Wolf role-playing game, it was Mage: The Ascension. Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: Competitive drinking, in college and after

In college, I lived in a co-op on-campus, owned by the university and so-called because rather than rely on the custodial service that cleaned the other campus buildings, we divvied cleaning tasks among ourselves. It was cheaper to live there than in the dorms or off campus. Show More Summary

Save vs Sexism: Ruining My Childhood

When I was a kid, my parents would buy me and my siblings new board games every year. But the girls in my neighborhood had all the ‘cool’ games. Pretty Pretty Princess. Electronic Dream Phone. I went web searching down memory lane looking...Show More Summary

Douchebag Decree: The 10 Douchiest Reactions to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Regardless of political leanings, gender, religion, or creed, you'd think we could all agree that what happened last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a national tragedy that deserves our sympathy and respect. You'd be wrong. As...Show More Summary

Save vs Sexism: Origin Story

On Monday, I wrote that I’m doing this series to talk about how sexism permeates tabletop games in every angle. Diagramming sexism and holding up examples of when we haven’t got it wrong, because it’s not a full story without both sides. Show More Summary

Judd Apatow Puts the "Vanity" in Vanity Fair's All-Star Comedy Issue

Though I wouldn't admit it to just anyone, I really like Judd Apatow. Sure, he's partially responsible for comedy's obnoxiously named Frat Pack, and with it the continued celebration of adult men who act like bratty adolescents—but he also brought us Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids, and he appears to share my hardcore crush on Paul Rudd. Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: What gun owners (and the firearms lobby) can learn from drunks (and the liquor lobby)

I drink. I like to drink. I do it for a lot of reasons and I'm glad I have the right to do it. (The right to drink was actually never taken away from the public, but we'll get to that in a minute.) I also grew up in a family in which some people abused alcohol. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Why I'm Here

Dear Bitch Readers, Welcome to my guest blog series, Save vs. Sexism. For the next eight weeks, three times a week, I’ll be here talking about sexism in tabletop games. The way we write them, stat them, illustrate them, and market them are all places we can see sexism manifest in the hobby. Show More Summary

Take a Moment to Send a Message to a Survivor of Sexual Violence Behind Bars

Just Detention is a Los Angeles–based organization working to end sexual violence in detention facilities. Last year, they sent over 1,700 messages of hope (including ones from Bitch Media readers) to survivors of sexual abuse and violence in prison. This year, they're sending even more. Show More Summary

Changing the World, One Old Mother at a Time

In an episode of New Girl from earlier this season, Jess loses her shit over being 30, childless, and potentially infertile. While I agree with Alyssa Rosenberg that the show took things a tad far ovary-panic-wise, I found myself nodding—just a teeeeeeeny bit—in agreement. Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: Gender Behind the Bar

So far in this series I've talked about women making and marketing beer, the gender politics projected onto drinks themselves and women visiting bars. But I haven't yet talked about women behind the bar. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to Mindy Kucan, the lead bartender at Hale Pele, a tiki bar in Northeast Portland. Show More Summary

Douchebag Decree: Don't Apologize for Your Metabolism, Lady. No, Really. It's Cool.

Britton Delizia, Las Vegas resident and gym enthusiast, lives in a really interesting, special world. It's a world where fat people are not only tolerated, but glorified and held up as an ideal to which all women must aspire. High-fashion...Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: Straight women, gay bars and safe spaces

This summer, a Los Angeles gay bar called the Abbey banned bachelorette parties from its establishment until marriage equality is achieved, which sparked discussion in LGBTQ communities elsewhere about the tradition of straight bachelorettes celebrating impending nuptials in queer spaces. Show More Summary

British Newspapers Are Officially Declared Sexist. So What Happens Next?

There were few surprises in the report from the 16 month Leveson inquiry into “the culture, practices and ethics” of the British press, but it did make a refreshing change to see some long-overdue attention paid to how women are (mis)represented in U.K. Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: What Makes a Drink a Girly Drink?

“As women have entered the world of men, they have taken on the characteristics of the previously dominant male culture. As women entered the world of whiskey, they latched on to male images and characteristics. “It may be worth pausing...Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: Staying Afloat at the Office Holiday Party

Ah, December. I happen to celebrate – and really like – Christmas, but I'm not immune to holiday stress. What's not to love about this time of year, really? The flu season? Dealing with travel logistics? Explaining to extended family...Show More Summary

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