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Bitchfest Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

ISBN-10: 0374113432
ISBN-13: 9780374113438
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In the wake of Sassy and as an alternative to the more staid reporting of Ms., Bitch was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective. Both unabashed in its love for the guilty pleasures of consumer culture and deeply thoughtful about the way the pop landscape reflects and impacts women’s lives, Bitch grew to be a popular, full-scale magazine with a readership that stretched worldwide. Today it stands as a touchstone of hip, young feminist thought, looking with both wit and irreverence at the way pop culture informs feminism—and vice versa—and encouraging readers to think critically about the messages lurking behind our favorite television shows, movies, music, books, blogs, and the like. BITCHFest offers an assortment of the most provocative essays, reporting, rants, and raves from the magazine’s first ten years, along with new pieces written especially for the collection. Smart, nuanced, cranky, outrageous, and clear-eyed, the anthology covers everything from a 1996 celebration of pre-scandal Martha Stewart to a more recent critical look at the "gayby boom"; from a time line of black women on sitcoms to an analysis of fat suits as the new blackface; from an attempt to fashion a feminist vulgarity to a reclamation of female virginity. It’s a recent history of feminist pop-culture critique and an arrow toward feminism’s future.

Foreword
Introduction
Hitting Puberty
Amazon Women on the Moon: Remembering Femininity in the Video Age Winter 1996
Rubyfruit Jungle Gym: An Annotated Bibliography of the Lesbian Young Adult Novel Winter 1998
Stormin' Norma: Why I Love the Queen of Teen Winter 1998
Sister Outsider Headbanger: On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead Fall 2001
Bloodletting: Female Adolescence in Modern Horror Films Summer 2003
The, Like, Downfall of the English Language: A Fluffy Word with a Hefty Problem Summer 2003
Teen Mean Fighting Machine: Why Does the Media Love Mean Girls? Winter 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen: Femininity, Masculinity, and Identity
Urinalysis: On Standing Up to Pee Fall 1997
The Collapsible Woman: Cultural Response to Rape and Sexual Abuse Winter 1999
The Princess and the Prankster: Two Performers Take on Art, Ethnicity, and Sexuality Fall 2002
What Happens to a Dyke Deferred? The Trouble with Hasbians and the Phenomenon of Banishment Fall 2002
On Language: You Guys Fall 2002
Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Dresses the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels Fall 2004
Fringe Me Up, Fringe Me Down: On Getting Dressed in Jerusalem Winter 2005
Screen Butch Blues: The Celluloid Fate of Female Masculinity BITCHfest 2006
Dead Man Walking: Masculinity's Troubling Persistence BITCHfest 2006
The F Word
And Now a Word from Our Sponsors: Feminism for Sale Fall 1998
I Can't Believe It's Not Feminism! On the Feminists Who Aren't Spring 2002
Celebrity Jeopardy: The Perils of Feminist Fame Winter 2003
Unnatural Selection: Questioning Science's Gender Bias Spring 2004
On Language: Choice Spring 2004
Laugh Riot: Feminism and the Problem of Women's Comedy Bitchfest 2006
Girl, Unreconstructed: Why Girl Power Is Bad for Feminism Bitchfest 2006
Desire: Love, Sex, and Marketing
In Re-Mission: Why Does Redbook Want to Keep Us on Our Backs? Spring 1997
Hot and Bothered: Unmasking Male Lust Fall 1997
I Heard It Through the Loveline: And Misinformation Just Might Make Me Lose My Mind Spring 1998
The New Sexual Deviant: Mapping Virgin Territory Winter 2000
Envy, a Love Story: Queering Female Jealousy Summer 2001
Fan/Tastic Voyage: Rewriting Gender in the Wide, Wild World of Slash Fiction Spring 2003
Hot for Teacher: On the Erotics of Pedagogy Spring 2004
Holy Fratrimony: Male Bonding and the New Homosociality Summer 2004
Domestic Arrangements
The Paradox of Martha Stewart: Goddess, Desperate Spouse-Seeker, or Feminist Role Model? Fall 1996
Double Life: Everyone Wants to See Your Breasts-Until Your Baby Needs Them Fall 2002
Queer and Pleasant Danger: What's Up with the Mainstreaming of Gay Parents? Fall 2003
Mother Inferior: How Hollywood Keeps Single Moms in Their Place Fall 2003
Hoovers and Shakers: The New Housework Workout Winter 2005
Beauty Myths and Body Projects
Plastic Passion: Tori Spelling's Breasts and Other Results of Cosmetic Darwinism Fall 1998
Vulva Goldmine: The New Culture of Vaginal Reconstruction Winter 2000
Are Fat Suits the New Blackface? Hollywood's Big New Minstrel Show Winter 2002
Busting the Beige Barrier: The Limits of "Ethnic" Cosmetics Fall 2004
Your Stomach's the Size of a Peanut, So Shut Up, Already: An Open Letter to Carnie Wilson Fall 2003
Beyond the Bearded Lady: Outgrowing the Shame of Female Facial Hair Spring 2005
Confronting the Mainstream
Pratt-fall: Ten Things to Hate About Jane Winter 1999
Marketing Miss Right: Meet the Single Girl, Twenty-First-Century Style Winter 2000
The God of Big Trends: Book Publishing's Ethnic Cool Quotient Spring 2002
The Black and the Beautiful: Searching for Signs of Black Life in Prime-Time Comedy Summer 2002
I Kissed a Girl: The Evolution of the Prime-Time Lesbian Clinch Winter 2004
XXX Offender: Reality Porn and the Rise of Humilitainment Fall 2004
Bias Cut: Old Racism as New Fashion Fall 2004
Talking Back: Activism and Pop Culture
Please Don't Feed the Models: A Day in the Life of an Urban guerrilla Fall 1998
Refuse and Resist with Jean Kilbourne: How to Counteract Ad Messages Winter 2001
Full Frontal Offense: Bringing Abortion Rights to the Ts Winter 2005
Meet Anne: A Spunky, Adventurous American Girl Spring 2005
How to Reclaim, Reframe, and Reform the Media: A Feminist Advocacy Guide Bitchfest 2006
The BiTCHfest Resource List
About the Contributors
Acknowledgments

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