BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

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Lisa Jervis, Andi Zeisler
Macmillan, Aug 8, 2006 - Social Science - 372 pages
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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.
  

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Review: BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

User Review  - Aketzle - Goodreads

Highly recommended! Easy to read, and made me think A LOT. There are so many issues addressed in this book that I had basically never thought about before. I feel way better informed now, and like I've been forced to consider a lot of things from new perspectives. Read full review

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a nice book to read for all the opinionated men and women out there. :) Read full review

Contents

introduction
xix
Hitting Puberty
3
Remembering Femininity in the Video Age
6
An Annotated Bibliography of the Lesbian Young Adult Novel
11
Why I Love the Queen of Teen
19
On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead
26
Female Adolescence in Modern Horror Films
31
A Fluffy Word with a Hefty Problem
38
On the Erotics of Pedagogy
198
Male Bonding and the New Homosociality
207
Domestic Arrangements
217
Goddess Desperate SpouseSeeker or Feminist Role Model?
221
Everyone Wants to See Your BreastsUntil Your Baby Needs Them
227
Whats Up with the Mainstreaming of Gay Parents?
232
How Hollywood Keeps Single Moms in Their Place
240
The New Housework Workout
247

Why Does the Media Love Mean Girls?
43
Ladies and Gentlemen FEMININITY MASCULINITY AND IDENTITY
49
On Standing Up to Pee
52
Cultural Response to Rape and Sexual Abuse
56
Two Performers Take on Art Ethnicity and Sexuality
62
The Trouble with Hasbians and the Phenomenon of Banishment
71
You Guys
76
Why the Media Dresses the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels
81
On Getting Dressed in Jerusalem
90
The Celluloid Fate of Female Masculinity
96
Masculinitys Troubling Persistence
101
The F Word
106
Feminism for Sale
111
On the Feminists Who Arent
116
The Perils of Feminist Fame
125
Questioning1 Sciences Gender Bias
134
Choice
144
Feminism and the Problem of Womens Comedy
148
Why Girl Power Is Bad for Feminism
155
Desire LOVE SEX AND MARKETING
162
Why Does Redbook Want to Keep Us on Our Backs?
166
Unmasking Male Lust
170
And Misinformation Just Might Make Me Lose My Mind
175
Mapping Virgin Territory
179
Queering Female Jealousy
186
Rewriting Gender in the Wide Wild World of Slash Fiction
192
Beauty Myths and Body Projects
252
Tori Spellings Breasts and Other Results of Cosmetic Darwinism
256
The New Culture of Vaginal Reconstruction
261
Hollywoods Big New Minstrel Show
267
The Limits of Ethnic Cosmetics
270
An Open Letter to Carnie Wilson
272
Outgrowing the Shame of Female Facial Hair
276
Confronting the Mainstream
281
Ten Things to Hate About Jane
285
Meet the Single Girl TwentyFirstCentury Style
291
Book Publishings Ethnic Cool Quotient
299
Searching for Signs of Black Life in PrimeTime Comedy
307
The Evolution of the PrimeTime Lesbian Clinch
313
Reality Porn and the Rise of Humilitainment
318
Old Racism as New Fashion
322
Talking Back ACTIVISM AND POP CULTURE
328
A Day in the Life of an Urban Guerrilla
331
How to Counteract Ad Messages
335
Bringing Abortion Rights to the Ts
337
A Spunky Adventurous American Girl
342
A Feminist Advocacy Guide
344
the BITCHfest resource list
353
about the contributors
361
acknowledgments
371
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About the author (2006)

Lisa Jervis is publisher of Bitch and a regular lecturer on media and feminism. Andi Zeisler†is Bitchís editorial/creative director. Both women write regularly for newspapers and magazines nationwide.

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