Bitch, Issue 55: Elemental (Fall 2012)
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Love gurus, Cheryl Strayed, Nudism 2.0...plus: Picking on Pinterest
Letter from the HQ
Letters & Comments
Love It/Shove It
Annals of Junk Science: G-Spotting
The Bitch List
||| On the Page—A Q&A with writer G. Willow Wilson
||| On the Web—Is Pinterest is as girly as the media paints it? And if so, who cares?
||| On Activism—Sarah Schulman talks activism, publishing politics, and making art from the margins
::: Nude Awakening Can the nudist movement get its groove back?
::: Sugar Rush—Speaking with author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed
::: Life on Mars (Hill)—In the nation's fastest-growing megachurch, faith and feminism don't mix
::: Street Smarts—The gender justice of graffiti artist Panmelo Castro
::: Ill Advised—A new crew of relationship experts are cashing in on the single-black-woman meme
\\\ Bookmarked—Why does gender need its own genre?
\\\ Sex and Salacity—Should we laugh or cringe when women are vulnerable onscreen?
\\\ Rapped Up—Why can't the mainstream media address female MCs one at a time?
The Back Page
Adventures in Feministory Comics: Dr. Mae Jemison by Jennifer Cruté
When referencing your work as Sugar, the phrase “radical empathy” gets used a lot; it’s even in the introduction to Tiny Beautiful Things. Do you think radical empathy aptly describes your work as Sugar? The phrase does capture what I strive to convey. When I first took over the column I thought, “Who am I to give advice?” I’m not an expert, but I came to the realization that that’s the best person to give advice. We don’t listen to the know-italls. I’m someone who’s made mistakes, and people are
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like, r e s p o n s e t o p o p c u lt u r e marked since long before the arrival of gender cakes. What is notable about the trend is the ritualization of gendering, driven by a consumer culture that celebrates every milestone as an impetus to spend. If the creation and perpetuation of cultural customs is telling of how a society views its individuals, then gender cakes provide a worrisome insight into ours. Rather than opening minds to an understanding of gender as fluid and multifaceted,
people to talk about race and identity—their thoughts, their observations, their experiences, their triumphs, their limits—using only six words. I printed out about 200 of these cards and distributed them, and was surprised when about 30 percent came back. I printed more and they kept coming back. They’ve come in from all over the place, and they have taught me so much about race in America. The six words are often just a start to a much deeper story. fa l l . 1 2 | issue no.56 bitch | 9
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