Please note that I started to write this review in early January and just now had the time to finish it. But it's a really good issue, so go get it!
Goodness was I lucky! The day before we headed out for our holiday vacation the latest issue of Bitch magazine came in the mail. So one day when my dad had my daughter, my husband was taking a nap, and it was warm & sunny enough to grab a drink and sit on the porch, I dove in. Heavenly!
Love it/Shove it covers the humiliation of Miss South Carolina and dissects in the context that no one else did - that she was an 18-year-old young woman on a national stage being asked a question that most people couldn't answer on an open book exam. They also cover how gay is the new black for the Democratic candidates, Nair for pre-teens, when rape isn't rape, the Catholic Church evicting nuns in LA, a real diverse TV show...in Canada, and how in the world Teri Hatcher still looks like her Lois & Clark days. What really was awesome is the interview by Anne Elizabeth Moore of Christine Harold. Both study & write about the infilration of corporations into our lives, but from different perspectives. It's part interview, part debate. It's awesome. Oh, yeah, I already said that.
Sarah Seltzer takes on the hard cold fact that girl geeks on TV and in the movies get beautfied and they can't find love in all their geekiness, unlike the geeks in "Can't Buy Me Love" and the new CBS geek TV show. I wonder if Jordan from "Real Genius" is the exception? Anyone?
There is also a nice piece on radical unschoolers and how being a hard core radical feminist just might equal homeschooling and yes, gasp, opt-out of one's career to stay home with the kids.
Even though the diy approach may appeal to progressives who identify with the anti-establishment ethos of the punk movement, homeschooling still raises tricky questions for progressive mothers. Namely, this one: Can women trade their careers for their families without sacrificing a few of their feminist values—the very values that inspired many of them to homeschool in the first place? It’s no wonder that punk feminist moms like Kim Campbell, who has homeschooled her kids for seven years, occasionally feel like walking oxymorons.
Normally I wouldn't even bother reading the feminist analysis of the Spice Girls, but when there's a chart comparing them to Xena, Buffy and the Powerpuff Girls, I gotta read it.
A few issues ago, Bitch started to feature an interview called, "cool activists, good causes." This issue's cool activist is ShinJoung Yeo, reference coordinator for Standford University's Green Library. Yup...she's a librarian, a feminist, and an activist. Plus she has to read for a living! She has the perfect job.
The interview of Susan Faludi is the best piece of the issue:
Q: Did you intend for The Terror Dream to come out in advance of the 2008 election?
A: [...]I was utterly dismayed watching what unfolded in the last presidential election, where we were served up a contest of who could be the Davy-Crokett-in-chief who had killed the most pheasants or chopped down the most trees or had most extoic firearms in their closet. And women were presented as if they just wanted President Knows Best to protect them.[...]
This issue has been out for some time now, so if you haven't snatched it up, head out to your local (independent if possible) bookstore and gobble it up. Especially since a new issue should be just around the corner!
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