Bitch, Issue 55: Fame + Fortune (Summer 2012)
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Fame + Fortune
Respectability politics, trophy wives, Mad Men fight to the death!
Letter from the HQ
Letters & Comments
Love It/Shove It
Comics Alliance: Inking Outside the Box
The Bitch List
||| On the Town—The politics of gay bars as safe spaces
||| On the Stage—A Q&A with Jesusa Rodríguez
||| On Screen—May the ads be ever in your favorite...a Hunger Games/Mad Men infographic
::: In Richness and in Wealth—What does it mean to be a modern-day trophy wife?
::: No Disrespect—Black women and the politics of respectability
::: Go Ask Alice—A Q&A with author and punk veteran Alice Bag
::: 15 Megabytes of Fame—Penelope Trunk and the unreliable online narrator
::: Gossip Grrrl—Can Celebrity Gossip Ever Be Feminist?
\\\ Active Duty—Two new books explore activism and antiassimilation
\\\ Dance Dance Revolution?—Waltzing around the issue of queer visibility on TV
\\\ Never Say Nothing—A brief history of "cunt" in pop music
Adventures in Feministory Comics: When Evelyn Nesbit Met Nell Brinkley by Ellen Lindner
are trying to uplift,” says Jackson. In rightfully pushing back at negative and untrue caricatures of modern black motherhood centered around “welfare queens,” we can unwittingly demonize any black mother whose family falls outside of traditional, heterosexual, and patriarchal paradigms—no matter how thoughtful her decisions, how involved her partners, or how well cared for her children. If we buy that the only “right” way for a woman to build a family is through a state-sanctioned marriage to a
putting something out there you can be proud of 10 years later. I mean, Meryl Streep won Oscars without all that.’’ By choosing a highly sexualized role, Bassett implied, Berry was reinforcing stereotypes about black women. Put another way, Berry was reinforcing the way white society views black women. For women, to be sexual, to be sexual with different partners, or to be sexual outside of marriage is not deemed respectable. This is especially true for black engaging with respectability
that celebrity gossip is feminist because it is feminized, or because it has been derided by patriarchal and otherwise elite forces. But I do think that feminists encountering celebrity gossip should consume Your purchase of this digital edition makes it possible for us to thrive. summer.12 | issue no.55 bitch | 49 and critique it with a mind toward history. Celebrity gossip can be cruel and ugly, but it can also provide a vocabulary for talking through what is otherwise shameful.
Cheerleader? Yeah, exactly. So back to Turn Me On, Dammit!, a Norwegian import that manages to limn the sexual longings of a teenage girl without sexualizing her, and with very few actual words says volumes about adolescent loneliness, awkwardness, and desire. Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is a shy resident of a rural town, with a gothy, arty best friend (who’d definitely be played by Amber Tamblyn in the highly unlikely scenario that this film got an American remake), a quiet crush on a neighbor, and
cannot process them. Countries like Mozambique and Bangladesh struggle with rubbish pickup. Uganda has only a handful of landfills for its 33.4 million residents. in such places, residents burn their garbage, or wait until a rainstorm washes it downstream. Sanitary pads can also stress underdeveloped waste systems. They don’t burn well in open fires and create a hazard when left out for the next rain. Animals feed on them. They overﬂow pit latrines. And when bathrooms lack trash cans, women