Bitch, Issue 63: Tough (Summer 2014)
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Letter from the HQ
Letters & Comments
Love It/Shove It
The Bitch List
Rigged System: Women truck drivers are paving their own way through an often hostile industry | Roxanna Asgarian
Tough Love: Our complicated feelings about progressive icons | Shafiqah Hudson
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Activist: The first female member of the Black Panther Party looks back | Allan Ford
Out of Character: Why the latest transformation of Wonder Woman has fans concerned | Stevie St. John
Male Call: A conversation about masculinity and violence with Byron Hurt and Jackson Katz | Jesse Fruhwirth
Precious Mettle: The myth of the strong black woman | Tamara Winfrey Harris
Against the Ropes: For women boxers, it's a fight just to get in the ring | Sarah Brown
Words to Live By: Why is it so uncomfortable when women challenge traditional cancer narratives? | Sara Black McCulloch
Mass Market: Two Latina authors plot a feminist takeover of chick-lit | Aya de León and Sofia Quintero
Out from the Shadows: The growing visibility of domestic workers onscreen and off | Sheila Bapat
Everlasting Love: Why Courtney Love still matters | Jessica Machado
Adventures in Feministory: Phoolan Devi by Donna Choi
of 28, Lena Dunham is a massive “Say WHAT?” Bonus: In another instance of breakout success. Dunham first appeared on ill-advised humor, Brand showed up to work our radars in 2010, with her film Tiny Furni- at MTV UK on September 12, 2001, dressed ture (written, directed, and starring the then- as Osama Bin Laden—a stunt that promptly 24-year-old Dunham). In 2012, HBO greenlit got him fired. her television series Girls, with Judd Apatow on board as one of the show’s executive producers.
savoring the tension within our own identities. —Kate Lesniak Bohemians: A Graphic History (Verso). An homage to counterculture, this handsome collection of comics explores the radical, romantic spirit of bohemia. I especially dug Nick Thorkelson’s humorous, reverent take on bebop, and was happily astonished by a depiction of the Heterodoxy Club—a women’s lecture group that included Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Dorothy Day, and Grace Nail Johnson (because, imagine!).
writing, while concise and articulate, doesn’t strive to create meaning, instead relying on the admittedly rich source material to do its own work. To wit, she includes 13 full pages of Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova’s jaw-dropping final statement to the monkey court that originally convicted the trio, in which she historicizes, cites philosophers, and gives a mini–art history lecture. She name-checks Dostoyevsky, the Bible, and Stalinist troikas. She points out that Madonna supports the women.
title of the show plays into the distrust employers often have for domestic workers (and the term “maids” is retro at best). The sexualization of the domestic workers feeds the Lifetime network’s need for viewers, but it too is troubling, given the sexual advances workers often face from their employers. Critically, all of these examples show domestic workers as women—which is accurate, given that the vast majority of domestic workers in the United States and globally are women, particularly in
herself who engaged in (presumably unpaid) domestic labor in parenting her son, Aram’s mother does not see her son’s nanny job as a worthy contribution. The failure to recognize the importance of parenting labor is one of the biggest cultural problems the domestic workers’ movement aims to tackle. While Aram’s mother denigrates his choice of work, the film’s director and producers do reveal the importance of Aram’s influence on the children. He becomes the rock of their family, and over time, he