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Bitch, Issue 55: Elemental (Fall 2012)

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Love experts, Cheryl Strayed, Nudism 2.0...plus: choosing on Pinterest

Letter from the HQ
Letters & Comments
Love It/Shove It
Annals of Junk technology: G-Spotting

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||| at the Page—A Q&A with author G. Willow Wilson

||| at the Web—Is Pinterest is as girly because the media paints it? And if this is the case, who cares?

||| On Activism—Sarah Schulman talks activism, publishing politics, and making paintings from the margins

::: Nude Awakening Can the nudist move get its groove again?

::: Sugar Rush—Speaking with writer and suggestion columnist Cheryl Strayed

::: existence on Mars (Hill)—In the nation's fastest-growing megachurch, religion and feminism don't mix

::: highway Smarts—The gender justice of graffiti artist Panmelo Castro

::: in poor health Advised—A new group of courting specialists are profiting from the single-black-woman meme

\\\ Bookmarked—Why does gender desire its personal genre?

\\\ intercourse and Salacity—Should we snicker or flinch while girls are susceptible onscreen?

\\\ Rapped Up—Why can't the mainstream media tackle girl MCs one after the other?

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Adventures in Feministory Comics: Dr. Mae Jemison through Jennifer Cruté

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Onsider the nudist. In American pop culture, nudists conjure up a strange set of images; none of them are very positive, let alone humanistically celebratory of our physical form. As conventional wisdom has it, nudists are the people you least want to see naked, and their mainstream portrayal is generally played for laughs, if not gags. The title essay in David Sedaris’s book Naked, for instance, details the author’s foray into the world of “nude recreation” with descriptions of bug-bitten limbs, dimples on the wrong kind of cheeks, sweaty genitals, and toilet paper stuck to reddened rears.

BY VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS | ILLUSTRATIONS BY BLAIRE ANNE STAPP An almost-equally common perception is that nudists are naive exhibitionists, a portrayal used in media and popular culture as an emphatic punch line. ”) to the 2012 film Wanderlust, which features a largely clueless band of hippies at a stranded-in-time backwoods commune, nudists are often painted as people who, at best, simply don’t get other people’s discomfort—or, at worst, pressure them into awkward co-nakedness. There’s also a darker element to popular perceptions of nudism and nudists.

Castro, who goes by the name Anarkia, is one of the most prominent street artists in Brazil. As a teen, she and a friend practiced pichação—local street tagging that not many women, let alone two teen girls, were out doing. These days, the Rio de Janeiro artist paints murals all over the world, mostly of female figures, using a heavily pink palette and often including feminist messages and taglines like “democracia sexual” (“sexual democracy”) and “Eu decido” (“I decide”). Your purchase of this digital edition makes it possible for us to thrive.

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