Bitch, Issue 58: Pulp (Spring 2013)

Camp classics, naughty bits, girl P.I.s! Plus: attractive werewolves!

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

condominium of discomfort: the newest Blow to the Violence opposed to girls Act

The whinge List

||| at the Books—Pro-choice meets pro-church in Northern Ireland's first abortion clinic

||| at the Street—A Q&A with COYOTE founder Margo St. James

||| On Language—The divisive discourse surrounding a debatable surgery

::: Pulp Nonfiction—The unnerving fascination with prime-time actual crime

::: atypical woman again In—A Q&A with lesbian pulp pioneer Marijane Meaker

::: exciting stories and Juicy Bits—An eclectic, inconclusive, and certainly not all-encompassing survey of pulp

::: Paranormal Boyfriends, Purity Myths, and sensible Virgins—The literature of wasting it

::: Artist Statement—Don't name Favianna Rodriguez a political artist

\\\ It was once a dismal and Snowy Night—How heroes turned heroines in Nordic noir fiction

\\\ Screening for Donors—The new suggestions (and standard pondering) of reproductive know-how in film

\\\ Love within the Machine—A Q&A with Lido Pimienta
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Thirteen | factor no. fifty eight     bitch | 29 educate and sharpen our antennae for threat, or will we simply suppose extra scared and disconnected later on? whilst “truth” is buried in bias, sensationalism, and comforting mythology after which added with cinematic finesse, it’s tempting to embody truth as fiction. “The extra we expect we’re no longer laid low with media—stereotypes, advertising—the extra power these varieties of media have,” says Jennifer L. Pozner, media literacy professional and writer of truth Bites again. “Of direction it impacts our empathy if we expect we’re too shrewdpermanent to be affected. ” Ambivalence comes at a excessive expense. in case you pair the formulation for such remarkable rankings (misogyny, abuse, and mental and actual exploitation) with real-life facts approximately sexual violence and crime, it's possible you'll get queasy. in keeping with the nationwide heart for harm Prevention and keep watch over, one in 5 girls within the usa has been raped—that’s nearly 22 million. And forty two. four million girls have skilled rape, actual violence, and/or stalking, with attack and homicide disproportionately affecting trans girls and ladies with disabilities. just a fraction of situations are suggested and taken to trial. yet identification audience aren’t uncovered to those realities—instead, they get vetted anecdotes approximately attack, sexualized corpses, and manipulative vamps, in addition to twisted item classes approximately violence and crime. And whereas the recognition of those exhibits has persisted to extend, a glance into their use of troubling tropes proves that, in terms of girls, our cultural dating with worry, pleasure, and real crime hasn’t advanced in any respect. If something, it’s relocating backwards. a true-crime takeover based on Harold Schechter’s 2005 ebook Savage hobbies: A Cultural background of Violent leisure, grisly dime museums and escapist penny dreadfuls have been 18th-century forebear for homicide as cultural hobby. Schechter lines homicide ballads— quite often starring rapists, child-killing madwomen, and envious husbands—back to Victorian England. those “Elizabethan equivalents of grocery store tabloids” have been both well known within the usa, illustrating unchecked male fantasies and caution girls concerning the mortal risks of impropriety. the yankee writer Edmund Pearson elevated the crime genre’s preoccupation with middle-class undesirable habit in his 1924 booklet, reviews in homicide. even supposing his paintings trusted the authenticity of trial documents and newspaper bills, the characters have been advanced, the tales certain and addictive—the most famed essay chronicled the case of the rich Lizzie Borden, acquitted of awl homicide. hugely instrumental in offering crime as enjoyment, Pearson helped create Hollywood’s caterwauling, doomed Bride of Frankenstein years later. in other places, Gertrude Stein used to be intrigued via the artistry of Borden and the boundary-pushing tenets of female criminal activity, publishing “American 30 | complain    f e m i n i s t r e s p o n s e t o p o p c u lt u r e Crimes and the way They subject” in New York’s usher in Tribune in 1935.

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