RED SEX, BLUE SEX. Evangelical teens and sexual activity. Margaret Talbot looks at sexual activity in red states and blue states, and the ideologies behind it. It’s a fascinating read.
THE MOMIFICATION OF MICHELLE OBAMA. Rebecca Traister is one of my favorite feminist writers, and she nails it in this article. What I particularly like about it is that it’s not over-simplified — she recognizes that the media has a hand in shaping Michelle’s image, but that Michelle herself is a smart woman and presents a certain face to the world (and makes certain choices). Traister also recognizes that Michelle, like all of us, is caught in a world that makes conflicting demands on women, and especially on working mothers — to be the perfect mom, entirely selfless and dedicated 100% to your children, while still working just as hard (or harder) than the guys in the office. Of course, women rarely have the built-in support system that working men have (that is, a wife).
NO SENSE OF IRONY. Nancy on why it’s not ok to support Proposition 8 and then hide behind the Constitution. Yes, you have your right to free speech and your right to vote, and you can use that right to take away civil rights from other people. But then you don’t get to whine when those other people use their First Amendment rights to call you a jackass and boycott your business. Best line: “No sense of irony, straight guys. But hearing them play the you’re-the-real-bigot-for-punishing-me-for-exercising-my-right-to-free-speech card just got on my last gay nerve.”
NEW MEDIA, SAME OLD STORY: Women’s voices are muted on the Huffington Post. Just a tiny PSA: HuffPo does accept submissions. I know a lot of you are great writers, so consider submitting more formal blog posts to them. The best way to get it on the front page is to have some sort of news hook — make it relevant to the events of today, and make it something that will get people talking.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ESSAY CONTEST. Write about reproductive health, win a trip to DC.
BATTLE FOR THE BRAINS. Why playing the dumb card failed the GOP.
ANTI-CHOICERS DON’T CARE ABOUT LOWERING THE ABORTION RATE. Shocker.
THE BARRIER THAT DIDN’T FALL. Women report discrimination and inequality at work, at home and in the media. Men don’t seem to notice, even while almost 40% of them say that a male is “naturally more suited” to carrying out the duties of the presidency.