Some things to check out this afternoon:
The Argument for Paying Moms Less. This is on my “to write about” list, but I’ll say now that the author of this piece clearly hasn’t done much research into discrimination against working women. Mothers don’t get paid less simply because they “work less.” There’s a motherhood penalty that women face — numerous studies have shown that indicating motherhood on a resume (by listing activities like the PTA or other parenthood identifiers) results in fewer interviews and a starting salary offer that is thousands of dollars less than the offers made to male candidates. Candidates who are fathers are actually offered higher starting salaries, even with comparable resumes. So no, it’s not that mothers are less productive.
Thinspiration on the internet. Particularly interesting: “The major aesthetic theme is fragility. Many girls write about their desire to become ‘fragile’ or ‘delicate.’ … it’s about dainty rather than dangerous.”
Young women and porn: A look at how the pervasiveness of internet porn impacts adolescent girls and boys. Key quote: “This is the paradoxical fear of many heterosexual 14-year-old girls: that the Internet is making boys more aggressive sexually—more accepting of graphic images or violence toward women, brasher, more demanding—but it is also making them less so, or at least less interested in the standard-issue, flesh-and-bone girls they encounter in real life who may not exactly have Penthouse proportions and porn-star inclinations. (“If you see something online, and the girls in your neighborhood are totally different, then it’s, um … different,” one 14-year-old boy tells me.) This puts young women in the sometimes uncomfortable position of trying to bridge the gap.”