The Oscars were last night, and all the predictable winners won. I’m always more interested in the dresses (THE DRESSES!), so, my winners were Mila, Scarlett, Halle, Michelle, Hailee and Mandy. Losers were Nicole, Amy Adams, Natalie (SORRY GIRL), Penelope, Reese, and Sandra Bullock’s face (WHAT did she do to it?). And I would have loved Cate with some adjustments — that boob-porthole was just too large.
Now onto more important things: Molly Lambert writes about how to survive the boys’ club, and she is awesome, and everything she says is totally right.
Behind the assault on Planned Parenthood: Ryan Grim takes an in-depth and important look.
How McDonalds manages to ruin even oatmeal — one of the simplest healthy breakfasts out there. It contains more sugar than a Snicker’s bar and almost as many calories as a cheeseburger; all kinds of weird processed ingredients are added to turn healthy oats into an artery-clogging sugary mess. And of course it’s being marketed as “wholesome” and “natural” and “healthy.”
Social Q’s tackles two gender-related questions: Women who don’t offer to pay on dates, and men who sit with their knees wide apart on the subway. I think he gets them both right.
A nice summary of the GOP’s War on Women. It’s not just attacks on reproductive rights — Republicans are also going after low-income women and their children:
Their continuing resolution would cut by 10 percent the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, which serves 9.6 million low-income women, new mothers, and infants each month, and has been linked in studies to higher birth weight and lower infant mortality.
The G.O.P. bill also slices $50 million from the block grant supporting programs providing prenatal health care to 2.5 million low-income women and health care to 31 million children annually. President Obama’s budget plan for next year calls for a much more modest cut.
Charles Blow details the ways in which Republicans are pro-life only insofar as the life in question is in the womb; once a baby is born, all bets are off, and we now have the highest maternal mortality rate of all countries with advanced economies.
Paul Krugman also comments on the GOP’s child-centered budget cuts, using Texas as an instructive example — that state is fiscally conservative when it comes to child welfare, and has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country, ranks fifth in child poverty, and leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. Only 78 percent of children in Texas are in excellent or very good health (well below the national average). That’s the model the GOP wants to use for the nation.
This piece about Facebook being a window into lives you absolutely would never want is interesting — there is an assumption, I think, that when you hit a certain age (late 20s / early 30s) and you’re still single, you must look at pictures of your friends with their babies and their families and feel envious. And… nope! Probably the same way for women who do have babies and families — I’m sure they aren’t looking at pictures of me and my cat and feeling super jealous.
There were rallies to support Planned Parenthood all over the country on Saturday; Brooklyn Vegan has some great photos of the one in New York.
You can do more than just rally: You can donate to Planned Parenthood in John Boehner’s name.
Why I cannot live in Park Slope. Get a hobby / job, you guys.
Let’s never talk about the price of sex again. Hear hear! Also? Quit using that study where strangers walked up to people on college campuses and offered sex as “proof” that men desire sex more than women. Perhaps consider that women may want sex just as much, but have spent their entire lives hearing about how sex with strangers is a terrible, dangerous idea, leading to the (probably correct) understanding that the only kind of men who would approach you in broad daylight offering sex are men who are either serial killers or sex offenders or at least total fucking creeps?
Kathryn Lopez says “contraception is not the solution” to… something that she doesn’t specify. Happiness? Baby-having? Unclear. She does say, “That’s why I want to turn back the clock — to a time when we valued love and marriage and didn’t expect, support and even encourage promiscuity.” And to a time where women really couldn’t have marriage and also lives outside of (and before) marriage, apparently. Apparently marriage should be #1 on a woman’s To Do list, and also married women never use contraception. Because “marriage” magically turns sex into something that only makes a baby when you want it to?
Victim-blaming in Canada: A judge rules that a convicted rapist can go free because the victim sent signals that “sex was in the air.” How did she send these signals? She went out to a bar with friends, wearing a tube top, heels and make-up. So obviously she wanted to be raped in the woods behind a parking lot. (But don’t worry, the judge also made him write a letter of apology to the woman he raped). Thanks, Matt, for the link.