What we’re reading
Why don’t more women run for office?
The military’s super outdated sexual behavior policies are limiting access to birth control, and it’s a problem.
Rachel Rostad’s response video is even better than her original Letter to JK Rowling.
Ta-Nehisi Coats on why ‘race’ is a social construct.
Why the “natural” food movement might carrynegative connotations for women.
Demand for birth control in developing countries is increasing - access isn’t.
Is the military at the tipping point for sexual assault policy reform?
Hey, it’s graduation time! Who’s excited for commencement, grad parties, and a gender pay gap?
Yeah, we’re not big fans of that last one, either.
One year out of college, women already make less than their male peers, even after accounting for things like occupation, college major, and hours worked.
Not exactly the graduation present we wanted for women.
Help spread the word about the pay gap! Reblog this post or pick your favorite card and send it along to lady grads everywhere.
Then check out fightforfairpay.org to learn/do more.
What if gender roles in advertising were reversed?
A: There would be the same amount of ridiculousness, but more people might notice it.
Photographer Jaime Moore wanted to do a photo shoot for her daughter’s 5th birthday – one that didn’t involve Disney princesses. The final product is incredible.
“No matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess….It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better.”
What We’re Reading
Misogyny among lesbians.
Planned Parenthood has a Pinterest. It’s pretty rad.
An open letter to the Eco industry: I’m a Black Girl that’s Green.
On race in the new Iron Man (spoilers).
This awesome lady. Happy Friday.
This lady is awesome.
What if it had been Antonia Weiner who took to Twitter and there had been a different architecture to the image she tweeted? Would she be able even to entertain the idea of a political comeback? And would the spouse standing dutifully by her be seen as a brave and magnanimous stalwart, the way Huma Abedin is viewed in some quarters, or dismissed by one and all as a pitiable pushover?
Had a Southern governor named Marcia Sanford been entangled with a Latin lover when reputedly hiking the Appalachian Trail, would she today be her party’s nominee for an open Congressional seat? We know the answer, and we know that Wilhelmina Clinton and Newtina Gingrich wouldn’t have rebounded from their infidelities as robustly as Bill and Newt did.
Men get passes, women get reputations, and real, lasting humiliation travels only one way. The size and scope of that mortification, despite many decades of happy talk about dawning gender equality, are suggested by recent news stories of one teenage girl in California and another in Nova Scotia who hanged themselves after tales or cellphone pictures of their sexual violation circulated among peers. It’s impossible not to wonder if shame drove them to suicide, and it’s impossible not to ask what sort of world allows the victims of such assaults to feel more irredeemably branded — more eternally damned — than their accused assailants by all appearances do.
Frank Bruni has an awesome piece in the NYT about double standards when it comes to the sex lives of public figures.
Though they remained POWs under horrific conditions for three years and suffered their own injuries and illnesses, they continued to care for soldiers in the camp until they were freed in February 1945.
It’s Nurses Week! And in case you didn’t know that nurses are awesome, well, they are.