Friday Genius Ten “Make Your Own Choices” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, February 5, 2010 14:40 EDT
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Going into the Superbowl, you have to admit that Focus on the Fetus and the Tebow “women are nothing but vessels for male offspring” clan have managed to really capture their fair share of the news cycle. And I’ve managed to capture my share of forehead bruises watching feminists respond in 15 different ways, from demanding CBS pull the ad to suggesting that it’s somehow advantageous for anti-choicers to argue using our framing and language about choice. Well, I’ve maintained that’s true only if we let them. I’d have preferred a single, loud response: “I’m so extraordinarily glad Pam Tebow was able to make the right choice for herself and her family. Too bad she wants to throw other women in jail rather than let them have the same choice.” Seriously, I’m glad that Pam Tebow’s self-definition as a son producer is working out so well for her. But different women have different goals and should have the same freedom to pursue them that Pam Tebow had.

With that in mind, I dedicate the original Genius song to the Tebows and everyone else who thinks all women are the same and that the same answer is right for every woman (and that those who disagree should risk their health or their freedom). Leave your playlists in comments.

Original song: “U Don’t Know Me” by the Basement Jaxx

1) “Voodoo Ray”—A Guy Called Gerald
2) “All This Love”—The Similou
3) “Black Cherry”—Goldfrapp
4) “The Prime Time of Your Life”—Daft Punk
5) “Groove Is In The Heart”—Deee-lite
6) “Mandarine Girl”—Booka Shade
7) “Stand Back”—Linus Loves
8) “Horny Pony”—Spektrum
9) “Pacific State”—808 State
10) “The Devil In Us”—Black Devil Disco Club

A really good mix today! Videos and a cat picture after the fold.

Dusty sat with me while I watched the State of the Union on my computer.

Molly’s got her daily routine down, and part of it is sitting on the yellow chair in the mornings.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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