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Ritualized chastity

I'm sure you all have seen the ads for the new Anna Faris movie "What's Your Number", which is built around a head-scratchingly outdated premise, that a woman who has slept with 20 guys would quite literally believe that pushing that number to 21 would push her out of the…

Feminists get married?!

Sorry if my blogging is sparser than usual. I’m still in New York, and will be until Friday. But everything will be back to normal next week! Meanwhile, I’m watching this defensive, threatened reaction to Jessica Valenti’s wedding with a combination of genuine surprise and bemusement. I don’t generally perceive…

If it’s so great, we can be honest about it

To my fellow free-wheeling, sex positive feminists, I have to beg you once again to prioritize intellectual honesty over proving your bona fides of non-prudery. In the long run, being scrupulously honest about certain sexual practices is more sex-positive, for reasons I’ll detail. But let me start with the links…

Clearly, the culture war is not over

From Jessica comes the news that not only do 70% of Americans think that women should take their husband’s name, 50% of them said, “Yeah, sure” if asked if it should be legally required. It gets worse! What’s really distressing about this news – Laura Hamilton, the study’s lead author…

Missive from sinner’s row

Kate Harding and Jessica Valenti both have pieces up defending themselves for marrying, and about the difficulties of crafting a feminist wedding, which are apparently the same exact problems trying to craft an individualistic wedding, which is a mandate that comes down on people just as hard as the one…

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