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It’s not the sex, it’s the sexism

Rachel Simmons wrote yet another piece expressing concern that “hook-up culture” is damaging to girls, and this time, it’s actually getting taken seriously by feminist bloggers. The reason is that, unlike someone like Laura Sessions Stepp who is clearly acting out of prudery and a general disdain for the intelligence…

Quick fixes to kill feminism doomed to fail

One of the things that really undermines the anti-choice argument that they’re motivated strictly by love of “life” is the way they obsess particularly over college women, specifically the tendency of college women not to marry and have children while still in college, due to the fact that this is…

The police state blends seamlessly into sex phobia

TPMCafe is having a Book Club for Jessica Valenti’s new book The Purity Myth, and I’ve been asked to blog for it. I used by first blog post to explicate the two general arguments for the necessity of controlling and punishing female sexuality, what you might call the malevolent and…

Dangerous young women who know themselves

Exercises in how surfing blogs can, in itself, generate some ideas. Jessica put up the text of her speech on how the so-called “hook-up culture” is not the horror story it’s made out to be, M. LeBlanc wrote about her first major relationship that had a withholding affection/sexual assault cycle,…

Bamboo Reviews: Reading Lolita in Tehran

For a relatively slender, well-written book, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books was a slow read. It’s just truly depressing to think about how the people in Iran, both religious and not so religious, who bristle under the theocracy, have to live in a stifled way. Also, for…

Another post where I bash PETA and invite a flame war

From Feministing, further evidence that PETA president Ingrid Newkirk is wading in the shallow end of the IQ pool. She was challenged in an interview on PETA’s obnoxious habit of using animal love and guilt trips to get young women to undress in public for their publicity stunts, and she…

Exile in Guyland

I finished reading Michael Kimmel’s Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, which didn’t take me much time, and probably would have taken less time if it weren’t so thought-provoking that I had to put it down occasionally and think about it. Kimmel takes the reader through the world…

Fine, I’ll write about the Jezebel video

Because I’ve been doing D.C. stuff all day and thus have only had time to follow this blow-up. I’ll admit; when I first read the quotes Lizz put up at HuffPo, I was appalled at Moe and Tracie. But then I actually got some decent wi-fi speed and watched the…

You’re free to physically assault young women if Jesus told you to in Texas

From PZ, a story that’s horrifying both on its own and for its implications for the rights of all people, but especially women, whose bodies that the churches claim spiritual ownership over in the name of god. A bit of background: A number of fundamentalist churches believe that sin is…

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