Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
A brilliant post from Charlie Glickman: If you don’t respect sluts, you don’t respect women:
Anytime we equate fewer sex partners or monogamy or any “vanilla” sexual practice with being more respectable, we reinforce the idea that the people whose sexual desires are outside those boundaries have to trade their sexual authenticity in order to be accepted.
The forgotten history of gay marriage.
Serious Trigger warnings, but if you are on the Tweets, the hashtag #ididnotreport is doing amazing things. It’s sad, powerful, and shocking some people at how well-populated it is.
The 1,000 reasons story is amazing, and why I (Tallulah) will always, always call myself a feminist. Because we still need it. Because cupcakes and heels aside, we live in a world where inequalities are massive, and there is much work to do. (Of course, if you listen to Naomi Wolf, we’re doing it all wrong, all we think about is “lifestyles”, and we have “no clear political agenda”. Darling? Bite me.
If you have any doubt left as to why the Texas mandatory ultrasound law is awful, read this heartbreaking story. On a related note: “The theory seems to be that no woman can legally be coerced into an abortion, but you can sure as heck coerce her out of one.”
The US Republican tumble into misogyny is astounding. Hillary Clinton says it like it is.
“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,” she told an adoring crowd at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on Saturday. “But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies.
If you need cheering up after all that, try this Marriage Rating Scale from 1939. Note that even then, a good husband should help with the housework.
A friend introduced me (Deb) to an excellent blog: Tūrangawaewae. This post is compelling and uncomfortable reading: Whiteness matters: on domination and seeing what’s not to be seen.
Sincerely, Natalie Reed has put together A Transgender Manual of Style.
And because it’s St Patrick’s Day, this week’s pretty is a gorgeously illuminated initial letter from the Book of Kells.
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