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Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.

From the “Well, Duh,” files, talking about sex makes for better sex.

More from the “Well, Duh,” files: The Moral Case for Sex Before Marriage.

people who marry early and/or hold traditional views on marriage and gender tend to have higher divorce rates and unhappier marriages… It turns out that feminist values – not “traditional” ones – lead to the most stable marriages. And feminist views plus later marriage typically equals premarital sex.

The New York Times’ Nick Kristof on Obama’s stand on sex trafficking:

Reasonable people can disagree about what to do in the case of adults who sell sex voluntarily. Put aside that disagreement, for we can agree to place priority on the millions of children and adults compelled to provide sex or other labor.

Painfully unwatchable or completely brilliant, or both. The Chaser on Gay Marriage:

Via wonderful feminist thinker Blue Milk, three articles / posts that you ought to read.

1. Economist John Quiggan talks Keynesianism, and parenting, and part-time work, and the structure of working life. As Blue Milk says, it’s an essay in economics, but it’s easy to read, and there is not a graph in sight. I (Deb) recommend it.

2. Sady Doyle on not castigating someone as a bad feminist and tossing all her thinking out because she says some silly things, or in Naomi Wolf’s case, writes a silly book – Why the uproar over Naomi Wolf’s vagina?

3. And Kira Cochrane in the Guardian as women as the victims of voyeurism, and what the uproar over those shots of the Duchess of Cornwall sunbathing topless tells us about our society.

Over at The Hand Mirror, Luddite Journo has two posts about all the work that has been done on changing the justice system so that it is more responsive and sensitive to victims of sexual violence. Long story short: the current Minister of Justice, Judith Collins, has binned it. Check Terrible news for rape survivors and Reading reports helps sometimes.

I’m (Deb) on the Kapiti coast this weekend, enjoying the sunshine. I hope it’s sunny where you are too.

See you next week.

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