Sunday, August 16, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (8/16)

Some reading to occupy your (and my) time until the Season 3 premiere of "Mad Men" tonight. (Can't wait! For the record, I did get all caught up on the show. So, so good.)

  • The Boston Globe has posted the text of Maria Shriver's eulogy of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It's very moving. Maria says, "Her story, I believe, teaches that women are complex and they can live out every simple, single aspect of that complexity."
  • This piece at Zero at the Bone was posted more than a week ago, but I want to point it out in case you missed it. It's a response to a blog post a man wrote called "A Respectful Breast-Man," about how he just wants to stare at and/or see your boobs. I'd recommend reading his post, the comments on his post, this response, and the comments on this response (links to his post are given). A great conversation, to be sure, with many well-written comments, and an eye opener to what some men think they're entitled to. Like starring at your boobs.
  • Have you been following the story of Harriet Harman in the UK? She is the deputy leader of the Labour party, and recently said “I don’t agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it’s a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership.” Her comment has sparked quite a debate. And if you recall, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton recently made "news" when she was asked what her husband thought about something, and she responded by saying she would share her opinion, but isn't a mouthpiece for her husband. Cath Elliot wrote a piece for The Guardian about these two cases, called "The 2009 summer of hate." It's a good one.
  • UNLV's publication, The Rebel Yell, has a column called "Not ugly enough for feminism?" about Karl Lagerfeld's recent comment that Coco Channel wouldn't be a feminist because she was "never ugly enough for that."
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga has hired it's first (I believe) male professor for its women's studies department.
  • responds to a study that claims women create their own glass ceilings. (Why is it not surprising that someone managed to find a way to blame women for women not having equal pay, as many promotions, etc.?)
  • An excerpt from Michael Eric Dyson's book "Can you hear me now?" has been posted, under the headlined "Why men need to get over their femiphobia." I always enjoy listening to Dyson on shows like "Real Time," even if I don't always completely follow everything he says.
  • A judge in Florida has ruled that a Gay-Straight Alliance is in fact allowed to meet at school, like any other group, and does not have to change its name. Good news, and good for the students who filed the lawsuit.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that Belmont Abbey College (a Catholic school) discriminated against its employees when it denied them health care coverage of birth control. Will it ever sink in that law trumps religion-based inequality?
  • A bureau of Taiwan's legislature has recommended changes to the country's abortion laws. Their current laws are strict; among other laws, right now married women have to get permission from their husbands to get an abortion.
  • RH Reality Check reports that Dr. Leroy Carhart is no longer being protected by federal marshals. It was only months ago that Dr. George Tiller was killed; this move by the Justice Department makes no sense.
  • Women's boxing will be added to the 2012 Olympics -- did you know boxing was the last remaining Olympic sport that didn't allow women to compete?
  • A 22-year-old woman has become Thailand's youngest -- and first female -- winemaker. A toast to her!

1 comment:

Chally said...

Thanks for the link!


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