Sunday, August 9, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (8/9)

After taking a much-needed break from the computer over the last four or five days, it's time to jump back in. I have to start by saying thank you to John Hughes for writing and making so many movies that I adore, movies that I have spent so many hours watching and re-watching, movies that I can recite from memory. If you haven't yet seen this fantastic blog post by a woman who was pen-pals with Hughes, "Sincerely, John Hughes," do yourself a favor and read it. It's such a great story.

Other reading suggestions:
  • The Frisky writes about how women on Medicaid can almost never get abortions.
  • The New York Times writes about women in Iraq who have started a wrestling team, which one supporter calls "a sign of evolution and freedom."
  • Ariel Boone has a column on Huffington Post about how women who work at the White House make less than men do (89 cents for every dollar).
  • Also at the HuffPost, Louise Marie Roth has a column about hate crimes against women, including the guy outside Pittsburgh who shot and killed three women at a gym. On the same subject, check out the column at Wimn's Voices.
  • An op-ed in UK's The Independent talks about the case in Sudan of Lubna Hussein. The author asks "Where are the women protesting outside the Sudanese embassy? Where are the feminists sticking up for the basic human right to put on what you like when you get out of bed? Where are the calls to impose tough sanctions against Sudan for oppressing women, as we did against South Africa for oppressing the majority black population in its apartheid days? Where, in short, is the International Sisterhood?"
  • I thought this column in the Daily Texan (University of Texas-Austin) about the Chris Brown saga was a good one.
  • Voice of America writes about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Africa, during which she stated "I'll be in Goma [Congo]. And I will be there primarily to speak out against the unspeakable violence against women and girls in eastern Congo. It is the worst example of man's inhumanity to women."
  • The Washington Post executive editor, along with employees Dana Millbank and Chris Cillizza, have apologized for the remark the latter two made about Clinton drinking "Mad Bitch" beer (which I commented on here). The video series by Millbank and Cillizza has been pulled as well.
  • The Guardian talks to Suzanne Braun Levine, a former editor of Ms. magazine, about her new book, why she became a feminist (botched abortion) and more. It's a good read.
  • Somebody on Twitter (I wish I had made a note of who) posted a link to photography by James D. Griffioen, mostly photos in Detroit of abandoned homes and building. Be sure to check out the links on the left to the public schools book depository, and read the story. It's unreal.
  • Something I was glad to see happen: the NYT pulled the plug on Ben Stein's column because he's endorsing the scam of via commercials he's in. Sorry, you don't get to call yourself an economist and then do commercials for such a site.
  • And finally, congratulations to Sonia Sotomayor, the newest Supreme Court justice.

I'm always looking for suggestions to put in this weekly column. If you want to recommend a blog or article (yours or someone else's), e-mail me at I try to make the rounds and mark the best stuff, but obviously I can't catch it all!

1 comment:

MC said...

Ben Stein is a horrible human being.


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