Sunday, September 27, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (9/27)

Pro-choice activists square off against anti-choice activists in 2007.

  • I'm glad I'm not the only one to pick up on the irony of tea party-goers holding up signs that say things like "Keep your hands off my body." (And of a Republican Congresswoman saying the same thing.) NARAL has made a note of it as well.
  • The Curvature has a great post, "Rape apologism and the response to Mackenzie Phillips." I, too, was stunned by the way this story was covered, and by the reaction to it.
  • RH Reality Check reports that the Dominican Republic has completely banned abortion.
  • A column in the Washington Post discusses Virginia's Bob McDonnell, a GOP candidate for governor, and the effect his 1989 thesis is having on the campaign. In the thesis, he basically said working women and feminism are destroying society. Lots of poll numbers are reported in the column, broken down by sex, and it's kind of interesting. Example: "Nearly six in 10 women ages 18 to 44 said it would be worse for the country if "men and women went back to the traditional roles they had in the 1950s." Just a third of men in the age group agreed." Two-thirds of men think it would not be worse to go back to "traditional roles"? Nice.
  • By now you've probably heard about or read the bogus Huffington Post article by Marcus Buckingham about how women are less happy these days. There's been a lot of discussion about the article; I liked this column in the Guardian, by Ruth Sutherland, "Stop telling me I'd be happier in the kitchen."
  • Womenstake writes about one of my favorite shows, "Mad Men," and how one of the female characters takes on the equal pay issue. This is set in 1963, and here we are today still fighting for it.
  • The New York Times reports on budget cuts in California, and how domestic violence shelters are suffering as a result. A number of them have had to close.
  • MOMocrats takes on Sen. Jon Kyl's comment about not needing maternity care in his insurance plan. Read it, it's an excellent post.
  • The U.S. military is considering letting women serve on submarines. Reuter's article says "Allowing women on submarines would be another step forward in expanding the role of women in the U.S. military. Last year, a woman was promoted to the rank of four-star general for the first time."
  • Two stories published recently about groups of women taking on human rights and domestic violence/sexual assault: Native American women in this country, and indigenous women in Mexico.
  • Francine Prose discusses her new book about Anne Frank, and makes this excellent point in the interview: "Teenaged girls are the most maligned, undervalued portion of the population."
  • Completely fascinating (and long) story by the NYT about a book Carl Jung wrote 100 years ago that has only been viewed by about two dozen people. Even if you can't make it through the entire article, be sure to check out the photos of the book and its illustrations.

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