Sunday, March 21, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (3/21/10)

Happy Sunday everyone! Anyone else going to be following the health care vote today? Anyone not going to be following it? It feels like the general consensus is that the bill isn't perfect, but it's a start toward fixing the many problems with our health care system. I just hope the efforts to get funding for abortion continue full force after today's vote. I'd take all these suggestions by Katha Pollitt, too. On to Sunday reading:

I can't not mention this story, even though hundreds of blog posts have already been written about it: A commercial for tampons was declined by three networks because it had the word "vagina" in it. Yes, seriously. Three networks screened the ad and said no, we won't air it because it says "vagina." Presumably they know that tampons go in vaginas, but that doesn't matter. With their actions, they have reinforced the idea that "vagina" is a dirty icky word and a dirty icky part of women's anatomy that has to be taken care of dirty icky things like tampons. I'm surprised "tampon" can be used in a commercial, actually. So, for the record: erectile dysfunction commercials can air all the time, on any program, at any hour, but "vagina" cannot be used in a tampon commercial. Read more at the New York Times, Jezebel, Menstruation Research and see more about Kotex's new campaign here.

In other news:
  • Politics Daily: "Massachusetts Study: Health Care Reform Reduced Abortions."
  • Big Think: "'Femivores'? Spare Me." I loved this.
  • UK Telegraph: The Miss England pageant is getting rid of the swimsuit round and replacing it with a "sports round." Yay to no more swimsuits, but I have no idea what a "sports round" involves. (Wouldn't it be kinda fun it if were like Ninja Warrior?)
  • Newser: "Prada Ordered 'Old, Fat, and Ugly' Staff Fired." Oddly, the original article about this (also from UK Telegraph), is no longer around. But still, this is horrible, if true.
  • Salon: "Gay marriage's transgender loophole."
  • The Independent: "Kidnapped. Raped. Married. The extraordinary rebellion of Ethiopia's abducted wives." This is must-read.
  • New York Times: Nicholas Kristof writes about "Women’s Rights as a Security Issue." Also check out this interview (transcript) with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on MSNBC.
  • Reuters: "At 76, Steinem laments elusive equality for women."
  • News Junkie Post: "Holocaust Survivor And Feminist Simone Veil Joins French Academy."
  • New York Times: "Liz Carpenter, Journalist, Feminist and Johnson Aide, Dies at 89."
  • Womenstake: "A Second Crack in the Glass TV Screen."
  • ABC: "Baltimore Judge Marries Accused Abuser to Victim During Trial to Avoid Testimony." There is so much wrong with this.

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