Sunday, April 25, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (4/25/10)

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You're probably aware by now that April 20 was Equal Pay Day. If you missed it or would like to read more about it, has compiled a list of blogs that participated in Blog for Fair Pay Day, and others who wrote about the wage gap. You can see it here. There are so many good articles on the subject I can't begin to recommend them. Any on the list will do! (My post on the subject is here.) I will say Jezebel has a good explainer on the wage gap, in "Does the Wage Gap Really Exist?"

In other reading:
  • New York Times: "Promises the Pill Could Never Keep." The pill turns 50 years old soon.
  • RH Reality Check: "KBR’s 'Facts' About Rape Case Are No Such Thing."
  • Yes Means Yes: "Big Ben and the Emerging Pattern." About Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. And here's a truly awful, victim-blaming column from the Baltitmore Sun. I'm including this just as a reminder of how media can treat women who sexually assaulted. There's also this op-ed from the NYT, "Nike's Women Problem," about what it takes for Nike to drop an athlete. They have not dropped Roethlisberger.
  • CNN: "10-year-old's pregnancy fuels Mexican abortion debate."
  • Shakesville: "But it's all OK because Obama is protecting Roe ..." This is about the anti-abortion bill passed in Oklahoma, and includes this: "I'm not even going to mince words on this one: Compelling a woman to undergo an unnecessary vaginal probe to acquire a legal medical procedure is fucking rape." Anyone have an idea on the chances of this law being able to remain a law? There has to be a legal challenge coming, right? UPDATE: Two of the bills have been vetoed by the governor!
  • Washington Post: "Virginia legislature restricts abortion funding." Ugh.
  • Ms. Blog: "10 Worst Abortion Myths–and How to Refute Them."
  • The Times: "China tries to sterilise 10,000 parents over one-child rule."
  • Salon: "Female athletes score: Title IX gets whipped back into shape after the misdeeds of the Bush years."
  • Racialicious: "Some Basic Racist Ideas and Some Rebuttals, and Why We Exist." Must-read stuff here.
  • "Earth Day: Green Revolution Can Be a Women's Revolution, Too."
  • Salon: "Why I Won't Be Joining the 'Boobquake.'"
  • Pandagon: "Stupid can't be cured with a degree." It's not often I include political stories in Sunday reading (unless they pertain to women and/or feminism), but this one is too good not to include.
  • The Pursuit of Harpyness: "Farewell, Bridget Jones." I love this, from the article: "Society treats women as though it’s our highest calling to make a man want to marry us—even if that requires giving up on education, career and financial security. It’s never his responsibility to drop everything to find the right woman, or to accept her for who she is. Nor does anyone expect him to be tormented by the possibility of winding up alooooone."
  • Women and Hollywood: "Sex and the City 2 – Hype and Backlash Begins."
  • Tattooed and Pierced: "The Boy Culture of Record Stores." Loved this.
  • AP: Dorothy Height, civil rights activist, dies at 98."
  • Variety: "Film pioneer Dede Allen dies at 86."

Documentary alert: "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking" will be shown online on April 27. Details here.

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