Links for Sexy Feminists: Rainy-Day Reading

We hope all you Sexy Feminists stay safe in the stormy weather. Here, some reading (mostly about abortion; for some reason that’s all we found today besides Sandy coverage) to keep you company:

Mourdock’s Dilemma and the Theology of Rape [via The New Yorker]

Let’s Get Real About Abortions [via CNN]

Can Neuroscience Challenge Roe v. Wade? [via The New York Times]

Tami Taylor Confirms That Women of Friday Night Lights Would Hate Mitt Romney [via Jezebel]

7 Famous Female Sex Scandals Throughout History [via The Frisky]

Discovering the Cure to Aging Anxiety

We had just been chastised to keep our voices down—this was, after all, a meditation retreat, and we were supposed to be in silence. But my roommates, two 60-something women named Joan and Linda, and I were amped up on late-night (in this context, that’s about 9 p.m.) girl talk. And I was about to receive the most profound insight I would all week, not from the six hours of meditation we did every day, nor from the spiritually rich talks the teachers would give. In fact, what my roommate, Joan, said next counts as one of the great insights of my life. “Jennifer, just wait until you get old,” she said. “Spending a thousand dollars on a Tempurpedic bed is no longer an indulgence, it’s a medical necessity. Getting old is the best!”

She said this without a hint of exhaustion, self-pity, or irony. I thought: She’s right. I can’t wait to get old! And the reason for that went beyond that moment, beyond a Tempurpedic bed—even though I covet that marshmallowy mattress. For the previous few years, I’d been coming to terms with the reality of aging. As I talked to Joan and Linda, however, I realized that perhaps I finally had come to terms with it, and the way I had done it was shockingly simple and inexpensive. As 9 million people underwent cosmetic procedures last year, I did something else. I hung out with older women.

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Links for Sexy Feminists: More dumb rape remarks, Brave-Thinking ladies, and more …

Sigh. Another dumb rape remark from a male politician. [via The New Yorker]

And Obama’s response: “Rape is rape.” [via CNN]

And Romney’s “dilemma” in responding [via The New York Times]

Voter ID laws’ effect on women of color [via Jezebel]

Lots of our favorite ladies (nuns, Lena Dunham) among The Atlantic‘s Brave Thinkers list [via The Atlantic]



Feminist Political Icons

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Women's issues have helped define this year's intense Presidential election, despite -- or maybe, just a little, because of -- the fact that there are zero women on the major-party ballot. (Also because we're a powerful voting force, which is important to remember right now.) Here, we salute the women throughout history (and, occasionally, pop culture, who have shown that Beyonce was right: Girls do have what it takes to run the world.

Links for Sexy Feminists: Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo earnings, Romney’s anti-woman stance, and more …

Marissa Mayer’s First Quarter in Charge of Yahoo Yields Better-Than-Expected Earnings [via CNN]

Why Romney’s Case to Women Isn’t Convincing [via The National Memo]

Speaking of Which … Forward This to All the Men in Your Life: How Romney’s Views Screw Up Men’s Lives, Too: [via Jezebel]

Did Madonna’s Strip Tease for Teen Girl Shot by Taliban Help or Hurt? [via The Atlantic]

Interesting Analysis of the Fascinating Story of Hitchcock’s Unrequited Obsession With Tippi Hedren [via The New Yorker]

Best Erotica for Women: Greatest Hits of the ‘Sexy Stories that Are Better Than 50 Shades of Grey’ Lists

If 50 Shades of Grey has done anything (besides light up thousands of Kindles and iPads), it has opened up a discussion about the fact that — gasp — women enjoy badly written sexy stories as much as men enjoy badly written porn. And that discussion has included many female-oriented publications giving us lists of “erotica that’s better than 50 Shades.” Here, the best of the “better than” lists:

The Vine goes mostly classic: John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus, Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain.” One of our faves, Cleis Press’ annual Best Women’s Erotica, also gets a mention.

BiblioBitch likes: Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, and Pauline Reage’s The Story of O.

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Links for Sexy Feminists: The Binder Edition

Thanks to Mitt Romney and his “binders full of women,” equality for women at work has become a huge national discussion this week. (So, hey, you can’t say the guy did nothing for us.) As a bonus, it’s become an occasionally funny discussion — see, nation, feminists can be funny! A roundup of some of our favorite analyses, some funny, some quite serious:

Amazon reviews of a random binder go political (and hilarious) []

Romney’s empty ‘binders full of women’ [CNN]

‘No One Puts Baby in a Binder’ [The National Memo]

‘Did someone say Binders Full of Women??’ [Know Your Meme]

A Meme That Means Something [The Atlantic]

Mitt Romney’s Binders and the Missing Women [The New Yorker]

Mr. Romney’s Version of Equal Rights [The New York Times]

The Ultimate Sexy Feminist Playlist

True, there are many more important feminist issues than iPod playlists … but a good playlist can inspire you when you’re depressed about all those important issues and get you moving toward doing something about them. Or just dancing and singing around your living room. Either way works for us.

This is a long list that will remain in progress, so tell us your favorites as well.


Christina Aguilera, “Can’t Hold Us Down”

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Media Literacy Matters: How to Watch the Presidential Debates

There are two more presidential debates to go. Tonight, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face a town-hall-style audience, answering questions from Americans concerned about everything from unemployment to war. This should yield important talking points for all of us to consider, and give us facts to take with us to the voting booths on Nov. 6.

Or we could get another Big Bird.

During the first debate, Romney looked moderator Jim Lehrer in the eye and told him PBS funding would go if he is to become the next president: “I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

The Internet went bonkers. Saturday Night Live made funny. President Obama included B-Bird in a campaign ad. Facebook profile photos changed. Sexy Big Bird became the new It costume for Halloween (le sigh).

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Links for Sexy Feminists: NY Times editor calls sexism on writer, women anchor and moderate debate, and more …

Wow, if this isn’t evidence that having women in positions of power makes a difference, we don’t know what is: New New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan took author Jennifer Weiner’s side in a Twitter dust-up with Times writer Andrew Goldman for being a sexist both in print and on social media. Read more at Jezebel.

Speaking of non-sexy-but-brilliant Halloween costumes, we love The Frisky’s idea: Be Workout Paul Ryan!

We didn’t get to post about this last week, so we’ll take this moment to say: This Wisconsin anchorwoman’s on-air response to a viewer comment criticizing her weight is inspiring. You’re awesome, Jennifer Livingston.

Reminder: Watch the Tuesday debate on PBS. Not only is it the least-annoying place (no crawls, minimal crazy commentary) to view it, but it’s also the only all-female anchoring team hosting. With Candy Crowley moderating, you can have an all-lady night.

The Pakistani girl who was shot last week by the Taliban for speaking out about girls’ education has been airlifted to Britain for emergency care, The New York Times reports.

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