Links for Sexy Feminists: Women In the Military, All-Girl X-Men, More

Should we really be blaming feminism for fewer women volunteering to work the front lines of combat in our military? This Boston Globe article suggests as much. An editorial in the same paper debunks the finger-pointing.

This is about the best smack-down of the “end of men” debate (you know, the one that says we essentially don’t need feminism anymore) we’ve read. And it’s written by a man. Boston Review‘s Philip N. Cohen, you’re our new favorite male feminist.

Lots of good stuff over at Everyday Feminism but this piece about how male sexual entitlement hurts both men and women is a good read—and a good reminder that feminism is for men too.

Marvel is re-launching the X-Men with an all-woman superhero team, a very-psyched Feministing reports. Yes, they all have heaving bosoms and totally identical bone structure despite the varying skin tones (an attempt at diversity), but it’s still pretty kick-ass that young girls and boys can see more female heroes.


Could ‘Women’s Issues’ Be a Thing of the Past?

Once again, we have The War on Women to thank. No, really, we’re serious: Now that ladies’ rights have emerged as a wedge issue in the upcoming presidential election, there seems to be a new movement toward actually finally acknowledging that women’s issues are everyone’s issues. It seems too good to be true, but we’re cautiously optimistic. President Obama’s recent push for equal pay (we cannot believe this has not been achieved yet!) focused on its benefits to “families,” not just to women. It should be a “duh” moment, but apparently it requires explanation in our skewed world. See, if the woman in the house makes more, everyone wins! More money = more money, no matter the gender of the person making it. High math, we know, but, look! Even as girls, we understand it.

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Live Web Chat Today: The State of Women In the Workplace

Whether you’re a working mother or a recent college graduate looking for her first break, the way women are treated, compensated and represented in the workplace matters to you. Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls will host a live web chat on the topic at 4:45 EDT (1:45 PST). View it live on Yahoo! Shine or at the White House website. The main topic of the web chat will be women, employment, education, and how to create workplace flexibility.

As a new mom about to head back to work full time, the topic sure strikes a nerve. I left my previous job not just for a new, better opportunity, but because of its sucky maternity leave/working-mother policies (and this was a publishing company owned and run by women!) We have a long way to go before women (working mothers especially) are adequately valued for their contributions to industry and society. Here’s hoping this chat inspires progress. I hope you tune in. I then encourage you to come back here to chat about it, or visit us at @thesexyfeminist (moms can find me at @femimommy) to discuss.


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