Links for Sexy Feminists: Geek girls, healthy cities, and more …

An interesting take on the ever-ongoing ladies-in-tech debate: “The Myth of the Fake Geek Girl” on io9.com explains why ladies still have a hard time in hacker subculture (and, tangentially, why that Facebook movie was so sexist). If you’ve ever hung out at a web developers’ party (and we have, for significant-other reasons), you know what a rare creature we still are at these things.

In the exhausting rape news of the week: Jezebel reports on police’s massive bungling of a rape case in Saratoga Springs, NY — despite it being one of those straightforward, classic rape cases that idiot politicians seem to prefer (woman attacked violently by stranger … you know, “rape rape”), police still didn’t think it was important enough to alert the public or try to apprehend the guy.

Self names healthiest U.S. cities for women: Congrats, ladies of San Jose, CA!

More on Petraeus-induced sexism: Amy Davidson at The New Yorker looks at the difference between the Petraeus-affair scandal and Ike’s dalliances, and raises another question, at least for us: With men always sending shirtless, and other-garment-less, photos of themselves around the interwebs, why is it that the women in these affairs get the slut-shaming? Just asking.

Single motherhood in Syria: With men disappearing in Syria, The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof looks at the women and children they leave behind.


Links for Sexy Feminists: Petraeus Scandal Sexism, Consequences of Denied Abortions, Victoria’s Secret Sucks

New abortion study shows we need to let women have abortions. A new finding by public health researchers with the UC San Francisco group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) lays out the consequences of denying women abortions. The highlights: The majority of these women ended up in poverty, stayed in abusive relationships, were unemployed, on public assistance and showed signs of mental health issues. Considering most of these women cited reasons of financial concern, lack of stability in their homes, or just feeling that they were not ready to have children as reasons to terminate their pregnancies, it makes sense that when their gut instincts were rejected there would be damaging consequences.

Victoria’s Secret sucks. For the record: We are officially never buying underthings from Victoria’s Secret ever again. We’ve been on the fence for a long time—questionable treatment of women in ad campaigns, cheap stuff that doesn’t really fit right—but this latest racist move (and there have been several) seals the deal. Dressing up half-naked models as angels is fine. Maybe. Perhaps the religious community has something to say about that. Anyway, dressing up half-naked models as “sexy Natives” by appropriating sacred cultural regalia of Native Americans—who, can we agree, have been screwed enough already—is just offensive and wrong.

Petraeus scandal: sexist already? We have a message to all the media covering this: calm the fuck down! Yes, there are important national security issues involved here, but mostly it’s about grownups having sex. And it’s beginning to border on slut-shaming. We’re not defending Paula Broadwell—or any woman who sleeps with a married man: seriously, there are more options—but things can get real sexist here, real quick. Already the focus is shifting to the “other women” rather than the man—you know, the guy who ran the Central Intelligence Agency—who initiated this whole mess. Let’s not lose focus, media, and perhaps also cover the rest of the world. Hey, look, (sound of keys jangling) Syria and Israel are about to go to war!


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