Jessica Neuwirth, Bettina Hager & The New Feminists Push For A New ERA


CNN gave a lengthy profile to Bettina Hager, the Washington, D.C. director of the ERA Coalition, and lawyer Jessica Neuwirth, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, who are heading up the new push for an Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution. The ERA fell three states short of passage in 1979, and would provide more ironclad protections for gender equality in the law and the workforce. Hager, Neuwirth, and Maloney are facing vocal opposition, but hope that the advent of social media activism will help to push the amendment through. [CNN]


SELF published a scare piece on the side effects of birth control today. It’s not to say that any of the information isn’t factual, but it is to say that it’s anecdotal. Plenty of women experience negative side effects of birth control (I did!), but the medical information provided in the article isn’t any more thorough or compelling than what the ads for birth control will tell you about potential side effects. If you’re going to make a medical decision, base it on a conversation with a competent medical professional, not on a fear-mongering clickbait-y article on the SELF website. [SELF]


If you happen to live in or around Brooklyn, you can take a workshop on Britney Spears and her cultural influence, titled “Britney Spears: Goddess, Feminist Icon, Pop Priestess.” It’s run by two late-twenties fans who analyze Britney’s career through a feminist lens. Each workshop can only accommodate 12 people, but you can attend for the low price of $20, and it’s doing so well that it may be able to expand. [The Daily Beast]


British art group Blast Theory has developed a mobile game called Karen that simulates life coaching gone awry. As you play, the game adapts to the information you give it and starts to be able to guess information about you with apparently eery accuracy. Creator Matt Adams says that the game explores the idea that we’re making a “satanic bargain” when we give out our personal information online. It’ll be available April 16. [New York Times]

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