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Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

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  • Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of restricting her enjoyment of sex. One-hundred-and-thirty million women have been cut, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. [Reuters]
  • Why casual sexism in science matters. [Boing Boing]
  • This white woman wearing a huge black Afro wig and writing about it on her blog Before And Afro is a joke, right? [PostBourgie]
  • Mormon feminists exist and they are for Obama. [Reuters]
  • Nerds! What do we think of these new PCs designed “for women by women”? Unless it is a chocolate bar shaped like a PC, I am not sure why I need a different computer than a man. [CNET] Keep reading »

Cheryl Strayed Refuses To Apologize For Being Female Or Human

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“I’m not going to apologize for being female or human. But I will apologize to the party I’ve wronged. About a month ago, I posted this video on my Facebook page about being pro choice and why. There was this conversation that ensued in the comments about whether abortion should be legal. And this man who is a fan of ‘Wild’ and ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ said, well, I’m against abortion, but I do think it should be legal. And Cheryl, the thing about you is, you had an abortion but you regret it. And you’ve told us how that does stay with you and how many regrets you have about it. And I was like, uh, no I haven’t. I thought, I can’t let that stand. I said, actually, you’re mistaken. I do not regret it. I wish I hadn’t gotten pregnant. I don’t think it’s this great, exciting chapter of my life that I treasure. But I certainly think that having an abortion was the best thing I could have done in that situation. And I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever, nor am I scarred by the experience. I think it’s really important to assert that. Because the generation of women before us, they could do things like have an abortion or have sex in ways that are conceived as promiscuous, so long as they felt bad about it afterward or have been, like, oh, but what I was really looking for was love. When really it’s — a lot of times what I was really looking for was sex.”

Cheryl Strayed on the balance between claiming responsibility for your actions and apologizing for yourself. This is just a snippet from an interview published in The Millions. I highly recommend reading the entire interview. At least twice. And if you haven’t already, I implore you to read Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl’s collection of Dear Sugar columns from The Rumpus. She is my inspiration/life hero at the moment. Amelia and I went to see her speak a couple of weeks ago and the best thing she said, which has been my mantra ever since, was: “True motherfuckerhood has to do with being humble.” [The Millions]

Hillary Clinton: Stop “Whining” About Not Having It All

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“I can’t stand whining. I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices. … Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs … Other women don’t break a sweat.”

— Da-yum, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Tell us what you really think. Marie Claire asked Clinton about The Atlantic‘s infamous Anne-Marie Slaughter piece “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”; I hope that in the context of the actual piece it doesn’t sound so much like she’s dismissively saying “deal with it.”  I’m certain Clinton knows all about the larger, structural institutionalized sexism and workplace flexibility issues that families face, so I’m not sure why that wasn’t reflected in her response. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Australian Dictionary Fiddles With The Definition Of “Misogyny”

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  • Last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard publicly criticized the leader of the opposition party for his use of sexist language and dismissive attitude towards women, accusing him of “misogyny.” But some people said that misogyny — which means a hatred of women — should not be used interchangeably with the words “sexism,” which was more in line with Gillard’s complaints. But an Australian dictionary did not disagree and has changed the definition of the word “misogny” to include this definition: “entrenched prejudice against women.” (I also rather like this piece on the Guardian in which several women weigh in on the dispute and whether there’s any difference between sexism and misogyny.) [Guardian UK]
  • Meet Justice Bernette Johnson, who is set to become the first black chief justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. [Think Progress]
  • On Apryl Brown (who lost all four limbs because of shady “butt injections) and the age of the fat ass. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Bitch Magazine Kills Caitlin Moran Interview Over “Girls”/Race Tweet

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Caitlin Moran

If you haven’t fallen in love with Caitlin Moran, there is something wrong with your head. Earlier this year, the Times Of London columnist published a brilliant modern-day feminist screed called How To Be A Woman; I literally can’t keep it on my bookshelf for longer than five minutes before another girl friend wants to borrow it. Moran is whipsmart, witty, pro-sex, anti-secrets and utterly unapologetic about being a feminist.

Why, then, would pop culture feminist magazine Bitch refuse to run an interview with her? Keep reading »

Angelina Jolie On Malala Yousafzai, 14-Year-Old Girl Shot By Taliban

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5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
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  • Angelina Jolie has written a piece for The Daily Beast about Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girls’ education activist in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban, and how she discussed it with her children. Angie actually makes a good case for using Malala’s story as a teachable moment to discuss with your kids what a privilege it is to have an education.  [The Daily Beast]
  • CNN’s Candy Crowley is moderating the presidential debate tonight … so cue Rush Limbaugh saying something sexist. [Media Matters]
  • Salon.com’s Irin Carmon on how ballot measures like “fetal personhood amendments” are actually not a very successful way for anti-abortion activists to legislate against reproductive rights. [Salon.com]
  • Rogue Internet group Anonymous has outed the man who harassed Canadian teen Amanda Todd with a topless photo of herself, which led to her committing suicide. [Jezebel]
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