- Dr. Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, is supporting President Obama’s plans to improve America’s dismal math and science rankings and she’s zeroing in on the cultural expectations we have for girls. Dr. Ride recalled a recent science expo she attended where the mom of a 12-year-old girl made a big fuss over her daughter’s interest in science, as if it were so unusual. “[The mom] was saying, ‘I don’t know where she got this, she’s so different from everyone else,’” Dr. Ride explained. Girls “internalize the message that scientists are geeky-looking guys with labcoats and pocket protectors who never see the light of day.” She added that ages 10 through 12 are a vital time to prevent girls from getting discouraged from pursuing math or science in higher education. [New York Times]—Even though Barbie says “Math is hard!” researchers say girls can handle it.
- … but it certainly doesn’t help that a science blogger noticed that Toys R Us sells microscopes and telescopes marketed to little girls (pink, of course!) that are less powerful than the black or red microscopes marketed to little boys. Are you serious, people? [ScienceBlogs.com]
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- Power to the lady boomers! In the first nine months of 2009, women ages 43 to 61 were the single biggest book buyers, followed by women ages 20 to 30. There’s bad news, though: the crappy economy has led 68 percent of women surveyed to cut their book purchases, meaning all your writer friends are probably poor. [Publisher's Weekly]
- For a book author Sarah Palin isn’t doing too shabby: Going Rogue has sold over one million copies. Palin’s tour for Going Rogue recently wrapped up with a book signing in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. [Alaska Daily News]
- The Washington Post is still fixated on the 2008 election and why younger women didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Um, because we liked Barack Obama (or John McCain) better?[Washington Post]
“I think it’s important for girls to feel that it’s okay to be open and as explicit as they feel they need to be, and not feel like they need to live up to any man’s Madonna/whore standards of what a woman should be. When guys say they want a lady in the streets but a freak in the bed, OK, that’s cool. But you know what? Then you’re not man enough for me, because any man who’s gonna date me has to know I’m gonna be me all the f**king time.”
- The ’70s had Mary Tyler Moore. The ’80s had Murphy Brown. The ’90s had Ellen. And the aughties have Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex & The City,” writes Naomi Wolf. [Guardian UK]
- “If I see a floral print or pastel dress in my closet, I think: ‘Ugh, gross! I don’t want to wear that,’” a woman tells The New York Times Style section. “Anything more girly, I just see as weak. It’s not cool to be demure.” Thoughts? [NYT]
- Remember how the U.S. Army said it was court marshaling soldiers who got pregnant? They’ve scrapped that proposed policy after women’s groups complained. Apparently four female soldiers already got in trouble, though. [Reuters]
There’s something comfortable and familiar about chain bookstores, like Borders and Barnes & Noble: The vanilla latte always tastes the same, the photography books are always near the fashion books, and there are always comfy chairs. I’ve probably spent thousands of dollars at chain bookstores and I spent many a weekend during my high school years at their poetry nights.
But the bookstore most dear to my heart is a tiny little place called Bloodroot, half vegetarian restaurant and half feminist bookstore. My brother-in-law took me to Bloodroot when I was a teenager and it became a part of my identity. I came of age in the late ’90s and early aughties, when Britney Spears slithered around onstage and suburban kids wore Playboy bunny T-shirts to school, which, don’t get me wrong, is all enjoyable, yet nauseating after a while.
Luckily, the bookstore at Bloodroot proved to be a godsend for the feminists and freaks and gay kids who were trapped in the suburbs until graduation. We could have something we didn’t have anywhere else: a community. Keep reading »
- Yesterday a judge in Wichita, KS, ruled on the “necessity defense,” which anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder has tried to use to justify murdering Dr. George Tiller, who performed abortions. The judge said he would allow limited use of the “necessity defense,” which means Roeder’s lawyers can present evidence and argue that Roeder killed Tiller because he honestly believed he was saving the lives of unborn babies. That means, hypothetically, a jury could find Roeder guilty of manslaughter, but not premeditated murder. [Kansas.com]
- DoubleX rounded up the most memorable moments for feminists this decade, starting with the Britney Spears’ “Oops…I Did It Again” video back in May 2000. [DoubleX]
- Recent data from the Centers For Disease Control says that in 2007, the teen birth rate rose for the second year in a row. Births to moms ages 15 to 19 rose one percent between ’06-’07 and five percent between ’05-’07. Well, good job, abstinence-only sex ed. Thankfully, Congress recently allocated money to comprehensive sex ed, so teenagers will actually be educated about how their fun parts work! [NY Daily News]
- “Sex and the City”‘s Cynthia Nixon is speaking out for abortion rights in light of the restrictive Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the House health care reform bill and the Nelson-Hatch Amendment in the Senate’s bill. Nixon recently told CNN.com: “My mother had an illegal abortion pre-1973, and it’s something that I would never want to face or want my daughter to be facing or any of her friends. Abortion is a right I feel must not go away, and I feel like people aren’t mobilizing so much because it’s so complicated and it’s difficult to understand.” [CNN]
One has a little boy telling Santa he wants “Peace on Earth, an end to war and some nude pics of Palin” (after the jump); the other pictures Palin dressed as a scantily clad Mrs. Claus in high heels and a bustier.
You know what I want for Christmas? I’d like an attractive female politician to run for office without everyone treating her like a bunny from the Playboy Mansion. Might that be possible? Keep reading »
- Ick, ick, ick: a plastic surgeon’s office in Connecticut had its license suspended after the discovery of egregious health violations, including MOUSE POOP on the surgery tools. Dr. Teresita Mascardo’s Plastic Surgery Center had nine violations including re-sealed one-use instruments with bodily fluids on them and an unlicensed anesthesiologist. Yet another reason to be skeezed out by plastic surgery (as if leaky boob jobs weren’t enough!). [ABC News]
- An Oklahoma judge could decide today on scary legislation that would require physicians to post details about abortions online. Doctors would be forced to post online a woman’s age, race, marital status and years of education, among other details, and opponents of the law say that info steps over the bounds of protecting women’s privacy. Explained Wanda Jo Stapleton, who brought a lawsuit against the state, “Nosy neighbors with some effort could identify or, even worse, misidentify these women who answer these questions.” [CNN]