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The Soapbox: Since When Is Wanting An Intellectually Equal Partner “Elitist”?

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I am fan of GOOD’s dating dealbreaker series (eerily similar to ours, but whatever) because I think it does a good job of looking back on past failed relationships and identifying the reason(s)  things just didn’t work out. Sometimes these dealbreakers can seem insignificant on the surface, but actual indicate a larger problem; other times these dealbreakers are glaringly obvious compatibility flaws. Even if the specific story does not resonate with readers, the larger problems are often relatable. GOOD writer Melissa Jeltsen’s dealbreaker, according to the headline on her piece? “He Didn’t Go To College.” This made her an “obnoxious, pseudo intellectual elitist” in the words of Feministe writer Caperton.

I found Jeltsen’s story about breaking up with someone because he was not her intellectual equal to be nuanced, compelling, thoughtful, and self-reflective. Feministe’s takedown, on the other hand, while raising one or two decent points, was disproportionately nasty in tone. Yes, the title of her piece was somewhat simplistic, but it was eye-catching and likely written by her editor, as most headlines are. However, Jeltsen’s piece was about more than just breaking up with her boyfriend because he didn’t go to college. She writes that despite having a “deep and easy” connection with Duke, the boyfriend in question, she was not intellectually stimulated by him. Keep reading »

Swedish Women Put Down Their Razors, “Take The Hair Back”

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It all started–as many revolutions do–with a school librarian. Lina Ehrin, a 32-year-old librarian from central Sweden, was in the audience of a national Swedish singing contest when TV cameras captured a shot of her cheering wildly with her arms raised–armpit hair clearly exposed. A fan of the show posted a screengrab of Lina on Facebook, which quickly racked up thousands of angry comments declaring Lina dirty, ugly, and disgusting for choosing not to shave her pits. To combat the hate, a group of young activists created a Facebook event page called Ta Håret Tillbaka! (Take the Hair Back!), where people could voice their support for Lina and post photos of their own body hair. With over 15,000 members and hundreds of photos shared, the movement is quickly gaining momentum. Lina, for one, is shocked at the attention: “I mean, there are wars going on in the world, yet crazy people are sitting here commenting on this … I can’t believe a little bit of hair on a woman is such a big thing.”

So, what do you think of this personal grooming drama? Do you shave your armpits? How often?  Would you ever put down your razor to make a statement? [Vice]

OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

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  • An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim’s mother Rhonda, the doctor said, “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs.” And guess what! It is perfectly legal for this doctor to do this in the state of Oklahoma because it has a so-called “conscience clause.” This poor rape victim and her mom had to travel to another hospital to get EC and prevent an unwanted pregnancy from rape. This is embarrassing, Oklahoma. [Think Progress]
  • Washington state’s same-sex marriage law will be voted on in a November referendum, after opponents of marriage equality have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballet. In the meantime, the measure to allow civil marriage will sit in limbo. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked By Senate Republicans

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  • Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in a 52-47 vote through a filibuster. Bummer, dudes. The bill would have strengthened the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and tightened up some loopholes in pay inequity. [Think Progress]
  • Doctors are speaking out against anti-abortion activists’ claims that Plan B can cause an “abortion” by blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. Plenty of politicians, including Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmman, have referred to the morning-after pill as “abortive pills” or “morning-after abortion pills.” Just because you keep repeating something doesn’t mean it is medically true, guys! [New York Times]
  • Also, Representative Cliff Stearns of Florida has suggested criminal punishments for women who have abortions. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • A Republican campaign spokesman in New York who suggested in a Facebook wall post that people “hurl some acid” on female Democratic senators has resigned. [The Nation]
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Encourage Your Senators To Support The Paycheck Fairness Act!

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  • Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Simply put, equal pay is the reason that Peggy Olson would not get paid less than Michael Ginsberg just because she’s a woman. And that goes the same for you and the dude sitting in the cubicle across from you. Urge your senators to vote in support of the PFA — find out how to contact them at the link! [Feministing]
  • Boston photographer Glenford Nunez capturing black women’s natural hair in a cool new endeavor called “The Coiffure Project.” [Uptown Magazine]
  • The Vatican denounced an American nun who wrote a book about Christian sexual ethics, which included acceptance of same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Republican Rep.’s Spokesman: “Hurl Some Acid” On Female Democratic Senators

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  • The campaign spokesperson for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), a guy named Jay Townsend, wrote a Facebook message about senators who support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but paid their male staffers more than their female staffers.  Townsend wrote, “Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” It never fails to shock me how dumb people in politics can be when it comes to writing Facebook comments. [Raw Story]
  • This teen girl is smarter than us all: Snigdha Nandipai, 14, from California, won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee on the word “guetapens.” [MSNBC]
  • North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a bill that will grant reparations of $50,000 to poor women and women of color who were forcibly sterilized between 1929 and 1974. [Jezebel]
  • A New Mexico health official said she was asked by the governor to resign after she gave a TV interview and said teenagers should use condoms to prevent the spread of STDs. Go ahead and keep your head in the sand, New Mexico, and hope your teens don’t get herpes. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »
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