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8 Reasons More Women Don’t Write About Sex

8 Reasons More Women Don't Write About Sex

Like many daydreamers, I often think about time periods other than the one I’m currently living in that I would most likely enjoy. I usually settle on the roaring ’20s (it’s easy to get caught up in how cute everyone would look with flapper dresses and bobbed hair). Then I remember, of course, what the ’20s were actually like. Women had only recently secured the right to vote, abortion was illegal, penicillin and birth control were very new, and employment opportunities were still divided into men- and women-only. (Guess who had the less attractive options?)

This little game is just a daydream. Yet it ends up always serving as a reminder that I’m fortunate to be a woman the 21st century. And that’s a reminder I’m ashamed to admit, as a feminist, that I need somewhat often. There are times when being a woman even in 2014 feels disappointing — things should be better, things should have changed more. I’m privileged as an educated white, middle-class woman that these things are as few as they are. But one of the very biggest areas that needs changing is women writing about sex. Keep reading »

People Claims They Won’t Post Paparazzi Photos Of Celebs’ Kids Except When They Feel Like It, Which Is Probably Always

People Claims They Won't Post Paparazzi Photos Of Celebs' Kids Except When They Feel Like It, Which Is Probably Always

Famous parents are finally saying enough is enough when it comes to creepy paparazzi photos of their kids, and People has responded to the request for a change of policy with what is seemingly the most wishy-washy, off-target commentary they could come up with.

The magazine has announced that they will only publish photos of celebrity kids that their parents, in theory, agree to, such as at red carpet events. They claim they will no longer be using paparazzi photos of children, except for occasional “rare exceptions” (read: whenever they feel like it).

Is this response really any better than the magazine just ignoring the issue altogether and shamelessly continuing to fill their pages with Suri Cruise pictures like they always have? Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Blasts New York Times For Gender Bias In Story About Late Night Hosts

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  • “The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!” This is how a New York Times article about Jimmy Fallon’s move to “The Tonight Show” references Handler — albeit in parentheses — in a paragraph with all the other male hosts of late-night. Handler has hosted “Chelsea Lately” for nearly seven years. “What bothered me was that when I was listed in a paragraph with the late-night hosts, I was the only name put in parentheses.,” Handler wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post. “While much of the press has kindly acknowledged my contribution to the late-night landscape I feel over the years, several media outlets have marginalized my presence in the late-night game. I imagined my sustained on-air presence would eventually triumph over any possible gender biases.” What she said. [The Wrap, The Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Ronan Farrow Talks Going To College At 11 On “The Daily Show”

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Ronan's New MSNBC Show Debuts On Monday

This is refreshing: a member of the Farrow family is in the news and it’s not related to the Woody Allen child molestation accusation saga. Ronan Farrow, 26-year-old prodigy and son of Mia and maybe Frank Sinatra, is the host of a new MSNBC talk show, which debuts on Monday. The former Rhodes Scholar, who has logged time at both the United Nations and the Obama administration, will host “Ronan Farrow Daily,” airing at 1 p.m. EST. Last night Ronan hit up “The Daily Show” to discuss his unconventional life story: college at 11, working for the UN at 16, and Yale Law at 18. He’s a little bit more awkward and dorky than I would have thought, but that will add to his charm on his new show, I think? The cable news landscape (not you, Rachel Maddow!) needs all the help it can get, so I for one see smarty-pants Ronan as the freshest breath of air. [The Daily Show]

2014 Report On Women’s Status In U.S. Media Finds Same Shit, Different Day

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  • Pale, male and stale: this continues to be the way the mainstream media looks in 2014. A new report by the Women’s Media Center on the status of women in the U.S. media finds that whether it’s Sunday morning talk show guests, Hollywood directors, or sports reporting, you are probably hearing it from a white dude. You can read all the summarization and analysis of the 2014 report’s findings at the link. [Women's Media Center ]
  • An Iowa subcommittee advanced a bill that would allow women to sue abortion providers if they later regret terminating their pregnancy. [RH Reality Check]
  • Oh for fuck’s sake: the Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County wants to reduce the prosecution of domestic violence because some of them are “silly” and “deserved.” [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

Business Insider Pens Breathlessly Stupid Sex Party Article

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All of a sudden this weekend, a bunch of friends began passing around the same Business Insider article on Facebook, called “A Beautiful House In Brooklyn Is Secretly Being Used For Upscale Sex Parties” by Megan Rose Dickey.

Uh oh, I thought, having read only the headline .

I immediately knew two things. One, I know the house and parties they’re talking about. Some secret. And two, um, what exactly do you mean by  a “beautiful” house is being used for “upscale” sex parties? Keep reading »

New York Times Magazine Comes Up With World’s Most Creative Cover For An Article About Female Politician

Why does the mainstream media have to ask if politicians who are also mothers can “have it all”? We never ask if dads can “have it all”; instead, we presume someone back at home (wife, nanny, second wife) is taking care of the kids and the kids are fine and we do not need to worry about them. But when a mom runs for office — or is up for any other kind of huge role, like CEO — there’s the implication that she’s going to fail in one area of her life because she has too many competing responsibilities. By asking whether she can have it all, we suggest she can’t have “it all.”  There are literally hundreds of other headlines The New York Times Magazine could have used for this article and cover story about Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of Texas as a Democrat. I don’t doubt the Times Magazine article about Davis will be really interesting. I simply wish the  mainstream media reported on male and female politicians more equally. [New York Times Magazine]

Woody Allen May Respond To His Daughter’s Sexual Abuse Accusations In The New York Times

It’s not that I don’t think a human being who is accused of something does not have the right to respond or defend himself But the possibility that Woody Allen may use the New York Times op-ed page to respond to the sexual abuse allegations published on Sunday by his daughter Dylan Farrow is veering into “He Said/She Said” realm that should make us all feel uncomfortable. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

CNN Chyron: "Was A Boy Until Age 18"
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Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until age 18” ran across the screen, insinuating that Mock wasn’t truly a girl or woman until she had genital reconstruction surgery. That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.

Instead of treating the topic of disclosure with the nuance and sensitivity that it deserves, Morgan went straight for the sensational, wanting to know how the various men Mock has dated have reacted when she finally told them about being trans. He treated Mock, her body, and her past as a spectacle, rather than with respect as befitting the lived experiences of a fellow human being. (You can read the transcript here, although Morgan’s responses on Twitter are a better illustration of his blowhard behavior.) Keep reading »

Study: White Men Are Still The Preferred Guest For Sunday Morning Talk Shows

No Women On Panel
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Fox News convenes a panel about the "war on women" ... of men. Read More »
Men Quoted In Media
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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
Women On Front Page?
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Be a male writer or one of the Middleton sisters to get on the UK's front pages. Read More »
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Just in case you were under the assumption “we don’t need feminism anymore”: today brings us an analysis study by Media Matters For America about the demographics of the Sunday morning talk shows during 2013.

You’ll be shocked, shocked to know that white men are still the most common guests for seven of the shows studied. Keep reading »

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