Some colleges—including all SUNY campuses—are shifting the definition of consensual sex to “yes means yes.” How will it play out, and will it be better and safer for everyone?
I was on the radio this morning.
"For as long as there’s been a mainstream feminist movement, there have been corporations eager to capitalize on women’s desire for empowerment. And simply saying men and women should be treated equally isn’t the slightest bit risky in an era when the economy demands that nearly all women work outside the home and the biggest pop stars in America embrace the term feminist. But empowerment conferences are less a product of this friendly brand of modern feminism than they are the result of changing media business models and the rise of superficial corporate do-gooderism. Consumers are so wary of traditional advertising that one of the only ways for brands to make an end-run around skepticism is to claim, “Hey, we’re doing some good here.” As Unilever has learned with all the free press its “body-positive” Dove ads have gotten, women’s empowerment is a great theme for conscientious advertising — Bitch Magazine co-founder Andi Zeisler calls it “empowertising.” You-go-girl ads appeal to a broad demographic, but unlike championing, say, stricter environmental regulation, they put the onus for change on women themselves, not corporations or society."
What Good Is a ‘Powerful Women’ Conference? - NYmag.com
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"You should listen if: You did not peak in high school, you might consider yourself a bad feminist, and you own a listening device. Seriously, this is a Big Important Podcast, and if you don’t like it, you should fear immolation in Beyoncé’s feminist fire."
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Last night’s RADAR Productions panel at LitQuake in San Francisco (Photo by Jessica McCarthy.)
I read about the power of 29 and shine theory. Thomas read from his excellent new book, and about boxing. Mari showed slides of her comics and narrated them in real time. It was great.
Caitlin Moran interviewing Courtney Love in 1992 = peak Gen X white feminism?
"It would be too easy to label “How to Build a Girl” a coming-of-age novel. While Moran does chronicle the emotional firsts and dramatic assertions of independence most of us associate with our teenage years, she also understands that, especially if you are a girl of limited financial and cultural means, you don’t “come of age,” gliding toward a true, adult version of yourself. Identity isn’t something you age into. You have to construct your adult self with the resources at your disposal, pausing occasionally to assess your progress and sometimes tearing it down to start again."
About a Girl - The New York Times Book Review
We answer your burning questions about annoying coworkers, when to confront a long distance bestie who’s let you down, and tips for surviving high school. Can women still love football? Can pulling out be sexy? What if it’s a tampon? Plus, Chanel “empowertising" on the runway and why Karl Lagerfeld is evil.
Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Roxane Polvin - I’m Too Sexy
Caribou - Silver
Lorde - Team (Autograf remix)
Clean Bandit ft Jess Gwynne - Rather Be
The Chainsmokers - KANYE (Kasum remix)
Call Your Girlfriend (Hannah Rad edit)