What Orange is the New Black‘s Pennsatucky’s dental health says about class. [Bitch]
The history of the sex education film. [Alternet]
Most women have periods at some stage, so why are we so afraid to talk about them? [The Lifted Brow]
There should be a Bechdel test for mothers in kid’s movies: “Show me an animated kids’ movie that has a named mother in it who lives until the credits roll.” And when mothers are present, they act as a sort of Manic Pixie Dream Mum, paving the way for the main characters—and their fathers—to carry out the rest of the narrative. [The Atlantic]
Duke porn star Belle Knox writes about her experience being slut-shamed from within the industry she works. [Jezebel]
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I’ve probably linked to this before, but in the week Beyonce secretly releases her musical (and video!) feminist manifesto, unpacking her views on women’s equality—and our views on her—seems particularly pertinent. [Bitch]
But can we really take advice about sticking it to beauty ideals from a woman who chucked a tanty over unflattering SuperBowl photos and curates her Instagram feed to within an inch of its life? [Double X]
In defence of the single girl. [Double X]
On being a “bad feminist”. [The Virginia Quarterly Review]
How can we expect abortion ban exemptions for rape when so many rapes are deemed deserved in the first place? [The Atlantic]
Yet more musings about American Horror Story: Coven and its uncomfortable attitudes about race: is it all about white guilt? [In These Times]
I wanted to cut and paste the whole paragraph on Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”, sexual and creative agency and slut-shaming, but since it’s a lengthy portion of the article, head on over and check the whole thing out for yourself: “‘Slut-Shaming’ Has Been Tossed Around So Much It’s Lost All Meaning”. [Jezebel]
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Why does Mindy only date white guys on The Mindy Project? [Jezebel]
The onscreen virginity trend. [Daily Life]
Fuck the friend zone; what about when guys you have a purely platonic interested in put you in the “girlfriend zone”? [Insert Literary Reference]
On masturbation and shame:
“In The Ethical Slut, perhaps the best-known ‘catechism’ of progressive sexual morality, Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy make the case that ‘the fundamental sexual unit is one person; adding more people to that unit may be intimate, fun, and companionable, but it does not complete anybody.’ Masturbation matters, they argue, not merely because it helps you learn what you want sexually from a partner, but because it helps bring ‘your locus of control into yourself.'” [The Atlantic]
Racism isn’t about being impolite. [New Matilda]
James Franco defends Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. [Vice]
The “skank flank”: what happens when you get a tattoo and are automatically deemed a slut. [Bust]
An ode to Barbara Walters. [The Cut]
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