I didn’t realise I did so much reading this week, but the links below have proved me wrong. But it’s not even a drop in the ocean of the reading I still have left… Alas.
“… At what point along the line did we all decide that… what you weigh is the sum total of who you are?” [MamaMia]
11 ways to avoid being sexually assaulted. Remember, ladies: the onus is on you:
“Your default consent is ‘Yes’ until you say ‘No’. Not being able to say ‘No’, or not being able to remember if you said ‘No’, count as ‘Yes’. Saying ‘No’ also means ‘Yes’.” [Jezebel]
“Do Movie Characters Exist in a World Without Movie Stars?” [Sam Downing]
“Carbon Sunday”, as it has come to be known, “was a good day for Julia Gillard. It was the first good day she has had for a long time. She was strong, decisive and she was doing something really important. She looked like her old self. She was sure of what she was doing…. [That day] she really look[ed] like the Prime Minister because she ha[d] actually done something.” [MamaMia]
In other Prime Minister-related news, if you missed the profile on Gillard in The Weekend Australian a few weeks ago, here’s Sam Dusevic’s take on “Ju-Liar” “Gill-Hard Left’s” first year:
“I think she’s done nothing in her first year to foreclose on her ability in the next year to show authority which she inherently has the capability of showing,” Greens senator Bob Brown has said.
That was, until Sunday!
In praise of sleep. [Girl with a Satchel]
The shock jock. [Sydney Morning Herald]
Rachel Rabbit White on SlutWalk:
“Quiet Riot Girl (feminist blogger)… says ‘So some feminists believe all and any unsolicited /unwanted attention of women by men is “harassment”. Men have to wait to be asked/told to pay a woman any attention at all? Basically the Slutwalks are slutshaming hetero men.’
“How are men supposed to hit on women in public, talk to them or even ogle them? Because surely, ladies, we aren’t saying when we go out in a hot outfit we don’t want to be seen, or talked to by anyone.”
Confessions of a Cosmopolitan sex fact-checker. [Slate]
On the News of the World closure:
“It appears modern man fears media more than God.” [Girl with a Satchel]
To shave your pubes for cervical cancer, or not to shave your pubes for cervical cancer? That is the question that MamaMia and Jezebel are asking.
In defence of friendships with girls. [Persephone Magazine]
Do tradies get the short end of the street when it comes to cat-calling women on the street? [Bitch Magazine]
There’s more to Katie Price aka Jordan than meets the eye. [MamaMia]
“Period etiquette.” [Jezebel]
“The Myth of the Perfect Smile.” [Jezebel]
“Is Blake Lively America’s frenemy? Is she the Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids to our national Kristen Wiig? … If she wants to broaden her appeal, she should try holding a kitten next time,” instead of more nude pics. [Grantland]
What is feminism? [The Ch!cktionary]
You know how some people get really depressed in winter? My mum is one of them. Well, it has been revealed that some people get really depressed in summer. I’m one of them. [Jezebel]
The “War of Words” we face when we put ourselves out there. [The Australian]
What do Lady Gaga and late night comedienne Chelsea Handler have in common? [Jezebel]
“Rolling in the Deep” dates. How listening to Adele could get you more dates. [Jezebel]
The “undermining of feminist sensibilities” in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. [Bitch Magazine]
“The Mental Burden of a Lower-Class Background.” [Jezebel]
What fascinates us so much about “The Murderous Side of Motherhood”?:
“But in some way, doesn’t the fact that a child is a mother’s ‘own flesh and blood’ mean that a primal part of us, as humans, understands the act of killing a child? Because if a child is made of your own flesh, then it is a part of you. An extension of yourself. Under your control. Operating under your agency, existing because you created it, and therefore yours to govern, manipulate, command, discipline, punish—and destroy.” [Jezebel]
“Celebrity Culture Makes Young Women Dumb.” [Jezebel]
Do plus-sized models encourage obesity? Velvet d’Amour, a plus-sized model herself, sets the record straight. [Frockwriter]
In the same vein, why are plus-sized models fetishised? [Jezebel]
Images via Jezebel, Kiss Me on the Lips, Frockwriter.