“In the Coast Guard, a rapist is “clumsy or stupid”; a rape victim is “not able to fully accommodate to the stresses and frustrations of ordinary service life.” The result is that a rapist is excused for making a mistake, while a victim is sidelined with a career-ending mental disorder. Or as Bertzikis puts it: “I was told I was having problems adjusting to being raped.””
— In the Coast Guard, sexual assault reports get washed away.
3:00 pm • 2 July 2013
“Every new headline and news story about him reminds reporters and bloggers that we exist, and the cycle starts all over. There will be a new flare-up of jokes, inaccurate statements and hurtful remarks.”
— The women sexted by Anthony Weiner talk back.
3:27 pm • 24 June 2013
“As a teenager, my relationship to naked men could best be described as “bystander,” not “active participant.” While my male peers were getting together to flip through Playboy magazines and, later, shoot porn videos to each other over AOL Instant Messenger, I was cut off from those male networks of sexual imagery. The pathway for discovering and consuming female nudity was ingrained in the adolescent male experience, but girls had no such network for viewing sexy images. When we did see them, we were positioned to think about ourselves in front of the camera, not behind it; when we watched porn, men watched us. In the just-released Titanic, Jack drew Rose in the nude, not the other way around.”
— I wrote about growing up in an age before Tumblr porn.
1:16 pm • 21 June 2013
“I find the ladymags’ defensiveness about this as disheartening as the trend itself. “Serious journalism” also requires a serious conversation about how to get better.”
— Megan Greenwell
(Source: Slate, via megangreenwell)
5:41 pm • 20 June 2013
“The women’s magazine problem is not just a perception issue. “Serious journalism” defies definition, but a publication’s investment in storytelling—the time, money, and pages it devotes to narrative—is measurable. I’m not privy to the budget breakdowns of these magazines, but it’s not difficult to discern the editorial investment in a story just by reading it. And even the pieces that have been heralded this week as “the very best” of women’s magazines could invest a lot more.”
— Why women’s magazines are not as “serious” as they could be.
10:34 am • 20 June 2013
“A female reader once sent in this giant collage starring Cathy, from the comic strip.”
— A former Playgirl editor on the strangest mail she ever got.
2:55 pm • 16 June 2013
“You’d think that “leader” would be a defining characteristic for any politician, but only 39 percent of people described female politicians with that term; 93 percent of them described male politicians that way. Women in politics were, however, more likely to be described as “uptight” and “dictatorial.””
— The strange stereotypes we hold about women in politics.
11:41 am • 15 June 2013