Young and In Debt. What’s New?

Check out yesterday’s article from the Village Voice, “Superwoman 2.0”, which discusses the economic struggles that that our generation has to endure as young women in American society.
There is also another article on this issue on the generation debt that is specifically directed towards men, “I, Breadwinner?”, which deals with young lads’ own economic conflicts that can arise.
Interesting articles, but I was a bit disappointed with the heteronormative/nuclear family vibe.
I’m curious to know what y’all think, so feel free to comment…

Check out yesterday’s article from the Village Voice, “Superwoman 2.0”, which discusses the economic struggles that that our generation has to endure as young women in American society.
There is also another article on this ...

Some Good News for Holiday Travelers

As an update to my post earlier this month on complaints being made by women being violated and humiliated during patdowns in airports, it looks like some action has finally been taken.
NBC11.com reported yesterday that the government has modified screening procedures for female passengers, prohibiting security to feel in between their breasts, which they were formerly allowed to do. Now they are only authorized to check the perimeter of the chest, backside and stomach.
So is this a good change? Sure. Will women no longer feel invaded during airport screenings? Eh, I don’t know about that. Let’s hope this is just a start.

As an update to my post earlier this month on complaints being made by women being violated and humiliated during patdowns in airports, it looks like some action has finally been taken.
NBC11.com

Fuck the Homeless, Ye Shall Have Fake Tits!

It looks like the conservative radio giant, Clear Channel Communications, has shifted their focus from their pro-war antics to another target: insecure young women.
Titling their new enhancement program, “The Breast Christmas Ever”, they are running a number of contests on their radio stations where young women send in letters and pictures, hoping to be the lucky winner to get breast implants for the holiday, reports CBS News. The listeners vote, ultimately deciding which woman “deserves” it the most. They apparently claim it a “noble cosmetic self-help exercise” that saves young women’s self-esteem. Give me a fucking break.
The contests also require the lucky winners to send in “before and after” pictures of themselves (one station insisted they ...

It looks like the conservative radio giant, Clear Channel Communications, has shifted their focus from their pro-war antics to another target: insecure young women.
Titling their new enhancement program, “The Breast Christmas Ever”, they are running a ...

Because Social Security Matters & Privatization Isn’t the Answer

Reuters reports that things aren’t looking good for Bush’s social security plan. In case you haven’t been following, his plan allows workers to divert a portion of their retirement contributions into an individual investment account. Sound good? Think again…
Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive platform of labor, minority and women’s organizations explains that, “Bush’s plan [would] dismantle America’s most successful social protection and anti-poverty program.” Why? Heidi Hartmann of the National Council of Women’s Organizations explains that, “Social Security is critical to women, because it offers lifetime guaranteed benefits, higher returns for low-earning workers, cost-of-living adjustments and spousal benefits for widows ...

Reuters reports that things aren’t looking good for Bush’s social security plan. In case you haven’t been following, his plan allows workers to divert a portion of their retirement contributions into an individual investment ...

Have a scary, scary Christmas


If you want to scare the shit out of someone this holiday season, give them the gift of misogyny. And not just any old misogyny—it’s girl-on-girl hating! Sweet…
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute has put out a Great American Conservative Women 2005 calendar. Let’s just take that in for a minute, shall we?
Rebecca Traister at Salon covered this more than disturbing pictorial, which she thinks may be inspired by last year’s Babes Against Bush calendar.
And who are our lovely conservative calendar girls? Among others, the calendar features Christina Hoff Sommers (of “The War Against Boys”); Dr. Laura Schlesinger (“I deeply disdain the feminists for what ...


If you want to scare the shit out of someone this holiday season, give them the gift of misogyny. And not just any old misogyny—it’s girl-on-girl hating! Sweet…
The Clare Boothe ...

Female take on the Bible

UPI reported yesterday on Marek Halter, who is publishing a “Feminine bible” trilogy of novels.
Halter, who is described as a “French-Polish writer, peace activist and Holocaust survivor,” wants to give biblical women their due through his three books, Sarah, Zipporah, and Lilah.
That’s right, Halter is a man. In the article Halter says that he sometime had difficulty writing from a woman’s point of view, but relied on daughters of friends for insight into the female mind.
So should Halter’s sex matter in his effort to give more recognition to the women in the Bible? Should his politics matter? (Fadela Amara, a French-Arab feminist, calls Halter a leader in the French anti-discrimination struggle.) Just ...

UPI reported yesterday on Marek Halter, who is publishing a “Feminine bible” trilogy of novels.
Halter, who is described as a “French-Polish writer, peace activist and Holocaust survivor,” wants to give biblical women their due ...

Women’s Review of Books shut down

Wellesley College’s Women’s Review of Books will stop being published after the end of the year. Sad!
The Women’s Review was a journal on fiction and nonfiction writings by and about women, and had been around for 21 years
Susan Bailey, the executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women said of the publication: “It’s very sad…because it is one of the last publications of its kind, focusing on women’s writing and women’s voices, reviewing books by large publishers as well as smaller presses, and providing opportunities for intellectual experiences and exchanges in a setting where women’s voices were at the center.”
Author and sometimes-reviewer for the journal, E.J. Graff added that “it was one ...

Wellesley College’s Women’s Review of Books will stop being published after the end of the year. Sad!
The Women’s Review was a journal on fiction and nonfiction writings by and about women, ...

“I had an abortion” shirt debate rages on


Bitch magazine is taking on the much debated shirt that declares, “I had an abortion.”
Given the recent craziness over Frances Kissling’s article on the value of the fetus and revelations that the Dems are considering a “big tent” approach on abortion, continuing this discussion is more important than ever.
For me, I understand that appealing to more moderate pro-choicers is important. But in terms of political strategy, watering down our message on choice has the potential to leave us seriously vulnerable. Thoughts?
Via Mouse Words.
UPDATE: Also check out Kameron’s (of Brutal Women) take on the issue at Alas, a Blog.

Bitch magazine is taking on the much debated shirt that declares, “I had an abortion.”
Given the recent craziness over Frances Kissling’s article on the value of the fetus and revelations ...
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