What We Missed.

Tea Partiers freak out on random black dude walking by the rally that works at Ground Zero. Really.

Jill Filipovic and Karol Markowicz debate the “mosque situation.”

Turns out one night stands don’t make you totally lose your ability to be in a relationship. Sometimes casual sex can even lead to a relationship, assuming that is what both people want.

Check out Courtney’s new column at the American Prospect on Michelle Obama.

Two must read take downs of the New York Times Magazine article about 20-somethings not growing up fast enough, one from Amanda Marcotte and one from Dana Goldstein.

First Nations confront violence against women.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/summieshines/ Summer Shelton

    While Courtney’s new column at the American Prospect on Michelle Obama is interesting and raises good questions, it is still projecting Courtney’s view of what/how a woman in her position should behave/act. I am a feminist. Hardcore. I still recognize that she may actually be very happy playing “mom-in-chief”.

    Feldt may feel that “She’s squandering her enormous power to shape public perceptions of who women are and what we can aspire to be”, but Gloria is pushing her own agenda onto what could be a perfectly happy woman of power. It is not unused.

    Michelle Obama, by her grace and elegance, is changing the way that white America wrongly thinks about black women. Her actions, speech and even choice of clothing are breaking down Jezebel stereotypes.

    We feminists need to make sure that we do not push our agenda on others. Just as “we can’t and shouldn’t demand our celebrities come “out” just because we think it would be good for us” (http://feministing.com/2010/08/12/queen-latifah-doesnt-want-to-be-the-gay-rapper/), we cannot demand or push Michelle Obama to do anything that would not feel authentic to her.

  • http://feministing.com/members/zaneta/ Zaneta

    Not sure if you’re borrowing the title of the first post from the actual article, but it’s a little bit of an ouch for me to call the person in the video a “random black dude.” Other than the fact that he seems to be wearing a Puerto Rican flag necklace, there’s no solid indication of his ethnicity. We don’t know how he identifies, and to pretend to is strikingly similar to the mistake the protesters made. I don’t mean to nit pick, but POC would have been so much more appropriate, and would have gotten the “tea-partiers are blatantly racist” message across.

  • http://feministing.com/members/athenia/ athenia

    They should change the NYT article from “Why *won’t* 20-somethings grow up?” to “Why *can’t* 20 somethings grow up?”

    Moving out, marriage, kids, owning your own home all takes $$$$, so why aren’t we having a discussion about that? How much money does it take to do all that and does your typical 20 something have that money? Um, most likely not.

    Also, it seems like it boils down to living with your parents–forget kids, marriage and a house as “adult markers.” Tons of adults aren’t married, have kids or own their own house. But they probably have a job and an apartment, right? So why doesn’t that count as an adult? So, again, this is all about having the $$$ to have your own place when you are 20 something. But no one wants to talk about that, because that would mean talking about wages and nobody wants to talk about that.