What We Missed

The Ms. Foundation asks, “What happens when poor women are denied access to safe abortions?” And David Crary’s got a frightening exclusive about the FBI investigation into the newest and strangest anti-choice tactic.

Liliana Segura wonders what it would have been like had President Obama mentioned prisons in last night’s SOTU.

The always smart Dana Goldstein on TFA founder Wendy Kopp.

Ileana on reclaiming her mother tongue.

My girl, Emily Abt, on what gets her up in the morning: “My love of visual storytelling and a never-ending supply of curiosity about people.”

Mama Spanx. Seriously?

Strategic partners at annual World Economic Forum meeting must bring one woman in every five senior executives. And check out this awesome profile of social entrepreneur Priya Haji, a Young Global Leader in Davos.

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to get Amy Chua, author of the super controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, to admit that she was humbled by her 13-year-old daughter. Or, um, let her drop the violin and play tennis instead. Blech.

Last, but not least, happy birthday to the incredible Angela Davis, who said, among other amazing things, “Radical simply means grasping things at the root.”

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10 Comments

  1. Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I work at a maternity store that sells the Spanx. The belly isn’t compressed, and I really don’t see the big deal. Let’s attack the idea of shapewear in general, not specifically for pregnant women. I personally don’t see what’s wrong with a woman, pregnant or not, doing what they want to make themselves feel good and to feel pretty. Isn’t the third wave movement all about choice?

  2. Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Uh, Colbert didn’t get Chua to admit anything – that’s a line from the front cover of her book. She mentions this .

  3. Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    There has not been much coverage of this in the US but there was a lineswoman at a Premier League football game this weekend. A couple of TV commentators voiced their disapproval off-air but they were mic-ed and the recording was made public. One of them has now been sacked.

  4. Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Have you read “the battle hymn of the tiger mother” ? Really I expected more from feministing than this post

    • Posted January 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Why? I have no idea why it’s getting so much attention. My friends and I discussed her WSJ article (we are all Chinese and were raised by Chinese mothers) and we agreed that it was ridiculous. It’s like the father in Dead Poets Society.

      One point I disagree with what she’s saying is when she talks about how parents do this only because they care so much. That is true, but only to an extent. Parents, especially Chinese parents, also care deeply about saving face and their own reputation. Having children who are “subpar” is shameful to themselves, so one can argue this sort of parenting is driven reasons independent from the child as well.

      • Posted January 30, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

        It’s getting press for four reasons:

        1) Some Asian kids see it her way, and to them, she is a break from the negative press this kind of strict parenting gets.

        2) Some white people want to use it as ammunition against the perceived “everyone gets an A” educational climate.

        3) When this kind of parenting fails, it fails hard and noticeably.

        4) Pointless cultural obsession with “perfect parenting.”

  5. Posted January 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Yes Mama Spanx seriously. There are all kinds of very good reasons why a woman might want to hide pregnancy for some time, not the least of which are possible termination of employment.

  6. Posted January 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They’re bringing back Maternity Girdles ( I saw in BUST)?? Damn, I thought that pregnancy was the onetime a gal can let it all hang out without being nagged for having lotta flab and fat.
    Damn, Amy Chua is going down! Why she gotta be pissy at a little girl’s handmade card?

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