What We Missed

Lisa Wade of Sociological Images on “the promise and perils of hook-up cultures.”

Starting next week, Planned Parenthood Indiana will have to drop its Medicaid patients, thanks to Governor Mitch Daniels’ efforts to de-fund them.

At ColorLines, Rinku Sen weighs in on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart case.

Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Bachmann have signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Pro-life Presidential Leadership” pledge, promising to appoint anti-abortion judges and cabinet members, to defund Planned Parenthood and to sign a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks.

At BloggingHeads, Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family, and Amy Sullivan of TIME discuss anti-Muslim politics.

Do you have “a passionate interest in the ways new media has changed the landscape of sexuality, relationships and feminism”? If so, you should apply to present at MOMENTUM.

New blog alert: No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz?

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • davenj

    There are several problems with the ColorLines article on Dukes V. Wal-Mart. First, it gets the decision itself wrong. The decision against this class-action lawsuit, and the kind that the article later seems to advocate for, was unanimous. It was 9-0. The 5-4 split was on whether class-action suits can target instances like gender imbalance in a company’s corporate structure.

    However, the danger of legislating implicit bias is very tricky. There are many implicit biases that operate in tandem, and acting on one without others is as difficult as unpacking any instance of intersectionality. While we may argue that structures should change, we need to advocate for this socially, through social pressures and education, because legislating against one type of implicit bias (say, gender), but not another (say, height) is, in and of itself, an act of implicit bias for which, under this notion, we would all be culpable.