What We Missed

A new report describes just how bad the sexism is in British media. It’s really freaking bad.

Moms in Texas staged a nurse-in at a Target after a woman was threatened with a ticket for breastfeeding in the store.

In the alternate universe where Newt Gingrich is a viable candidate for anything, he would ban abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

And finally, because every day should end with furry marsupials, friend of the site Anna Holmes just got back from Australia, where she visited a wombat orphanage. Yeah, you read that right, a wombat orphanage. Enjoy.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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

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  • http://feministing.com/members/tashabunny/ natasha

    I want to start off by saying I’m pro-choice, and am not trying to argue against pro-choice values or defend Newt Gingrich at all. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve been wondering about the ways feminists and liberals have argued against anti-choice conservative politics. Here, when it mentions Gingrich’s stance of being against abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, it seems to imply it’s more deplorable because of the rape and incest non exception. However, I’ve also heard anti-choice politicians attacked for the rape and incest exception they support, because to them, it’s not about life, but punishing women for their sex lives. I think I’ve seen both of these arguments on this site as well as others with a liberal and feminist slant.

    I get that we’re not all the same, and there are many here who would fall into one line of thinking or another. I understand the reasons for both of these opinions, but I wonder, does Feministing have a specific stance on this? Do the readers? I find myself in the middle of the road on this, because the rape/incest exceptions do imply the idea of punitive control over a woman’s sexual activity, and the rape/’incest non exceptions seem cruel and traumatizing. Then again, an unwanted pregnancy is traumatizing no matter the circumstances, so I think I lean toward the latter. Would anyone like to talk about this paradox? I think it may make a great post here. Anyway, this is just something I’ve been wondering about. Obviously all anti-choice politics are a problem regardless.

  • http://feministing.com/members/tashabunny/ natasha

    I want to start off by saying I’m pro-choice, and am not trying to argue against pro-choice values or defend Newt Gingrich at all. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve been wondering about the ways feminists and liberals have argued against anti-choice conservative politics. Here, when it mentions Gingrich’s stance of being against abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, it seems to imply it’s more deplorable because of the rape and incest non exception. However, I’ve also heard anti-choice politicians attacked for the rape and incest exception they support, because to them, it’s not about life, but punishing women for their sex lives. I think I’ve seen both of these arguments on this site as well as others with a liberal and feminist slant.

    I get that we’re not all the same, and there are many here who would fall into one line of thinking or another. I understand the reasons for both of these opinions, but I wonder, does Feministing have a specific stance on this? Do the readers? I find myself in the middle of the road on this, because the rape/incest exceptions do imply the idea of punitive control over a woman’s sexual activity, and the rape/’incest non exceptions seem cruel and traumatizing. Then again, an unwanted pregnancy is traumatizing no matter the circumstances, so I think I lean toward the former. Would anyone like to talk about this paradox? I think it may make a great post here. Anyway, this is just something I’ve been wondering about. Obviously all anti-choice politics are a problem regardless.

  • http://feministing.com/members/skjaere/ Molly Driftwood

    I am so grossed out by this that I just had to share, so that I am not alone in my horror:

    http://news.yahoo.com/slim-kids-higher-marks-says-french-diet-guru-200540593.html