What We Missed

I appreciate the New York Times pointing out that women hold multiple higher offices in New Hampshire, but I don’t know why they had to keep mentioning the color pink.

Speaking of the New York Times, what is this should women wear makeup Room for Debate bull? And why the hell does the founder of the rape apologist org The Good Men Project get to write about how hot his wife is naked? If the NYT is just trying to stir controversy with their poor editorial choices I understand, but if they’re still trying to be a leader in quality reporting? Fail.

“I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds.” Rep. Peter King (R-NY).

House Republicans also kept the Violence Against Women Act from passing in 2012, which means funding cuts for programs all over the country.

You may want to hop off that treadmill and rethink your New Year’s resolutions. A new study suggests that people considered “overweight” live longer.


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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/rachelsetzer/ Rachel Setzer

    You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read that piece in the NYT about fat people not automatically dying as soon as they become fat. I was so shocked that a paper that people read would publish that! Maybe the tide is turning and being fat is no longer a crime?

  • http://feministing.com/members/moondustrbc/ Ruthie

    While I don’t think that BMI is the be-all, end-all indicator of health, that study by Flegal has so many problems that it’s pretty much useless. Focusing on mortality rate alone and not accounting for various confounding variables allows her to paint a very misleading picture. For example, due to various illnesses (eg, cancer), many older people both lose weight and die earlier. So it’s not that the extra weight is “protective”; it’s that lower BMI is often symptomatic of a potentially fatal illness. This mistake is compounded by the fact that she groups a lot of (likely) underweight people with those that are “normal” weight (and that those in the study that died were likely older). I found the methodology used in this study to be pretty terrible.

    And I’m someone who does think that a person can be a bit overweight and still healthy. (I don’t think that extreme obesity is ever really healthy though). But I don’t think we should use bad science to justify this position. And I really wish journalists (this is not a know on Feministing) would exhibit a bit more scientific literacy. Or at least seek out other viewpoints rather than jumping on the “fatter is better” bandwagon.

    • http://feministing.com/members/moondustrbc/ Ruthie

      Should be “(this is not a knock on Feministing)” in 2nd para.