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Little girls learn very quickly not to ask so openly for praise, and to modulate their excitement if they want to be acceptable. Anne Hathaway seems to never have quite ingested this lesson… She wants praise. That’s Sasha Weiss, at The New Yorker, in defense of the Oscar winner everyone apparently loves to hate.

A new study finds that gay soldiers who stay in the closet suffer worst mental health outcomes than those who serve openly.

Girls are just as good at maths as boys are! Suck it, sexist conventional wisdom!

Members of the extended Feministing family have been keeping busy:

Jessica has two pieces out today, on Sheryl Sandberg and battling feminist burnout.

Contributor Silpa Kovvali explores death and female orgasms in a new essay.

Miriam Perez dissects feminism’s gender identity crisis.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Posted March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always loved Anne Hathaway, she’s sweet, talented, an unapologetic activist, and somehow manages to keep her cool in a crisis. Not many Hollywood actresses are capable of all that.

  2. Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I appreciated this response to Miriam Perez’s article. http://passtheflamingsword.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/feminisms-gender-identity-crisis/

  3. Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I appreciate the acknowledgement in the high heels article that heels do hurt- sometimes a little, and sometimes a lot. Women wear them anyway. I am very interested in hearing answers to the question, Why do women wear shoes that hurt their feet?

  4. Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I have a question w/r/t Sasha and Ann’s pieces on Anne Hathaway. Like Hathaway, Taylor Swift seems to embody the same sort of squeaky-clean, hyperfeminine, overgrown theater kid archetype. They are both conventionally attractive white women with wholesome outfits and public images to match. Swift, too, seems eager for praise. Yet Swift doesn’t seem to receive near the amount of baseless scorn than Hathaway does. Does anyone have any theories? I guess it’s probably just an iteration of the notion that women, no matter what we do, are always doing something wrong.

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