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A great interview with Alexandra on what’s next in the fight for Title IX enforcement.

Tressie McMillan Cottom on Leslie Jone’s joke.

A grand unified theory of female pain.

There are more women working on indie films than big studio productions, but the data on women in movies still sucks.

Help biyuti publishing, which focuses on getting the work of trans women of color and queer/trans people of color into the world, become sustainable.

On the politics of naming Nigeria’s kidnapped girls.

An infographic on LGBTQ and HIV+ people in prison.

“You have to really get my attention if you’re male. I can’t help it. It’s part of my nature.” Word, Courtney Love, word.

Anxious masculinity kills.

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  1. Posted May 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I feel conflicted about the piece “Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain.”
    On the one hand, it is very well written, and very aware of some of it’s issues, such as continuing the glorification of female pain, but I don’t really like how it’s written as some kind of universal experience for women. I can relate to some aspects, but I wouldn’t suggest that all women inherently want to be martyrs and are obsessed with their own pain.
    I mean, just looking at the response the author received from her book, and some of the comments on the article itself, this feels almost like some kind of justification for the “Red Pill” idea; that women are inherently different in the way they process the world, a way that means they cannot see the world as it really is. One commenter pretty much sums it up with this phrase: “I’m male, but I have lived my entire life in the shadow of a creature I call female, such a subtle, mysterious creature, that I long to understand.”
    I don’t like that at all, painting women as if they’re godlike creatures that cannot be understood by men, even though we’re, you know, human, like them?
    The author is essentially implying that pain is essential to the female condition, that all of us who drink or sleep around are doing it because we are broken, and the only ones that can break us, the only ones that matter to us, are men, who can never understand the way we feel because they are unemotional, simple “creatures.” I say, f*ck that. If pain has been integrated into women’s lives, it is because of a culture that fetishizes our pain
    I am not some kind of mythical creature whose emotions are too intense and complex to be understood by men. I am as complex as any human, and no more.

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