On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Friday! Here's all the feminist news that's fit to print...you know, on the Internet.

• As you probably already know, the comprehensive Violence Against Women Act was passed yesterday. [New York Times]

• Here are all the Republicans who voted against the act—no Democrats did. Oh hey, Michelle Bachmann! Didn't expect to see you here! (Just kidding, we totally did.) [The Atlantic]

Ladies doing less housework means that ladies be plumpin' up, according to this really awfully sexist piece in the New York Times. I mean. [New York Times]

• Whoa, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Who vetted this incredibly racist cover illustration? And also, can you issue a real apology next time? [Columbia Journalism Review]

• South Dakota is attempting to amend its 72-hour waiting period for an abortion so that weekends and holidays don't count as part of those hours, thereby lengthening the wait considerably. Perhaps they're counting on a lot of women being like, "Huh, it's Labor Day, guess I'll go through with this after all." [Think Progress]

• Clutch magazine wants to know why so few white feminists had anything to say about The Onion's Oscar-night tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis. [Clutch]

• And on the Oscar tip.... As a non–Hathaway hater, I appreciate that someone took on the question of why everyone seems to hate Anne Hathaway but love Jennifer Lawrence. Does no one here remember Mia Thermopolis? [The Cut]

• Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died this week at the age of 96. This remembrance praises his rational, science-based, and nonsensational approach to public health—among other things, it notes that while Koop himself was prolife, he refused political pressure to declare that abortion caused detrimental health effects in women. [RH Reality Check]

• Finally, kick off your weekend right by imagining, with the help of this photo, how great a Veronica Mars reunion special would be. [Vulture]

Have a great weekend! And as always, link to any further reading suggestions in the comments...

by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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2 Comments Have Been Posted


look, ya got to read the article.

it makes explicit in the first paragraph that this study is likely to agitate some people because of the subject matter. then later in the (very short) article it makes explicit that the takeaway should *not be that women need to do more housework, but that doing more housework back in the day meant more physical activity, therefore more calories burnt.

the conclusion? if you want to burn more calories, you should be more active, and women who would historically be referred to as housewives used to burn calories doing housework. if you want to burn more calories, you should be more active.

how exactly is this very sexist?

there is an entire universe of sexist shit happening every second of every day in every city and country of the world. this one, not so much.

feels like you are responding to manslaughter-level environmental flamebait.

not sure that is rigorous but do you get the sense?


The second that the Bloomberg Business Weekly came in to our office I was shocked. The cover doesn't even correlate to the article inside. It in no way indicates anything other than racist assumptions, assumptions which are not even addressed within the small insignificant piece that awaited readers.

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