Just a reminder that UMKC V-Day 2009 events will be taking place in Februrary. We’ll be blogging more details on, but for now, be sure to check out our press releases and website for more info:
About a week ago, I posted on an article in the New York Times that highlighted states’ efforts at dating violence prevention, noting that the majority of these efforts were aimed at changing the behavior of girls (e.g., victims) as opposed to working to change perpetrators’ behavior.
At first glance, the efforts at preventing teen dating prevention described in this New York Times article seem like great ideas. Until you realize that “prevention” once again means changing the behavior of girls who are being abused, despite the fact that all of the murder victims mentioned in the article are girls. Perhaps the states’ efforts would be better spent by working to change the behavior of abusers instead of victims?
Via Jezebel comes a story from the NY Daily News about the horror (the horror!) of the renewed popularity of short haircuts for women (you know it’s popular when Posh Spice does it). As someone who cut her hair short years ago and never looked back, I just don’t get it. And more importantly, why does the NY Daily News think women should care what these men think? Not to mention, as the Jezebel blogger points out, that “women are basically being told that they should consider how men look at them when they are making choices about what to wear and how to style their hair.” That rubs me the wrong way, too — it’s my hair and I’ll cut and keep it short if I want to.
Following the news about Hillary Clinton’s possible nomination as Secretary of State has done nothing to cure my election obsession, so for those of you who are in a similar boat, here’s a great article from the fabulous Hannah Seligson, summing up the 2008 election:
This past week was a rather busy one for us in the Women’s Center, so we didn’t get around to posting. Below are links to articles we’ve been reading.
- http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/10/30/nightly_newswomen/ (great piece by Rebecca Traister @ Salon on how the campaign has changed the face of news)
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/oct/24/women-sarahpalin (fascinating article on why there hasn’t been a bigger backlash to the sexism directed at Sarah Palin)
- http://www.feministing.com/archives/011872.html (on the misdiagnosis of women’s heart problems as stress)
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/us/30insure.html (on the higher price women pay for health insurance).
- http://womenandhollywood.blogspot.com/2008/10/roseanne-20-years-later.html (Well, I say fun, but it is nonetheless depressing to think that Silverstein is correct to say that Roseanne’s weight would likely mean her show wouldn’t be aired today).
“I’m on the “no” side for this one:
For the “yes” side, see the Bust blog:
I realize this puts me in the “humorless feminist” camp, but the idea of trading sex for a vote just strikes me as wrong. Thoughts from our readers?