This week: #DearJohn, Big Ben, clean girls and High School Feminists
Here are some stories that I couldn’t let go by without comment:
- The “forcible rape” component of HR3 was removed, but the bill is still alive and looks to codify dangerous anti-choice legislation. The #DearJohn fight is not over.
- Conflicted about The Superbowl featuring star quarterback who has two allegations of sexual assault within the last year? Jackson Katz has a primer for how to talk to young men (and women) about the message Big Ben’s presence in the Big Game sends.
- There’s some really interesting research coming out of Oregon State University about how gender stereotypes in childhood may be playing a role in women’s health. Specifically, our gender ideal that girls be clean all the time might be causing them to be exposed to less germs as children, which might be leading to more immune system and asthma problems as adults. According to the NPR story, more women than men have asthma (8.5 percent, compared to 7.1) and they are more likely to have asthma and other immune system diseases such as lupus and MS.
- Speaking of younger folks, I really liked this FBomb post, How To Be a High School Feminist.
- The Department of Labor wants to hear from breastfeeding moms in a new survey regarding new laws that went into effect as a result of health care reform. The new federal laws offer greater protection for working moms who need to pump. Let them hear your thoughts!
- It’s official: You can’t show too much love toward your baby! In fact, so-called “spoiled” babies — those who are shown a lot of affection and attention — grow up to be smarter and show greater empathy.
- This is funny and informative: Nine Stupid Myths About Bisexuals.
- Speaking of funny, or not: The new Wonder Woman TV show might suck. According to The Daily Beast, which has obtained a copy of the pilot TV script, the new David E. Kelly show reads like Ally-McBeal-as-Wonder-Woman. Oh noooooo.
- And please don’t forget to check out the latest in my Exploring Feminist Motherhood series on The Tired Feminist.