This Week in Lady Reads

In case you missed them, here’s what we were reading last week about a recently retracted study, Game of Thrones, and much more. Plus, NSFW pics of a Harry Potter actor that, let’s face it, you’ve probably seen by now, but it can’t hurt to look again, amirite?

Random Awesomeness

MANSPLAIN magazine is giving me life.

Reading recommendations! 21 of the best books by women from the last five years, and 17 of the best books of summer 2015.


Well, fuck. Remember the study that claimed voters could be persuaded to support same-sex marriage if gay people went door-to-door to talk to them? It was fake.

Emma Sulkowicz graduated from Columbia last week and brought her mattress on stage during the ceremony.

Ironic misandry is totally freaking people out.

Why trigger warnings with regards to college course material can be an opportunity to expand the conversation about the topics instead of censoring what professors are allowed to teach.

Seven reasons why it’s bullshit to claim you’re “fiscally conservative but socially liberal.”

Hollywood and Pop Culture

So, there have been about a million enraged tweets and thinkpieces about last week’s Game of Thrones (and lord only knows what happened in last night’s episode after I wrote this), but do me a favor and read this and this, because while no one (hopefully) enjoyed watching that scene, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of bad arguments out there and I’m glad smarter people than me decided to write about them. (Spoilers, obviously, and TW for, well, a spoiler you’ve probably heard about by now.)

On a related but much lighter note, Game of Thrones really ought to be a musical.

Hollywood thinks 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal is too old to play a 55-year-old man’s love interest. (Smashes everything.)

Goddamn Neville Longbottom grew up nice. (NSFW!)

Life lessons from Dame Judi Dench.

Sexism and Parenting

Stop asking Amy Poehler and other women where their kids are.

Amanda Marcotte drops a truth bomb about “wife bonuses.”

In theory, then, wife bonuses should fit right into this narrative. If it’s a job, then it should be treated like one, with bonuses and promotions based on performance reviews. But of course, the whole “stay-at-home motherhood is a real job” meme was never really about the actual work of housewifery. It’s a defensive maneuver, a way to argue that just because a woman is economically dependent on her husband doesn’t mean her marriage is sexist or any less equal than a marriage in which both spouses work. Wife bonuses, however, remind us that if stay-at-home motherhood is a job, then that means your husband is your employer. Not very egalitarian at all.

Never tell pregnant women that they’re carrying well.


What did you read this week?

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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