This Week in Lady Reads (and News)

We’ve got a bit more news than usual this week since Sara’s on vacation, plus lots of other interesting things to read and watch.  Read More This Week in Lady Reads (and News)

Vintage Valentines for My Galentines

Of all the gifts given to us by Leslie Knope, the holiday known as Galentine’s Day might be the greatest. On February 13th, Leslie encourages us to celebrate the important female relationships in our lives. And you, my dear Persephoneers, whatever gender you may identify with (or not), are among my most important relationships. Read More Vintage Valentines for My Galentines

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s what we read and talked about this week.

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This Week in Misogyny is Wearing Pants to the Prom

And the hits just keep on rolling, y’all. State legislatures have been busy passing even more anti-abortion bills that are probably unconstitutional, but that’s ok; we can pick up contraceptives at the 7-11! We’ve got another batch of terrible people, but there are a few others who have earned high fives this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Wearing Pants to the Prom

My Fashion Icons Have a Lot in Common

I have to update the way I look, it’s just the way it is. I haven’t had to get out there and network the way I’ve needed to, and since I’m dealing with an image-conscious industry, I have to look the part. So while I research what people are wearing in the workplace these days, I thought I’d pay tribute to the styles I would wear if given a choice. Read More My Fashion Icons Have a Lot in Common

This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition

Once again, we find ourselves with two weeks’ worth of misogyny to round up. Can’t the world ever cut us a break? (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition

Reading The Feminine Mystique for the First Time, Part I

I wasn’t expecting to cry while reading Betty Friedan’s classic about the mysterious ailment dogging housewives in the 1950s and 60s, but I did, twice. In reading Friedan’s own two introductions alone, I was moved by how many old, false accusations, particularly the scapegoating of women for economic stagnation and the decline of traditional family values against women who want more than a  life in the home, still plague contemporary women who want a life outside the home. Read More Reading The Feminine Mystique for the First Time, Part I