• “Young women, right now, learn how to play golf, it’s immensely advantageous to your career.” This from Toronto mayoral prospect John Tory who claims that the wage gap between men and women is the result of women’s failure to actively negotiate their pay. Raise up your clubs, ladies, and ask for more wages!
  • Check out this helpful chart that conceptualizes women’s struggles to join the Olympics in Jaeah Lee’s article, “Why Did the Winter Olympics Freeze Out Women for So Long?”
  • Next Friday is the Annual February 14 Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women. Find out where your local march will be here
  • Even when it comes to promoting books by female authors, it’s evidently still more important to ask men what they think in order to legitimize something that might reek too strongly of feminism.” Lilit Marcus  on the small victories and ongoing frustrations for women reading women.
  • “Black women may be under fire, but whether on a breadline or in the boardroom, they can, supposedly, stand the heat…But while fewer black women are unemployed than black men, more work in low-wage jobs. As a result, almost half of all black women have either no accumulated wealth or are in debt.” Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd reestablishes the link between racism and sexism in her recent Dissent article: “Beyond Superwoman: Justice For Black Women Too.”
  • In the wake of Dylan Farrow’s bold and moving open letter, we think it’s worth checking out Aaron Bady’s piece on rape culture and “Woody Allen’s Good Name.” Says Bady: “Because I am not on Woody Allen’s jury, I can be swayed by the fact that sexual violence is incredibly, horrifically common, much more common than it is for women to make up stories about sexual violence in pursuit of their own petty, vindictive need to destroy a great man’s reputation. We are in the midst of an ongoing, quiet epidemic of sexual violence, now as always.”
  • Contract professor, Erin Wunker, reflects on week two of walking the line at Mount Allison in Sackville and the struggle to make demands in such a precarious position:  “It is impossible not to be in a contradictory position as a contract laborer on strike. Do you keep a low profile? What does that mean? Do I stop writing blog posts about academic issues that are currently affecting me? Or not?”
  • Why patriarchy fears scissors
  • Anna Fitzpatrick’s “Young Adult, and Not So Virginal,” considers the distinction between  YA novels where “every mistake made comes with a tangible, if not always crystal-clear lesson” and novels about young adults that fail to conjure any such catharsis. Looking to contemporary adult literature about young people, Fitzpatrick makes the provocative point that these explicit and sometimes disturbing novels “remind adult readers of the ways in which grownups are complicit in teenagers’ problem: in these cases, the distorted ways in which burgeoning female sexuality is understood and treated. They aren’t books to make growing up any easier. They are survivor tracts from the other side”
  • And in preparation for the rest of the day: “Go Forth, Feminist Warriors”



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