Links For July 23, 2014

The Problem with Esquire's Praise of 42-Year-Old Women & Amy Poehler

This comfort with group assessment of femininity in turn reminds me of the ease with which women’s choices regarding their bodies, futures, health, sex, and family life are up for public evaluation. Women are labeled as good or bad, as moral or immoral, by major religions and “closely held corporations,” whose rights to allow those estimations to dictate their corporate obligations are upheld over the rights of the women themselves by high courts.

Orphan Black and the Female Body

But these violations aren’t there just to foster a general sense of brutality – though they do. They aren’t there to tell us that the perpetrators are bad – though they do that too. Instead, it’s all about the clones themselves: how they react and how they resist, why they resist or why they don’t, what it means to them and where they draw the strength to keep going.

Max Temkin and Rape Culture

So, if you are a sexually naive college student who has no idea what rape really looks like, should you be held to the same standard of punishment as someone who is serial predator? Or should we downgrade it to a lesser crime — perhaps the sexual equivalent of involuntary manslaughter, whatever that is. In any case, you are not innocent.

“Speaking up every. F*cking. Time”

“I obviously don’t want to fight with other women, especially in public, because that just gives men so much more to go on. On the other hand, there are so many women in tech, specifically white women. You’re talking about a group of people who are some of the most affluent women in the world. And it can be difficult to watch women in that position refuse to even take a small stand on some pretty serious issues.”

This Woman [Kacy Catanzaro] Killed It on American Ninja Warrior

Interview With the Female Ninja Warrior Finalist