Reluctant Habits

Wendy Lower (The Bat Segundo Show #526)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Holocaust, interview, lower-wendy, Women, World War II

More than seven decades after World War II, we’re still deeply uncomfortable about the idea that women under the Nazi regime committed barbaric acts. We talk with Holocaust scholar (and National Book Award finalist) Wendy Lower about the realities she confronts in her new book, Hitler’s Furies. How much are the women who were socialized under Nazi policies to blame? Why did the postwar courts allow these women, some of whom massacred children, to return to society without consequence?
[MP3, 58 minutes]

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Lynn Povich (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Newsweek, povich-lynn, Women

In this 40 minute radio interview, we talk with Lynn Povich about a 1970 lawsuit against Newsweek that paved the way for women in the workplace and the impact it has had upon gender and newsrooms since.

I Need a Husband!

Posted by in Atlantic Monthly, Edward Champion, Lazy Journalism, Lori Gottlieb, Relationships, Sexism, Women

About six months after I continued to remain happy and childless, I saw a woman sitting with her son on a blanket. Her name, I later discovered, was Lori and she was there with her friend Caitlin. It was a sunny summer weekend, and there were parents and kids picnicking nearby. The day had been going fine, until Lori started checking out my ass in a really intense way. Which was odd, because I have an okay ass. Nothing to write home about. I guess it was an ass you…read more


Rosebud 2.0

Posted by in Amateur, Erin O'Brien, Internet, Porn, Sex, Women

I lean into my computer screen chin on fist, eyes leveled. Before me, a woman lies face down on an unremarkable bed. A man moves the woman’s hands behind her back. The woman waits patiently as he ties her hands together securely but comfortably with a simple rope. His wedding ring gleams as he pushes up her cotton frock and takes his time easing her panties down over her thighs. For the next several minutes, he fondles her. His caresses move from the swells of her buttocks to the folds…read more


Retro, Tacky, or Sexist? You Make the Call

Posted by in Fashion, Women

Pictures of flight attendants from the past. I’m particularly taken with the matador uniform for some reason. But another part of me is amazed that women had to dress this way. (via MeFi)



Posted by in Anonymity, Women, Women's Issues


What will Japan boy do next?

Posted by in Amis, Martin, Animals, Chabon, Michael, Naughty Reading, Uncategorized, Women, Women's Issues

 this is what writers email each other about   no, Japan boy, no!  very ugly dog (now deceased): 


what is this

Posted by in Animals, Fear, Women, Women's Issues, Writing

I’m not sure what this place is or what I’m doing here. I got an email with a login URL, a username, and a password. I forgot about it for half a day then emailed back asking what I should be doing with this. Then I remembered a few days earlier, someone asked me if I wanted to guest blog somewhere. But I didn’t know when. Now I realize that when is now. The reason Ed didn’t return my email is because he’s away; that’s why he needs guest bloggers….read more


Brushing Up on Airbrush

Posted by in Women

If you can get excited over a heavily airbrushed and art directed “nude” photographs of a cute-in-a-girl-next-door-way actress from The Office, when the actress in question is merely standing behind encumbrances, then I salute you. I can’t. It is not because I don’t have imagination or I object to the encumbrances. On the contrary, it is because the photographs leave nothing to the imagination. I look at these photos and see not one element of imperfection. I like the wrinkles on Ms. Fischer’s forehead, which have become more prominent in…read more


(Middle Class) Smart Women Don’t Necessarily Finish Last

Posted by in Women

Yahoo: “The Center for Economic and Policy Research reports that women ages 28 to 35 who earn more than $55,000 a year (roughly the top 10%) are just as likely to be married as other women who work full-time. Indeed, Whelan’s survey found that 90% of high-achieving men want a spouse who is as smart as they are, and 71% say a woman’s success makes her more desirable as a wife. Maybe it’s because these men do want to marry Mommy – 72% of moms of high-achieving men worked outside…read more


Majority of Online Gamers Female

Posted by in Video Games, Women

CNet: “Of the 117 million active gamers in the U.S., 56 percent play games online. Sixty-four percent of those online gamers are female, according to results of the survey, released by Nielsen Entertainment on Thursday.”


Bringing New Meaning to “Culminating Experience”

Posted by in Sex, Women

CTV: “Women with graduate degrees are more likely to reach orgasm than their less educated counterparts, a new Australian study suggests.” (via Feministe)


About Time

Posted by in Women

Washington Post: “The world’s first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other catwalk pageants. Madrid’s fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that young girls and women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.”


Physical Graffiti

Posted by in Women

The Photoshopped Cover Girl: a disturbing interactive expose of magazine photo retouching. (via SJ)


Dave Winer to Migrate from Slackjawed to Head Exploding

Posted by in Technology, Women

Wired: “Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend, according to a new study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace. The survey, commissioned by cable television’s Oxygen Network that is owned and operated by women, found the technology gender gap has virtually closed with the majority of women snapping up new technology and using it easily.”


Estrogen Perplexes Basket Case Techblogger

Posted by in Technology, Women

Dave Winer: “I already feel weird being here. Lots of shrieking and giggling in the hotel lobby while I was waiting to check in. What a weird place. First thought, I feel as out of place here as women probably feel at most tech conferences. I have to remind myself that it’s not dangerous here. I think.”


Real Men Don’t Use Pink MuVos?

Posted by in Technology, Women

What the hell makes an MP3 player “female-friendly?”


A Nation of Forensic Vagina Inspectors

Posted by in Abortion, Sexism, Women

New York Times: “There are other countries in the world that, like El Salvador, completely ban abortion, including Malta, Chile and Colombia. El Salvador, however, has not only a total ban on abortion but also an active law-enforcement apparatus — the police, investigators, medical spies, forensic vagina inspectors and a special division of the prosecutor’s office responsible for Crimes Against Minors and Women, a unit charged with capturing, trying and incarcerating an unusual kind of criminal.”


Against Sexism

Posted by in Sexism, Women

Sexism is a woman making two-thirds the salary that a man earns for the same position. Sexism is a man getting time off to be with his family, but a single mother having to work continuous overtime to prove that she’s a team player, hoping to hell that the kids are all right. Or the troubling statistic that a woman is paid 30% less because she is too scared to ask for a pay raise. Sexism is the fact that there aren’t nearly as many restrooms for women as there…read more


Republicans to Women: If You’re Poor, You’re a Whore

Posted by in Women

As if the recent South Dakota news wasn’t depressing enough, this Nerve article exposes why it’s difficult to get affordable birth control at Planned Parenthood. The answer: not a pretty picture at all, somewhere in between restrictive Title X policy and Planned Parenthood’s inability to subsidize costs. (via Feministing)


Feminists More Fragmented Than the Left

Posted by in Cox, Ana Marie, Women

Bad Feminist — a fascinating and eclectic new blog examining this issue, happily added to the blogroll. Here’s one thought from BF that nobody bothered to proffer: “But why shouldn’t the female representative in the political blogosphere engage earnestly with issues like health care and national security rather than packaging them like a pink puffy confection on acid? Since leaving Wonkette, Cox has joined the rank of post-blogger novelists with her new book, Dog Days, described as ‘a light comedy of Washington power, halfway between Primary Colors and Sex and…read more