• We're heard that women can't be soldiers, scientists, political leaders. Now, some bigwigs in the world of classical music are arguing that women also can't be conductors. You know, those people with the batons on a podium. Come ON, world. [NPR]
Ever notice how anger helps a man command a room, but it often has the opposite effect for women?
While the former comes off as passionate, the latter is often remembered as emotionally erratic, an outcome predictable enough to make any woman angry. (Can someone say vicious cycle?)
But there may be a way out, if a new book by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut is any indication. In Compelling People, the authors posit that what makes individuals captivating is their ability to communicate both strength and warmth, but they recognize that it's a fine balance—and that balancing act is trickier for women.
As of August, the emergency contraception pill Plan B is supposed to be available over the counter for women of all ages. This 20-minute show investigates whether that's actually true. Meet the Native American activists pushing to make emergency contraception accessible to all women. Plus, we secretly shop for Plan B in pharmacies around Portland, Oregon.
• The National Center for Transgender Equality released a new report highlighting the challenges of transgender immigrants. [Colorlines]
• According to the head of animation on the new Disney princess movie Frozen, animating female characters is super hard because they need to have emotions and look pretty. Here's the quote: “Animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression.” [The Mary Sue]
• Ohio’s abortion restrictions are an example of the pro-life incremental strategy: pushing the boundaries of Supreme Court guidelines without technically violating them. And it’s working: only 11 clinics remain in Ohio, and some more may be forced to close. [NYT]
Many feminists recall a number of moments that served as their political awakening. Those formative experiences stick out in our memory as times when we said, in more or less words, “I’m over it.“ For me, one of those light bulb moments struck while hearing TLC’s “No Scrubs” on a South Florida pop radio station for the first time.
Each week, intrepid artist Erika Moen delves into some aspect of sex for Oh Joy Sex Toy series and brings us an illustrated review. This week, after covering all sorts of out-there sex toys, Erika is going for a classic: her favorite dildo.
Now, indie label K Records is releasing a double CD (and double LP) retrospective of their work, “Sooner or Later,” which pulls together the band’s rough recordings from 1978-1983. Listening to the album from guitarist Jennifer LoBianco (and, later, Meg Hentges), drummer Pat Baum, and sisters Kim and Kt Kincaid feels like hearing music that’s “from the end of the pen, the stroke of the brush, a hit across the back of the head with a 2x4” that is “joyous to the extreme,” as K Records founder Calvin Johnson puts it.
The 45-track album “Sooner or Later” goes on sale on October 15, but K Records is streaming the album on Bitch for free this week only. UPDATE 10/16: This album stream is now done. But you can listen to two songs for free below.
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The details on The Neo Boys' album release party is below the cut. it sounds great!
• All-star young adult author Malinda Lo has put together an annual report on LGBT characters in young adult books. This year, she found more YA books had LGBT characters—but fewer of them were published by the big mainstream publishers. Plus, there are significantly more male characters than female ones. [Malinda Lo]
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