• I can’t even believe this is happening. Supposedly, a 28-year-old woman is auctioning off her virginity, offering a “12 hour date with the highest bidder ending in her deflowering” and for some reason all Jezebel cares about is why she isn’t being arrested for prostitution. [Jezebel]
The scene is familiar to any fancy home design magazine reader: the perfectly appointed living space full of gleaming surfaces, fluffed up pillows, artfully arranged flowers next to tasteful objets d’art. But painted in to this pristine domestic landscape is the woman who is actually responsible for the polishing and dusting and cleaning of the space—Edith, a brown-skinned woman waiting for her check.
I cling to Bitch mag like a baby blanket, or one of those life-preserver rings they throw you when you can't swim. To further the bad analogy: Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in an ocean of "do-me feminism" or a feminism that is more about slogans than actually changing anything, or, worse, no feminism at all.
• Using new drugs in an experimental way for capital punishment is cruel and unusual—and very likely a violation of federal laws regarding human experimentation. Clayton Lockett’s botched execution is shedding light on yet another dreadful truth about the death penalty. [Think Progress]
• The sort-of good news seems to be that people in power are paying attention at last. The bad news is that the kidnappings in Nigeria continue, and hundreds of girls are still missing. [Reuters]
• “How do we represent female pain without producing a culture in which this pain has been fetishized to the point of fantasy or imperative?” Do yourself a kindness and read an outstanding exploration of this and related questions from Leslie Jamison’s new collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. [Update: a reader requested we add an eating disorder trigger warning to this] [VQR]
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Three weeks ago, roughly 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in Northeastern Nigeria. The girls’ parents are devastated, the Nigerian government seems unable to track down the girls, and the leader of the group that has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping is threatening to sell the girls as slaves.
So why isn’t this front-page news in the United States?