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We're back again with another edition of On Our Radar—bringing you some of the most interesting things we read this week!

  • With the celebration of the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States in full swing this week, Womanist Musings' Renee Martin reminds us that not all women gained the right and access to vote in 1920.
  • Following lesbian cadet Katherine Miller's resignation from West Point due to her sexual orientation, Corey Kilgannon investigates the underground gay culture at the military academy for the New York Times
  • On Jezebel, Dodai Stewart tallied up the number of black models in the September issues of fashion magazines. 
  • Check out all the great posts in the "This is What a Young Feminist Looks Like" blog carnival
  • All kinds of messed up: Sociological Images' Lisa Wade highlights an NPR report on a scale of evil developed by a forensic psychologist. The graphic used to explain this scale eerily matches the range of human skin color, with the darker the color being the worse the psychopath.
    WTF. 
  • After Sally was caught masturbating on Mad Men this week, Feministe Guest Blogger Monica looks at the assumption that she must have been sexually abused. 
  • On Racialicious, Bitch contributor Andrea Plaid writes on Montana Fishburne, the daughter of famed actor Laurence and a sex worker.
  • Carrie Polansky focuses on the popular discoursse surrounding disability and sexuality on Gender Across Borders. 
  • Minh-Ha T. Pham hashes out the beauty in "eco-disaster chic" on Threadbared. 
  • ADI makes the case for net neutrality as a feminist issue on Women's Glib. 
  • Dennis Baron discovers the long history of the use of "ms." on, well, the Ms. Magazine blog!  

Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the comments section!

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I liked the fact that The Switch wasn't all about gross-out sperm humor, which is what the marketing campaign made it seem like it was going to be, focusing entirely on the moment in question of the actual titular switch. The marketing campaign made it seem like the movie was going to be a Farrelly Brothers movie or something more akin to, The Back-Up Plan. But it wasn't.

Feminist Burlesque Performers Take to the Streets
After The Scotsman reporter Sally Scott ruffled the feathers of Circus Burlesque with a scathing review of their performance that likened the women to blown-up sex dolls and miserable porn stars, these fierce feminists organized a protest at the Edinburgh Assembly. The performers held signs with proclamations like "I don't have to be stupid to be sexy."

make/shift is a satisfying thing. Describing itself as "feminisms in motion," it is a much-needed breath of fresh air for both our minds and our movement. Deep, political roots give way to a body of thought-provoking content and are topped with flexible branches of ideas, encouraging discourse and change.

A Palin of Our Own in the NYT

A Palin of Our Own in the Sunday NYT by Anna Holmes (founding editor of Jezebel) and author Rebecca Traister

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Ditto

Damn! I was just about to post this same article!

It's a very interesting and nuanced view about women in the political system. Palin makes it quite easy for progressives to decry her faux feminist badge, but fail to realize within the Democratic party women are often marginalized and meant to limit their femininity, and often at the expense of reproductive rights.

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I'm the girlfriend of a West Point cadet, and that lesbian cadet story really interested me...I think it would be intriguing for Bitch to do a story about West Point from a feminists perspective...