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We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week in another installment of On Our Radar!

  • On Salon, Madeline Holler writes on the downsides of radical homemaking.
  • Amanda Hess of The Sexist breaks down the creepy manipulation of television personality Olivia Munn during her Playboy photo shoot. Munn writes in her memoir about the photographer and stylists' attempts to coerce her into posing nude.
  • In the wake of the election of women heads-of-state in Finland and Australia last week, Haley Cohen offers up a neat little round-up of the world's female leaders.
  • Over at Womanist Musings, Renee Martin makes an excellent case for why the public, black women in particular, shouldn't forgive singer and domestic abuser Chris Brown.
  • On Shakesville Melissa McEwan starts a discussion thread on the new Bravo TV show, Work of Art. The most recent episode saw the artists creating "controversial" works.
  • Nisha Chittal expands on The Awl's post on the differences between men and women's writing pitches on Feministe.

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World Gets First Gay Wedded Leader Without Any Ceremony

Becky Sharper, one of the Harpies over at The Pursuit of Harpyness, wrote a blog post on July 1st, 2010 titled "Iceland's Lady Prime Minister Marries a Lady" referencing and including a link to a Washington Post article titled Icelandic leader in milestone gay marriage.

The couple were married on Sunday, June 27th, 2010. NPR posted a brief article titled Iceland PM Weds Partner As Gay Marriage Legalized by the Associated Press Reykjavik, Iceland June 28, 2010, 0939 am ET

Ms. Magazine's Feminist Wire Daily Newsbriefs did a post on July 2nd, 2010 titled: Iceland's Prime Minister is First Married Gay World Leader. The article linked Ms. Magazine's Feminist Daily News story of October 28,2009 titled: Iceland Tops Gender Equality List, US Ranks 31 which in turn linked the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report (PDF).

personally, i think that is wonderful news! In a world where we read so many stories involving violence, greed, corruption, war, hatred and heartbreak, i find this news item involving love and respect to be a very, very pleasant, and positive one. The acceptance and good will in the scandinavian countries is heartening. This news item left me smiling and feeling good.

Feminist Reviews This Week

His Own Where, first published in 1971 and recently reissued by The Feminist Press, is something of a departure for Jordan, who wrote very little fiction. One of her earliest books, the novel was a finalist for the National Book Award and offered considerable evidence that Jordan would go on to be, as the poet Sapphire notes in the book's new introduction, "a political essayist without peer." But His Own Where is even more remarkable for the purity of its language, its sheer exuberant beauty, and the distinct and brilliantly original craftsmanship in every sentence.

One of the greatest complaints about Knight and Day is that there is a device used to take us from scene to scene wherein Cameron Diaz’s character is drugged, meaning we miss out on some of the action of how they get from point A to point B. As a feminist, it would’ve bothered me for its potential date rape allusions, but after the first time, Diaz’s character asks to be drugged, so that pretty much solved my problem of her having her free will taken away.

In Adam Sandler movies from years past, women were typically just there to serve beer in a bikini or reward him with sexual activity for academic or sports-related progress; here they get to be actual people with a more three-dimensional and emotional story. Though Grown-Ups is definitely a movie written by and made for men (nothing wrong with that), one senses that Sandler and company are genuinely trying to be more respectful and inclusive of their female characters. They don’t always hit the mark with that intended change, but their effort seems sincere.

Bella Swan has never been a character I’ve related to. She’s frustratingly timid, overwhelmingly insecure, and apparently has no interests or hobbies aside from her obsession with Edward Cullen. Sure, she’s had her redeeming moments, and yes, it was Bella who saved Edward from exposing himself to the Volturi in New Moon. But it wasn’t until the final moments of Eclipse that Bella became someone I can respect, and even admire.

Illinois' New Rape Kit Law First of its Kind in the Nation

Illinois' New Rape Kit Law First of its Kind in the Nation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-madigan/illinois-new-rape-kit-law_b_6...

Illinois became the first state in the nation to require that every rape kit collected from a victim of sexual assault be submitted for DNA testing.

"Last year, I learned that thousands of unprocessed rape kits were sitting in police stations across the state. The justice system’s failure to process evidence collected from sexual assault victims sends a horrible message to the survivors of these devastating crimes. We will never know the number of sexual predators who got away with these heinous crimes or how many assaults could have been prevented if every rape kit had been tested promptly and followed up on by law enforcement." - Lisa Madigan, IL Attorney General

I woke up to find THIS shit

sitting in my inbox:
http://www.alloy.com/5/54/11234/1/
John Mayer and Eminem are worrisome, but CHRIS BROWN?! This is inappropriate for all sorts of reasons. Join me in commenting or emailing them to explain why this isn't okay. Happily, I wasn't the first one to do so, but the only response they've offered so far -- "We just wanted to include him because he is a bad boy!" -- doesn't cut it.

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