On Our Radar
What a week! Sara Kantner and I rounded up some of the most interesting things we read in another installment of On Our Radar!
- Catch-22 Alert: Saks Fifth Avenue will be carrying plus-size designer digs from Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabanna and a slew of other notable designers. But, Jenna Sauers at Jezebel points out that the fashion world hasn't (and declines) to say much about this noteworthy stride.
- Monica Roberts calls out Ke$ha on her derogatory comments about transwomen on Transgriot.
- If summer isn't hot enough for you, get your hands on one of the steamy titles that Martha Toll at NPR suggests.
- With more than 500 million active users, but one of the lowest ratings on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, The New York Times' Joshua Brustein considers Facebook's role as a "utility" company.
- The Pursuit of Harpyness lets us in on some good news: A new anti-viral vaginal gel decreases a woman's chance of contracting HIV by 39% and is even more effective against herpes!
- On Sociological Images, Lisa Wade takes a look at results of a survey conducted by a Christian website. 1,600 Christian men were asked questions about what is considered "modest" and "immodest" in terms of women's appearance and behavior.
- On Colorlines (and crossposted on Racialicious) Daisy Hernandez looks at race in The Kids Are All Right, the new film "about two lesbian moms and their teenage kids who want to meet their sperm donor dad".
- Geneva S. Thomas delves into the controversy surrounding the hiring of a white fashion director at black women's magazine Essence on Clutch Magazine. Thomas spoke with Michaela Angela Davis, the former Essence fashion editor who broke the news via twitter, as well as writer Najwa Moses, and provides a keen look at the corporate history that likely shaped the decision.
- Via Racialicious: Jenn Fang writes on why popular culture is an important topic for race bloggers on Race in America
- Emily Drabinski at The Advocate gives us the story of Scott Moore who hopes to make trans male pregnancy "not-so-curious"
- Everyone's weighing in on Nelle Engoron's "Why "Mad Men" is bad for women" and the New York Times profile of Snooki by Cathy Horyn.
- Samhita Mukhopadhyay takes issue with Time Magazine's "Courageous" cover, depicting "the face of a mutilated Afghani woman".
- Rebecca Traister muses on the media's obsession with Chelsea Clinton's upcoming nuptials on Broadsheet.
- Say it isn't so! Amanda Hess says goodbye to The Sexist.
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