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by Julia

Many people warned me that I would have to abandon my google reader or even *gasp* facebook (not sure which one would be more traumatic to me) when I started law school. That I’m still keeping up with the news is probably not a miracle, and more likely a product of how I choose to spend my free time. I’m also lucky to have lots of friends who share links with me (or at least post them on newsfeeds), so I haven’t really missed anything too significant. (though there was an embarrassing moment when I thought the upcoming rally to “Restore Sanity” was hosted by Glenn Beck as a follow up to the 8-28 “restoring honor” rally. I was swiftly corrected by the Jon Stewart devotees in my early morning crim law class the day after the announcement…but now I’m kinda proud of my immediate association.) I hope you’ll forgive me, therefore, that some of these links are a lil old.

At any rate, here are some of the things I’ve been reading, and here’s to this not being an infrequent type of post!

Law degrees might be a dating liability for women, but I’m fine with narrowing the pool to people who don’t mind a woman who can support herself (and maybe her partner) financially.

Catharine MacKinnon’s name doesn’t usually sit well with me, but this piece on feminist jurisprudence which was cited in my Crim Law textbook is actually pretty neat.

Glad I’m not the only one who was kinda surprised by the whole Franzen fervor (especially in a feminist context).

This list reminded me how much I love non-fiction essays (and how much I miss reading the physical Sunday Magazine and New Yorker).

While watching Teen Mom (yea, I said it) a few weeks back, I saw this commercial for the first time in a while. And I sort of liked it at first. Until she says, “You should buy the same tampons as me,” poking fun at feminine product companies…and then tries to sell me her product. I can’t really sort out my ideas on it, so read this.

Some creepy new technology in which ads (and art) can track your gaze.

Aaaand the dance moves that women find attractive. Personally, they’re both pretty bizarre, and hopefully women and men alike will reevaluate their preferences.

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by Julia

Oh hey! It’s been a while. Since we last posted, Elizabeth and I have both moved to DC (living separately, but meeting up for at least a happy hour once a week). We’ll try to update on our newish lives – working at an awesome non-profit for Liz, surviving 1L for Julia – but for now, here are some tabs!

It seems that even Terry Jones’s evangelical (and racist and sexist and xenophobic, etc) book publisher wants to distance itself from him. Creation House removed Jones’s best seller from their page, but fear not! There are some awesome books up there. On my list: The Apocalypse of Bob and the uber-progressive sounding How to Submit to Your Husband Joyfully. (*that’s the sound of sarcasm, btw*)

The US Senate is holding a hearing on the disturbing trend of police mistreatment of rape victims, partially because of the conduct of the Baltimore City Police Department. Background here.

A really neat report on the effects of a losing baseball team on a city – economically, emotionally, and narratively. Go O’s, regardless.

On internet memes. lolz internetz etc.

Money can buy you a better ranking, but not a better education. A revealing study on George Washington University.

The New Yorker covers the bleak Russian landscape and the history of Stalinist labor camps.

On the prison note, is it possible to  have a prison without walls? (whether or not it’s a good idea is a whole separate question)

Why there’s a bit more to the Ladies Night legal controversy, especially for feminists.

Finally, the confluence of a bunch of things that make me really happy:

anarchist kitteh

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by Julia

The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism has some cool pieces up about a recent conference on Charismatic Financialism and unmasking the “ghost within the machine.” Neat stuff.

Speaking of capitalism and images, the cast of Jersey Shore rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday in what I think is a pretty damn perfect portrayal of our country in every sense.

The most comprehensive look at the importance of Vitamin D in Western society that I’ve read. This works nicely with the Hygiene Hypothesis. Read: people with less money to spend at Whole Foods/on SPF100 are better off in quite significant ways.

On the sensation of cat/dog internet memes. Oh yea, and a catdog may have been born in Georgia …which I found out about via youtube videos of said species (and not by watching reruns of this show). #signsoftheapocalypse

Framing children’s deviance, in which the coverage of Latarian Milton (the seven year old of “hoodrat stuff with my friends” fame) is contrasted with that of a white child’s similar car-driving spree.

Finally, David Brooks Haiku. This is really all the time one needs to devote to his columns, anyway.

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by Julia

Amanda Marcotte on the history of prayer politics. An excerpt:

The 1979 Energy crisis. Instead of responding to the energy crisis through international political pressure and conservationist policies, President Jimmy Carter prayed in a national address that Jesus redo that trick with the water into wine, but this time to create oil. While it didn’t work in 1979, some suggest that the current transition of the Gulf of Mexico into a big bucket of oil indicates that God finally came around to answering that prayer.”

A visual history of the American Presidency. I wish I could have a 10 foot print out of this on my wall.

“Is Sarah Palin a feminist?” I am beyond sick of this “news” story, but this piece (h/t Johnny) clarifies the phenomenon of pro-life women running for (and winning) elected office by focusing on California’s senatorial race between University of Maryland MBA program grad (ew) Carly Fiorina and 3-term incumbent Barbara Boxer.

The loneliness of modern life through real magazine photos of architecture inhabited by yuppies. Very dystopian, very funny.

Do anti-depressants actually make us more capable of acting and feeling politically, as opposed to the common narrative that medicated folks are the real zombies? (Warning: this piece is the intersection of a lot of things I’m interested in (disability rights, activism, anarchism, anti-capitalism, theory, postmodernism, mental health, etc) – it is theory-heavy, but a really interesting read if even a few of the above items interest you. At any rate, thought I’d warn you 🙂 )

19 of the world’s most  complex and dangerous roads. Not tryna drive in Norway. Or Russia. (h/t Paul)

This is a gorgeous cover of Sufjan Stevens’s “Chicago” by Katsby. The ending with the guitar is especially beautiful.

I’ve been late to jump on the Robyn bandwagon, but I’m such a fan of her new(ish) album, Body Talk Pt. 1. Swedish feminist robo-pop? Yes, please. Here is ‘Dance Hall Queen’ with Diplo, but also check out ‘Fembot‘, ‘Dancing on My Own‘, and ‘The Girl and the Robot‘ with Royksopp. Just do yourself a favor and grab the whole album.

Have a lovely weekend, and go USA!

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by Julia

Liz and I will probably be blogging more over the summer as she job hunts and I mentally prepare for law school in the fall. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been reading. Happy June, readers!

Caitlyn Flanagan’s piece in The Atlantic has generated a ton of controversy. We’ll most likely respond in the next few days, seeing as we’re the girls apparently perpetrating this “cultural insurrection.” Some of our favorite feminist bloggers have responded: Sady Doyle and Jill Filipovic among them.

It is so rare to find commentary on women having children later in life without it being spun as a grave social problem. The Guardian has a great op-ed debunking some of this, and some good commentary here.

Some overlooked stories regarding the BP oil spill. ICE is investigating the immigration status of workers involved in the clean-up effort. File this under Really? Also, capitalism wreaks environmental havoc in places besides the US – just a reminder.

15 billboards that do not belong next to each other.

I’m getting a bit nostalgic for my DC summer intern days. For your entertainment purposes, Overheard in DC (intern edition) and the infamous DC intern blog, which Liz and I are thankful we never graced.

DC film festival round-up. Rosslyn’s ’90s series looks great.

I’m so excited for World Cup 2010. A beginner’s guide and a reluctant reminder that I’m not at all unique in this affinity.

Om nom nom for the day.

I’ve been listening to this a lot (thanks, Crystal Castles Pandora):

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by Julia

Apologies for the slow posting as of late. Elizabeth and I have been quite busy with travel, work, decisions for post-college, and enjoying our senior years. This means, however, that I have a ton of tabs saved up for y’all.

With the local food movement in full-swing, it is pertinent to examine the feminist implications of a call for a return to slow cooking (aka, get back in the kitchen, ladies).

Unpaid internships – my summer/semester occupations for the past two years – are clearly classist, but that might also make them illegal. I’m now pondering how DC would function without interns...would Senators answer their own letters!?

This has made the rounds on the blogosphere, but thought I would post it, as well. What if women ran Wall Street? (count me out of the experiment, thanks.)

Boo, overdeterministic parenting. I love the daughters’s reactions, too.

In honor of my ridiculous government exam on Monday on simplified Latino political behavior, here is a chart about immigration bureaucracy. But I thought it was so simple, what with that whole “land of the free” and stuff…

Jay Smooth ponders the dichotomy in rap between lyricism and capitalism. Reminds me of a documentary we just watched in my sociology class, also.

The 43 Sexist US Presidents. Franklin Pierce, here’s looking at you. (I kid).

My mom sent this to me a while back. Its simplistic message is something that anyone in any sort of relationship should strive to apply at all times, but especially surrounding break ups. Communication, ftw.

happy reading, and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating tomorrow.

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by Julia

I’ve spent the past three days snowed in following an epic 30 inches of snow here in the DC area. This translates to lots of movies, food, alcohol, and reading. Here are some highlights:

Epic snowball fight on McKeldin Mall here at UMD.

DCist has lots of pictures from Snomgasm 2010 in the nation’s capital.

The Daily Show on the plight of men in this new, post-patriarchal society. [sarcasm]

Jersey Shore beauty lessons. Genius.

A list of the most influential feminist texts, courtesy of Feminist Philosophers. There could definitely be more additions, but a good start for sure.

Definitely going to check out this book, I Don’t Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Romantic Disappointments. The Miss Piggy analogy is great.

Carla Fiorina’s hilarious campaign ad. Politics could use a dose of humor like this.

In the “really?” category, the Olympic Committee refuses to allow women to participate in certain events based on potential damage to their vessel status. Charming.

Jaclyn Friedman tears it up regarding sexism and the Super Bowl.

If filmmakers directed the Super Bowl.

If you haven’t checked out the British tv show, Skins, you really really need to.

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