Bag’s Take-Away:
I think this is true and I still don’t understand why corporate interests, which promote right wing causes all over the U.S., still penalize women for having the children they want her to have. 
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I think this is true and I still don’t understand why corporate interests, which promote right wing causes all over the U.S., still penalize women for having the children they want her to have.

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A shocking photo. FEMEN members with their shirts on,  not off.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters caption: Activists of Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen (L-R) Yana Zhdanova, Alexandra and Inna Shevchenko, and Oksana Shachko sit in their office in Kiev May 18, 2012.The topless activists of Femen, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month’s Euro-2012 soccer tournament - welcome or not - can be counted on.)
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A shocking photo. FEMEN members with their shirts on, not off.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

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Good news, ladies. Tired of being on the front lines in the War on Women? Newsweek just announced that what women really want to do is “surrender.”
For those of you who thought that professional women might be fantasizing about earning the same salaries as their male counterparts, grabbing the reins at more Fortune 500 companies, achieving gender parity in Congress, or sitting at (rather than under) the desk in the Oval Office, think again. Newsweek leased its prime real estate to (post)feminist gadfly Katie Roiphe, who presents the (alleged) feminine fetish for sadomasochistic domination as feminism’s inconvenient truth.
Predictably, the blogosphere has taken Roiphe to task. Should we assume—based on her article—that this is punishment Roiphe (secretly) likes? If so, is Newsweek editor Tina Brown also “asking for it”? And what about the anonymous woman gracing Newsweek’s “link bait-y” cover?
The “working woman” getting so much attention as Newsweek’s eye candy looks more like a working girl (high class—of course). Her financial privilege is suggested by her carefully coiffed hair (note the salon quality backcombing), her elegant bone structure (a sign of good breeding), and the exaggerated bow on her silky onyx blindfold (S&M gear goes haute couture). Although she favors a power color for her lips, her open mouth and the vaguely contorted posture of her body (which leads the viewer to imagine her hands tied behind her back) signals a supposed desire to relinquish that power. Her naked body intimates that this persona is more authentic than her workday self. She is the elemental woman—stripped of pretense and relieved of power.
Ironically, the pesky power from which Newsweek thinks today’s working women needs to be unburdened is the real fantasy. Women still lag in salary, representation, and political credibility. But stereotypes about women (as citizens, voters, and workers) are often enforced visually, which is why the S&M aesthetic is used to sell everything from shoes to suits to booze; it’s even a go-to meme in politics, deployed to try to convince people to vote, go vegan, and stop patronizing circuses. Roiphe and Newsweek would have us believe that this “trend” represents a complicated and conflicted new feminism, but really it’s just the same old patriarchy at work. To be sure, women can be (and often are) participants in and perpetrators of patriarchy (I’m looking at you, Tina Brown).
If Newsweek wants to contribute to cultural understanding of the challenges “working women” face, they should focus on the real battles women wage every day for physical safety, economic security, political representation, and personal autonomy. That’s the war in which women cannot afford to surrender.
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Good news, ladies. Tired of being on the front lines in the War on Women? Newsweek just announced that what women really want to do is “surrender.”

For those of you who thought that professional women might be fantasizing about earning the same salaries as their male counterparts, grabbing the reins at more Fortune 500 companies, achieving gender parity in Congress, or sitting at (rather than under) the desk in the Oval Office, think again. Newsweek leased its prime real estate to (post)feminist gadfly Katie Roiphe, who presents the (alleged) feminine fetish for sadomasochistic domination as feminism’s inconvenient truth.

Predictably, the blogosphere has taken Roiphe to task. Should we assume—based on her article—that this is punishment Roiphe (secretly) likes? If so, is Newsweek editor Tina Brown also “asking for it”? And what about the anonymous woman gracing Newsweek’s “link bait-y” cover?

The “working woman” getting so much attention as Newsweek’s eye candy looks more like a working girl (high class—of course). Her financial privilege is suggested by her carefully coiffed hair (note the salon quality backcombing), her elegant bone structure (a sign of good breeding), and the exaggerated bow on her silky onyx blindfold (S&M gear goes haute couture). Although she favors a power color for her lips, her open mouth and the vaguely contorted posture of her body (which leads the viewer to imagine her hands tied behind her back) signals a supposed desire to relinquish that power. Her naked body intimates that this persona is more authentic than her workday self. She is the elemental woman—stripped of pretense and relieved of power.

Ironically, the pesky power from which Newsweek thinks today’s working women needs to be unburdened is the real fantasy. Women still lag in salary, representation, and political credibility. But stereotypes about women (as citizens, voters, and workers) are often enforced visually, which is why the S&M aesthetic is used to sell everything from shoes to suits to booze; it’s even a go-to meme in politics, deployed to try to convince people to vote, go vegan, and stop patronizing circuses. Roiphe and Newsweek would have us believe that this “trend” represents a complicated and conflicted new feminism, but really it’s just the same old patriarchy at work. To be sure, women can be (and often are) participants in and perpetrators of patriarchy (I’m looking at you, Tina Brown).

If Newsweek wants to contribute to cultural understanding of the challenges “working women” face, they should focus on the real battles women wage every day for physical safety, economic security, political representation, and personal autonomy. That’s the war in which women cannot afford to surrender.

—Karrin Anderson

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Female protest vs. female authority. Don’t see this very often.
via  USA Today Media Gallery
(credit: Kevin Frayer/AP Photo caption:  Tibetan exiles are detained by Indian police at an illegal protest against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao in New Delhi, India. Hu is attending a summit with officials from India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.) 
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Female protest vs. female authority. Don’t see this very often.

via USA Today Media Gallery

(credit: Kevin Frayer/AP Photo caption: Tibetan exiles are detained by Indian police at an illegal protest against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao in New Delhi, India. Hu is attending a summit with officials from India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.)

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On the positive side, both of the below ads were pulled by their respective companies.

On the less than positive side, is there something about today’s atmosphere that leads advertisers to believe this kind of ad is acceptable? Women in at least ten states (pdf file) want to know.

via The Jane Dough and AdWeek

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Juxtaposition of the Day

In the U.S. women are spoken down to while, currently, in Myanmar, of all places, they reach across to be heard.

Both photos are interesting for the position of women in the photo….I like the first one especially for that and for the fact the flowered bra (the most feminine aspect outside the women themselves) is at eye level for the men speaking down to them.

The second photo is quite lovely for an expression of power and femininity as Aung San Suu expresses her position on a more equivalent level.

Top Photo: via The New York Times Bottom Photo: via The New York Times Lens Blog

(top photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Photos caption: Protesters argued with Santorum supporters outside a hotel in Gettysburg, Pa. bottom photo credit: Ye Aung Thu/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: The leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed supporters at a campaign rally on the outskirts of Yangon on Wednesday. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is running for a seat in Parliament in elections being held April 1.)

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 Haven’t read the article (subscription only), but since women earn $.75 on every $1.00 earned by men, what this tells me we’re working longer hours than men.  Unless they’re talking about sex workers.
Time Magazine Cover for March 
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Haven’t read the article (subscription only), but since women earn $.75 on every $1.00 earned by men, what this tells me we’re working longer hours than men.  Unless they’re talking about sex workers.

Time Magazine Cover for March

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Tags #Time Magazine    #Equal Rights    #Women's Rights    #Labor    #Workforce    #Equal Pay    #News    #Culture    #Magazine design    #Economy    #Feminism   

Bag’s Take-Away:
What with State houses across the country legislating transvaginal ultrasounds, it feels cruel (if not unusual) to see the right-wing “concealed carry” crowd evoking rape as a symbol of public, not to mention, female empowerment. (If you missed it, see yellow sign.)
via:The Charlotte Observer
(photo: Seth Perlman/APcaption: Illinois gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Springfield, Ill.)
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What with State houses across the country legislating transvaginal ultrasounds, it feels cruel (if not unusual) to see the right-wing “concealed carry” crowd evoking rape as a symbol of public, not to mention, female empowerment. (If you missed it, see yellow sign.)

via:The Charlotte Observer

(photo: Seth Perlman/APcaption: Illinois gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Springfield, Ill.)

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Tags #abortion    #concealed carry    #contraception    #feminism    #news    #politics    #protest    #women    #women's rights    #Gun Rights    #Gun    #NRA    #Photography    #Photojournalism   

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With Limbaugh in the headlines for misogyny, calling a Georgetown law student a slut and a prostitute for defending medical insurance coverage for contraception, I thought: surely Rush can’t be that screwed up when it comes to women, can he? For an alternate view, I sought out the best visual evidence I could find illuminating how Rush could actually subsume himself to, and honor a woman. The photos I’m drawing from come from an twenty photo online photo album on Rush’s Facebook site, posted a-year-and-a-half ago, titled: “Rush & Kathryn’s Wedding.”

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With Limbaugh in the headlines for misogyny, calling a Georgetown law student a slut and a prostitute for defending medical insurance coverage for contraception, I thought: surely Rush can’t be that screwed up when it comes to women, can he? For an alternate view, I sought out the best visual evidence I could find illuminating how Rush could actually subsume himself to, and honor a woman. The photos I’m drawing from come from an twenty photo online photo album on Rush’s Facebook site, posted a-year-and-a-half ago, titled: “Rush & Kathryn’s Wedding.”

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Tags #Rush Limbaugh    #women    #feminism    #misogyny    #culture    #politics    #news    #photojournalism    #wedding photos    #weddings   

Bag’s Take-Away:

Tara Godvin at TIME finds marvellous pic I missed from House contraception fiasco. That story’s got legs!

via: TIME Political Pictures of the Week, Feb. 18-24

(photo: Luke Sharrett / The New York Times / Redux caption: Catholic Bishop William Lori and the Rev. Matthew Harrison testify before a House committee on the Obama administration’s contraceptive policy for employees at religious institutions in Washington, Feb. 16, 2012.)



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Bag’s Take-Away:

Tara Godvin at TIME finds marvellous pic I missed from House contraception fiasco. That story’s got legs!

via: TIME Political Pictures of the Week, Feb. 18-24

(photo: Luke Sharrett / The New York Times / Redux caption: Catholic Bishop William Lori and the Rev. Matthew Harrison testify before a House committee on the Obama administration’s contraceptive policy for employees at religious institutions in Washington, Feb. 16, 2012.)

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