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Uterus! There, I said it: Your sex and gender morning roundup

April 1, 2011 - 09:00 AM
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CATHOLICS are more supportive of LGBT rights—and same-sex marriage—than other Christian groups, and the general population.

FUN NEW DIRTY WORD to the U.S. Senate: Uterus.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: American University students stage sit-in on sexual assault funding; it is (kind of) successful.

AFTER THE JUMP: Straights "threatened" by existence of ex-gays; subjects v. objects, men v. women; prison rape prevention standards near completion:

EX-GAYS BASH APPLE OVER "CENSORSHIP":" "Turns out some are still threatened by the fact that people can change from gay to straight," PFOX's Christopher Doyle writes on Apple's decision to nix an Exodus International app.

LUX ALPTRAUM on the subject/object divide: "a few months ago, during a discussion at work about a then big story, the details of which are unimportant, my boss countered one of my arguments by telling me (I’m paraphrasing here) that women are just fundamentally more interesting to an audience than men are: men want to read about women, and women want to read about women. It’s why women are on the cover of Cosmo, and women are on the cover of Maxim. They’re the universal draw," Alptraum writes. "It’s a valid point, but one that contrasts sharply with Hollywood’s conviction that no one wants to watch women–at least not as the driving force in a story that’s not about the pursuit of a man. If I’m parsing this properly, common wisdom tells us we’re all obsessed with learning as much as we can about them–but when asked to view a story through their lens and viewpoint, we (or at least men) shy away. Which, I suppose, comes back to the old chestnut, that we’ve both turned around in our heads, that women are objects and men are subjects."

WATCHING every Woody Allen film.

OLDER WOMEN in D.C. are more likely to live in poverty and face discrimination in employment, credit, and housing.

THE IMPORTANCE of maintaining a gendered lens.

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is still mulling over new federal standards to stop prison rape in the U.S. criminal justice system; the public comment period to weigh in on those standards ends Monday.

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  1. TABD

    TABD

    Apr 26, 2011 - 07:19:03 PM

    It's be cool to have a Woody Allen flick featuring Charlie Sheen. I'd pay to watch that.

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