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Amazing piece at Feministe discusses relationship violence, independence and capability: “What would have happened if we’d all had a broader template that showed that vulnerability was just as valid a state for a feminist to inhabit as strength and invincibility?” (I can’t help think I would try to “handle it” very much the same way.)

The Texas Tribune is counting down the days till most of Texas’ new laws take effect by highlighting a different one each day. Day 11: Women seeking an abortion in Texas will be required to hear a description of the results of an ultrasound examination.

Lots of people are upset about the Michele Bachmann Newsweek cover. Is it sexist? Maybe. Is it bad journalism? Definitely. My thoughts in short: Newsweek did not portray other (male) candidates in the same light. But, in the theme of “a woman candidate is not necessarily a woman’s candidate,” it could very well be possible that Newsweek mocked Michele Bachmann so blatantly because she isn’t a good candidate, and that might have nothing to do with her gender. Despite the motive, it was unfair treatment. And, as Jon Stewart so eloquently pointed out: “Be honest, Newsweek, you used that photo in a petty attempt to make Michele Bachmann look crazy — and that’s what her words are for.”

Bitch magazine’s Adventures in Feministory highlights Ann Richards, an awesome Texan whom you might know from saying that former President George H. W. Bush was born with a silver foot in his mouth, oh, and she was our governor before George W. Bush.

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How cool is it that when some Britons were literally burning parts of their cities, others were lining upbrooms in hand, volunteering to help clean? That is inspiring.

Really looking forward to seeing the new documentary about Gloria Steinem. Liked seeing her on The Colbert Report this week. “We know that women can do what men can do, right? But we don’t know that men can do what women can do.”

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