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This week's round-up includes: division of labor at work; body image and age; questions for people researching trans identity; birth control and controlling women; and make up in professional sports.
- Little surprise here: women expected to do more at home – and at work by Heidi Moore at The Guardian (Keywords: gender, employment, discrimination, wages, misogyny)
No matter what profession a woman works in, she's actually in the service profession.
That's the upshot of an illuminating (and to many, enraging) new Columbia Business School study highlighted this week, showing that co-workers and bosses feel entitled to favors from women – or, in fact, that almost everything a woman does at work is considered "a favor" that is off the clock. To put it another way, when a woman takes on a project no one else will, or does something helpful or thoughtful, it's seen as something she does for fun. When a man does it, it seen as real work.
- What Percentage of Older Women Are Satisfied with Their Body Image? Survey Says … by Rachel at Our Bodies, Our Blog (Keywords: women, body image, age, fat, dieting/weight loss)
Body image is often thought of as a concern for teen girls and younger women, and the abundance of resources on this topic are skewed toward those age groups.
But a new study published in the Journal of Women and Aging illustrates how few of us are happy with how our bodies look, even as we get older: Only 12 percent of women reported being satisfied with their body size.
While the number is pathetically low, it’s not surprising considering how many of us are self-critical about our appearance. Even if we are not actively dieting, our culture — and sometimes our own families and friends — make it impossible to tune out messages that we should be younger, thinner and prettier.
- Being a Research Subject – Questions for people researching trans identity by Rebecca at The Thang Blog (Keywords: trans, research, activism, privilege)
However, I’m starting to rethink my informal policy of talking to just about anyone. Like much of my work, speaking with journalists and researchers wasn’t something I set out to do; it grew organically out of other projects. But a recent influx of interview requests have made me rethink this open-door policy. After a lot of reflection, I’ve come up with a new set of guidelines. From now on, I will be declining to speak with anyone conducting research who cannot first answer the following questions to my satisfaction:
- Birth Control and Controlling Women, Part I and Part II by Human with Uterus (Keywords: birth control, pregnancy, health care access, reproductive justice, population control, socioeconomic status, race, gendered language)
Unfortunately, there is a lot of investment in birth control that has more to do with controlling than empowering women. And it is usually not accompanied by investment in making sure women have access to education, a living wage, basic healthcare, and individual rights.
- Some people want to prevent poor women (in the U.S. and internationally) from having children, whether they want them or not.
- Some people want to make sure that women they approve have children whether they want them or not.
- WNBA rookie makeup class proves old norms die hard by Caitlin Constantine at Fit and Feminist (Keywords: gender, femininity, make up, athletes, Brittney Griner, WNBA)
Knowing how to invest your money wisely and handling yourself professionally during press conferences are what I would consider to be important life skills for a pro athlete, but learning how to blend your eyeshadow properly? Ehhh…not so much.
It makes you wonder if the organizational officials behind this decision saw the charm school scene in “A League of Their Own” and thought, “By golly, what a great idea! We shall take these slovenly wildebeests and turn them into real ladies.”
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, please don't hesitate to share anything I -- among other VP readers -- may have missed! What have you been reading or writing this week?