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This week's round-up includes: the trouble with "Lady Parts," lying to women during negotiations, and questioning body positive music videos.
- The Trouble With “Lady Parts” by Parker Marie Molloy at Slate (Keywords: gender, language, trans, genderqueer, reproductive health care access)
I understand that Winstead and her colleagues are using the term “Lady Parts” as a playful euphemism for much more clinical-sounding terms like “uterus,” “vagina,” and so on. The problem with this name—and with use of terms like “lady parts” or “lady bits” more generally to refer to reproductive organs that have been typically associated with women—is that it reinforces biological essentialism, tying gender to genitals.
- One Reason Women Fare Worse in Negotiations? People Lie to Them. by Jane C. Hu at Slate (Keywords: gender, business, misogyny)
After the negotiation, students were asked to disclose whether they lied. Both men and women reported lying to women more often. Twenty-four percent of men said they lied to a female partner, while only 3 percent of men said they lied to a male partner. Women also lied to other women (17 percent), but they lied to men as well (11 percent). Perhaps even more telling: People were more likely to let men in on secrets. “Men were more likely to be given preferential treatment,” says Kray.
- Are 'Body Positive' Music Videos All That Positive? by Julie Zeilinger at Billboard (Keywords: body image, beauty standards, weight loss, disordered eating)
Women may feel palpable relief watching these new videos, but in doing so we may fail to notice how such "body positive" presentations are far from revolutionary and may actually reinforce existing paradigms. Caillat and Legend's lyrics and imagery suggest a beauty revolution that involves little more than eschewing makeup. Another music video recently embraced for its body positivity -- Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" -- equates being thin to being like a "silicone Barbie doll." She doesn't embrace a spectrum of body diversity so much as reinforce a paradox in which women only exist as thin/ideal/unrealistic or full/natural/acceptable.
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