Morning all. We hope you read this mid-lounge, because that’s what Sundays are for, after all.
This week was characterised by some incredibly affecting pieces, which we’ve included here.
1. Thanksgiving in Mongolia. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker
Emotive adjectives cannot do justice to this piece, so forgive us for jamming them in this paragraph anyway. Ariel Levy’s heartwrenching story of her miscarriage is at once unbelievably raw and hugely moving. We highly recommend, for its honest and frank treatment of a topic that is so often brushed under the carpet by the media. But be warned – it may be upsetting.
2. My Abortion. Meaghan Winter, New York Magazine
Another one that is not for the faint hearted. Here, New York Magazine has published the stories of 26 women who’ve undergone abortions. They span eras and classes, but an undercurrent of truth runs through all. It’s fascinating to read about their differing feelings and experiences – proving once and for all that generalisations serve little purpose in a matter as universally emotional as this.
3. In Hookups, Inequality Still Reigns. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times blog
A study of 24,000 American students has found that 40% of women had an orgasm during their last casual sex encounter involving intercourse, compared to 80% of men, but that about three quarters of women in relationships report having orgasms during their last sexual encounter. Scientists attribute this to better ‘practice’ in a relationship, as well as the fact that men try less hard with girls they’ve just met. Discuss.
4. Vagisil – marketing paranoia to women. Caroline Criado-Perez, The Guardian
Another week, another great comment piece from our very busy ambassador Caroline Criado-Perez. Here she explores the misogynistic undercurrent to the latest ad for Vagisil, which tells women to buy their product to combat the ‘odours’ emanating from the vagina: it’s fundamentally dishonest, ‘attack[ing] and diminish[ing] women's self-confidence, in order to sell it back to them at a profit – hiding behind a “we girls are in it together” mateyness.’
5. Female students face a wave of misogyny in British universities. Laura Bates, The Guardian
It must be seen to be believed. Probably best avoid this one if you’re easily enraged. It’s a video of Stirling University men’s hockey team on a bus, singing a chant about women that grows increasingly sexist, racist and all-round-unpleasant with every verse. It’s an eye-opening insight to the disturbingly casual prejudices that still exist in universities all over the country.
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