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What we read: February 28, 2020

It’s my birthday, and to celebrate, I’m going to do the exact same thing I’ve been doing for the past two months: bring you what I thought was notable from the past week with a little commentary and maybe some snark.

But first, we’ve added three new writers to the Contemporary Spinster team! Meet Ellen, Richelle, and Rose! We’re really glad to have them here, and they’ve already contributed enormously to our team. If you’d like to write for us, you can apply here. We’re looking for two to three more people to create our core team.

Second, you can now follow CS on every social media platform and receive posts via email. Follow us on Twitter (@The_Spinsters), Instagram (@ContemporarySpinster), and Facebook (@ContemporarySpinster. Receive newest posts in you email inbox by signing up in the box to the left of this text (or below if reading on a mobile device). Follow us on all of your platforms and please share with anyone you think might like what we have to say! I’ll consider it my birthday present.

Speaking of birthday presents, I really wish the I could find bras I liked as much as the ones I have from Victoria’s Secret. I haven’t, yet, and because the brand has gone from terrible to slightly less terrible, I’m stuck with very old bras.

In the world of things I will read, Too Much has been preordered since December. Women and non-binary folx are constantly told they are too much (yet simultaneously, not enough), and I’m excited to read this exploration of the ways our “too muchness” is used to silence and Other.

One of the things I’m most concerned about, aside from sustainability, is the lack of women generally in medical research. This is a problem for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how diseases that are more likely to effect women aren’t researched, and the way diseases have different symptoms in women aren’t explored or published in research (and, therefore, doctors and women don’t know). This is bad news for women and puts our health at stake.

I was just talking to Jaymee about the gradients of #metoo and how something could be wrong, but not at the Harvey Weinstein level of evil. I appreciated, then, this piece from Salty about how a silent no is still a no. At some institutions, HR and title IX offices use a tea analogy in the sexual harassment workshops for faculty and staff (comparing sex to giving someone tea; e.g., you wouldn’t force tea on someone, right?). The limits of the tea analogy are even more clear in this era, and that is glaringly clear in the Ansari example. One, indeed, might bring tea to someone who hasn’t said yes but hasn’t said no — and that might be socially acceptable, even — but it’s not okay to have sex with someone who hasn’t said no but also hasn’t said yes.

I didn’t need this reminder, but perhaps you did: Cruises Are Bad. And they are bad not just because of the coronavirus (although the coronavirus does confirm it). #worstvacationever

From BitchMedia, Amy Roost writes about the Hyde Amendment and why we should care. Hint: it’s about our right to control our bodies, which still seems to be up for debate.

Finally, Crenshaw herself on intersectionality. Intersectionality is one of the most influential and important theories and lens of our time, and she briefly discusses the tenets and how it is relevant today.

USA’s marathon Olympic trials are tomorrow, and this event is basically my Super Bowl (since the other sports with yearly championships aren’t televised nationally). So I’m going to make an early bedtime, rise early to run and climb, so I’m back at noon EST for the some marathon spectating. Sure, I still barely know what a power play is, but I can give you a run down with statistics of the top 15 American women runners in the field tomorrow. This is my sport.

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