At The Cut, Noreen Malone examines the term “basic bitch” in an illuminating read about the recent insult of the cool girl set. “It was a word we were looking for,” states Malone, then asks–why? What does it mean, this casual barb we’ve begun to lob at other women whom we deem less sophisticated than ourselves?
“While what it pretends to criticize is unoriginality of thought and action, most of what basic actually seeks to dismiss is consumption patterns — what you watch, what you drink, what you wear, and what you buy — without dismissing consumption itself.”
The right to bodily self-determination is once again being thrown to the wolves that are mostly (wealthy)(white)(straight) male lawmakers–but what can’t they do? Silence us. Katha Pollit’s recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, has come at a time when Texas has only seven remaining abortion clinics [update!] and medical abortions (which are considerably less invasive than surgical abortions) are increasingly difficult to access. At Elle magazine, Laurie Abraham has an excellent piece about Pollit’s book and her own abortion, thirty years ago; she discusses the difficulties of fertility and “infertility,” as well as how denying women bodily freedom reduces them to their sexuality. She further claims that “gender equality is a hollow concept if a woman can’t control her fertility except by refraining from sex.” Whew. It’s a long piece, and every page is necessary and worth the time it takes to read.
What should you wear today? BuzzFeed has a list of internationally crowdsourced ideas on what you shouldn’t wear, including:
etc. So: be careful with your sartorial choices. Your pants might be too tight, and your underwear could prevent you from getting close to God.
I’m going to conclude with this:
…because this has been an intense Links of the Day and it’s only Tuesday and–sure–Mercury may be in retrograde but we can do this. You OWN this week. Go get it.