Rah! Rah! Roundup


Finally, a Google Chrome app that “changes the word ‘man’ to something more appropriate”! And it’s called, you guessed it, Not All Men.

As you probably heard, since for some reason this news story turned everyone on social media into a total snark, Harper Lee will be publishing a second novel. Go Set a Watchman is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, although Lee wrote Watchman first. And okay, okay, some of those posts were pretty funny, like this one that riffs on that Kanye-and-Paul-McCartney joke from a few weeks ago:


Chicago’s Goodman Theatre has created a series of feminist quizzes as an innovative way to promote their new play, Rapture, Blister, Burn (which—pop quiz on top of pop quiz!—was named after what song? That’s right, Hole’s “Use Once & Destroy”).

If you can’t get enough of Marisa’s feminist Bachelor recaps, perhaps you will also love Rachel Dratch’s “Dratchelor PreCap.”

Sonya Vatomsky ends her three-part series of essays on “Performing Gender” at Luna Luna with a call to action:

Defend the women around you. Defend the fictional women. Defend the real women. Defend complicated women, angry women, sad women. Defend a world in which women can be not-men in a way that’s not punitive, can be people, can be anything. Consume media created by women. Surround yourself with women[.]

The Critical Flame will mark the third anniversary of Adrienne Rich’s passing with a feature on her poetry, criticism, feminism, and politics, and they’re accepting submissions now.

At New York magazine, Ann Friedman discusses “The Problem with those ‘Feminist’ Super Bowl Ads“:

“It’s great to see brands do something bigger with their Super Bowl ads,” a creative director told The Wall Street Journal. And I agree that dedicated dads and fierce-faced girls are better than beer-soaked sexism. But rather than feeling satisfied that these ads represent how far we’ve come, we should see them as an indication of how far we have to go. How much of its annual profit is Always diverting to girls’ empowerment programs? What sort of paternity-leave policies are in place at Dove and Nissan — and do those companies support better federal family-leave laws for all parents? How is the NFL changing its policies, not just its messaging, toward players who abuse their partners?

Over at Feministing, Tina Rodia offers “A Feminist Recap of the 2015 Australian Open“: apparently it blew the minds of the media to hear player Heather Watson admit that menstrual cramps affected her performance; meanwhile, a reporter asked Eugenie Bouchard to “give us a twirl.” WTF.

We’re letting you know about Vulture’s Broad City paper dolls of Ilana, Abbi, and paraphernalia not only because we love Broad City, but also because we don’t want pervs to be the only ones playing with them:




As foretold in an earlier roundup, Cathy Park Hong is publishing amazing poems as the new poetry editor of The New Republic: check out “Male Pregnancy” by Eileen Myles.

Watch Miranda July talk to Lena Dunham about the different types of vulnerability experienced by novelists and performers in a clip from their discussion at BAM in Brooklyn last week (see also: The Real Housewives of Bohemia’s podcast episode “Miranda and Lena Back and Forth Forever” for a discussion of their discussion):

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