Saturday: Late Lunch Reads

1016966_420781081371818_990974132_nGood afternoon, newsjunkies.

By late lunch, I really mean a) I’m eating from a box of Annie’s Homegrown cheddar bunnies, and b) this time last week, JJ aka Minkoff Minx and I were happily squished together in a restaurant booth in Atlanta waiting for our sandwiches to come out (which took forever to do so; I think this was the universe giving us more time together…)

JJ had an even bigger heart in person than I already thought she would–somewhat an impossible feat. I can only hope know this is just the start of many more Sky Dancer luncheons and meetups and such! (How does a Winter 2013 Sky Dancers convention sound, y’all? Or, maybe Spring Break 2014?)

The entire conversation last Saturday afternoon was such a blast, between JJ’s mama, her daughter Bebe, my younger sister Megan, and the two of us.

At one point, in my typical absentminded and inarticulate fashion, I stumbled trying to explain that we feminists hold our movement to a standard that I don’t think other social justice movements (of which I consider myself a member!) necessarily do. We struggle to find the perfect hypothetical woman to carry out all our diverse views on womanhood–when really all we need is a woman who lives her choices in action, and supports the choices of others. (Y’all know what comes next…drumroll please…)

Hillary 2016!

Anyhow, here are a few ‘easy-over’ links for you to graze on while you peruse the net this afternoon…

First up, if you haven’t seen it yet, Maxipad-gate: Now I Know Exactly How To Talk To Dudes About Periods! [via Upworthy]

I’m just going to excerpt here:

So this guy watched a maxipad commercial and thought that periods were the best time EVER in a woman’s life. Then, he found out that wasn’t true. So naturally, he took to Facebook and expressed his thoughts, which you can see below.

Then, the (fictional) CEO of Bodyform decided to respond to his unfortunate misunderstanding of the way the human body works.

Here’s the “Bodyform CEO” response:

Sardonic awesomeness, right? When I saw it, I just knew I had to post it here. Apologies if it’s a repeat of anything posted on the frontpage or the comments already. I’m still all tortoise-like slowly but surely catching up on last week and this week at Sky Dancing. So I should probably stipulate that this disclaimer applies to all my links 🙂

Next up, an -interesting- read via New Zealands “” network of publications, in which Rosemary McLeod examines the last fifty  years of feminism after Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique: What women wanted – and what they got.

I’m going to tease you a tiny snippet and withhold my opinions of the piece for a moment so I can hear some unvarnished feedback from y’all. I really hope you take the time to read it in its entirety and comment below if you have the chance this weekend–as ever, I look forward to hearing what Sky Dancers have to say on this topic!

Teaser, just to give you a taste:


In 1963 there was no Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

QUESTION: What does the Ministry of Women’s Affairs do?


• What would Betty Friedan make of Madonna, Tracey Emin and Lady Gaga?
• Would she have enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill?
• If she were young today would she have a pierced nipple/clitoris/tongue?
• What would her tattoo be, and where would she have it?
• Where did suburban neurosis go?
• Why are twice as many women as men currently on antidepressants?
• Why do three times as many men as women commit suicide?
• How are university women’s studies courses faring?

And, finally–a Hillary-bite! NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries [via Gary Levin in USA Today]:

Diane Lane will star, and the action will begin in 1998.

(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

Story Highlights

  • Hillary miniseries is one of several planned by NBC
  • Diane Lane will star
  • NBC expects to air it before her presidential candidacy is formally announced

As Hillary Clinton is widely expected to make a second presidential run in 2016, NBC is planning a sure-to-be-controversial miniseries about the former first lady and secretary of State.

Diane Lane (Unfaithful) will star in the project, which has yet to cast an actor to play the former president. But it will begin in 1998, midway through Bill Clinton’s second term, when the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal engulfed the family.

Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) will write and direct the four-hour project.

Will NBC run afoul of campaign laws that require equal time for presidential candidates? Not if the network gets the project on in a hurry.

“She’s not going to probably declare her candidacy for two more years,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “so this could well have aired before that.”

Oh wow! This reminds me of Obama and the West Wing storyline that preceded his election. Oh WOW. I’m kind of gathering my thoughts here on this, so…

I’m going to turn the comment sections over to y’all. Have at it!

20 Comments on “Saturday: Late Lunch Reads”

  1. Beata says:

    What a great picture of Mona and JJ! You two look like you could really be sisters!

    I like the idea of Diana Lane as Hillary but I am wary of the mini-series. Will it be a hit piece?

    Now back to read Mona’s links!

    • I worry too, B. Why start in 1998?

      • newdealdem1 says:

        Great pic of Mona and JJ. Love the commraderie on this blog. In addition to the great front page posts, it’s another one of those things that keeps me a loyal reader and sometime poster. I, too, am weary of that NBC mini-series and the timing of it as well. I like the actress picked to play Hillary but that is as far as I will go now in feeling good about this mini-series. And, yes, why start it in 1998 at the height of the Lewinsky nonsense.

    • dakinikat says:

      I love the picture!!! It makes me smile and I really really need to smile.

      • RalphB says:

        Gives me a big smile as well. They both are just gorgeous and look really happy to be there. 🙂

      • It was a hell of a lunch, with great conversation. My mom was talking about when she went to a feminist meeting back in the late sixties. And the first thing the woman who was giving the meeting said was, to “prepare to divorce your husbands.”

        Which bothered my mom…because part of the reason for this statement was that these women should go out and get jobs, which the husbands would have problems with. My mom made the point that she had to work, as did all the women in our family because we had no other option…Of course women did not get equal pay, and that is still an issue, but she was talking about how she felt the early women’s movement was for the wealthier classes…she also said that the militarism of the early moment was necessary.

        She compared it to when she went back to college and took women’s study courses during the early 1990’s…when there was still a feminist militarism, but they were all lesbians.

        My mom and I talked about it today, about how some feminist can’t get over Hillary staying with Bill Clinton. (Yeah Mona, she got what you were saying last week, me too…but the brain cells just don’t work like they used to.)

        And Bebe was very talkative too, so I was proud of her, she got a chance to discuss med school with Megan. Bebe left our lunch excited about so many things.

        Oh what a great time we had, and like Mona says…we really got to get together again.

    • Fannie says:

      Wow, you two look like sisters – for real. I love the ideal of a grand sky dancing celebration…….tell you we are a fleet of well informed dancers.

  2. Ok so I just realized the Upworthy/Bodyform stuff is from October. Lol. I’m really really behind 🙂

  3. RalphB says:

    Always Have a Happy Period Best complaint letter evah! Written by Wendi Aarons of Austin, Texas.

    Dear Mr. Thatcher,

    I have been a loyal user of your Always maxi pads for over 20 years and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the Leak Guard Core or Dry-Weave absorbency, I’d probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I’d certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can’t tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there’s a little F-16 in my pants.

  4. Fannie says:

    One of my favorites has moved on today……………….J.J. Cale, 5 Dec 1938 Tulsa, Ok. – 27 Jul 2013, LaJolla, Ca. R.I.P.

  5. Fannie says:

    Really loved this guy………………..

  6. My internet is very slow again tonight, so I will need to write tomorrow morning’s post…tomorrow morning. Just a heads up if the thread is a little late in the AM.

  7. Sweet Sue says:

    Two beautiful brunettes!

  8. ecocatwoman says:

    Sisters from another mother. Seriously I initially thought the photo must have been of JJ & her daughter.

    • Hey well that’s a great boost to my ego, thanks all of you! Seeing three generations of Minkoff Minx women up close and beautiful, I sure wouldn’t mind being in that gene pool 🙂

      Hey did anyone read the 50 years from Friedan piece? I was hoping to hear some thoughts 🙂