Covering the Coverage: Newsy Bits For You to Read

This week in lady-news: HOLY SHIT NOOOOO, LOU REED JUST DIED. Also, feminist Halloween costumes, Barney's New York's racial profiling allegations, and Japan's sex-free young masses.

Oct 27, 2013 at 3:00pm | Leave a comment

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It's Covering the Coverage time again -- how excited are you? Let's get to it. Here's some stuff that happened in lady-news-land last week. Tell us what you think in the comments, if you please.

  • UGH DAMMIT NOOOOO: Lou Reed died today at age 71. He had had lots of liver problems, and had surgery in May for said problems, saying afterward that he was "bigger and stronger" than ever. Still sad. RIP.
  • At the American Prospect, Jaclyn Friedman wrote an extensive and extensively disturbing piece about the "manosphere," the Internet's shadowy little playground where evil, vitriolic anti-feminists "rant, bond, and spew ideas so misogynist they make Silvio Berlusconi look like Gloria Steinem." She doesn't just focus on Men's Rights Activists, but on the PUA community (remember Mystery? ugh) and Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), "who claim to have sworn off women altogether." Read the article if you need a good shudder.
  • The NYPD and upscale shopping mecca Barney's New York stirred up some mess for themselves this week after two African-American shoppers came forward, saying they were questioned and mistreated by police after buying expensive items at the swanky New York store. Has the retailer been secretly profiling its customers for years and years? That's what some are saying. On a related note, Jay-Z hasn't yet ended his recent partnership with the store, opting for a "wait-and-see" approach to the charges before taking action.
  • Bitch has a roundup of 20 feminist Halloween costume ideas, if you're curious or still (?) looking for a costume. Some of them are cool, some are kinda lame, but one of the more questionable ideas (which has since been pulled from the story) understandably stirred up some drama in the comments section: dressing up as an incarcerated prisoner from "Orange is the New Black." Um ... not so much. Thoughts?
  • Feminist icon Susan Faludi writes an expose of sorts about Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and her global "Lean In" movement (er, corporation?).
  • In the Guardian, there's an interesting story about how young people in Japan appear to have stopped having sex. See, 45 percent of Japanese women aged 16-24 are reportedly "not interested in or despise sexual contact," and more than a quarter of men feel the same way. Yeep. The Japanese media is calling it sekkusu shinai shokogun, or "celibacy syndrome." I just call it "welcome to my world." I kid.
  • This Salon piece reveals that, for once and for all, Robin Thicke really does seem that icky. Of his father, TV star Alan Thicke, Robin's said, "He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic — every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it." (Ewww, he "had" them?) Also, on "Today" recently, Thick helpfully mansplained the feminist redemptive value of his hit song "Blurred Lines," saying it "achieves 'what great art does — it’s supposed to stir conversation, it’s supposed to make us talk about what’s important and what the relationships between men and women are. If you listen to the lyrics, it says, ‘That man is not your maker.’ It’s actually a feminist movement within itself.”
  • Any thoughts on "The Counselor"? Are you seeing it? Avoiding it like the Black Death? It's Cormac McCarthy's first screenplay to be made into a film, and it's bit ... controversial. (I saw it last night, and yes, Cameron Diaz's car-fucking scene really is that insane, over-the-top and disturbing, as is Javier Bardem's fish-themed language to describe said spectacle.
  • Hollywood may be (unsurprisingly?) deterring young women from computer science. This New York Times piece claims, "few characters have computer science or engineering jobs, and, when such characters do appear, they’re overwhelmingly male. In this instance, overwhelmingly' means that, in family films, the ratio of men to women in computer science or engineering jobs in 14.25 to 1, and 5.4 to 1 in prime time television." Not that cool.
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