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If you read one thing this weekend, make it Lou McCudden’s Three Faces of Feminism: Louise Mensch, Laurie Penny and Jodie Marsh:

Less than 800 people could be bothered watching Louise Mensch and Laurie Penny argue about the role of the state and the speed of the government’s cuts (important issues though they are), but all around the world, women and men were watching ‘Jodie Marsh Bullied: My Secret Life’, and learning something terrifying: that as children, girls like Zoe are taught never to be clever, and then, later in life, women are blamed and mocked for acting dumb. (Left Eye, Right Eye) 

Mitt’s new rapper name: R-MONEY. (Democratic Underground)

Jessica Valenti on online feminism’s big win against Komen for the Cure. (The Nation)

How to stop “trying on other people’s sparks” and learn to embrace your own. (Roots of She)

Why I broke with up with my Girlfriend (and Dolly too). (Girls Are Made From Pepsi)

"I am fat, curvy, busty and genderqueer. This body which I have has very little to do with my gender – except in other people’s opinions." (Medicinal Marzipan)

On identifying bigotry:

If you ask someone if they are racist, sexist, or homophobic, they aren’t going to say that they are. No one likes to think they are doing something shitty. If we use the intentions and feelings of privileged people to determine when bigotry occurs, you will find that no one is bigoted by that definition. The experiences of oppressed people is the more appropriate way to judge the behavior of privileged people. This is uneasy feeling to people with privilege, but its not difficult compared ot actually being subject to bigotry on a daily basis. (Skeptifem)

Lessons for creatives from artist David Hockney, including why he never bothered to meet Picasso. (Nextness)

Do you have the “quality of keeping people together”? (The Happiness Project)

True story: I gave up on my dream. (Yes and Yes)

This post on the Occupy Movement resonated with my thoughts on recent controversies in the femmesphere:

What’s going on, I observed, is that Occupiers on-site are mirroring the social dynamics they want to challenge.  Rick said ‘Yeh, someone else said that. We are becoming them.” My response: “I wouldn’t put it that way. No. I’d say that we are them – we’ve always been them. There is no them, only us. Whether we like it or not, consciously or unconsciously the 1% exists in part because of the complicity of the 99%.” (See And Connect)

Olivia Hambett and Sandi Sieger’s new e-publishing company is all kinds of awesome. (O & S publishing)

Liz Phair on Lana Del Ray: "As a recording artist, I’ve been hated, I’ve been ridiculed, and conversely, hailed as the second coming. All that matters in the end is that I’ve been heard." (Wall Street Journal)

And Flavia Dzodan says she sings Video Games for the fourteen year old girl she once was. (Tiger Beatdown)

Yellow fever: dating as an Asian woman. (Persephone Magazine)

And how to create eight article ideas in one sitting. (The Urban Muse)