Blog Roundup: Editors’ Picks, June 7-11

Ms. brings you our feminist faves from the blogosphere during June 7-11: from M.I.A. to Miranda July to flying rodents!

From Sociological Images: Men’s magazine cover stories from the pre-feminist era, when being manly still meant being horrible:

— “Why Foreign Girls Make Better Wives and Lovers”

— “Miami Beach: The Paradise for Love-Starved Vacationists”

— “Why Marry a Virgin?”

— “Flying Rodents Ripped my Flesh”

— “I’m Teaching My Kid to Fight Dirty”

— “Chewed to Bits by Giant Turtles”

From Alternet: Could the BP oil spill cause miscarriages and birth defects? “Pregnant woman and children should not be anywhere near this,” says Dr. Riki Ott, a marine biologist studying the impact of the spill’s toxins on both the environment and people.

From Tiger Beatdown: In the “we wish we had written this” category, Sady articulates why feminists should be disturbed by Lynn Hirschberg’s snide New York Times Magazine profile of rapper M.I.A.

From This Week in Lady News: Stassa Edwards covers Miranda July’s latest installation in Union Square, and sounds off about the recent spate of faux-feminist conservative women in an open letter to Amy Siskind, Rachael Larimore and the rest of the conservative “Rah, Rah, Sisterhood” crowd.

From Grist: Suzanne Ehlers, new president of Population Action International, trumpets  “the magic of family planning“: Women’s reproductive health and autonomy are the key to fighting climate change.

From Womanist Musings and BlogHer: Renee Martin and seven other bloggers on the troubling end of Helen Thomas’ remarkable career.


Annie is the Community Editor at The Nation and the former New Media Coordinator at Ms. magazine. She studied sociology and women's studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She's a big fan of birds, plants and things that are funny. Her animal totem is the bat.