Blog Roundup: Editors’ Picks, June 14-18

Ms. brings you our faves from the blogosphere during June 14-18: from mail-order wombs to American Apparel’s employee manual to Margaret Cho!

From Jezebel: Master sleazeball and American Apparel CEO Dov Charney offers a flimsy rejoinder following the recent s**t-storm over his company’s elaborate and creepy photo-vetting hiring process, chronically grotesque ad campaigns and bizarrely meticulous appearance standards for its retail store employees, where some clothing in sizes larger than 6 is not sold.

Also at Jezebel, the disturbing story of an Ivy League doctor’s experimentation with female genital mutilation and use of vibrators on young girls at Cornell University.

From Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: E.J. Graff reveals rampant corruption in many nations’ adoption procedures, and debunks the myth that there are millions of healthy babies in the developing world in need of a western home.

From RaceWire: The outsourcing of pregnancy and childbirth has become a full-fledged industry in India–what it means for the poor rural women whose wombs are up for rent.

From AlterNet: Adele Stan exposes how prominent U.S. conservative Christians are helping to keep Uganda’s “Kill-the-Gays” bill (which makes homosexuality a crime punishable by death) alive.

From The Crunk Feminist Collective: Slim Thug’s recent comments about black women yield a teachable moment about black masculinity, black femininity, class, patriarchy and capitalism.

From The Frisky: Margaret Cho talks to the Frisky’s Jessica Wakeman about camel toe, songwriting, domestic violence and why so many women comedians are lesbians.


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.