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I know you’re all struck with the end-of-the-weekend blues, but fear not! We’ve found the cure — it’s feminism!

Crap! They figured us out!

Crap! They figured us out!

Take a look at what we’ve been reading this week and tell us what you think!

  • Missouri lawmaker wants to sue for an Obamacare exception. Says Skylar: “Lololololololololol! Does this mean I can sue the government for other shit I don’t want to pay for?!”
  • “The innovation of this initiative lies in the fact that it includes pay not only for the first and second of these, but also for the third, seeing women’s work in the home as crucial in providing a stable environment within which cash crop production can take place.” An interesting article on a fair trade contract that includes women doing work that is generally and usually uncompensated.
  • Victory! “Glammed up” (read: unnecessarily sexualized) Merida from Disney’s Brave has been removed from Disney’s web site.
  • Yes, please: this article is about the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag, but also has, like, a bazillion links to the writings, projects, and work of badass feminists of color.

We made our non-tipping restaurant work in the U.S. for more than six years, and from what I saw, eliminating tipping is a superior model. And, as Slate’s Brian Palmer has shown, there’s plenty of research to back up my observations. Studies have shown that tipping is not an effective incentive for performance in servers. It also creates an environment in which people of color, young people, old people, women, and foreigners tend to get worse service than white males. In a tip-based system,nonwhite servers make less than their white peers for equal work. Consider also the power imbalance between tippers, who are typically male, and servers, 70 percent of whom are female, and consider that the restaurant industry generates five times the average number of sexual harassment claims per worker.

  • A  tip-free restaurant owner talks about why he decided to abolish tipping and just give servers a fair wage.
  • Hah! Six paranormal teen romances to help you through your divorce.
  • Dude tries to create an internet for women; forgets that women already did that for themselves.
  • Ever look around and notice something’s missing? 100 Percent Men is a tumblr dedicated to showing us how in many companies, that something is women.
  • “One thing about being a feminist for a length of time that can most conveniently be measured in decades is the repeated and yet always surprising head-slap of ‘are we still there? I thought that went out with shoulder-pads’.
  • A very cute and great example of a family who is absolutely committed to gender self-determination for their young son!
  • Lake Bell complains about “sexy baby voice” and a Grantland author disagrees. Says Kate: I think we can make a distinction that although women should get a little leeway as they navigate which parts of a sexist culture they’re able to reject or choose to participate in (but NOT force on others)…that doesn’t mean that those things AREN’T sexist or that we shouldn’t be critically examining them.
  • Attention DC Residents! Super-app launched on Wednesday will connect sexual assault victims to dozens of support systems in one place.
  • Today in Badassery: This actress has mixed race kids, and couldn’t find a children’s book that represents them/their family. So she wrote one herself. 
  • Meet Jan’s new famous person crush: A Girl Called Jack. British single mom and queer haircut haver makes it big with her book on cooking in poverty, but her troubles don’t end there — the government cut off her housing benefits when they heard about her book deal, even though she hadn’t gotten the money yet. Imagine if they had done that to JK Rowling!
  • Old post from 2011 but deserves more boost: BioWare put an entitled straight male gamer in his place in glorious fashion after he complained about the diversity of romantic optional subplots in the game Dragon Age II.

As always, share your links! If you’ve read it, written it, or argued about it, we want to read it!