Quickies: The problems with marriage

And how the USNWT is a great example of queerness and joy in your body

What you lose when you gain a spouse – On the isolation and co-dependency that results from the American ideal of striking out on your own as a couple. Social ties outside of marriage are so important to the mental health and happiness of married folk – especially women married to men, given the unequal division of emotional labor.

Why the USWNT’s open queerness matters – “There isn’t one right way to be queer. You can be swaggy, outlandish, tough, serious, subtle, or reserved. You can be any of those things while still being proud of yourself and your identity. The USWNT does a better job of helping people feel that than any other mainstream, public-facing entity that I can think of. I hope the players understand how important they are.”

Megan Rapinoe and joy in the bodies we have – On women’s taking up space and freedom of movement, from the blog of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.



Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Gad! That pull quote from Marion Young. Its the bodily equivalent of ‘up-talk.’ A constant self-diminishing that seems to invade every act.

    Can sport overcome this, when so much of ‘athleticism’ is corrupted into fat-shaming and commercial exploitation?

    I’m reminded of how, in so many films, women actors can’t look like effective fighters. Even with professional coaching, and post-production editing, they seem unable to make a powerful ‘outward’ gesture with their whole selves.

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