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In Defense of EMILY's List

So it would appear that I need to don my wetsuit one more time and swim across the pond to defend the honor of EMILY’s list.

The last time I did this was earlier this summer, when EMILYs List — a national political group dedicated to electing pro-choice progressive women — launched a campaign, “Sarah Doesn’t Speak For Me.” The group ran an ad openly mocking Sarah Palin’s whole “mama grizzly” trope for conservative women. In the ad, women dressed in bear costumes voiced their concerns over such issues as health care policy and federal support for education to explain why Palin does not speak for them. While many feminist bloggers pilloried the ad, I was quite sympathetic. I thought it was funny, clever and appropriately outrageous.

Now, EMILY’s list would appear to be in hot water once again. This time, it concerns the Smart Girl Summit that took place in Arlington, Va., last week. Smart Girl Summit is an outgrowth of Smart Girl Politics, which bills itself as “the home on the Internet for conservative women and grassroots activism.”

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Yesterday, I was also over on Politics Daily talking about how emerging terrorist threats are darkening Europe’s immigration debate.

Image: feminism by Cross-stitch ninja via flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. If you’ve read even one book in Stieg Larsson’s magnificent Millennium Trilogy (e.g. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) you will love Nora Ephron’s spoof of Larsson’s series in The New Yorker. (And when you’re done with that, check out my colleague Luisita Lopez Torregrosa’s take on why Lisbeth Salander is the iconic heroine of our age at www.PoliticsDaily.com.)

2. While we’re on the topic of feminist heroines for our age, have a look at Salon’s interview with The Daily Show’s new correspondent Olivia Munn. (Must read if you’ve been following the whole JezebelDaily Show face-off over Munn’s new job.)

3. An old friend of mine has just started a delightfully funny, self-mocking look at what it’s like to be a white middle-class professional woman in NYC. If you like Stuff White People Like you will *love* Another Bourgeois Dilemma.

4. I really enjoyed Andrew Heller’s insightful take on why summers in the old days were so much better than they are now at the Flint Journal. Of course, anyone who still references “Kick the Can” has my vote any day.

5. One of my favorite new (to me) blogs, Strangling My Muse, posted last week about the “To Don’t” list. God, do I need one of those…

6. Finally, for those of you who still pine for a mullet, here’s my look over at www.PoliticsDaily.com at Iran’s ban on Western haircuts. (My subtitle that was dropped: Last of the Mohawkans…pity.)

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