This week in the blogosphere: Historical notes from ColorLines, wealthy women and retirement worries, and whether it means something about a man if he actually likes Eat Pray Love.

  • One more for Women’s Equality Day: At ColorLines, Jamila King and Hatty Lee remind us how the intertwined the struggles for women’s political rights have been with those for racial and economic justice. In particular, they point to Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass: “It was in the course of advocating against slavery that women like Angela Grimke Weld and Sojourner Truth broke ground as the nation’s first public, female political leaders. Frederick Douglass, meanwhile, was the only male in attendance at the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848, and advocating for women’s rights was an explicit part of the mission of his North Star newspaper.”
  • Latest in the ongoing flap over Eat Pray LoveMelissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood is dumbfounded at the Los Angeles Times article claiming that if a man likes the movie, there’s a problem. Silverstein asks us to imagine the following improbable headline: “What Does it Say about US Womanhood: Female Critics Actually Like The Expendables? (or substitute any of the hundreds of movies that star men).”
  • Ronni Bennett at As Time Goes By continues chronicling her journey into a little-known, sometimes perilous approach to pursuing financial security: a reverse mortgage. Just as with the first mortgage, she found, you have to have all your financial ducks in a row. None of which dissuades her from her main point: “Reverse mortgages can be one more tool in planning for a reasonably secure retirement.”
  • Speaking of retirement, an investigation by Jill Marcellus at Women’s Media Center shows that despite the proclaimed “She-conomy,”  and the fact that women are becoming more knowledgeable about investing and other financial matters, they remain ill-prepared for retirement. Retirement, WMC notes, is even more important for women, due to the unfortunate paradox that while women live longer than men, they earn less in their lifetime.
  • At the invaluable Head Butler, Diana Meier poses the question: how exactly is ‘Women’s Literature’ different from ‘Literature’? While we weren’t aware it was, Meier introduces opinions of fellow journalists about “Chick-Lit,” and finds a general consensus that the genre is nothing more than beach reads. However, Meier points out, there’s a not-so-fine line between air-brained chick-lit and novels written by women. A satisfying rebuttal for all Nadine Gordimer and Margaret Atwood fans.

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