Betty Ford's legacy, In Spite of Everything by Susan Gregory Thomas, and the Jamie Leigh Jones rape case on…

What women really think about news, politics, and culture.
July 14 2011 10:06 AM

The DoubleX Gabfest: The Broken Homes and Betty Ford Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Betty Ford's legacy, the Gen X divorce memoir In Spite of Everything, and the Jamie Leigh Jones rape case.

1_123125_2218698_2241481_2246161_090430_xx_gabfesttn

To listen to the DoubleX Gabfest, click the arrow on the player below:

You can also download the audio file hereor subscribe to the DoubleX podcasts feed via iTunes or directly with our RSS feed.

In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Kate Julian discuss Susan Gregory Thomas' memoir about Generation X and divorce, In Spite of Everything; the civil case Jamie Leigh Jones lost against KBR and what it means for rape reporting; and Betty Ford's legacy as first lady.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

Kate Julian recommends Sandra Beasley's Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, part exploration of the science behind food allergies and part memoir of the author's experience with allergies.

Advertisement

Hanna Rosin shamefully endorses the reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, because it portrays the most confused gender subculture she's observed in a long time.

Jessica Grose offers a contest, not an endorsement. In an attempt to cure herself of upspeak—which makes her sound like an overgrown teenager—she would like readers to suggest a penalty for upspeaking on future gabfests. For instance: She must donate a nickel to a particular charity every time she upspeaks. Send ideas to our new gmail address, doublexgabfest@gmail.com, or put them on our Facebook wall.

Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:

"The Divorce Generation" in the Wall Street Journal
"Why Jamie Leigh Jones Lost Her KBR Rape Case" in Mother Jones
"Betty Ford, Pioneer" in the New York Times
Poser by Claire Dederer

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

Kate Julian is an editor of DoubleX.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 9:13 PM The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
  Technology
Technocracy
Oct. 20 2014 11:36 PM Forget Oculus Rift This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual-reality experience.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.