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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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