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May 29 2014 9:16 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The #Hashtag Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about #yesallwomen, paid menstrual leave, and Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso.

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In this week’s Gabfest, Slate senior editor Jessica Winter joins Outward editor June Thomas and New York editor Noreen Malone to discuss #yesallwomen, the hashtag response to this weekend’s Santa Barbara shootings; paid menstrual leave; and Sophia Amoruso and her new book #Girlboss.

Some of the stories discussed in the episode:

  • A Mashable article on #yesallwomen.
  • When Women Refuse, a site that collects stories of violence against women who refuse men’s advances.
  • Katy Waldman’s Slate article on paid menstrual leave.
  • The New York magazine profile of Sophia Amoruso.

DoubleX recommendations:

Jessica says you should read the poem “The Houselights,” by Robyn Schiff, and also recommends Schiff's Revolver, a poetry collection so good it transcends seasickness.*

Noreen suggests a midcentury working girl novel, The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe.

June recommends Faking It, an MTV show about two teenagers who pretend to be a lesbian couple to boost their popularity. Despite the questionable premise, June says the show has some surprisingly poignant moments.

DoubleX plugs:

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Correction, May 29, 2014: This post originally misstated the title of the Robyn Schiff poem "The Houselights."

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

Jessica Winter is a Slate senior editor.


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