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March 8 2012 7:05 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Glamour Beard Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Sandra Fluke, whether progressives should home school, and how women really feel about beards.


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In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editors Jessica Grose and Hanna Rosin along with staff writer Noreen Malone discuss how Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law Student who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh, might be the new standard bearer for sex-positive feminism, whether home schooling is consistent with progressive values, and a new study showing that women really don’t like beards.

The DoubleX "coffee talk" endorsements:

Hanna Rosin recommends the audiobook of Alvin Ho, a book her middle son adores. You can get the book at, if you follow this link and sign up for a free 30-day trial. She particularly loves the child actor, Everette Plen, who reads the book. She also recommends the catalog Make, which offers DIY projects for parents and kids.

Noreen Malone is a fan of the new HBO movie Game Change, which premieres on March 10 at 9 p.m.  It’s a movie about the 2008 election, specifically about Sarah Palin’s rise to fame as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate. Julianne Moore is surprisingly sympathetic as Palin.

Jessica Grose is enjoying Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Man vs. Food—shows about portly men eating comfort food have been her ultimate comfort viewing lately.

We also want to remind you that DoubleX has its first live show at the New America Foundation coming up next Wednesday, March 14 in New York. We’re delighted that Samantha Bee of the Daily Show will be joining us as our very special guest. Ticket information can be found here.

Here are some links to other things that we discussed on the podcast:

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth is the one parenting book Hanna says is a must-have.
Astra Taylor and Dana Goldstein debating Homeschooling on the radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Let the Pill Go Free” by Kelly Blanchard in the New York Times.
Sluts Unite” by Emily Bazelon in Slate.
Lincoln: A Beard Is Born” in the New York Times.
1861: The Civil War Awakening
by Adam Goodheart.

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

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

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.



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