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In this week’s Gabfest, Outward editor June Thomas talks with New York editor Noreen Malone and Slate senior editor Jessica Winter about the confidence gap between the sexes, the state of the stay-at-home mom, and how to identify a “Basic Bitch.”
Other items discussed in the show:
- The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.
- “The Confidence Gap,” by Kay and Shipman, in the Atlantic.
- Amanda Hess says books like The Confidence Gap teach women to be overconfident blowhards, just like men.
- The Pew Research Center study on stay-at-home mothers.
- Jessica Grose on what the findings on stay-at-home mothers really mean.
- Maggie Lange asks, “The ‘Basic Bitch’: Who Is She?” in New York.
- A College Humor video diagnoses a Basic Bitch.
Noreen encourages you to spend an evening watching the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair.
Jessica says you should read Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
June recommends Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.
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