The Report 1.15.17

why more writers should talk about money

In the past few years, some writers have begun to more openly approach questions of class. The internet has seen a profusion of such pieces: A writer who is “sponsored” by her husband calls on other writers to be more transparent about where their money comes from. Another outlines the clear advantages that being born rich, connected, and able to attend expensive schools furnishes to becoming a successful writer. In another case, a woman who wrote a well-received debut novel details how she went broke after a single advance.

st says: I make no money writing this blog.

convicted of rape for removing a condom

Sexual assault is not just about saying “no” and being forced into sex. As writer Tricia Tongco noted in a May article for ATTN:, there are a couple ways someone can still be raped even after giving consent, and condom removal when a condom is expected is one example.

st says: In addition, it’s important to remember that consent can be revoked at any time.

good girls revolt cancelled

It’s a well-documented phenomenon that in Hollywood, women’s stories are often stifled. According to a 2015 report by the University of Southern California’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, not even a third of speaking roles in popular films go to women. In addition, female directors only accounted for 1.9 percent of the 100 top-grossing films in both 2013 and 2014, and these stats have not improved much in the last few years.

st says: We need to focus our attention on consuming and supporting women-created arts so men (and women) can no longer say “chick flick” with disdain.

ten steps to make your first BDSM playtime amazing

Both of you fill in a BDSM checklist separately if you haven’t already (best to grab one that is editable, check what it has on it, and add any specific things that you like that you want to get their take on (many checklists skew M/f, so if you like cock rings or ball stretching or cross dressing, make sure they are on the list).

st says: the BDSM checklist (see link) is pretty thorough. but it doesn’t touch on everything. take it with a pen and pencil in hand.

ivanka’s dangerous fake feminism

Ms. Trump’s clear ambition remains unobjectionable in part because she seems to require nothing of men. She affirms her status as a wife and a mother first and a businesswoman second. While she speaks to the challenges of combining work and family, she makes no demands that her husband “lean in” at home — maybe Mr. Kushner does do the dishes, but they aren’t Instagramming it.

st says: I’ve got hope for her yet, but her brand of feminism doesn’t speak for the majority of women. her father might just take her down with him.

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