Our quote of the day comes from Ashlee Simpson. Seriously. With regard to the media kerfuffle over her sister Jessica's shocking weight gain of possibly as much as, like, 7 lbs. (c.f. Fox News and the not-so-promising inaugural post of Entertainment Weekly's new "thinking woman's" column, ShePop), Ashlee wrote on her blog:
I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister's weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman's weight or figure as a headline on Fox News ... How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?
High five, Ashlee. I hope for Jessica's sake that her attitude toward this B.S. is just as healthy.
Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape
Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).
Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University