Kimberly and Jane like to grab snapshots of women themed happenings and hang them on the Double-Mirror Wall where they can reverberate images of good stuff happening with women.  

SEX EDUCATION

The TV series “Sex Education” definitely spoofs teenage preoccupation with sex but it gets so many things right, you can watch it with your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, your boyfriend or girlfriend, any friend…that’s to say, just about anyone who wonders how anyone ever sorted out sex as a teenager and was afraid to ask.  It’s British, created by Laurie Nunn. Otis’ mom, Dr. Jean, is a sex therapist who’s as clueless as any other mom about how to relate to her teenage son who is as smart about giving counsel about sex to his high school mates as his mother to her adult clients.  Otis’ success helping Adam the school stud who can’t reach orgasm peaks the attention of Maive the hot, popular but terribly poor girl who sees potential for them as counseling business partners that opens the door for Otis to go from misfit to cool.  As Maive begins to trust Otis, she becomes less hot, more popular, and cooler too.  Otis’ best friend, Eric, is a squeaky gay black kid who steals everyone’s heart and gives back more than he gets in ways that never fail to surprise. In fact, every character in “Sex Education” has such a revealing story of how sexual awakening feeds their personal growth that we wish this TV series had been playing when we were teens. (Netflix)

Once upon a time in Los Angeles at a place I knew well, The Woman’s Building, two women – Susan Rennie and Kristin Grimstad – found kindred spirits who completely understood their desire and determination to document nationwide resources for a growing woman’s movement. Now the Rennie/Grimstad 1973 book, The New Woman’s Survival Catalog is being reprinted as a way for women who were there and women who want to know who was there doing what and how to revisit the woman-run initiatives so critical to now.  Connectivity wasn’t invented by Internet social media. Rennie and Grimstad just got in their car, took a road trip, met a lot of women, and created a catalog of resources for women looking for like-minded women to get on with what they felt in their hearts they wanted to do – and be. And now it’s back.  We’d like to think of The New Woman’s Survival Catalog. A Woman Made Book as “an example of the feminine principle…bobbing to the surface to offer a glimpse of rejected harmony.” (Barbara Walker, Harper, and Row, l983, p. 1066)