Weekly Feminist Reader

ABC News fuels the “Mommy Wars.” Meanwhile, more firms are staying in touch with prized workers who took maternity leave.
Some Bach works may actually have been written by his second wife.
Women cleaners are suing the NY Stock Exchange for sexual harassment. The $51-million lawsuit alleges one woman was told, “Baby, you need some beef on that ass and then you would be perfect for me.”
A group of gay gun enthusiasts call themselves the Pink Pistols. Their motto? “Armed gays don’t get bashed.” (Has it come to this?)
Kenya considers passing its version of a Violence Against Women Act. It took female legislators to make this happen.
A sex worker (who’s also a blogger and author) may be changing Brazilian attitudes toward sex.
Rick Santorum holds a forum for professional women, and manages not to mention he thinks they all should be stay-at-home moms.
After a judge denied a Department of Justice motion to reduce charges against three of four US marines accused of raping a 22-year-old Filipina in November, the four accused refused to file a plea during their arraignment.
More than a third of American women are clinically obese.
NYPD cracks down on brothels in Queens, and undercovers a major sex slavery problem.
Many breast cancer survivors stop getting mammograms.
Prohibitively high prices for sanitary towels are forcing thousands of women in Zimbabwe to use old newspapers, rags, tissue paper or even leaves during menstruation. Vaginal infections have increased as a result.
Chastity jewelry makes the perfect present for Daddy’s Lil’ Virgin. Shudder.
The Duke rape case is being tried in the court of public opinion.
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  • http://www.motherpie.com H.A. Page

    Good post you have… Here is something I wrote Dead White Girls and Media Voyeurship…but not sure if it is feminist but would certainly think that it keeps one (women, especially) from thinking much at all…about anything.
    Cheers. Hattie

  • Shel

    Why is “More than a third of American women are clinically obese” feminist news?

  • Ann

    Why is “More than a third of American women are clinically obese” feminist news?

    Women’s health issues are of interest to me as a feminist.

  • Life

    Considerable attention was given to adequate arrangements to afford smooth customs clearance and quarantine facilities, in that this would be the first impression which arriving athletes and officials would have of this Games organization.
    As the result of efforts made on the part of the relevant sub-committee and with the very active cooperation by the governmental organizations concerned, a part of the applicable law had been amended for the period of Games and directions were issued to allow the authorities concerned to follow a simplified process in the matter of procedures involving the visitors and their baggage and personal effects.
    The Organizing Committee in accordance with this arrangement, had prepared tags or labels to be put on the hand-baggages and separate parcels, as well as on materials needed for the Games to distinctly indicate that they belonged to the athletes.
    A simplified declaration form that would be required at time of customs clearance was also prepared and forwarded to the participating nations, respectively. At the same time, handbooks and pamphlets were prepared, indicating the occasion when they would be needed and how they should be filled in. These had been sent out addressed to the respective NOC’s and to the ISF’s involved and for the newsmen and reporters concerned, through the Japan Broadcasting Corporation and through the press department of the Organizing Committee.
    To facilitate clearing and customs formalities for goods and luggages belonging to the athletes, a new building was put up within the Olympic Village at Yoyogi where quarantine of animals and plants was also made.
    In order to ensure that the athletes could begin training from the very day of their arrival, customs clearance and quarantine was carried out at the place where the goods would be used (at the Toda Rowing Course, the Boat Racing Course at Lake Sagami, Enoshima Yacht Harbour, the Equestrian Park and Karuizawa).