Weekly Feminist Reader

A kicker was booted from a high-school football team in Georgia because of her gender.
A Pakistani senator defends the fact that women were buried alive in his district as “tribal custom.”
Monica Roberts has video interviews with Isis, the first trans contestant on Top Model.
MzBitca has a plea: leave Amy Winehouse alone!
A clearly innovative and forward-thinking family counselor goes on Oprah to tell women it’s their fault if their husbands cheat.
Broadsheet discusses a new blog, called What to Expect When You’re Aborting.
Katie Couric on how her nightly news hosting gig has been difficult.
In These Times on why soldiers rape. And Col. Ann Wright has ...

A kicker was booted from a high-school football team in Georgia because of her gender.
A Pakistani senator defends the fact that women were buried alive in his district as “tribal custom.”
Monica Roberts

More on the RNC raids

I want to put in a plug for the site TheUptake, which has obsessive (in a good way) coverage and videos of the RNC protests and raids. They’ve got the video of DemocracyNow’s Amy Goodman leaping a fence to question some journalists who were detained:

Glenn Greenwald and Lindsay Beyerstein have more on the house raids. Here’s one video:

And last but certainly not least, the awesome Anne Elizabeth Moore is filing dispatches from St. Paul on the Feministing Community site, and we’ll be posting them all to the front page so you don’t miss a single one. You can also follow Anne at CodePink’s blog and on Twitter. Click here to read her ...

I want to put in a plug for the site TheUptake, which has obsessive (in a good way) coverage and videos of the RNC protests and raids. They’ve got the video of DemocracyNow’s Amy Goodman ...

Hurricane Gustav approaches, and INCITE needs your support

INCITE! needs your support in their efforts to help low-income women of color with evacuation efforts as Hurricane Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

Your assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families evacuate safely if need be, stay safe for the duration of the evacuation, and return to the city as soon as possible so as not to fall prey to the pushout that has kept so many folks from being able to return to New Orleans since Katrina. Local organizers are using whatever resources and funds at their disposal to help women and their families evacuate, bond people being held in Orleans Parish Prison out, and support those who make the choice to stay ...

INCITE! needs your support in their efforts to help low-income women of color with evacuation efforts as Hurricane Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

Your assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families ...

More on Palin

I have a piece up at TAP:

Palin’s addition to the ticket takes Republican faux-feminism to a whole new level. As Adam Serwer pointed out on TAPPED, this is in fact a condescending move by the GOP. It plays to the assumption that disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters did not care about her politics — only her gender. In picking Palin, Republicans are lending credence to the sexist assumption that women voters are too stupid to investigate or care about the issues, and merely want to vote for someone who looks like them. As Serwer noted, it’s akin to choosing Alan Keyes in an attempt to compete with Obama for votes from black Americans.
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It’s clear that Republicans believe that ...

I have a piece up at TAP:

Palin’s addition to the ticket takes Republican faux-feminism to a whole new level. As Adam Serwer pointed out on TAPPED, this is in fact a condescending move by the GOP. ...

Hurricane Katrina: Three years ago today


Bush and McCain share cake for McCain’s 69th birthday as Hurricane Katrina hits Gulf Coast.
With all the election news and the impending landfall of Hurricane Gustav, let’s not forget that today marks the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Salon has an interview with Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc, who appears in Spike Lee’s documentary about Katrina, “When the Levees Break.” She describes her experiences:

Yeah, just as we were getting up to leave, a helicopter came by and we were like, “We can go now, we’re saved.” They came right in front of our faces, and the [pilot] looked at me, but they left. I couldn’t believe they were leaving us and they were that close. But my thinking afterward, after ...


Bush and McCain share cake for McCain’s 69th birthday as Hurricane Katrina hits Gulf Coast.
With all the election news and the impending landfall of Hurricane Gustav, let’s not forget that today marks the three-year anniversary ...

Quick Hit: Beware the vaginal candidate

Because fighting domestic violence makes one so unelectable. Via Barefoot and Progressive:

Exxon Eddie Whitfield’s surrogate has just posted a clip of his opponent in KY’s 1st congressional district race, Heather Ryan, performing a short piece from the Vagina Monologues earlier this year, which raised money for the Merriman House in Paducah for battered women. In it, he asks “Is this what we want to represent the first district of Kentucky?”
Uhhhh…. YES.

Violence, shmiolence – this woman is in a show about vaginas, people!! Sigh, how moronic. (Albeit not surprising.)

Because fighting domestic violence makes one so unelectable. Via Barefoot and Progressive:

Exxon Eddie Whitfield’s surrogate has just posted a clip of his opponent in KY’s 1st congressional district race, Heather Ryan, performing a short ...

Palin Sexism Watch: VPILF Edition

As we noted over and over throughout the Democratic primary, it’s important to decry sexism against women in politics even if you don’t agree with them on the issues or endorse their candidacy. With that we’re depressed to note that the sexist bullshit against Republican VP pick Sarah Palin is cropping up so soon:

C’mon. Criticize her on the basis of her political record or experience. Don’t make it about looks.
(For those who don’t get the “joke,” this should explain it.)
UPDATE: And Jill points out another incident, too.

As we noted over and over throughout the Democratic primary, it’s important to decry sexism against women in politics even if you don’t agree with them on the issues or endorse their candidacy. With that we’re depressed ...

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