Weekly Feminist Reader

Appalling: The South Carolina lieutenant governor equated poor people with stray animals.
Responding to the needs of women and girls in Haiti. Plus, Veronica on why she gives to women-focused relief organizations.
The importance of women’s friendships with each other. (This post fills me with love for the many, many awesome women in my life! Ladies, you know who you are. And you are the best.)
What the Supreme Court’s corporate personhood decision last week means for Roe.
Shark-Fu on her experiences volunteering at a shelter for homeless pregnant teens.
Is Ke$ha’s “Blah Blah Blah” an offensive date-rape anthem or a re-negotiation of acceptable feminine acts?
The popularity of civil unions among heterosexual couples.
Tips for how to most effectively contact your representative.
Is the guarantee of insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions about to be stripped from the health care bill?
A 16-year-old Starbucks barista is suing after her boss demanded sex from her at work.
A Saudi journalist flips the script on polygamy.

“What people in the PETA demographic fail to realize, or don’t want to realize, is that the WOMAN AS MEAT and POC AS ANIMAL and WOMAN AS PROPERTY and POC AS PROPERTY schema are still absolutely alive and well, absolutely entrenched in our current language and expression and understanding and visual rhetoric.”
The Palins on Oprah = UGH.
2009 state-level trends in abortion rights.
The International Olympic Committee, “sex tests,” and gender apartheid.
On the shape and anatomy of female androids.
Connie Schultz defends Elizabeth Edwards.
The women of Iran’s protest movement.
RIP Air America. Tami asks, why doesn’t liberal talk-radio work?
Is feminist fashionista an oxymoron?
A Chinese court has charged two policemen who raped a young girl as guilty of a “”emporary crime on a whim.”
Coakley’s lessons for women.
Nandoism on gay teen suicide.
Corinne Bailey Rae and Zadie Smith on race and art.
There is a vigil in Houston tomorrow for Maya Ical, a transgender woman who was murdered.
On the German tradition of elementary school that ends at lunchtime — and how it has affected women.
What have you been reading/writing this week?

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