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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18 Comments

  1. Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    This week in Evil Slutopia:
    ~We participated in Blog for Choice, of course: Blog for Choice: Trust Women Starts With You
    ~We picked out some of our favorites from the recently announced winners of The Sexies.
    ~Glenn Beck, feminist icon, reached out to his female audience recently with his insights into “the psychosis that is chickdom”.

  2. tulin
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I really love the weekly feminist reader, but I’m also wondering where the other weekend column went, Ask Professor Foxy. Did I miss a vacation announcement or something?

  3. Rebecca K.
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    The Terrifying Market – How do you reenter the dating market, when you’ve been off for four years and have transitioned since you last were on it?
    Where should the anger go? and Anger is stupid and bad and I don’t like it – Two posts asking how to deal with the anger that you didn’t transition sooner
    Tom Girls – This American Life talks about trans children, bringing up my regret at not transitioning earlier (You can see a theme this week…)

  4. Miranda
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    What’s new on Women’s Glib…
    New York State residents: learn about the Reproductive Health Act!
    A hilarious response to an icky commenter.
    Scott Brown sucks.
    Still seeking participants for Beyond Juno: The Birth Mother Project!

  5. Renee
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    This weeks Sunday Shame is the Dark Chocolate Edition, pop by and admit what you do for chocolate.
    Douche Alert, Rolling Stone Chats with John Mayer: Mayer of course goes in for the win as he complains about women not serving him or just generally being overwhelmed to be his great manliness.
    PeTA’s 2010 State of the Union and the Sexualization of Black Women: To report on the state of Animal Rights of course PeTA has have a Black woman strip off her clothes. I suppose we should all ignore the racism and sexism in this.
    Scott Baio: Black Friends Don’t Make You Immune To Racist Actions/Words: Baio decides to post a decidedly racist and sexist photo of Michell Obama but not to worry he has Black friends.
    Mary J Blige and Why She Is Not Like Chris Brown: Looking at why comparing Blige’s actions to that of Brown diminishes what Rihanna went through.
    A Right Does Not Give You The Freedom To Oppress: Looking at the ways in which some Christians claim to be oppressed to advance their agenda.

  6. LadySydney4
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  7. April
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Ethecofem has been rather quiet this week, but we have a couple up:
    I just got a Facebook message with another “all girls update your status message” suggestion, only this time it’s not about raising awareness of anything, but rather writing sexually suggestive status updates for no other reason than to confuse or titillate your male FB buddies.
    Danny writes about his sympathy for women being expected to remove body hair, and his own shaving experiments to see what it’s like for us.
    In light of the NY Times charging for online content, how do you feel about paying for information online?
    Also, Dude who wrote about how he loves having sex with sleeping women took the post down after receiving several comments informing him that he needs to quit raping people. (this is an older post, but more of an update of the situation for anyone who was wondering)

  8. kaje
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Without Choice, Your Choice of Life Means Nothing- I rag on Sarah Palin, Pam Tebow, and other anti-choice women who use their difficult pregnancies to limit other women’s options. I’m promptly labeled a ranting extremist.
    I Don’t Want Any Blue Savages Playing on My Team- Regarding the AABA and the old “I’m not a racist, but-” saw. Complete with a dig at Avatar.

  9. Heina
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I started a new blog on sex, sexuality, sexual health issues, and all kinds of things related to genitalia and sex; its wide scope is what led me to title it Southerly Exploits (http://southerlyexploits.blogspot.com/).
    So far, I’ve written on consent, body hair, and the stupid question, “what women want.”

  10. gothicguera
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    O.K this is late but the consumerist posted a review on pink button http://consumerist.com/2010/01/new-genital-dye-doesnt-really-work-but-is-quite-tasty.html apparently the product burns!
    and please forgive me for posting this but Moe Tkacik from Jezebel is back. I’m not sure if this is a good thing( considering the things I read about her from this blog and racialicious)

  11. asseenontv
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    The court’s corporate person-hood decision is aggravating and clearly wrong, but frankly it is very consistent with precedent. Corporate personhood became law of the land in 1886 on the case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. And it’s held up since then.
    Anyway, my hope is that the courts one day rule that homosexuals are people and deserve the right to get married under the 14th amendment.

  12. femteacher
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Why do I live in South Carolina? I should move. I am a teacher here and his comments made me want to throw up. People should be rioting in the streets after his comments, but they don’t, of course. He wants to take free and reduced lunches away from my students who don’t get decent meals at home. This guy doesn’t have a soul.

  13. Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Here’s what’s been goin’ on at Gender Across Borders:
    We participated in the Blog for Choice Day this past Friday. Check out our posts below:

    Dear Pro-Life Movement: I respect your opinion. Can you respect mine? From, someone who believes in pro-choice
    Depicting Choice: Pregnancy and Abortion in Film
    Blog for Choice Day: Poetry
    Those bleeping protestors give me a headache, and other thoughts on Roe Day

    We also blogged about Haiti & art therapy and Harassment on Public Transportation is No Joke.
    Don’t forget to stop by and leave your links (and shamelessly promote yourself) on tomorrow’s Global Feminist Link Love, happening at Gender Across Borders every Monday at 1pm CST.

  14. Thomas
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    This week on Yes Means Yes Blog:
    I Can’t Say No, about masculinity, celibacy, and the pressure to be sexual on request.
    Mariko Passion posted a long meditation about sex work, sexual assault, boundaries and STIs, titled Teaching You A Lesson, Or Sexually Assaulting You.

  15. MandyV
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    India’s Women Find Empowerment in Exotic Dance
    Anyone who has ever sat through the frequent and painstakingly choreographed musical numbers in a Bollywood film can tell you that dance is an integral part of Indian culture. From Bhangra in the Punjab province to Kathakali in Kerala, each part of the country has its own distinctive combination of body movement, facial expressions, and hand positions which form the regional style. But nowadays in urban India, dance is not simply used as a form of cultural expression. Women of means are being seduced by a type of dance that is a little more, shall we say, exotic.

  16. MandyV
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    This week at Feminist Review:
    The 12th Carnival of Feminists – Review Edition!
    Cleaving will surely smash any goody two shoes image fans may have had of Julie Powell (of Julie & Julia). Though it does feature a few recipes and go into great detail about butchery, these things are more of an afterthought; Powell’s fucked up marriage and obsessive extramarital affair take center stage.
    In An Angle of Vision, we are presented with a series of extraordinarily well-written essays centered upon one of the most taboo topics in U.S. culture: class. More specifically, we are presented with first-person, female-centered examinations of two groups who are steadily disappearing from both the public discourse and the popular culture of the United States: the poor and working class.
    Ariel Gore on Women, Happiness, and Self-Determination Ariel Gore’s new book Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness asks the question, “Can women be smart, empowered, and happy?” Here, Ariel Gore offers her ideas on happiness and advice for women seeking change in their lives.

  17. Gnatalby
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I watch a lot of tv in the so bad it’s good category.
    Baby When We’re Grinding, I Get so Excited: Pathetic tv deaths, magical paralysis recovery, terrible narrative structures on classic Melrose.
    Also, Mama Mia Mancini: cavalier attitude toward death and ridiculous ethnic stereotyping.
    Chupacabra: Secret Life of the American Teenager seems to think that if you say it in spanish it doesn’t count. Also masturbation and sullenness if you’re into that.

  18. Anony-mouse
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    A robot is any machine that has a computer controlling it. The word comes from the Czech robota, meaning “slave.” A robot that looks male is an android. The word comes from the Greek andros meaning “man.” Please note that it is gendered. A robot that looks female is a gynoid. The word comes from the Greek gynos meaning “woman.” Please note that it is also gendered. The gender-neutral term for a robot that looks like a human is “humaniform.” A robot that looks like some other species of animal is “biodroid.” A robot cannot be a “female android” anyone more than a shape can be a square circle.

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