Weekly Feminist Reader

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Betty White, who’s hosting SNL on May 8!

Half the artists at this year’s Whitney Biennial are women, suggesting “that the art of the moment has achieved gender equality, even if the market for it has not.”

Coverage of the Women in the World summit.

Honoring Haitian feminists whose lives were lost in the earthquake.

Liza Featherstone is blogging about parenting over at Bitch.

On black athletes who play white-dominated sports.

Why the Stupak amendment is more about class than choice.

Awful: A Chicago teen was killed as she fled a group of men who were harassing her.

The United Nations is making an effort to recruit more women for peacekeeping units.

Awesome new blog alert: The Crunk Feminist Collective

Sady Doyle and 90s Woman parse the “Telephone” video.

Many men know frighteningly little about contraception.

Incredible sad: Juanita Goggins, who in 1974 was the first black woman elected to the South Carolina legislature, froze to death in her own home last week.

Feminist writers on migraines and other chronic pain issues.

A Swiss company is manufacturing extra-small condoms for young boys.

The long view on women in the military.

Echidne debunks coverage of a study that supposedly claims men have a longer “sexual life expectancy.”

Register now for the 2010 Facing Race conference!

Canada ratified the UN treaty on disabled rights.

“[T]he likelihood of a woman’s dying in childbirth in the U.S. is ?ve times as great as in Greece, four times as great as in Germany and three times as great as in Spain.”

Has the iPhone stopped companies from manufacturing pink, jewel-encrusted “girl phones”?

The New York Times editorializes against state-level abortion restrictions.

“[T]he people who insist that on-campus rapes are the result of two people getting drunk and making a bad decision and the woman regretting it in the morning? Those people are wrong.”

What have you all been reading/writing this week?

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  1. Posted March 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I did the op-ed project training a few weeks ago and got my first op-ed published on the huffington post! it’s about legal regulations for street harassment

  2. MandyV
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Three More Weeks to Show Your ? for Feminist Review: We have raised over a quarter of our goal, and if every reader this week donates just $5, we will have more than we need to operate through the end of 2010.
    In Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity Weber points out that we are making over everything: bodies, houses, cars, hair, lifestyles, wardrobes, and even pets. We seem to be obsessed with change. Nearly every magazine cover focuses on how to change something (get better abs in thirty days) or someone who has already changed something (like Heidi Montag’s new body and face).
    Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making is not just a memoir about giving birth to both a child and a life; it is a stunning tribute to the audacity it takes to reclaim one’s self.
    If you’re going to be a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, you’ve got to go out of your way to make sure your tees have something interesting to say. If you’re going to be a t-shirt and jeans girl who lives in New York City, that message should make a statement about art or politics. The Fight Global Women’s Organic T-shirt from Autonomie Project does both.

  3. MandyV
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    The Story of (the Missing) O
    Carrie Jones has never had an orgasm while having sex—and not for lack of trying. Despite countless attempts over three decades with twenty-three different men, Jones’ sexual exploits have always failed to bring her to that toe-curling place of ecstatic release hyped in Cosmo articles, erotic novels, pop songs, and television shows like Sex and the City. The sad reality is that Jones’ story, which she tells in the recently published Cutting Up Playgirl: A Memoir of Sexual Disappointment, is anything but unique—and therein lies its beauty.
    Creatively Fighting Racism: Favianna Rodriguez’s work bridges the gap between social justice movements and the marginalized individuals with which community organizers work. “I use art to transform global politics,” she says.
    Brazilian Feminists Get Played by a Naughty Blonde: American beer commercials may be able to overtly portray women as sexual objects, but as brewer Grupo Schincariol (and Paris Hilton) found out yesterday, doing so in Brazil can get your ad banned.

  4. Brett K
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    This week at Radical Bookworm:
    In Defense of Pornography – in which the relationship between porn and feminism is really all about context, sitcoms and pornography have far too much in common, and I am oddly nostalgic for the eighteenth century.

  5. Becky
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    This week at Happy Bodies:
    After seeing a ad on hulu asking Do you want to see my dick? that was aggressive and predatory I wrote them a letter asking them to take it down.
    We wrote about who has historically been considered women which had us reconsidering feminism.

  6. Renee
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Jihad Jane Upsets Notions of “White” and “Woman”: Looking at how race and gender determine whether or not someone is a terrorist.
    Nope, I Don’t Want To See Your Dick: Looking at a Calvin Klein underwear commercial.
    Michael Bryan: let’s not discount depression: Looking at the role that depression played in the death of Marie Osmonds son.
    Is Violence Against Women Really Taken Seriously?: Looking at video of a woman being attacked by her husband in public.
    Nelson Mandela Behold The Truth: Looking at Winnie Mandel’a view of her former husband.
    Finally this weeks Sunday Shame: That’s not pigging out edition: Pop by and admit the food that makes you lose control.

  7. frolicnaked
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    In light of the chronic pain link, a list of myths and misconceptions about endometriosis and an older one about one doctor’s premise that people with not-easily-diagnosable pain are faking.

  8. Toongrrl
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    In honor of all feminists, with us or without us:

  9. leeraloo
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I wrote this about a week ago, being a bit sick of always having friends and family introduce me as, “a bit of a feminist.”
    I didn’t write this one, but the athiesm blog Unreasonable Faith had a fairly depressing entry up about groups of Christians who pass out leaflets to women they feel are “inappropriately” dressed. The leaflet includes this delightful line, ““Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin.”

  10. JaclynF
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Thomas wrote a great review of Michael Kimmel’s Guyland:
    And a post about the word “cissexual,” and being a cis ally to trans people:
    Both at the Yes Means Yes blog.
    And I had a piece in the Washington Post about the campus rape crisis:

  11. Ximena
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    This week over at Care2 – Women’s Right Channel:
    Reese Witherspoon Takes on D.C. to Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women
    D.C. to Give Away Female Condoms in an Effort to Reduce HIV/AIDS Rates
    Would love to hear any of your thoughts over at Care2!

  12. kandela
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Today’s xkcd comic, Porn for Women, deserves a mention: http://www.xkcd.com/714/

  13. Brittany-Ann
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    At A Bookish Beemer:
    I got tired of responding to horrifying articles and editorials with “I could go on for days about how screwed up this is.” So when Logan Jenkins published his piece victim-blaming Chelsea King for being murdered, I decided to literally go on, for however many days it took, until I detailed everything that was wrong about his article. Here’s what I got so far:
    Beware of Assumptions, Not Monsters
    Beware of Assumptions, Not Monster, Part 2
    Beware of Assumptions, Not Monsters, Part 3
    Also, I offer up some link love to make up for being absent during spring break.

  14. makomk
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    [Trigger warning] I’ve just read Clarisse Thorn’s blog post about how a jealous ex-husband’s murder of his wife’s new partner is being treated differently because the new guy was a BDSMer who must’ve evilly corrupted her away from her husband. Very nasty.

  15. Suzann
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    If the navy was as rational as it pretends it would tend make submarine crews ALL female. At the least, mostly female.
    Subs are small, must carry all the required supplies, and remain underwater in isolation for long periods. Women are ( on the average – and allowing for exceptions) smaller in body mass, require less food and oxygen, and may have a higher threshhold of pain and/or exhaustion. Male upper body strength – OTOH – is of limited value in submarine warfare.
    Actually – there are any number of ‘male’ military professions that should – if one were harshly rational – be female dominated. Fighter pilot, for instance.
    So I will believe that the exclusion of women from various positions is because of the ‘needs’ of the service when men get shifted out of elite spots on the same line of hard logic.

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