Weekly Feminist Reader

vintage comic strip panel of a woman sitting near a phone, thinking 'millie invited me to a party tonight, but i was waiting for dick! well,i don't have to wait any more!'
Vintage comic strip panel, hilariously out of context.

A group of women in the West Bank just launched one of the first all-women’s radio stations in the Arab world.

Women who are married to Gulf fisherman attempt to cope with the oil spill.

“[I]t seems to me that this whole article is profiling McChrystal as like this sad doomed exemplar of a certain kind of machismo.”

Horrific violence is being perpetrated against women in post-earthquake Haiti.

How girls are socialized to be music fans, not critics.

These offensive, ageist ads make me ashamed to be a vintage enthusiast.

A recap of the March for Trans Justice in New York.

abby jean at fwd/forward ponders “whether it’s possible to safeguard medical information to the necessary level while still allowing the accessibility and coordination that make electronic medical records so appealing.”

From the Community blog, an interesting call for feminist crisis pregnancy centers. What would they look like?

What does it mean that Al Gore’s accuser saved
her pants

On talking
to kids
about gender.

The Justice Department failed
to weigh in
on new prison rape standards — so where does that
leave them?

The case for over-the-counter
birth control

a great essay on life with curly hair.

On airlines treating all adult men like predators.

Rage-inducing: Idaho lawmakers propose a measure that would specifically block transgender residents from getting married.

“I think the Civil War ultimately–ultimately–helped women, much as the Declaration of Independence ultimately helped the slaves. It was a boon for egalitarianism, even if the full effects were slow in coming on. But that said, it’s really amazing when you look at the possibilities for societal advancement open to men, and see all of those avenues essentially shut to women.”

Capture The Pussy! or, the power dynamics of sex and what pick-up artists have in common with women who write books about chastity.

Ireland moves closer to recognizing trans identities.

Introducing Lady Business, a hilarious new advice column by Julie Klausner.

Most of the arguments against marriage equality are (surprise!) all about hetero people.

On dismissing sexual violence against women as cultural.

Threadbared has an excellent list of queer style blogs.

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  • FilthyGrandeur

    Presentation of gender in Toy Story 3: examining how Pixar is still not perfect.
    Sexual assault in Back to the Future, or “I’m totally about to ruin your nostalgic love for this movie, so get ready”: discussing the use of sexual assault in the movie, and pointing out why the ending grossed me the fuck out.

  • Renee

    I just wanted to pop by an say thanks so much for the link love.
    This week I also wrote or featured:
    Top 100 Blogs For Women My Ass Forbes: Looking at why these lists are not inclusive and how it frames a certain kind of woman as definitive of womanhood.
    “Ser rico no debería hacerte Dios, or, Being rich should not make you God”: Looking at why failing to fund abortion in a women’s health initiative sentences women to death.
    Re-defining Shakti Or Otherwise Known As Patriarchal Manipulation: Looking at sexism in Hindu texts.
    Another Juneteenth Disaster: This Time In the Gay Community: Chuck Knipp performs a genderized minstrel show and this is supposedly a celebration of Black women.
    Finally True Blood: Beautifully Broken: Weekly breakdown of True Blood from an anti-racist womanist perspective.

  • Bridgette

    I’ve been reading Adrienne Rich’s On Lies, Secrets and Silence. What I’ve been writing is a lot of things, but this is the one thing I’m most proud of because it is completely original. I’ve been working on capturing my dreams and working them into stories. I’m over 90 pages of dreams spanning less than six months. Most deal with patriarchal abuses against women.
    This is based on a dream I had not long ago:

  • vegkitty

    I am in LOVE with the Kinkosis article. I’ve always had curly hair (although I’m not Iranian like Safa Samiezade’-Yazd, but Jewish), and have had so much pressure from my peers and society as a whole to straighten my hair. So, yeah… this article really hit home for me.

  • Thomas

    This week at Yes Means Yes Blog:
    ”Ugly”: The Last Refuge Of The Lazy, about the laziness and intellectual bankruptcy of the common insult that any woman who speaks out against sexism is ugly. My jumping off point is the comment thread that followed Chloe Angyal’s GritTV appearance, I quote a notable feminist domme, bury a Robert Frost reference and draw from the ancient Stoics.
    Insults Independent Of The Truth, a follow-up to Ugly. Insults of that kind are framed as assertions of a particular fact (e.g. “she is ugly”,) but they’re used even when that’s obviously untrue. That’s because they’re not that kind of empirical claim. Instead, they are reassertions of a social structure, and their target is only one audience; the other audience is every other woman, who the speaker attempts to chill by demonstrating the cost of speaking out.
    New York’s New Bullying Law. Laws alone don’t change social structure, but this law, which covers not only sexual orientation but also gender expression, could help.
    Virgins And Other Mythical Creatures. Virgins don’t exist. Virginity doesn’t exist. Virginity can’t be defined without defining sex, which can’t be done in any useful and fair way. So, the notion of virginity belongs in the scrapheap of bad ideas. What we have is a learning curve; reducing that process to a single point is a mistake.

  • Anonymous

    Written Saturday, about the G20 protests turning violent in Toronto.
    Pampered Western-world guys trash stuff and erase women’s voices. Again.
    Since then, police have become more brutal with apparently peaceful protesters. It looks like they’re using the riots as an excuse to clamp down on just about anyone, as if they’re trying to look like they’re doing something about the mess last night.
    Background: see My Toronto, unfortunately and Welcome to Policeland (management not responsible for injuries)

  • EvilSlutClique

    This week in Evil Slutopia:
    ~We did a super all slut-shaming edition of Cosmo Quickies.
    ~We admit it. We’re going to miss Amanda Bynes if she’s really retiring from acting.
    ~We reviewed the premiere of The Gates. It’s no True Blood. The Gates: Another Vampire Show That Kinda Sucks?
    ~Show your pride this week in NYC!
    ~We took a look at a Slutty Celebrity Quote from Christina Aguilera.
    ~Ask ABC to correct the misinformation spread by D.L. Hughley and Sherri Shepherd on The View about HIV/AIDS.
    ~Glenn Beck hates the World Cup. The world is too busy enjoying the World Cup to care.
    ~Have we ever mentioned that we love Johnny Weir? So of course we’re psyched for Johnnyfest.
    ~We’re nominated for the BlogLuxe Awards! Vote for us and we’ll love you forever.
    ~We don’t understand why the One Million Moms still hate the Secret Life of the American Teenager. You’d think they would love it.

  • Miranda

    What’s new on Women’s Glib…
    The NYTimes referred to Reproductive Health Act advocates as “squabbling activists.” I got mad.
    Why I love Regina Spektor.
    On Ophelia as a feminist symbol.

  • Kari
  • FrumiousB

    Oh yeah, men have it so rough, always being mistaken for rapists. Homeboys who have a problem with being mistaken for rapists should embrace feminism and work to end male violence.

  • MandyV

    If You Like It Then You Should Be Able to Put A Ring On It
    Adorable, DIY-style animation and quirky music start off this excellent and important film about marriage equality in Ireland. Cara Holmes and Ciara Kennedy cut and paste stories, images, protests, and facts into a clever, witty, and purposeful narrative.
    In Fish Out of Water, Ky Dickens recalls her effort to reconcile her devout, Christian faith with her homosexuality.
    I Am Love
    In stories such as these, and throughout film history, the unfaithful woman is typically punished for her infidelity. When an unexpected tragedy befalls the Recchis at the height of Emma’s affair, it seems that this will be her fate as well. Interestingly though, she takes this devastation as an almost needed inspiration to follow her heart and abandon her marriage.
    Tea on the Axis of Evil
    After two years of providing security intelligence about the activities of Al Qaeda to the United States government in the wake of 9/11, the Bush Administration publicly dubbed Syria a threat to democracy by including it in the so-called Axis of Evil. Knowing very little about the secular republic, filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher decided to spend a year in Damascus in order to offer a look at everyday citizens of Syria and combat stereotypical depictions put forth in the mainstream media.

  • Gender Across Borders

    This week on Gender Across Borders:
    Australia’s new (feminist?) prime minister
    A victory for trans people’s rights in Ireland
    HPV vaccines for boys and a new dynamic of sexual equity
    GAB’s Kyle Bachan reports from the G8 summit in Toronto

  • davenj

    Wow. What else should “homeboys” have to put up with in the meantime with discriminatory laws and policies?
    Never mind the fact that the “homeboy” in question donated his entire settlement (almost $6,000) plus an additional $4,000 to child welfare organizations.
    And let’s be clear: this MAN was not mistaken for being a rapist. The airlines didn’t think he was on a sex offender watch list, or had committed a past crime. He was not mistaken for being something he wasn’t. He was a man, and that’s enough to not allow someone to sit next to an unaccompanied minor.
    So yeah, it is rough to get pushed around by an airline because of one’s gender, because they’re not checking to see if this guy embraced feminism, or works to end violence. They’re just looking at his gender presentation.
    Breaking the gender binary means allowing men to care for and nurture children, too, and that won’t happen if every man is treated like a child rapist just waiting to pounce. The majority of child abusers are men, yes, but the vast majority of men aren’t child abusers. Laws and policies like this are blatantly prejudiced.

  • Jack

    Because privilege is clearly a-okay provided it’s negatively affecting someone that it usually benefits. Can you imagine trying to make that argument with any other group? Imagine if the man were black and he didn’t want to be profiled as a criminal, and your response was that if he’s wrong to complain about it, he just needs to work harder to stop black people from doing things that would create the stereotype.
    In the article that you clearly failed to actually read, the person in question received almost three thousand pounds from the airline. He subsequently donated that, and an additional two thousand of his own money, to child protection organizations. So about ten thousand dollars towards organizations to end child abuse? You’re right, probably doesn’t count as doing enough. We should keep treating him, and all men, everywhere, as rapists and pedophiles in potentia.

  • Toongrrl

    I didn’t always know that some people aren’t identified as either male or female, this never came up when I was growing up. Such a thing would arouse the curiosity of me and my family in un P.C. ways Does anyone have any sources for newbies like me?

  • khw

    here’s the link for the original Irish Times story:

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