Weekly Feminist Reader

Two things to remember about America on the 4th of July: “First, we fall short of our ideals with depressing frequency. Second, we don’t need to keep falling short of our ideals with depressing frequency.”
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? by Frederick Douglass, 1852
Taking a critical look at what, in art, gets defined as “americana.”
The feminism of Tammy Wynette.
An ad from Rape Crisis Scotland aims to counteract prejudice against rape victims.
Wonder Woman: Now with 100% more pants!
How the dominant narratives about female spies have barely changed in 60 years.
Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo subpeona Obama over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Rebecca Traister on the new single womanhood.
Why Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is bad for victims of violence.
On life as a feminist geek.
Christians apologized at Chicago Pride.
Is there such a thing as “radical homemaking“?
A new UN entity seeks to further women’s empowerment.
On positive depictions of disability.
The fact that newspapers wouldn’t call torture “torture was in the news all week. What about when they won’t call rape “rape”?
What have you been reading/writing this week?

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  1. Miranda
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    On Shira’s collection of interviews with Jewish women about feminism and religion.
    Call for contributors: Write for Women’s Glib!!!

  2. Bridgette
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I wrote and published two pieces I am really proud of this week.
    Watching Devastation
    Who Am I?
    “What about when they won’t call rape “rape”?”
    You mean like when they call rape “child molestation”?
    I am currently reading Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin.

  3. Renee
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I am not Defending Tyler Perry But…..: Looking at The Boondocks episode that parodied Tyler Perry and why it is not okay to use sexuality as a weapon to attack someone.
    Questions Not to Ask People with Chronic Conditions: Looking at everyday disableism that passes for mild curiosity.
    Gambling With Welfare Money, is it Our Business?: Welfare recipients are gambling in the State of California does society have a right to weigh in on this?
    Different Kind of Border Patrol (Of Bodies and Borders Part III): Looking at the way that race restricts people from travel.
    Finally, this week’s Sunday Shame: Feminist Cat Betrayal

  4. asseenontv
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I recently this Slashdot story that linked to this article about women dropping out of IT careers.
    One thing that’s interesting is that at $70,000 a year, women in IT make 88% as much as men. While it should be 100%, the average across all fields is 77%, so women would seem to do well in IT, from a pay perspective.
    Popular theories among the Slashdot commentators for this trend include: IT sucks and the women leave because they are smarter than men, the existing gender gap makes it difficult for women to be in the field, the field is rife with sexism, and various sexist theories like they drop out to make babies.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    This bit in Dan for mayor is what happens when you let men write all the comedy:
    “Granola for girls” and other stories
    Inspired by a retweet from Ms. Magazine: Whether feminists are “ugly, hairy women who can’t get dates”: why should I care?

  6. Becky
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Huge Success: A review of ABC family’s new show about fat camp.
    “Hey Baby” video game and fighting back against street harassment.
    Bodies Everywhere! Two new publications about bodies

  7. Suffering Sappho
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    It can be really hard to be a feminist geek. Other geeks (women included) tell me I’m uptight and need to just enjoy Iron Man without pointing out the sexist values of the film. The changes to Wonder Woman have annoyed me to no end this past week, and so have all the commentators saying Wonder Woman wasn’t important enough before. I can’t wait till the next writer takes over and there’s another “bold new direction”. Because that’s how the comics industry works. This guy is just trying to stir up interest for himself by doing something crazy. It will pass, just like Electric Blue Superman and the Spiderman clones.

  8. FilthyGrandeur
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    The Last Airbender: fail fail and more fail: the race fail is only one reason why this movie sucked. i discuss how the existence of this film does a great disservice to its source material.

  9. Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    A professor at the Naval War College uses a graphic rape metaphor to make a point in a lecture. He ends up on YouTube, then on administrative leave. A slap on the wrist for him, but maybe vindication for the female students he casually made acceptable targets for insults and violence.
    Some Are More Equal

  10. Rebecca K.
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Questions on being trans, from highschoolers – Part six in a series
    Circumcision – More and more, I realize circumcision is problematic. From a gender politics perspective, from a consent perspective, and from a religious perspective

  11. Gender Across Borders
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    This week at Gender Across Borders:
    Iceland legalizes marriage equality and Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is wed.
    A review of Words Can’t Describe.
    Deconstructing the motives of a cross-dressing gangster in Jamaica.
    The effects of porn on sexual desire.
    What does “global feminism” mean to you? Check out our series and share your thoughts!

  12. Bridgette
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I like the new costume. My problem is. . .who is this Strazinski fellow? Isn’t he the one who made that impossibly dense series Babylon 5?
    The new costume doesn’t mean much to me. I don’t tend to read comic books.

  13. EvilSlutClique
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    This week in Evil Slutopia:
    We went to NYC PrideFest and brought along 10-year-old Lil’ Lilith. According to the AFA, this could be considered child abuse, because indoctrinating kids isn’t okay unless they’re the ones doing it.
    We loved some of the stuff Helen Mirren said in her New York interview, but were disappointed by the media’s reactions to her photo shoot. In other news, the One Million Moms are still complaining about The Secret Life, The Gates is still not as good as True Blood and Cosmo is still missing the mark on why girls kiss girls.
    Also, it’s not too late to keep voting for us for “Most Provocative” blog in BlogLuxe Awards! You can vote once a day until July 12.

  14. Surfin3rdWave
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    “Woman and Nature” is amazing. That book changed my life. It’s what made me a feminist. I’m so glad to see that someone else is reading it, too.

  15. Becky
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    This week at Happy Bodies:
    Huge Success: A review of ABC family’s new show about fat camp.
    “Hey Baby” video game and fighting back against street harassment.
    Bodies Everywhere! Two new publications about bodies

  16. MandyV
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    His Own Where, first published in 1971 and recently reissued by The Feminist Press, is something of a departure for Jordan, who wrote very little fiction. One of her earliest books, the novel was a finalist for the National Book Award and offered considerable evidence that Jordan would go on to be, as the poet Sapphire notes in the book’s new introduction, “a political essayist without peer.” But His Own Where is even more remarkable for the purity of its language, its sheer exuberant beauty, and the distinct and brilliantly original craftsmanship in every sentence.
    One of the greatest complaints about Knight and Day is that there is a device used to take us from scene to scene wherein Cameron Diaz’s character is drugged, meaning we miss out on some of the action of how they get from point A to point B. As a feminist, it would’ve bothered me for its potential date rape allusions, but after the first time, Diaz’s character asks to be drugged, so that pretty much solved my problem of her having her free will taken away.
    In Adam Sandler movies from years past, women were typically just there to serve beer in a bikini or reward him with sexual activity for academic or sports-related progress; here they get to be actual people with a more three-dimensional and emotional story. Though Grown-Ups is definitely a movie written by and made for men (nothing wrong with that), one senses that Sandler and company are genuinely trying to be more respectful and inclusive of their female characters. They don’t always hit the mark with that intended change, but their effort seems sincere.
    Bella Swan has never been a character I’ve related to. She’s frustratingly timid, overwhelmingly insecure, and apparently has no interests or hobbies aside from her obsession with Edward Cullen. Sure, she’s had her redeeming moments, and yes, it was Bella who saved Edward from exposing himself to the Volturi in New Moon. But it wasn’t until the final moments of Eclipse that Bella became someone I can respect, and even admire.

  17. RacyT
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    The story about the Christians apologizing at Chicago Pride made me tear up at first… until I realized the article is about how the foundation that did it may just be trying to make a buck on the backs of the GLBT community while still condemning them. Yikes.

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