Weekly Feminist Reader


Zubadia Razia, 20, walks through the mud and rubble that was once her home in the devastated Charsadda district. Photo via the International Rescue Committee.

How women are being affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan. (Click here to donate to relief efforts.)

Pro-choice organizers employ some new framing in opposition to proposed abortion restrictions in Alaska.

Professional bikini waxers are dealing with more harassment as more men start getting brazilians. “Guys think that since they’re naked, you’re gonna give them head,” says one salon owner.

Shocking news! “Behavioural differences between the sexes are not hard-wired at birth but are the result of society’s expectations, say scientists”

A Kenyan trans woman blogs about her life and transition.

Support for marriage equality is steadily increasing.

“The future of America is in this question: Will the Baby Boomers recognize that they have a responsibility and a personal stake in ensuring that this next generation of largely Latino and African-American kids are prepared to succeed?”

“I do not hate men. I just hate being hit on when I clearly do not want to be hit on. … My ‘no’ is not a negotiation.”

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: “Your women are ugly” is not a political argument. It’s a sexist one.

Racism does not cut both ways, and it cannot.

Mental health in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is back — and the chances for a trans-inclusive bill look slim.

Michelle Dean on reviews of Eat Pray Love: “all this blather about the ‘self-indulgence’ and ‘privilege’ of this film, when delivered by these white, and largely male, film critics, is disingenuous, and, even worse, philosophically empty.”

Why “the other woman” is not your enemy.

Portia de Rossi talks to The Advocate.

Check out the latest issue of WOMANZINE, an awesome zine about/for/not for women, to which I am a contributor.

What have you been reading/writing this week?

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  1. Posted August 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Go Where?: Sex, Gender, and Toilets – a typology and analysis of men’s and women’s washroom signs and what they say about our understanding of sex and gender.

    The Worst Anti-Abortion Ad I Ever Saw – a thoroughly silly anti-choice billboard.

  2. Posted August 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    A reflection on why misogyny just won’t go away.

  3. Posted August 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I critique the tone and implications of Shroedinger’s Rapist.
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/08/17/1205/

    Who can be a feminist?
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/08/18/who-can-be-a-feminist/

    Who cares if most women and most men are biologically different? What does that change? What does that prove? Pretty much nothing.
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/08/19/this-just-in-biology/

    imnotme wrote a guest post about the conflict between reason and emotion in relationfhips.
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/08/20/a-serious-problem/

  4. Posted August 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about the Ground Zero mosque controversy by flipping the framing and using Christianity instead of Islam.

    Reductionism, Not Western Civilization is the Great Satan

  5. Posted August 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Can Your Fat Ever Be Your BFF?: Looking at how fat is constructed on The ABC Family show HUGE as well as examining the social hatred of fat.

    Year Old Grandmother Raped in Detroit: Looking at how age changes the way that the media talks about rape.

    Racism Masquerading as Comedy at the David Hasselhoff Roast: Looking at the ways routinely resort to hipster style racism and then defend it under the guise of comedy.

    Big Brother: What Does It mean to be a Good Gay Person: Looking at a recent rant in which a man was accused of doing gay wrong by a straight woman because he refused to take on the role of gay bff.

    Sofia Vergara of Modern Family in the Latest Edition of Esquire: Examining the fact that photoshopping is not the only visible ways in which sexism is perpetuated in photo shots. Apparetly posing a successful woman in her underwear, in high heels in a kitchen is good publicity. As well as looking at the way that Latina women are stigmatized by the media.

    Racism and Social Responsibility aka Why I can’t ‘just enjoy a movie: Looking at the way that POC are constructed in Horror and modern Vampire fiction.

    A break down of Last week’s episode of True Blood, as well as a gay version in the now famous Rolling Stone cover.

  6. Posted August 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    This week at Happy Bodies we had our first post from our “When Did you Know?” series!: When I knew I was privileged.

    We’re still looking for submissions! Learn more here

  7. Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Need to laugh? Read about Funny Women Blogging. Need to commiserate about long-distance dating? Read about it from a feminist perspective. Want to talk about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Smallville? Want to write more about all these things? Submit an application to be our next Junior Editor!

  8. Posted August 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Just because racism against whites isn’t institutionalized, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. it is possible for individuals to be racist against whites. I have been harassed because I was white when I was in school and by some customers who come into my work. Not all the time of course and not by all non-white people, or even most of them. But it does happen. Anyone can be racist against anyone and it doesn’t do any good to pretend any differently.

  9. Posted August 23, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Note: That Portia interview with the Advocate is over a year old. They ask her if she’s going to marry Ellen!

  10. Posted August 23, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    From Yours Truly…

    Oh Snap! Cell Phone Camera Leads to Groper’s Arrest

    And also at Feminist Review…

    make/shift is a satisfying thing. Describing itself as “feminisms in motion,” it is a much-needed breath of fresh air for both our minds and our movement.

    Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care

    Adam McKay is one of a million: a writer and director who can put together a great trailer. Too bad the feature presentation of The Other Guys is so long and boring that it chokes on its own machismo.

  11. Posted August 24, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    “Racism does not cut both ways, and it cannot.”

    Really? Try looking up “racism” and “Hawaii” and learn about common attitudes about white people held by local people of color, and what can happen to white people, regardless of how long they have lived here, or whether or not they try to become part of the local community.

    Don’t even try playing the oppression Olympics game. Tell me why beating white girls at school on a regular basis AND denying them justice is any less serious than beating a person of color. Tell me why three POC bloodying and choking an elderly white man (trying to defend his daughters) AND police convincing him not to report the crime, because a local judge wouldn’t believe him, is different than a person of color being assaulted. Tell me why “structure” matters to a white victim, or anyone who cares about victims of violence.

    I’ll give you just one link.

    http://tinyurl.com/2ewmdvk

    People who care can read more on their own. White victims must be imagining their suffering, because “by definition,” they are not victims of racism.

    From the OP link: “There is no history of whites being the victims of racial discrimination in the U.S.”

    Wow.

  12. Posted August 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    One million dead and tortured. Now where’s my sense of humour?

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