Weekly Feminist Reader

Best ever. Robert Jeffrey, age 9, dancing to Madonna’s Vogue. [Via]

Some Weinergate followup: Amanda Marcotte and Annie Lowrey defend cock shots. Hugo Schwyzer notes that many men have an “unmet need for sexual validation.” Tracy Clark-Flory explores how the online world can blur the lines between fantasy and infidelity. Melissa McEwan offers an apparently needed reminder that consent matters and at least one of the picts Weiner sent was unsolicited. Sherry Wolf says that “Weiner is a posterguy for misogyny in its postmodern form.”

Why won’t the pope let women protect themselves from HIV?

A new study of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars finds that women have similar levels of post-combat stress as their male counterparts.

A Massachusetts state Representative thinks that undocumented immigrants who are victims of rape “should be afraid to come forward.”

Abortion: sometimes a purely happy experience.

There will be a Slut Walk in New Delhi later this month.

David Simon tells Attorney General Eric Holder that he’ll make another season of The Wire if the Dept of Justice ends the War on Drugs. Win-win!

“I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.” –Sherman Alexie on young adult fiction.

DC Comics earns Bitch’s Douchebag Decree for their decision to get rid of Oracle as part of the “re-boot” of their series.

An infographic from GOOD on the opportunity gap.

In 1946, Marta Orellana, age nine, became one of the 1,500 Guatemalans that the U.S. deliberately infected with syphilis as part of a secret study.

The Bush tax cuts turned ten years old. Let’s take a look at the damage. Plus some charts.

The Nation interviews Saudi women’s rights activist Wajeha al-Huwaider. Meanwhile, more women were detained in Riyadh for getting behind the wheel in advance of the Women2Drive campaign planned for this Friday.

Some dipshit who thinks that Lara Logan’s cleavage was to blame for her assault has some advice for the ladies.

Related: Things That Cause Rape. (Hint: only one right answer)

If you’d like to see some old white dudes, check out this slide show of the top ten highest-paid CEOs in 2010.

Does watching “16 and Pregnant” make Americans more pro-choice?

Considering why women politicians don’t get caught in sex scandals nearly as much as men. (Plus remembering a few women who have.)

What have you been reading/writing this week?

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/researcher/ William

    I wrote a bit about apologies and lying, as they apply to both Tracy Morgan and Congressman Weiner.


    I also wrote about freelancing and working with chronic pain. This past week’s heat wave in NYC was the first time I had trouble really keeping up with what I needed to do because of pain.


  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    The Sherman Alexie rebuttal to that asinine attack on YA literature was beyond fantastic. I’d never heard of him but certain things he mentioned resonated with me, I will look into him and his work.

  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori


    Poetry Break: To a Daughter Leaving Home — On mothers, daughters, and independence — and what I’d tell my mom if I could.

    Graceful — Thoughts on the word and its connection to beauty standards and body image.

    Book Review: Inexcusable (trigger warning for sexual assault) — Reviewing Chris Lynch’s YA novel.

    Reading (TW on both for talk of fat shaming and eating disorders):

    Body Size is not a Diagnosis from Dances with Fat

    ‘Safe Foods’, obesity, eating disorders and shaming. at Consider the Tea Cosy.

  • http://feministing.com/members/friendthegirl/ friendthegirl

    Here’s what I wrote:

    Why Addiction Recovery Should Be A Feminist Issue


  • http://feministing.com/members/regien/ Gina

    Thanks for linking to the article about the woman who’s happy she had an abortion. It’s good to be reminded of the fact that women experience having an abortion in a lot of different ways. In less happy news, Hungary is following in Poland’s footsteps (http://www.critical-sass.net/2011/06/13/hungary-gets-a-slap-on-the-wrist/) when it comes to drafting really regressive abortion legislation – so depressing.

  • http://feministing.com/members/emiv/ Emilia Volz

    I wrote earlier today about how NPH’s opening song at the Tony’s could be a realization of using art and theatre as a tool to bridge gaps between people.

  • http://feministing.com/members/emolee/ Emolee

    I read the sexist, victim-blaming article referenced in the post on Lara Logan. Truly shameful stuff. For example, he says, “Don’t go to a man’s home at night unless you’re prepared to have sex with him.” Really?

    And he pulls out the old, “rape is a biological imperative” card and the tired equation of a penis to a loaded gun: “rape and the notion of sexual conquest persist for the same reason that warfare persists: because the human animal— especially the male animal— craves drama as much as food, shelter and clothing. Conquering an unwilling sex partner is about as much drama as a man can find without shooting a gun.”

    He goes on with “When you display legs, thighs or cleavage… most men will see it as a sign that you want to get laid.” What is so hard to understand about rape and “getting laid” being two completely different things? Maybe a woman dressed “provacatively” wants to get laid (and maybe not), but if she does, she still wants to choose when and with whom and how!

    I’m horrified and saddened about what happened to Ms. Logan, and I’m proud of her for talking about it openly. Articles like this really highlight all of the shit that rape victims are dragged through after the rape itself. This makes me so angry.