Weekly Feminist Reader

Characters from Super Mario brothers are re-imagined as a different gender

Fun with gender and superheroes! Last week male superheroes posed like Wonder Woman; this week, the characters from Super Mario swapped genders (pictured above).

Cuba celebrated its first transgender wedding on Saturday.

Thursday was the 91st birthday of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

I enjoyed watching Texas Gov. Rick Perry squirm and struggle while trying to explain why he supports abstinence-only education in a state with soaring rates of teen pregnancy.

Sady Doyle takes on Naffissatou Diallo’s ugly choice.

A Lancet editorial urges South Africa to heed recommendations on maternal health. And over at Mother Jones, Jen Quirashi interprets a sharp new infographic by the Maternal Health Task Force on annual maternal deaths globally.

If watching the new HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words left you eager to hear about some of the other women who helped launch the contemporary feminist movement, check out this article on the Ms. blog by Gloria Steineim, originally published in 1973, on the verbal witticisms of Flo Kennedy.

While I don’t agree entirely with his characterization of today’s young people (see: Do It Anyway), Bruce Levine gives 8 persuasive reasons that young Americans are systematically de-incentivized from resistance.

Elisa Ringholm uses The Help as a springboard to talk about the circumstances of today’s domestic workers (as does a campaign launched by the National Domestic Workers Alliance). Over at Racialicious, Arturo R. García writes about the other group of people we always see playing “the help”.

Charlotte Cooper on gender and the “Rotis not Riots” campaign developed in response to the London riots.

“Gender is a lens, not a conclusion.” Roxanne Krystalli reflects on her work with women in areas of conflict and post-conflict.

Juliet E. McKenna asks what the problem is with representations of women in fantasy.

What have you been reading/writing this week?

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11 Comments

  1. Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    The funny thing about abstinence only education is that it’s as efficient as same sex only education. Of course, you won’t see Texas teaching same sex only classes.

  2. Posted August 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Daw. Female Luigi is so cute. I think she’s insecure because she knows people prefer to play Female Mario. The princes are also pretty cute. Blond one (I always forget which one is Peach and which one is Daisy) looks sad, but brown-haired one is all “Yeah, I am rocking these tights!”

  3. Posted August 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I don’t want to change my body (talk of fat shaming) — My response to the largely body-negative readings/comments I’ve encountered in the last couple of weeks.

    No Blame (talk of body shaming, disordered eating) — Examining my relationship with my mom, genetics, food, and body image.

    And in asana-focused stuff, a detail of chaturanga with an emphasis on safety and alignment. Also some modifications to make the pose accessible to more people.

  4. Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Glad to read of the transgendered wedding in Cuba, maybe a step towards legalizing same-sex weddings as well?

    Not sure if this counts as something I wrote (well, I wrote the answers) but I was interviewed by the blog Ms. Comix, it went up yesterday:
    http://womenreadcomicstoo.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-comic-artist-jenny.html?spref=fb

    The blog itself may be of interest to others who post here that are interested in comics, and womens’ roles in them.

  5. Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I wrote a bit about Lil Wayne’s latest song:
    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/08/oh-lil-wayneyou-still-suck.html

    And the horrifying story of the parents who “spanked” their child to death.
    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/08/what-is-happening.html

  6. Posted August 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for including my PolicyMic link on gender and storytelling with a focus on sharing women’s stories in conflict zones. I have been a long-time reader and admirer of the work of Feministing and it is an honor to be included in this list. Have a wonderful week!

  7. Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Ms. Wario is SO Megan from Bridesmaids. :)

  8. Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for compiling all these articles. My favorites are Roxanne Krystalli and Juliet E. McKenna’s articles.

    Ms. Krystalli has an excellent point there; many women need to be acknowledged for their abilities, not because they’re simply women.

    I’m going to keep a lookout for Ms. McKenna’s book; I’ll be sure to buy it when it’s published. Passive and silly females are the reason why I always buy children’s books, ’cause thankfully, at least there are REAL female and male characters there… and at least some children’s books authors (who are guys) who don’t include silly gender stereotypes in their books. Gender neutral-ness! Yay! Dangerous Waters, here I come!

  9. Posted August 22, 2011 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/21/can-the-burgeoning-christian-crusade-against-pornography-bear-fruit/?hpt=hp_c2
    I just read this article on the Evangelical Porn ’epidemic’. Particularly close to home, as my Dad is currently living the Pure Life Ministries compound mentioned in the article and will be until January, and I have a lot of conflicting feelings about it. It’s been rough for me and my family.

  10. Posted August 22, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    re: the rick perry video
    “abstinence worked for me” is not a very compelling argument for public policy, especially coming from someone who will never, ever be pregnant (and probably wasn’t always abstinent, I mean, come on).
    People who support oppressive legislation always seem to cite their own experience as if it is universal.

  11. Posted August 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for remembering the 19th Amendment.

    Now, please, remember this and pass it on: Rights are not given by amendments. They are guaranteed. The 19th Amendment guarantees a woman’s right to vote.

    Interestingly, I have rarely seen a report where it is claimed the 15th Amendment “gave” blacks the right. But even on a feminist website, we lower ourselves by claiming the right is “given.”

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