Weekly Feminist Reader

Heartwarming video of the week.

White men directed 77% of all TV episodes last season.

Shoshana Hebshi, a “half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” from Ohio, describes her experience being detained for flying while brown on 9/11.

Graphic evidence of gender inequality in the graphic publication business.

“Porn is not bad, but we sure as shit can judge the parts that are.” Jill Filipovic on the outsourcing of porn.

Gaps between boys and girls in the developing world widen as they grow up according to a new report by UNICEF.

To relieve overcrowding, prison officials in California are releasing thousands of women who have children to serve the rest of their sentences at home.

House Republicans are pushing a bill that would lead to the deportation of victims of domestic violence.

Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New York Times, said, “The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn’t true.” Some experts on women in journalism respond.

NWLC crunches the new poverty numbers and provides some handy/depressing charts.

Hugo Schwyzer on the new study that found that caring for children lowered men’s testosterone levels: “Our male bodies are not obstacles to empathy or tenderness.”

On gaslighting, emotional manipulation, and those “crazy” women.

How low can you get? Anti-choice activists harassed an abortion clinic landlord at his children’s school.

Lena Chen’s dating dealbreaker: He’s got an Asian fetish.

The super-smart bfp is doing a guest series on Detroit and ruin porn at Feminste. Definitely check out the whole thing.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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11 Comments

  1. Posted September 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    a) On the gaslighting article -THANK YOU for calling attention to this phenomenon! I think its important that people have an understanding of this type of emotional attack & how it works. I do have to say, having read through a lot of material online about gaslighting, I wish there were more material that was not specifically gendered, or addressing it solely within the context of intimate relationships. I’ve witnessed this type of thing happen in mixed groups (i.e. groups consisting of women, men & at least one trans-identified person), and in settings such as families, friends’ circles, activist groups, workplaces, etc.

    b)On the “ruin porn” BS – I also love capturing urban entropy, street art (vigilante beautfication!) or overgrowths of plants/animals overtaking ruins (vigilante nature! Face it, nature will persist even when humans extinct themselves), but sorry to burst this author’s “white 20 something hipster from somewhere else” bubble, but I was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. I was born well before the blandification-uh, I mean-”gentrification” of that area(and much of NYC) took place which 1)means urban ruins give me a feel of home enviornment, and b)knocks her “20-something” notion out of the park. I DO have strong ideas about housing rights and affordability, and also find it utter BS that others are often discouraged(even forcibly!) from occupying and renovating abandoned spaces. We currently live in an abandoned and converted coffin factory. Yet razing them to make unaffordable to most high-rises is somehow acceptable? Many of the artists and filmmakers who initially utilized such environments in their works were products of such environments. Their backdrop was the world they inhabited. We live in an industrial area where it is much of what I see around me when I step outside everyday. Sorry I don’t live in a pretty little suburb, oh well. To dismiss this all outright as “20-something white suburban hipsters” shows her own ignorance on the history of this sort of thing.

    • Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      I also really appreciated the article on gaslighting. I completely agree it can happen in mixed setting. I grew up in a house where my reactions were frequently met with these responses from parents and my brothers. I wish there were a lot more articles about this. My friend is in a marriage that I believe is borderline abusive and I really wish she would read about this.

  2. Posted September 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I documented my reactions to learning that the state cut funding to one of the most important Planned Parenthood clinics in my city (Austin.)

    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/09/everythings-bigger-in-texas-including.html

    I also wrote a little bit about getting over girl-on-girl hate, in my case w/ Ms. Zooey Deschanel.

    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/09/learning-to-tolerate-zooey-deschanel.html

    • Posted September 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      (Sidenote: is there anything worse than the woman who says, “I just don’t get along with other women! All my friends are guys!” Whenever a woman says that, I always think, “Clearly, the common factor is you.”)

      LOL, too true!

      This is a good post, though I’ll admit I’ve never seen a film with Zooey Daschanel in it to comment on her personally. But I like the part about where if you have conflict with another woman (or anybody really), the difference between the focus on what they’ve done that you’re upset about vs. nitpicky things like laughing at their clothes, weight, taste in music, whatever. I admit I’m guilty of stuff like that, not always separating actual grievances from superficial things, so it was interesting to read a take on it.

  3. Posted September 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    A couple of pain posts:

    This is what chronic pain feels like. — With handy Gir cartoon!

    Invisible Illness Challenge 23 — Responding to the prompt “one thing people say that gets under my skin…” in the context of endometriosis.

  4. Posted September 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been reading an old (June) post from Granta about women and the Tunisian Revolutions, and writing about well-educated Indonesian men and their lack of awareness on women’s issues.

  5. Posted September 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, is two years old this week. Feministing.com gave us a huge boost by mentioning our launch in the Weekly Feminist Reader back then.

    This week on the blog, we’ve got posts about bicycling for sustainable (menstrual) cycling, Part II in an ongoing series about menstruphobia among literary figures, Margaret Sanger’s birthday, red disposal bags for menstrual products, Tweet if You’ve Had/Have HPV Day, and our weekly link round-up.

  6. Posted September 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    It bugs me enough to want to comment, and I’m not a member on the website where the original post is from, so …

    He got the plot of Gaslight wrong! I mean, the gist of it was right, but the point about Charles Boyer intentionally flickering the gas lights was wrong; the gas lights flicker when he sneaks upstairs to the attic and turns the gas lights on up there, sort of like when the water changes temperature when someone somewhere else in the building turns on the sink. He does plenty of other things to try to make Ingrid Bergman think she’s crazy, but the flickering of the gas lights is accidental.

    There. I feel much better now. :)

  7. Posted September 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    This week I wrote about hooking up in college with an eye to studies by Lisa Wade and Kathleen Bogle

  8. Posted September 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I thought I would share in the WFR a guest bloggers view on abortion and what if getting Vi*gra was as rigourous a task. It is called Sauce for the Anti-Choice Gander.

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