What we missed

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The most popular contraception in Eastern and Southern Africa seems to double the risk of HIV infection.

Sady on the importance of Slutwalk.

Check out the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign.

Denmark has instituted a “fat tax.” Headline as offensive as law. OTOH, I would love to over tax toxic and bad foods that have destroyed food as we know it. Let’s just make better names for this stuff so we recognize exactly who we are going after.

Also! If you are NYC the weather for this weekend looks amazing. Which is a great reason to come to my book party on Friday! Or my reading on Tuesday. Not in NY? You can support me anyway and order my book on Amazon today. And fan the book on Facebook. And you can read an excerpt of the book on Jezebel. Yay!

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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I am deeply disappointed, but utterly unsurprised, that this past weekend, a white feminist at SlutWalk NYC carried a racist sign. Yeah, yeah, the quote is from Yoko Ono and John Lennon. But it was wrong for them to say it, and it’s wrong for this woman to use it. It’s racist. And as feminists and progressives and social justice advocates, we need to be calling this out when it crops up in our own ranks, not just among our opponents. And if we want women of color to commit to solidarity with us, then we must commit to solidarity with them. Which means, for one small example, not making signs like this, and if we see other white feminists doing it, telling them it’s racist and not ok. Yes, the woman in the picture put the sign down when one of the organizers, a black woman, asked her to. But no black woman should have had to see the sign, much less be the one to ask nicely for it to be put down. No black woman, no woman of color, should have to see or hear any racial slur in feminist space or at feminist events.

    SlutWalk is important, yeah. But not more important than women of color. There’s been a lot of criticism of SlutWalk from WOC, and for some really excellent reasons. White feminists need to get our shit together and start seriously addressing these things. We are failing millions of women. How can we call ourselves feminists when we do that?

  2. Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    It is regrettable Feministing is promoting The Girl Effect campaign. Organizations behind The Girl Effect include Nike (known for exploitation of female sweatshop labor and with a record of doing nothing to protect these employees from sexual assault by supervisors) as well as organizations long involved in population control/eugenics programs. The primary purpose of these groups is racist and eugenical control of the reproductive lives of black and brown women and has nothing to do with reproductive health education. The efforts to involve feminists in promoting this campaign is cynical, manipulative, and shameful. Feministing should investigate these groups, disavow any association, publicize the racist character of The Girl Effect and have nothing to do with promoting this racist campaign.

  3. Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Since it’s been mentioned here before, the NYT is still putting trans issues in the Fashion and Style section.

  4. Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Charming comment on the article about Denmark’s tax: “Seems rough to put up food prices for all, even if they aren’t overweight. How about an obesity tax, based on BMI? Tax the output not the input. All adults weighed twice a year and taxed accordingly, unless there are health reasons for being overweight.”
    ……oh yeah, that’s a much better idea. Of course.

  5. Posted October 11, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I can see why English-speakers find the term “fat tax” offensive, as it implies a tax on fat people. However, the Danish (as all Scandinavian languages) doesn’t have the same grammar and language structure as English.
    The English-language newspaper has directly translated the Danish term for the fat tax (Fedt-skat), which does not imply that it is a tax on fat people, since that would use a different form on the word fedt. A better translation would be “A tax on fatty acids”, since that’s what it actually means.

    Now, the most offensive about this tax is how disregarding it is about the healthy aspects of fats. You need a daily intake of fat to live a good life. Of course, overeating fat is not good, but this tax is not the solution.

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