Weekly Feminist Reader

Beyonce’s new video was obviously the most important thing that happened this week.

These Chilean girls have occupied their state school for five months to demand the government provide free university education for all. Plus meet Camila Valleja, the leader of Chile’s student uprising.

Do you need a sexist chart to explain why Ashton and Demi broke up?

A must-read at the Crunk Feminist Collective on SlutWalk, inclusivity, and that racist sign at SlutWalk NYC.

Facebook is fine with hate speech, as long as it’s directed at women.

“I am talking about changing the underlying values that govern our society.” Naomi Klein’s speech to Occupy Wall Street.

Research finds that college dating culture is still dictated by traditional gender norms.

High school senior Brianna Amat was crowned homecoming queen right before kicking the winning field goal for her varsity football team.

Check out the new guest series on sex work at Bitch.

French feminists are trying to do away with the word “mademoiselle.”

Justin Adkins, a trans man who was arrested at Occupy Wall Street, tells of the police mistreatment he experienced.

Are women paying the price for taking their husband’s last name?

Flavia looks at the multi-national corporations that make a profit off the dehumanizing anti-immigration industry.

Ms. Magazine has been posting their list of the top 100 feminist non-fiction books.

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

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  1. Posted October 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Busy week for me. I had some guest authors, wrote a guest post, and am trying to put together a blog carnival. Last one first:

    Blog Carnival: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (TW domestic violence) — I’d very much appreciate anyone who can contribute or who can spread the word about it.

    The Most Interesting Patient in the World — Guest author ThatWordGrrl on difficult-to-diagnose conditions and provider responses.

    Exercise: What’s the Point? (TW body policing) — Guest author Katie on exercise, body image, and feminism.

    Hating Gym, Scale Edition (TW body policing, weighing) — My guest post at Fit and Feminist on 9th grade gym and our “competitive fitness” unit.

    The SHEER WILLPOWER Diet (TW dieting, disordered eating, body policing) — On why dieting via “sheer willpower” is not always health — and does not always require the most willpower.

    Also a couple on beauty standards:

    The Price of Pretty (TW body policing) — What a compliment of “pretty” actually cost me in terms of time, money, snide remarks, and self-loathing.

    Beauty Labor: Counting the Minutes — Autumn at The Beheld and I counted our beauty labor for the week, found a daily average, and wrote about our results.

  2. Posted October 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I just started reading “The Purity Myth” by Jessica Valenti. LOVE her writing. Everything is so matter-of-fact, how can you disagree with her arguments?

    I also started watching Pan Am. I’ve heard that it’s rather post-feminist, but I’m still not sure. More episodes will tell.

  3. Posted October 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I wrote a follow up to my last piece about my girl hate issues w/ Zooey Deschanel and the whole MPDG thing:
    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/10/im-in-love-and-it-aint-with-manic-pixie.html

    I also wrote about the importance of being a bit selfish as women:
    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2011/10/defending-selfishness-and-letting-go-of.html

  4. Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of traditional gender norms…
    …anybody see this Tide commercial yet?

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=C9LTRbWsGOI

    “It’s really too bad” that the little girl won’t wear pink or stop building garages. Ha!

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