Weekly Feminist Reader

Iranian women standing in support of Occupy Wall Street
Awesome photo of Iranian women standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. [Via scatx]

Meet Virginia state legislator Dick Black. He thinks birth control is “baby pesticides” and that you can’t prosecute spousal rape because “she wears a nightie.”

This adorable lesbian couple was crowned homecoming king and queen.

Amanda publicly shames some of the swell dudes who think Facebook’s rape “joke” groups are funny. Remember to sign the petition to get Facebook to take that shit down.

Buthaina Kamel is set to become the first Egyptian woman to run for president.

“Wanting a world in which men and women can work alongside each other equally without fear of harassment is not political correctness. It’s just correct.” — Sally Kohn

Charlotte Allen thinks sexy Halloween costumes cause rape and warns young women to “be careful about where they flash their treasure.” Thomas, Jill, and Hugo set her straight.

“Contraceptives no more cause sex than umbrellas cause rain.” – Nick Kristof

At the New Statesman, nine lady bloggers speak out about the sexist abuse and threats they receive. Digby remembers the commenter who said, “You wrote a lot better before you came out as a woman.” Alyssa Rosenberg suggests bloggers start tweeting the threats they get with the hashtag #ThreatoftheDay.

Excited to see this exhibit, Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, that opened in San Francisco this weekend.

Organizers of the original SlutWalk in Toronto wrote an anti-racism statement. [Via]

As Melissa said, regardless of marriage politics, we can all probably agree that this is clearly the best father-daughter wedding dance of all time.

On the fight to repeal Sweden’s law requiring transgender people who want to officially change their sex to be sterilized first.

Over two years since Dr. Tiller was killed, anti-choice activists are still after his former colleague.

Women Struggling to Drink Water.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning 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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  • davenj

    The photo comes from the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission, a repressive tool of the Iranian government’s clerical apparatus. It is of little surprise that a group that reveres advances in Iranian militarism (including the Basiji), toes the line with the mullahs, and advocates repression of Iranian citizens would also “support” (and again, look at the graphic more closely; note that it’s the same well-produced sign being used by everyone) Occupy Wall Street.

    OWS doesn’t need to support of an arm of a bloody clerical regime bent on repression.

    It would also behoove Feministing to check this stuff better. The picture you post is from pro-repression propagandists.

    • http://feministing.com/members/maya/ Maya

      Thanks for the background on the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission. Although the photo isn’t actually from them–just posted by them on Facebook. I’ve seen it or similar photos in other news stories about the protest. But your larger point about who was behind this demonstration is very well taken. While reported as a “student” protest, it clearly had the support of the Basij militia. And the Iranian government does seem to be trying to capitalize on OWS for their own political goals. Still, I’m not willing to assume that the women in that photo are mere tools of the regime who don’t actually believe in OWS. So, yeah, shit’s complicated. And I would love to have the time and resources to “check this stuff” better. Maybe you should start a fund to send me to do some on-the-ground reporting!

      • http://feministing.com/members/smiles/ Smiley


        Start from the premise that totalitarian regimes do not tolerate anything they do not approve of.

        • http://feministing.com/members/maya/ Maya

          Ok, sure…not really sure what your point is though.

          • davenj

            Question why demonstrations such as this were “allowed” in a country where, normally, protests are met with brutal retribution. It’s important to be suspicious of these kinds of images being released from a country where government and journalistic transparency are not good, and where the only kind of “protesting” deemed allowable is that which supports the authoritarian regime.

            OWS needs Iranian propaganda like it needs sub-prime-backed securities.

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

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    • http://feministing.com/members/maya/ Maya

      Ugh. Thanks. Fixed now!

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom
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    Excited about this upcoming event at the Paley Center in NYC! “Can Mothers Stop Terrorism? Dialogue between Aicha el-Wafi and Abdul Haqq Baker.” Examining and discussing the intersections of family, society, faith, extremism, terrorism, and the role women can play.

    It’s this coming Tuesday, 6:30 – 8pm at 25 West 52. New York, NY. And it’s free! RSVP to office@women-without-borders.org with “RSVP” in the subject title.

    With an introduction by Pat Mitchell, CEO of the Paley Center for Media, and moderated by Dr. Edit Schlaffer, the founder and president of Women Without Borders/SAVE – Sisters Against Violent Extremism, an international PR and Advocacy organization for women around the globe.

    Check it out:


    Hoping to meet you all there!