Weekly Feminist Reader

Dorli Rainey
Dorli Rainey, the 84-year-old activist who was pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle, remembers that in “the women’s movement there were signs which said: ‘Screw us and we multiply.’” (Image credit: Joshua Trujillo / Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

“Breaking Dawn is where the Twilight series goes straight-up cuckoopants.”

Amanda Hess profiles boy-next-door porn star James Deen and wonders when the industry will start making porn for women.

Muslimah Media Watch reviews TLC’s new series All-American Muslim.

Awesome: Sarah Vowell is The Daily Show‘s new Senior Historical Context Correspondent.

Angela Davis says that the most important question facing the Occupy movement is how we can “come together in a unity that is not simplistic and oppressive, but complex and emancipatory.”

Some sad charts on child poverty.

Spencer Ackerman asks, “Is it really not possible to grapple with this woman’s ideas because she’s wearing pearls? Really?”

Andrea Plaid explains why she was disappointed in both Black in America 4 and Miss Representation.

Mona Eltahawy says that Aliaa Mahdy, a 20-year-old Egyptian blogger who posted a nude photograph of herself, is “the Molotov cocktail thrown at the Mubaraks in our heads – the dictators of our mind.”

The New York Times explores what led to the defeat of Mississippi’s Personhood amendment, while Georgia gears up for its own Personhood push.

In an interview with MORE, Michele Bachmann discussed how her miscarriage made her more anti-choice.

Followup to Chloe’s recent piece on sexual abuse in gymnastics: Former Olympic coach Don Peters has been banned for life by USA Gymnastics.

Rape cases are on the rise in internal displacement camps in Somalia.

In response to Courtney’s recent piece on sustainable blogging, one teenage feminist discusses Virginia Woolf, Nicki Minaj, and the importance of a room of one’s own.

On the specifically anti-mother abuse bloggers who are mothers receive and why it needs to be part of the convo around online misogyny.

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

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  1. Posted November 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  2. Posted November 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Isle of Man has finally passed a law that permits breastfeeding in public places, despite widespread fear that this will be used as a “license for exhibitionism” (http://www.critical-sass.net/2011/11/19/isle-of-man-joins-21st-century/); peaceful Dutch anti-racism protestors get beaten up by the police (http://www.critical-sass.net/2011/11/13/police-violence-against-peaceful-anti-zwarte-piet-protestors/). The festive season is truly here!

  3. Posted November 20, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Thoughts on a Word: Potential — Running, misconceptions, and my butt.

    Pelvic Floor: Finding It & Moving It — My frustrations with common descriptions of how to feel the pelvic floor muscles, and some of my experiences with pelvic floor physical therapy.

    That Thing I Do with My Shoulders — A personal practice for my shoulder and upper back tension. Might be useful for other computer users.

    Thoughts on a Word: Tori — Being irked when people randomly decide to give me a name that is not mine.

    Boys Call Me Things — A note from a student.

  4. Posted November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    This might work:

    Why is gender essentialism still there?

    A post in which I reinvent one of the latest Ashley Madison ads in order to ensure truth in advertising.

    “Why did you put up with it?” The sexual harassment and domestic violence continuum

  5. Posted November 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    A recent article in the Journal of Women’s Health makes a convincing argument for ending the pelvic exam as part of standard care for asymptomatic women.


    Despite all the medical evidence suggesting the exam is unnecessary, I am having a really difficult time finding a health care provider who will fill my birth control prescription without it. If I have to have one more medical appointment where I respectfully raise concerns about the risks and benefits of pelvic exams, point out that it is not medically necessary for prescribing oral contraceptive, and assert my (supposed) right to refuse medical treatment only to be patronizingly lectured about how the exam is “not that bad” and “for my own good,” I’m going to lose it.

  6. Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  7. Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I have been joyfulling digesting the analytical genius of Evelyn Fox Keller in her book, “Reflections on Gender and Science.” I found it in the library accidentally when I was picking out some John Muir and Mary Austin. I studied natural science (among mostly forestry students who are predominantly male) at University, and the title jumped out at me because it seemed like it would dialogue and imform my own thought on science, how it is conducted, and how it has been genderized. It I seriously awesome!

  8. Posted November 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I thought they already did make porn for women–Playgirl & internet porn websites & i thought pornography was “objectification”–What’s the difference?

  9. Posted November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I really like this article about sex ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/teaching-good-sex.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all%3Fsrc%3Dtp&smid=fb-share

    Someone’s actually teaching it well in a high school.

  10. Posted November 21, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I posted the three pieces we performed at the opening of the Occupied! art show opening at Bluestockings last Monday (hours before the NYPD raid at Zucotti).

    Emergency Alert – There Is No Crisis

    Regarding Love, Hate, and Commodified Emotions (also has a brief eulogy to Laura Kennedy of Bush Tetras, who passed away this week.)

    American Lucid

  11. Posted November 21, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve been very interested in the gender roles in the AMC series The Walking Dead – particularly how the pregnancy drama has been unfolding. Spoiler alert!

    Tonight’s episode Laurie discusses the idea of bringing a baby into a fearful, utterly chaotic world. She confides in a couple of male characters about her struggle and is presented with the choice to either take some pre-natal vitamins, or an excessive amount of morning-after pills. The story has prompted great dialogue about choice in a post-apocalyptic world. is a great interview with the writer about the subject.

  12. Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:19 am | Permalink

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