Weekly Feminist Reader

Chart showing number of abortion restrictions enacted each year since 1985
2011: The year of the abortion restrictions. (Chart via Guttmacher)

Sarah Seltzer argues that Twilight is so disturbingly compelling because it features a heroine who “gets to will the monstrous consequences of patriarchy into the ether.”

Really hoping to see the Afghan women’s boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.

The BBC explores the popular science fiction theme of all-women societies surviving without men.

Bryce Covert explains how the “womancession” will prolong the economic slump.

In a groundbreaking decision, two separated lesbian moms have been granted equal parental rights.

An anti-rape campaign targeted towards men. For a change.

Amanda Marcotte blames Michele Bachmann’s failure on the fact that the conservative “base is unable to grant serious power to a woman, no matter how much she promised to use it to disempower other women.”

Still deciding on a New Year’s resolution? Check out Virginia Woolf’s from 1931.

Janelle Nanos explores why more and more Americans are single by choice.

Again, let’s call the arson of a Florida abortion clinic what it is: domestic terrorism.

Katha Pollit takes down all the progressive man-crushes on Ron Paul.

The HIV infection rate in the Navajo Nation has risen dramatically in the last decade.

Everyone loves vibrators these days– even religious people.

Soraya Chemaly argues that “abstinence-only education creates a petri dish for bullying in schools.”

The most terrifying question of all when it comes to the GOP presidential field: “What if one of these people actually wins?”

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

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  1. Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Posted January 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I continued with another segment of Unwisely, my story with adolescent relationship abuse.

    And recounted a conversation where a coworker decided it would be okay to liken someone’s appearance to “a ham bursting out of Saran wrap.”

    Finally, I detailed malasana (yoga squat pose), particularly as it can help pelvic/menstrual pain.

  3. Posted January 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Venn circles of feminine/masculine/human logic.

    Women, agency, and choices.

    Bedroom war zones: consent before nakedness.

    Join the Versatile Blogger Awards and let us all know who you read and why.

    O.k., guys, time for your lingerie football practice.

    Why sex-positivity has often scared the “fun and fearless” out of feminism.

  4. Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    This made me sad, enraged, and discouraged all at once. This man mocks rape against men. http://gawker.com/5873654/men-can-be-raped-now-too

  5. Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    @Katherine. I think that Gawker is actually a pretty feminist site, I’m pretty the author of this article is being sarcastic. He’s making fun of the convention that says men can’t be raped. So cheer up! :)

    And just a comment on the rape-prevention campaign. Those posters were up at my high school (in Canada), which was about 4 years ago. So I wouldn’t say they’re new…

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      That campaign was put out by Men Can Stop Rape, and I believe it was in 2001. It’s had a resurgence online in the past week due to folks looking (maybe for many of them for the first time) for a rape prevention campaign that targets men.

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Gawker, a feminist site? The same Gawker that owns Kotaku and Jezebel? Has something changed in the last few minutes?

  6. Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink
  7. Posted January 9, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    margaret thatcher being referred to as a feminist makes me angry. the word feminist means something. or at least it does to me:

    a former us marine slams the war:

    the proper way to deal with those sympathetic to the junta in egypt:

    police murder another aboriginal person. but don’t worry- they’ll investigate it objectively:

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