Weekly Feminist Reader

She is a creature designed for a richly interior life in a way that most boys are not
10 outrageous quotes from Caitlin Flanagan’s new book illustrated with cat photos courtesy of Bitch.

Need a good cry? Watch this teen girl make the case for her fathers’ right to marry during New Jersey’s debate over marriage equality.

“Few people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job.”

Molly Fischer writes a critical history of “ladyblogs” like Jezebel, The Hairpin, and XO Jane, arguing that sisterhood has “curdled into BFF-ship.” Autumn Whitefield-Madrano counters that the “slumber party” of the lady blogosphere is sisterhood.

Last year, 705 Guatemalan women were killed by gender-based violence. Now the country is taking the first steps towards combating femicide.

Women’s boxing is making its Olympic debut this summer.

Two great pieces on how the Komen-Planned Parenthood breakup is ultimately good for the feminist movement at the Nation and Salon.

Jennifer Baumgardner on her own abortion story and the history of women speaking out about their abortion experiences.

Major trigger warning on this must-read piece on Anoka, Minnesota’s war on gay teens.

Sady Doyle on toxic relationships, gaslighting, walking away.

After Tuscon’s Mexican-American studies ban went into effect and the school district confiscated all the books, a youth group started organizing their own ethnic studies classes.

Are survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovinia finally being given constructive attention?

A woman brags about how she refused to give her disabled daughter EC after she was raped.

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

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  1. Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Billionaires don’t have to go to jail when they try to kidnap sex workers and the women break an ankle.

    Pondering the premises behind the appeal in the Shafia trial, which has been labeled as an honour killing: It seems the goal of eradicating patriarchy tends to “colour the evidence.” Oh my.

    Everywhere are red hearts and flowers, some plastic, some silk, some real… The cheap sentimentality of Valentine’s Day is soon upon us. With this in mind, let us examine The “feminist” man. Yay. Or not.

    About threats of violence against politicians, most of them women. If I were an American in Missouri.

    Inspired by a local news story. When is burlesque empowering, and what isn’t? Empowerment sale – get yours today!

  2. Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Reading: In addition to the losses of Mike Kelley & Don Cornelius this week, surrealist artist & writer Dorothea Tanning passed away. Very talented and lived to be 101 years of age!

    http://laughingsquid.com/surrealist-painter-sculptor-and-writer-dorothea-tanning-dies-at-101/

  3. Posted February 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I wrote Rape & Superpowers in response to a victim blaming Dear Prudence column and various discussions of it.

    And Adjustment on yoga and how people touching me without my consent can be harmful, even if the intent is good.

  4. Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Jo B. Paoletti’s new book on the history of color-coding babies, Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys From the Girls in America, is set for release.

  5. Posted February 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about LA roller derby, and plan to keep covering it for Canonball!
    http://www.canonballblog.com/?p=3385

  6. Posted February 6, 2012 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    prisoners get their own back on the pigs. err i mean cops. hahahaha. still cant stop laughing. i think that says it all:
    http://www.wcax.com/story/16673570/prisoner-pig-prank-on-vt-state-police-goes-viral

    republicans use divide and rule 101:
    http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2012/01/29/republicans-use-divide-and-rul

    obama the global imperialist:
    http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2012/01/29/obama-global-imperialist

    i think the BBC should go to hell. it might be able the words Free Palestine froma song but people will keep saying it:
    http://electronicintifada.net/content/why-bbc-so-afraid-word-palestine/10886

    so SCAFs been ruling egypt for a while now and attacking protesting citizens with weapons funded from the US government. have they come to a decision to stop funding the military yet? no. why would you expect anything more from this government?:
    http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/641076

    on palestinian resistance:
    http://electronicintifada.net/content/who-says-palestinian-resistance-dead/10891

    why australia won’t see renewable energy for a while:
    http://sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7209:why-won’t-australia-invest-in-renewables?&Itemid=398

    sunday, bloody sunday:
    http://sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7205:bloody-sunday&Itemid=411

    i loved that story about the ethnic studies class. young people can be so awesome and using education to rebel against racism- that’s just wicked cool.

  7. Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Excellent links roundup, as always. (I’d somehow missed the Sady Doyle piece on gaslighting, so a particular thank-you on that. Crucial for young women.)

    Thank you for linking to The Beheld!

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