Weekly Feminist Reader

RIP Whitney Houston. She will be missed.

Rick Santorum thinks birth control shouldn’t be covered by insurance at all because it’s so affordable. Georgia Rep. Tom Price goes farther and claims that “not one woman” has ever been denied access to birth control because she could not afford it.

Plan B in a university vending machine? Sounds good to us. Remember how science said it was supposed to be over-the-counter anyway?

Hell yeah Ellen.

Liz Phair on why Lana Del Rey scares rock’s boys club. Flavia has more thoughts.

Egypt’s feminists prepare for a long battle.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Sesame Street? Yes please.

Not one Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. “Recalcitrant Republicans should be made to explain to voters why they refuse to get behind the federal fight against domestic violence and sexual assaults.” Indeed.

Have an idea for an app that could help women ensure that they’re being paid fairly? The Obama administration wants to hear from you!

Sasha Frere-Jones says M.I.A. shouldn’t have apologized for flipping the bird at the Super Bowl. Agreed.

An interview with Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, who has helped organize weekly demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square for the last year.

What has marriage been “since the beginning of human history?” Fact-check from an anthropologist.

“A woman’s right to choose is under attack as much as it’s ever been, and that’s a terrible and dangerous thing for this country.” That’s the incredible Joss Whedon talking about Buffy’s decision to have an abortion in the latest issue of the comic series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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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  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I wrote about my own reasons why I think Plan B in vending machines sounds awesome.

    Next, I reviewed Tamora Pierce’s newest book Mastiff, especially one scene that resonated with me. (I’ve done my best to avoid spoilers here.)

    In chair yoga, a seated balance pose for times when standing balances are just not happening.

    Finally a very interesting quote involving laws, religious freedom, and Antonin Scalia.

  • http://feministing.com/members/noticed/ Karen

    I was inspired this week by a Rachel Maddow segment in which she insists that the Republican presidential candidates are on the wrong side of the contraception issue.


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

    Having no dearth of fierce female musicians in my music collection from all genres, can I just say this OMG LANA DEL REY SO STRONG AND THREATENING TO MEN confuses me just as much as that time they were saying all that stuff about Alannis Morrisette being so strong and angry because she sang how mad a breakup made her and gasp…prank called the guy?!?

    Anyway, let’s go back to M.I.A. flipping the bird to the Superbowl or driving bans etc. That I get.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    The Republic of Gilead cometh. Will Lysistrata be far behind?

    I answer CatieCat’s call to honour Black Herstory Month with a look at Mary Ann Shadd, early Canadian publisher, abolitionist and suffragette.

    The true liberation of men is an integral part of women’s progress.

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


    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.

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

  • http://feministing.com/members/alynn/ aLynn

    This week I wrote a bit about gender and Hollywood. First through Money Ball, The Help, and the Oscars:


    and the more generally about women in Hollywood in general:


  • http://feministing.com/members/koralai/ Carrie

    I just read a provocative rant about Chris Brown’s performance at the Grammys and how “the mainstream media is covering this story like it’s any comeback story.” Thought it was worth sharing:


    • http://feministing.com/members/kirahyphenlynn/ Kira-Lynn

      All my friends on Facebook and Twitter seem to be linking to that piece.

      While I agree with the text of the piece, I disagree with Hello Giggles and the author choosing to link photos of Rihanna’s abuse injuries.

      It is wrong. People need to stop doing it.

      Those photos were taken as EVIDENCE. They aren’t publicity shots. They aren’t for us. They aren’t for bloggers or random websites. They are not for Sasha Pasulka to use to make a point.

      Rihanna is not an object for us to use.
      Her injuries are not our illustrations.
      Her body is her own.

      Every woman has the right to choose what about her own experience she wants to disclose. We should not hide the realities of abuse, but it is not our place to put Rihanna’s photos on display.
      This is a consent issue.

      I am so tired of (white) media using images of Black suffering to make their points.
      Rihanna is famous, yes, but that doesn’t mean she has zero right to privacy.

      Why do feminists that see the violation in leaked private nude photos not see the violation in this?

      When will people stop thinking Black women’s bodies are fair game to objectify like this?

      She is a real person. Her image and her pain do not exist to make so we can make a point. They are hers to deal with on her own terms.

      Let’s not strip her of her agency any further. Let’s not revictimize her.

      The website should write “photos were leaked that showed injuries”, rather than “THESE PHOTOS, AND HERE’S THE LINK!”.

      I tried to contact the author directly. I got no response.
      What I did get was a dude on Twitter wanting to explain to me why it is okay for people to share that picture.

  • http://feministing.com/members/hydratics/ heather

    one nerdy thing:

    it’s Joss WhedOn

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

      Oops. Thanks, Heather.

  • http://feministing.com/members/tariq/ daria

    reading this for an educational: the poverty of patriarchy theory:

    on how great the simpsons are:

    islamophobes in blue:

    the fight for equal pay in australia:

    “work experience” is one way of putting it:

    general strike in egypt:

    general strike in greece:

    oh how much do i love whedon? he’s right no one ever talks about abortion anywhere. it’s never even presented as an option when somebody gets an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    I respond to a comment: honestly. Do I like ANYONE? The answer: Hearts, flowers, and bad, bad love. **Triggers for domestic violence**