Weekly Feminist Reader

Where are the women? all male discussion on Morning Joe
Men-only panel discusses men-only hearing on contraception without a hint of self-awareness? That happened. “It pains me to say this, but I don’t think they have a clue, and that’s the sad part about it.” Umm…

The Athena Film festival showcased some awesome films by and about women last week.

“Abortion is still legal in America. Physically invading a woman’s body against her will still isn’t. Let’s not casually pass laws that upend both principles in the name of helping women make better choices.” Dahlia Lithwick on Virginia’s forced ultrasound (a.k.a. forced penetration) bill.

“Romance novels are feminist documents.”

The Daily Caller asks, “What are women for?” Yes, really.

Despite having been banned since 2008, female genital cutting is still prevalent in Egypt.

Good coverage of the birth control coverage hullabaloo from the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert. I imagine this shit is gold for them.

A new report says 1 in 4 children are malnourished worldwide.

The Rumpus’ beloved “Dear Sugar” advice columnist revealed her true identity as the writer Cheryl Strayed.

Just how gendered are children’s toy commercials? See what happens when you remix them.

Santorum is trying to distance himself from the “joke” that his supporter made about how the gals in his day just used aspirin between their knees as birth control. He claims he’s supported funding for contraception, which is weird considering he’s also pledged to defund contraception.

In my biased opinion, the playlist I made for satisfied single people in honor of Valentine’s Day is relevant every day.

Not cool: FIFA’s hijab ban is keeping Muslim women from playing the best sport in the world.

Even in conservative Mississippi, most parents support comprehensive sex education.

The world’s first ever love competition–”in which seven contestants have five minutes to neurochemically love someone as hard as they can.”

In case there was any doubt about the intention of forced ultrasound laws, some anti-choice honesty from Megan McArdle: “I’m all for the government using any non-coercive methods it can to encourage women to carry their pregnancy to term, including things that will make them feel bad about aborting.”

Forty-five years after Mildred and Richard Loving’s case, 1 in 7 new marriages are interracial in the U.S.

“Every time liberals cede the moral frame to the right wing, liberals lose.”

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

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  1. Posted February 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    My homage to James Poulson. No, really. I couldn’t resist. What are men for?

    More assvertising, this time from a poster in a nutrition store. *Sigh*


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

    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.

  2. Posted February 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I wrote a bit of a rant to the people against funding contraception.

    And another to the Arizona legislature on a bill that would hold teachers to speech and conduct in line with FCC regulations.

    Was completely and utterly unsurprised at an article that found women’s chronic pain was misdiagnosed and undertreated.

    In some lighter reading, Anytime Yoga is 1 today!

  3. Posted February 20, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    the story about 1/4 kids being malnourished is just disgusting, especially when you consider that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone only it is being destroyed to keep profits up for capitalist powers.

    speaking of which the pill is still out of stock in lebanon. i think this article focus’ too much on the gender of politicians but towards the end it makes an important point on how valuable the human body is in comparison to profit:

    english translation of syria’s constitution changes:

    found this video of egyptian women denouncing the military and demanding justice:

    a piece on lebanons marital rape laws. or it would be if lebanon had marital rape laws:

    disabled people being forced to work for no pay:

    greeces austerity measures and resistance to them:

    more info about greece on occupy londons page:

    there are awesome stories coming out of greece. like journalists taking over their workplace and kicking out their boss when he directed them to write pro austerity stuff and running the joint themselves or teachers opening up schools to teach kids who will no longer be able to afford it. good stuff.

  4. Posted February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    wow that daily caller piece and its supporting response to ‘outrage’ was so badly written and I couldn’t make any sense out of it except that this guy is trying to be “NICE” by telling women that “look you are only for reproducing but trust me thats a GOOD thing”

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