Weekly Feminist Reader

Vagina: The word itself makes some men uncomfortable
Gif via Jessica. Watch this frat boy Virginia legislator tell his bros fellow state representatives about how his wife totally wouldn’t bone him thanks to the state’s transvaginal ultrasound bill.

A video compilation of some of the women-directed films that were passed over by the Academy for an Oscar this year.

Gaby Dunn’s scary and infuriating story of being harassed while performing at a comedy show.

In defense of Liz Lemon
: “We all know this has always been the goal: enough female funny out there that each one doesn’t have to hold the banner quite so high.”

An interactive map of government benefits.

Oh good. DSK is back in the news after being arrested by police investigating a French prostitution ring.

“What does it mean to be a man? To me it means a lot, and nothing at all.”

Rick Santorum is so single-mindedly anti-choice he opposes pre-natal testing.

Um, what? Instead of bail, a Florida judge ordered a domestic abuser to treat his wife to dinner and flowers.

Utah is considering an incredibly restrictive sex ed bill that would prohibit schools from teaching about contraception, if they decided to offer sex education at all.

Back in the good old days, when there was a broad, bipartisan consensus that birth control was a good thing, the Catholic Church almost came to accept it.

The UN’s latest report on sexual violence in conflict zones names some of the military forces and militias that are the worst offenders.

Amadi received this incredible hand-written screed from her state representative when she wrote to tell him what she thinks of Pennsylvania’s endovaginal ultrasound bill.

Melissa Gira Grant provides 10 things the American media really needs to learn about sex.

Wisconsin Republicans are about to repeal the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act.

When Pat Buchanan is warning the GOP they’re overreaching on birth control, you know things have gotten bad.

Bullshit Bingo for Sexist Career Moments.

The Muslim Brotherhood is opposing a reform to the National Council for Women, “raising fears about the future status of women in Egypt.”

You don’t say: Women voters are increasingly fed up with Mitt Romney.

Lauren Wolfe writes about the vitriol she received after penning an op-ed with Gloria Steinem about rape and the cult of masculinity.

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

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  1. Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I wrote a review of Boost, a YA novel that deals with teen female athletes, body expectations and pressures, and performance enhancing drugs.

    And Walk Myself Thin, in which my friendly neighborhood asshole helps me pick out my leisure reading.

  2. Posted February 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Georgia church says Virgin Mary was a stripper, due to nursing the baby Jesus.

    This is partly an Echidne signal boost (though she probably doesn’t need it). Chicks can play: Chilling out to Cotten style and Etta Baker blues.

    Gender non-conformity and abuse. The lie of equality.

    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*

    A look at Mary Ann Shadd, early Canadian publisher, abolitionist and suffragette.

  3. Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been trying to prove to myself that I don’t suck at math, and that, for that matter, women don’t suck at math. I’m looking for women who are or have studied math, taught it, etc. for a book I’m writing. Any Feministing community members in STEM who want to talk, please read this last entry in my math series:

  4. Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    PA is poised to vote on a mandatory ultrasound bill even more restrictive than Virginia’s.

    H.B. 1077 can be found in its full text here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1077&pn=3047

    Planned Parenthood created a petition to send to state representatives here: http://signon.org/sign/stop-pennsylvanias-mandatory?source=c.url&r_by=2715803

  5. Posted February 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I wrote sort of a musing on the idea of death as public spectacle (in context of media/celebrity culture):


    Yesterday there was a Feminist Zine Fest in Brooklyn, where I picked up quite a bit of reading material for the next few days!

  6. Posted February 27, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    shit zionists say. if you have ever interacted with one then you will know where this is coming from:
    heheheheh “did you know we invented houmous?” “we invented chocolate.” “there’s already a palestinian state- it’s called jordan. “”HAMAS HAMAS HAMAS HAMAS”. *giggles wildly

    the campaign against workfare in the uk. they got macdonalds to shut down. the temple of capitalism, so expert at exploiting workers shut down because of protests:

    women and revolution:

    stuff on israel/palestine, hamas, fatah and their reaction to the arab spring:

    a report on school performance and funding show what everybody already knew. public schools which have a higher number of minority and disabled students recieve lower rates of funding and private schools get more than they need. because kids only matter if their parents are rich:

    and the whole australian media is reporting on it so “the gillard- rudd fiasco is the result of Labor’s crisis, not the cause”:

  7. Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    That handwritten response to Amadi’s letter is breathtaking. I can’t imagine how terrible that must feel, to know that is your elected representative. Horrifying!

    Here’s one I wrote on social justice work and the language we use to talk about it: http://ollieroberts.blogspot.com/2012/02/decolonising-ones-mind.html

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