Weekly Feminist Reader

Hoodie or hijab. Racism is racism. I'm Iraqi and I want justice for Trayvon.

“Hoodie or hijab; Racism is racism. I’m Iraqi and I want justice for Trayvon.” [Via]

Sex is great–so why are romance novels considered trashy?

How many hours do you have to work at minimum wage to afford rent in your state?

On The Hunger Games, femininity, and the division between the self and the public self.

Have women coaches hit the “glass wall”
even as women athletes have continued to move forward?

Dozens of students at an all-boys school in Detroit were suspended after staging a walk-out to protest the lack of teachers. Yes, suspended for chanting, “We want education!”

Women Under Siege has launched a crowd-sourced mapping project to track sexual violence in the Syria conflict.

Did Rick Santorum seriously almost call the President the N-word?

Great piece on the awesome POOR Magazine and why “the poorest of the poor” need to be leading the anti-poverty movement.

A win for abortion rights in Argentina.

Awesome: An abortion clinic’s landlord gives anti-choice protestors a taste of their own medicine.

In her ongoing quest to be totally irrelevant, Naomi Wolf is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn continues to be a real swell guy: Arrested on charges of “aggravated pimping,” he admitted to calling women at sex parties “equipment,” “luggage” and “gifts.”

Sometimes defeating an anti-choice bill is as simple as waiting a politician to say something stupid and then pouncing on the interwebs.

Kate McKinnon of Vag Magazine is the newest female castmember at SNL.

Our age of consent laws are pretty fucked up: “Should we really treat teenagers who have sex with other teenagers as criminals?”

Vote for your favorite influential leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes for the TIME 100.

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

Atlanta, GA

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.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

Read more about Maya

Join the Conversation

  • http://feministing.com/members/rljd/ Jesse Dangerously

    Naomi Wolf hasn’t been super on point a lot lately, but I’m really surprised to see the point she’s making here dismissed so blithely.

    The one thing that undermined it for me was her saying she had previously admired Perry. That chick has been an outspoken homophobe from day zero, and as far as I’m concerned, the boycott that should have begun with her flopped pre-Kissed single “Ur So Gay” has yet to elapse.

    Don’t defend Katy Perry, feministing. She is not on our side.

    • http://feministing.com/members/gardenoflilacs/ Kate

      i’m not defending naomi wolf’s feminist theory and practice at large but i definitely support anyone coming out and speaking against pop mainstream stereotypes and misrepresentations/distortions, ESPECIALLY that of the military industrial complex. katy perry has her voice heard on being a woman in the military when there are thousands of voices that can speak their own personal truths of being a female in the military. some support it, of course, some do NOT support it, of course, and all should be heard! as quoted in the article, Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer said: ‘Naomi Wolf is a living, breathing contradiction. Her anti-military sentiments against the men and women fighting to defend the freedoms she exercises regularly, speech and protest, is absurd and disturbingly disgraceful.” the fact that men and women risk their lives, train to and in so many cases act on the murdering of innocent people, that many veterans return with PTSD and MST (military sexual trauma), among a host of other mental health issues (not ALL, but MANY) in the name of “fighting to defend freedoms” is ABSURD and DISTURBINGLY DISGRACEFUL. this past month (march 2012) reports the lowest in death tolls in Iraq, 87 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 soldiers. the lowest in a 9 year war.

      in the video there is a flashback (literally) during an invasion to a memory of her boyfriend and her shooting a water gun. maybe the video would have done the soldier’s character justice if they showed her in a writer’s group 2 years later, still in contract with the marines and unable to reclaim her own personal freedom, trying to process and figure out the death and destruction and trauma of combat. or at the VA, where she isn’t receiving the right treatment for her mental health needs. in the video, she dances underneath an american flag, saluting and singing. great, cut from violent warfare (portrayed like a shiny Hollywood movie) to a dance number under a flag, hand to the heart and all. and the whole process of her joining the military: boyfriend cheated, she’s angry, she sees a “join the marines” bumper sticker at a GAS station and then jumps right into basic training. forget all the details. it’s that simple kids and you can do it too! the concepts surrounding female empowerment and the patriarchial violent ideology and practice of the US military is a conversation that we should all continue to have, rather than deem irrelevent. i just wish it didn’t always pop up in the hands of pop stars who don’t seem to make efforts to actually talk about their “work”.

      i love the idea of katy perry (and any pop artist) using her power as a popular entertainment figure to find ways to create herself as subject rather than blindly sexualize or objectify her image. but start with consciousness raising, not ascribing to stereotypes and false narratives that perpetuate the lies and misinformation that cover up what war actually is: trauma.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ljepotica/ Ana CL

    in her ongoing quest to be totally irrelevent? Classy.

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

    I posted a list of standard modifications I use, as someone with a larger body, in yoga.

    On Blog for EC Day, I posted Irresponsible [notes for slut shaming] about judgmental attitudes toward emergency contraceptive use.

    Rounding out Endometriosis Awareness Month, I posted about having endo, being a teacher, and why I have that ginormous stash of pads in my desk drawer.

    Finally, in somewhat more lighthearted geekery, I posted my fantasy and YA heavy reading list.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jetgirl/ A.K. Whitney

    When you dread calculus word problems as much as seeing parking enforcement hovering around your almost-expired meter:

    When taking calculus starts feeling like you’re a tribute in “The Hunger Games,” it may be time for a change:

    Validation from the universe feels really good, especially when you’ve had to make a really tough choice:

  • http://feministing.com/members/soukup/ soukup

    I started reading your blog recently and have been really enjoying it. So I was surprised to see such questionable content as an obviously doctored YouTube video (“Did Rick Santorum seriously just almost call the President the N-word?”, linked above in the post proper). When you spread misinformation like this, it makes your readers afraid to trust the truth of the other things you post. Was this intended as a joke? If so, maybe you should make that obvious, because it’s not funny when I think you’re serious.

    • http://feministing.com/members/smash/ smash

      Agreed, soukup.

      The problem with romance novels is the eroticization of male domination, which women are socialized to enjoy.

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

    I wrote a guest column at a comics site about (half)Latina identity & magical realism in Love & Rockets comics. (For those who aren’t familiar with it, this was/is an alternative comic series known for it’s variety of strong and prominent female characters)

    Poor Magazine looks like an interesting website. Maybe they’d like my ongoing memoir about poor people fighting gentrification from the system and within, I dunno.