Weekly Feminist Reader

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Yes, I know we’ve already gushed about Texts from Hilary, but come on–this one is too good not to post.

I was lucky enough to see our own Jos speak at Girl Talk with a bunch of other incredible women like Emily Manuel, Elena Rose, and many more. Check out some video from the night. Here’s Jos looking pretty (and badass) in pink!

British television seems to be warming to dramas featuring women juggling families, friends, and careers.

The wonderful Roxane Gay on gender and the literary establishment. “When did men become the measure? When did we collectively decide writing was more worthy if men embraced it?”

A New American Media analysis shows that anti-choice laws and anti-immigrant laws often go hand-in-hand.

Remember that awful Belvedere ad? Looks like the actress in the image didn’t like it either.

Apparently it isn’t just emergency contraception that the FDA and the Obama administration have clashed over.

The NYT Magazine profiles Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo–and unfortunately chooses to highlight her looks.

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, how black women turn grief into action.

A new TRAP law in Mississippi could force the state’s only clinic to close.

This new documentary about Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, looks fascinating.

If you’re already putting together your summer reading list, the Huffington Post and The Frisky have recommendations on books every woman should read.

For the most part, Title IX is the shit–except that it’s basically eliminated coaching jobs for women.

Apply for a Ms. Foundation fellowship by April 30!

The Catholic bishops might pull funding from an immigration rights organization in Colorado because they’re part of a coalition that opposes anti-LGBT discrimination.

Love this quote: “When a tool of oppression can be turned in to an assertion of power, it is a beautiful thing. Nudity when celebrated harms no one, and when made shameful and barbaric harms everyone.”

Jill takes down Tucker Max. I know he’s an easy target, but it’s still glorious.

Solid advice: “Have babies, or don’t have babies, or don’t have babies now, and have one later.”

Interesting piece by Ann Powers on the Nicki Minaj/Madonna collaboration, Katniss Everdeen, and “a pop-cultural moment full of women splitting themselves down the middle.”

Two decades later, women who were raped and tortured in during the Bosnian war are still waiting for justice.

“This country must stop criminalising women’s bodies and blaming women’s clothing for inviting sexual assault.” That’s in response to recent comments by a religious leader in Indonesia–but could just as easily be said about the US.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Breaking up is hard to do, especially with less-than-pleasant calc professors:
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/mathochism-its-good-to-be-out/

    Learning math is hard enough, so why is it okay for profs and books to skip steps?
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/mathochism-show-your-work/

  2. Posted April 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I have been sort of a busy writer this week.

    First off, I’m helping organize a blog carnival for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme involves starting conversations about healthy sexuality.

    As part of a month long health challenge post, I responded to the quotation, “You can do everything right and still get raped.”

    As not-part of a health challenge, I ranted about unnecessary and illogical fat-shaming in an article about running.

    In Not Without Protest, I mention a little of what residents are doing to, well, protest the shitty bills heading through our state legislature.

    Because this is going to get long, I also wrote about a final frustrating pelvic floor pose, why I write about my health, and what happens when my students ask me about condoms.

  3. Posted April 9, 2012 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Thank you for all of these updates. I just need to problematize the quote about nudity. I agree that it is a good way to turn a tool of oppression on its head. However, it only works under certain contexts and cannot be universalized. In the USA, the nude bodies of women of color can actually really harm them, as they are consumed as commodities that accentuates popular ideologies about their availability, sexual deviance, etc. A lot of care must be taken to not universalize experiences or advice or strategies, as everyone is affected differently by patriarchy based on their social positioning.

  4. Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    I read the book by Emmett Till’s mother you don’t know courage and grace until you know her story.

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