Weekly Feminist Reader

Joyce Banda became Malawi’s first woman president.

Oh, the good old days: When you could have an abortion without anyone calling you slut.

Lynn Parramore argues that the era of the female hero has arrived.

The Atlantic profiles the stories of six Pakistani women.

This Roxane Gay piece on The Hunger Games, rape, and strong women is required reading. (Trigger warning.)

How 25 National Magazine Award nominations went to 25 male writers–and what needs to change so that doesn’t happen again.

Check out Jamia Wilson’s personal hair journey at Rookie.

Teyonah Parris, Don Draper’s new secretary, talks to Vulture about playing the first major black character on Mad Men.

“The simple truth is that what happened in Sanford, Florida, is a tragedy law cannot mend.”

Important piece at Colorlines on how voter ID laws affect women voters.

The next time you’re looking for a good flick about female friendship, check out the 163 comments on this Feministe thread.

Good: Planned Parenthood is suing Texas for excluding them from the state’s women’s health program.

“We have trouble, in our culture, with any love that isn’t based on sex or blood.” A wonderful piece on friendship between men and women.

Somali refugee women often face sexual violence outside the home and reproductive coercion within it.

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

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  1. Posted April 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Must even math jokes come with a side of rape and violence against women?

    Asking your math professor for help — rude?

  2. Posted April 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I didn’t think people would have been more enlightened in 1978 than they are now. These days you’re called a slut for just having a vagina.

  3. Posted April 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I wrote on furlough days, chronic health conditions, and cost limiting choices.

    And I had a guest poster: How I Became a Political Activist. [Notes for abortion and sexual abuse of a minor.]

    On the temptation to classify different types of pain as real and imagined.

    Finally, as part of a health challenge, a photo essay on 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. [May not be the work-safiest: one photo of me in a sports bra, one of a menstrual cup.]

  4. Posted April 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I wrote a short little piece on why sex ed shouldn’t just be diagrams and lectures: http://gwenemmons.com/2012/04/11/real-quick-thinking-bigger-than-sex-ed/

    My post questioning the role of manhood in healthy societies was featured in The Bikini and RH Reality Check: http://www.ippfwhr.org/en/blog/does-manhood-need-change-create-healthier-societies

  5. Posted April 16, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I wrote an article on my blog “Transgender is not a Noun” about the stereotyping of transgender women as being “overly feminine.”

  6. Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Douche, Bag and Shoes this week has feature posts on:

    Body policing masquerading as ‘concern feminism’ (trigger warning for discussion of eating disorders):

    Homeland – The Grim Spinster:

    Mad Men – A Cinderella Story:

    In light of Brangelina’s recent engagement, we ask why happy couples feel the need to get married, The Million Dollar Question:

    Men and Feminism, Me and Queer:

  7. Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    testing again:


    This seems to work better but I don’t know if you’ll have to cut and psate. The post is about women in politics.

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