Weekly Feminist Reader

women wearing hijabs playing basketball
The Oppressed Brown Girls Doing Things tumblr is the shit. [Via Racialicious]

Clutch remembers TLC’s Left-Eye a decade after her death.

The Marines are taking the first steps towards bringing women onto the front lines.

Laurie Penny on the sexual counter-revolution: “Female sexual autonomy itself is what’s really unorthodox today.”

Boehner, if you’re tired of people talking about the Republican “war on women,” maybe just stop supporting terrible policies?

Read Mona Eltahawy’s powerful piece on misogyny in the Middle East. Plus some critical responses.

At 87, Phyllis Schlafly is still fighting the bad fight.

Check out On The Issuesspring issue devoted to women in sports.

“Female friendship is one of nature’s preferred narrative tools”–for humans and animals alike.

Check out Greta Christina’s open thread for sex workers to share their experiences in the industry.

Looks like Saudi Arabia won’t be letting women compete in the Olympics this year after all.

Can porn be feminist? Duh?

Romney tells college students about to graduate into a really shitty economy to “just borrow money from your parents.”

I saw the new movie Cherry this week and agree that it is “a joyful, wonderful love letter to San Francisco, LGBT communities, kink and porn-positive people.”

The NYT Magazine explores the criminalization of drug-addicted mothers in Alabama.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I’m signal boosting Blogging Against Disablism Day, which is this Tuesday.

    Have you met my uterus? This is what happens when I’m asked to make a mascot for my blog. (Well, I’ve actually had this one for a while.)

    5 Challenges & Five Small Victories of living with endometriosis.

    And a six sentence story about an easy day at work (and/or, winding up doing extra work because of someone else’s mix up).

  2. Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    putting women in the front lines? in a world where rape is tool of war? keeping women off the battlefield isn’t about us ladies being weaker or less capable– it’s about society hating us so much, that disproportionally shittier things systematically happen to us– particularly in a climate of violence. (like war.) when women and men are raped and abused at the same rate, then yeah, then you can put woman on the front lines, and call it fair.

    • Posted April 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Um, you are familiar that in that climate of violence the primary tool is killing people, right?

      If women want to serve on the front lines then they want to serve, and if they’re capable I see no reason why they shouldn’t.

      But setting up that dichotomy when the major violence threat is that of violent death seems disingenuous.

    • Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      The American military is all-volunteer; the soldiers under discussion here are seeking the ability to be on the front lines. Doesn’t that agency undermine your point? (I assume you agree that female soldiers are capable of making their own informed life decisions.)

      Also, I think you are playing right into the patriarchal gender stereotypes of women as valuable treasures to be protected and men as acceptable victims of violence and disposable.

  3. Posted April 30, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    The Oppressed Brown Girls Doing Things tumblr is hilarious. so sick of racists and islamophobes going all orientalist, ranting and refering to people of colour in the most condesending way possible like they speak for women of colour. speaking of which i found those pictures in Mona el Tahawy’s piece offensive- it’s the sort of thing i would normally expect from an orientalist, it portrayed arab women (as her article did) as victims. that piece has been making its way around arab feminist/queer webspaces and i would have to agree with criticisms of it. why are women passive victims? why is she speaking for every arab woman suddenly? why are arab men now one homogenous group all bent on oppressing women? if there is misogyny in arab society then why is this so? the answer cannot simply be because men like oppressing women as she portrays it. it isnt any less orientalist if an arab woman says it for you.

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