Weekly Feminist Reader

Lashinda Demus
Lashinda Demus of the US Olympic track and field team. More awesome Olympic portraits here. h/t Shakesville.

“My mother died of femininity.”

Interesting profile of the founder of Jimmyjane vibrators who’s aiming to make vibrators as well-designed as iPods.

Conservatives have it backward: “Teen motherhood is much more a consequence of intense poverty than its cause.”

Laurie Penney talks to Mona Eltahawy about her controversial Foreign Policy article.

On Tim Burton’s vamps, auteur theory, and the male gaze

What does a feminist look like? (According to Shuttershock.)

Jennifer duBois on writing across gender: “I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age, are required to consider the reality of the opposite gender’s consciousness in a way that men aren’t.”

Nate Smith’s “hot rom comedy white guy” impressions are hilarious.

Maybe don’t take advice about HPV from Girls, ok?

Sci-fi author John Scalzi tries to explain straight white male privilege to dudes who have it without using the word “privilege.” Plus, a good follow-up interview with Scalzi at Colorlines.

This is important: new federal guidelines for prison rape prevention include protections for LGBT and gender non-conforming people.

Anna Breslaw slams comedians like Tina Fey, “whose ‘nerdy’ onscreen persona and adamant faux feminism masks a Thatcherite morality and tendency to slut-shame.”

Iranian female soccer fans have been banned from attending live men’s games since 2006, but there’s hope that may change.

Melissa says, “I like fatties.”

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

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  1. Posted May 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I looked at low lunge as part of my hip yoga series for people with hip, pelvic, or low back issues.

    I’m also starting my Summer DVD Review Series… And Giveaway, reviewing yoga and fitness DVDs that get points for body positivity and giving away the ones I don’t use anymore.

    It’s Just Me [weight loss talk, fat shaming, disordered eating] — On frustration with the idea that if I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m doing something “wrong” with my lifestyle.

  2. Posted May 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Triggers for rape and violence and really, really bad language, in some cases in all-caps.

    Offending the offenders: What to say to “You oppress my oppression of you”.


    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Unless the guys in tentacle suits were the participants and the women they caught did not sign up for the game, I really do not see a problem. Women have every right to be into twisted and weird stuff and empirical evidence suggests Japanese are into weird and twisted stuff, albeight much of the weird porn came about because they do not have to pixilate genitalia if it is not human, but rather appendages of a fantasy figure.

      • Posted May 22, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

        The point was more the absurdity of otakus attempting to equate any critique of their little video game to the oppression of rape, or living with the fear of rape. Dom (or whomever feels this way) has as much of a right to voice their dislike of this as whomever has a right to be into “twisted and weird” video games, but a lot of people act like from speech is a one way street.

  3. Posted May 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  4. Posted May 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Conservatives have it backwards? To be fair, it should be pointed out that William Galston, former advisor to President Clinton, said the same thing.

  5. Posted May 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    This week at re:Cycling,
    Chris wonders if the menstrual revolution has stalled;
    I wrote about how the FDA has appropriated the work of women’s health activists in its self-congratulatory celebration of National Women’s Health Week;
    guest blogger Dr. Jerilynn Prior explains why it’s important to own the naming of women’s midlife reproductive transition, a.k.a. menopause;
    and in our regular weekend links, we’ve got how to be gynecologically prepared for the zombie apocalypse, an awesome fashion photoshoot with periods, and more.

  6. Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    The piece attacking Tina Fey is irony at its best. Tina isn’t a feminist because she criticizes other women. So what then, does that say about her criticizers?

  7. Posted May 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
  8. Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    We’ve written about:

    Modest femininity and the politics of arrogance:

    Fashion, femininity and fiscality. The economics of fashion:

  9. Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Breslaw’s article really had me for a while but… Tina Fey having a distaste for sex workers or women who would have affairs with married men doesn’t make her anti-woman or a “faux” feminist in my opinion.

    The final two paragraphs in the article were completely hyperbolic and far-reaching. I don’t particularly care for sex work either, I recognize it as a valid vocation that deserves equal protection under our laws but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it. It’s just like someone who agrees with marijuana legalization but doesn’t smoke themself, IMHO. Lastly, if pointing out that it takes two to tango as far as extramarital affairs are concerned is considered “slut shaming” now I’m pretty shocked. Men get their share of criticism for having affairs from men and women, why can’t the other woman be criticized?

    I really appreciate the fact that Tina Fey has brought a lot of attention to gender equality and feminism, I don’t think her attitudes on what she finds (in)appropriate behaviors disqualify her feminism or reduce her impact. Just my 2 cents. :-)

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