Weekly Feminist Reader

To all the internet trolls out there…Thank You Hater! Transcript after the jump via Feministe.

Sarah Posner on the how groups that were once considered fringe are joining the anti-choice mainstream: “There has been a blurring of lines between activists whose primary objection is to end abortion and those who are also opposed to contraception.”

A group of Egyptian women were sexually harassed at a protest against…sexual harassment.

It’s been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate. Let’s change that.

In one Texas sex education program, a list of “8 Steps to Protect Yourself from STDs” includes “get plenty of rest” but not using condoms.

Do female action heroes need to be role models, and, if so, what are they supposed to model?

A profile of sprinter Noor al-Malki, who will be the first female athlete to represent Qatar in the Olympics.

Why the pretty white girl YA book cover trend needs to end.

Erykah Badu to the Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips: “As a director I am unimpressed. As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.”

Former NFL player Wade Davis comes out and talks about being gay while in the NFL.

June 7th marked the 47th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut. Remember when contraception wasn’t that controversial?

Andrea goes behind the scenes to see how one conservative state Representative has pushed the Texas Department of State Health Services to create unnecessary new abortion reporting requirements.

Want to write about LGBTQI representations in film and TV for Bitch Flicks? Do it.

This looks like an amazing project: For 17 years, the women of Calama, Chile searched for the mass grave where 26 of their men were buried.

How the internet led to the decline of the pornography business.

Ms. is holding a roundtable with four trans feminist bloggers on the relationship between trans and feminist issues.

Meet Aparna Bhola, a bad-ass 16-year-old sex educator in Mumbai.

After being rebuked by the Church for focusing to much on social justice instead of discrimination, a group of American nuns is planning a bus tour to highlight their work on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Christina Hendricks talks Mad Men and her character’s recent decision at the Hollywood Reporter.

Trans activist Leslie Feinberg was arrested in solidarity with CeCe McDonald.

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


Lyrics:

Well hello friend Mister Insightful
Thank you for your comment on my little Youtube clip!
Most people say you’re cruel and spiteful,
But you’re right, how do I sleep at night? I am a massive prick.

They call you hater well they’re just jealous
Your constructive pearls of wisdom give me thrills I can’t deny
How will we know if you don’t tell us
We could improve our Youtube channels by “fucking off and dying”?

Some might say you are a…
Sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
Cowardly, illitterate, waste of human skin,
Sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
Cowardly, iliterat, waste of human skin,
But I say: thank you beautiful stranger.

I love the way you don’t upload things
You know we’d be too dazzled by your cinematic vision
But you’re there on every comment string
Where you teach us, just like Jesus but while wanking like a gibbon.

I’m really sure that if I met you
You probably wouldn’t rape me like you promised that you would
We are like “that”; I really get you
You’re right about that laughing kid, he is a total “cnut”.

(Samba instrumental)

You wished me cancer and misspelled “cancer”
But I know that it’s a metaphor. You hope that I will grow,
Just like the tumour you hoped would kill me
Inside the tits on which you said you’d also like a go.

You said that girls shouldn’t do funny
But you’d fuck me double hard and let your mates go after you.
Oh what a line you lovely honey.
Are you on e-harmony? Oo! I’ll join the queue!

Some might say you’re a…
sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
cowardly, illitterate, waste of human skin,
sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
cowardly, iliterate, waste of human skin.

But if it wasn’t for you my darling,
I would never have written this tune.
Some might say that You’re So Vain,
But this song is all about you!

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.

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

    I wrote about school lunch reforms I’d like to see. What’s sad is that I think 3 out of 4 of them would be really easy to actually do.

    I’m also reviewing (and giving away some of) my yoga and fitness DVDs. This one is AM Yoga for Your Week. I look at how friendly it is to different types of bodies.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    Watch what you think, or you won’t get an income: Corporate Big Brother’s underhanded way to try and crush feminism, along with any other dissent. This is a huge threat to our freedom to express ourselves, to organize, and to make a difference.

    http://thedelphiad.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/is-your-boss-watching-then-big-brother-is-a-creep/

  • http://feministing.com/members/tetercreek/ Jay

    On the abortion – contraception connection it will never make sense to you until you understand that it is not about life, babies or children.

    As you can see from the news, except for a very few radical Catholics, the anti-abortion people could not care less about babies (born or unborn), children or mothers of children or the rest of their families. We can kill all the children, babies and pregnant women we want with drone airstrikes, poison the air and water to produce miscarriages and birth defects, force pregnant women to work on their feet in factories and supermarkets up to the moment labor begins (often prematurely with low birth weight leading to high infant mortality). None of these moral people make a peep.

    It’s about sex, and its part of a certain theological doctrine. To make a long story short, the core of human sinfulness is a kind of self-centered selfishness called “concupiscence”. The act of sex for pleasure is the primary fundamental exemplar of concupiscence, and so ever sex act feeds the human sinful nature. Some people have said that sex is “original sin” itself. Therefor the only type of human sex act that can be allowed by God (and his earthly moral enforcers) is intercourse for the purpose of procreation. (How God messed up and made original sin necessary for the continuation of the human race, nobody is explaining.) And this can only take place under the sanctified canopy of marriage.

    Therefore all sexual acts must be within the institution of marriage and open to the possibility of conception and procreation. Nothing that avoids that end (abortion) or blocks it (contraception) can be allowed. Nor can any kind of sex be allowed outside of marriage. This is behind the “abstinence only” teaching for unmarried people.

    As Mr Santorum said explicitly, “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.

    Also, of course, homosexual sexual acts are forbidden for the same reason. And marriage of homosexuals since it would provide a sanctified cover for sex which can never be allowed.

    So really there is no mystery. It all hangs together perfectly, and the issues stand in line. Once they win one issue (as they already have with abortion – might as well admit it), then contraception. I expect divorce will be the next battle after that.

  • http://feministing.com/members/alp227/ Andrew

    For salon.com articles, the bare URL displays that article and multiple others. To view just one article per page append “singleton” after the URL as in http://www.salon.com/2012/06/09/embracing_the_fringe/singleton/

  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    Wow, I thought “don’t read the comments” was for YouTube, not for Ms. Magazine. Sad.