Weekly Feminist Reader

atlantic cover of having it all article
Thanks, Ann
. If you’ve somehow been living under a rock the last week, obviously read Anne-Marie Slaughter’s much-discussed Atlantic piece. The Feministing crew will have more to say later.

Women were mentioned in less than 0.01 percent of the document that came out of last week’s Rio+20 summit–and that’s a huge problem. “You can’t have sustainable development without women.”

If you liked my convo about BDSM with Natalie Zina Walschots, you’ll probably love the new guest series “Thinking Kink” at Bitch.

Michelle Dean on Jonah Lehrer and male arrogance.

Classy: Conservative dudes rank the “hottest” conservative women in new media.

Grace Lawrence, a transgender woman from Liberia was keep in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for nearly three years. She was kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day for most of that time.

Scout and Liz respond the internet haters after the video of their proposal at the White House blew up last week.

Eight trans health rights at stake
as the Affordable Care Act goes on trial.

Why toilets are a feminist issue.

Thanks Forbes for including us in this list of top 100 sites for women!

For a second, it looks like North Carolina was going to do the right thing and compensate the victims of its eugenics program. Not anymore.

Yesterday, Title IX turned 40. Via ScATX, here’s a touching Nike commercial.

Sandra Fluke on Rush Limbaugh’s comments about her: “It does seem to make a case for comprehensive sex education, doesn’t it?”

Jill defends Elizabeth Wurtzel’s controversial polemic on 1% housewives.

Take Bitch magazine’s audience survey and win a prize.

An open letter from Alyssa Rosenberg to the guys who say they want to see Lara Croft get raped.

A report from Human Rights Watch on sexual assault by Syrian security forces.

Yeah, the “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” video seems like a big miss.

New research suggests drinking while pregnant might not be as bad as we thought.

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

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8 Comments

  1. Posted June 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Addicted mothers and babies:a narrative in which women are just like Komodo dragons. Aka, they reproduce by themselves.

    With friends like these, you might as well get drowned in a bathtub… The protesting students of La CLASSE get some “help” from local comedians.

  2. Posted June 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m in the middle of a series on 30 Books I’m Glad I Read Before Age 30.

    And an asana series for the hips, where I looked at wild thing: the hard way and the easy way.

  3. Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    This actually began as some comments I made in response to a link here (the zip code one):

    http://jennydevildoll.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/new-york-valentine-in-june/

    How in the course of gentrification, realtors and media can choose to portray a neighborhood as they want people to perceive it, not as it actually is. Even if it means rendering the locals invisible to do it.

  4. Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=150312812
    This story chills me on so many levels.

  5. Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Men who have a family and a career dont see their family as much as the wife. Furthermore they are willing to make a significant investment in their partner, so that she stays home and it does not matter to him, wether he is a lawyer, a doctor, just a nurse or even unemployed.

    The same is simply not true for women. Most truly want it all, in a way not even men dare to dream to have it. The women willing to financially invest in a man, so he can stay home with the children, are few and far in between.

    • Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

      Are you an MRA?

      • Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        What has the question to do with any of what I wrote? MRA means mens right activist no? How has that anything to do with MRA? I just wrote why educated men “have it all”, because they invest in a woman to keep the house and family, many even go so far as looking for a wife with no career potential, to make sure she stays home.

        Womens idea of “having it all” is different than mens idea of “having it all”, even if some women do insist that some men can have it all while women cant, overlooking the fact, that those men invest in a wife so that she stays home or at least puts her career second, so he can have a career and family. Yet many women are not willing to make that same investment in a husband and that is reflected in the statistics. Womens idea of “having it all” is having a partner they perceive as equal with equal status and income or better and having their own career and having a family. Thats what I wanted to say.

        • Posted June 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

          Because everything you say echos MRA rhetoric I’ve seen, including sweeping pronouncements of what “women mostly want” or what their ideas of “having it all” are, treating women as an “investment”, implicit notion that men are making said investment so the woman “stays at home” (I notice that viewing this partner as a human who may have their own desires about what they want to do does not enter into this picture.)

          Of course this as well as the Atlantic article are completely specious because I’ve never seen a person of either gender who “has it all”, even with the narrow view presented of “all” being reduced to career and family. Honestly, if life is a process of growth, learning and experiences, can there even be such a thing as “having it all”, and could it be detrimental to even want to?

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