Weekly Feminist Reader

"We apologize for the whistling construction workers, but man you look good! So will we soon, pardon our dust, dirt and other assorted inconveniences."
Someone thought this billboard in New Jersey was a good idea.

Meet the young couple behind the Personhood movement.

“All the condoms in the world are of no use to women and girls when they have no control over whether and when they have sex, or under what circumstances they have it.”

There’s a slew of great posts about female friendship over at the Feminist Odyssey blog carnival.

Subway authorities in Shanghai warned women that if they wear revealing clothes on the train, “then no wonder you will be sexually harassed!”

Three women immigrants from Arizona, Alabama and Georgia discuss how they are living in fear for their families thanks to anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.

“Once the marriage contract is done, any sexual intercourse is not considered rape.”

A new book tells about the life of Ida C. Craddock, a 19th century women’s rights advocate who committed suicide after being convicted on obscenity charges.

Effing outrageous: When this rape survivor reported her assault to the police, a prison guard confiscated her emergency contraception claiming it was against her religious beliefs.

Support this project to create a coloring book featuring a little girl of color.

Pro-choice advocates have sued to stop a new law from making Mississippi the first state without a single abortion clinic.

Sarah Robles is the highest-ranked American weightlifter, male or female, in the Olympics but since she doesn’t fit the thin ideal needed to get sponsorships, she can barely pay her rent.

Meet the young Palestinian girls who hope to join Palestine’s year-old women’s soccer league.

Black Girl Dangerous gives us a step-by-step guide to being a reverse racist. [Via]

Junot Diaz talks about race, gender, and his debt to the writings of women of color at the Boston Review.

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

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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 have up my first picture post for Everyday Yoga (trying to create more body and pose diversity in images of yoga). There’s also a current call for submissions for the next round of participation.

    I wrote about my experience with sexual harassment and victim blaming in high school PE in Hating Gym: Square Dancing Edition.

    And a reflective post on the 20th anniversary of Planned Parenthood v. Casey at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jetgirl/ A.K. Whitney

    So many women hate having their picture taken, because all they can see is their flaws. Add a visible disability, and the problem gets even worse:

  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    I had two conversations that were really enlightening when it came to street harassment of women. One male associate remarked that he had never in fact witnessed such an event. He is 27. I am 44 and only remember 1 incident. A female associate reported that it happens all the time, but never when her boyfriend is around, even when she’s with a group of girlfriends.

    I guess that explains it. We never see it because other guys don’t do it when we’re around. Just something for the guys to think about, if you’re like my male associate and I were, ignorant of the severity and prevalence of street harassment.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Huh, I recall that Ida Craddock book (along with another one) coming out a while back? Even her link to it on Amazon lists it’s publication as December 2010. By all means folks should know about Craddock, but should point out it’s not new.

    Anyway, here’s a piece I did this week about the possible reasons for more glib dismissals of so called “ruin porn” (photography of old or abandoned urban environments):

  • http://feministing.com/members/dsbenzaquen/ David

    I LOVE the Miss Zee coloring book idea! Unfortunately, the kickstarter has expired without enough funding for the project.

    Any chance we could get Miss Gee to repost the project and help her raise the money?