Weekly Feminist Reader

infographic showing gender breakdown of social media sites
Information is Beautiful broke down the gender balance on various social networking sites and the ladies won! Click here for larger image.

If there’s one thing the Daniel Tosh episode has taught us, I hope it is that rape jokes can be funny.

“The big new thing in pro-life outreach is a web site run by an 18 year old virgin (I assume) ‘teaching’ other teenagers all about sex.”

I know I’m not quite the target age group, but I definitely want Amy Poehler to answer all my questions too.

Laurie Penny on Fifty Shades of Grey: “I fail to understand why this record-pounding paperback has come in for extra-special derision all over the world, other than the fact that some people are appalled at the idea that somewhere out there, well over ten million women might be – whisper it – masturbating.”

Janet Mock explains why she doesn’t like the “trapped in the wrong body” trans narrative.

Instead of committing to do less photoshopping, Teen Vogue gave SPARK teen activists free copies of the magazine and sent them on their way. “It was kind of shocking how rude they were to us.”

Check out the crowd-sourced map of sexualized violence in Syria from Women Under Siege.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would prevent employers from firing women who seek some workplace accommodations due to pregnancy, has a sad 3 percent chance of passing.

We need a totally new way of thinking and talking about the economy. “An economy isn’t a machine; it’s a garden.”

I’m under the weather, so sorry for the slim offerings today–leave your links in the comments! 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.

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

    At the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog, I wrote about thyroid testing as part of the “over 90% of services” that Planned Parenthood offers.

    On the Everyday Yoga project on my own blog, I have up two calls for photo submissions: one for upward salute (ending today!) and one for half forward fold.

    I also wrote about my anxieties with traveling and food.

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

    Why is Daniel Tosh even on the air when there are so many bright, funny women out there?

    Yesterday, I went for a walk. After sundown.

  • http://feministing.com/members/linlexica/ LinLexica

    I find the breakdown of gender imbalance on social networking sites really interesting, but I wonder where the data is coming from. Facebook doesn’t require that you add a gender to your profile, and though most do, that seems like a potential issue with the data. Twitter, YouTube, and others also don’t require it. Reddit is what really hits me – nowhere on the site is there even an option to declare gender, age, location, or any other demographic information. There are subreddits generally geared toward one gender, but a person could easily post anywhere without declaring gender thanks to the anonymity of the site. I realize there are other ways to gather this type of data than by viewing user profiles, but given the source is Google Ad Planner – which is often wrong about gender and age assumptions – I’m concerned that no secondary sources are presented. Does anyone know more about the methodology or data of this research?

  • http://feministing.com/members/buffster666/ Faye

    I submitted my first complaint to a local council in the UK regarding the inappropriate entertainment at the Derby Olympic Torch Celebrations, and have been reading Female Chauvinist Pigs and The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism. Thanks for all the information on Tosh, it’s been very informative.

    Also, recently set up my own blog called XX and Proud. Wondering about how to bring feminist issues into focus at university because a lot of the male population there are chauvinist (they think they are being funny, but they are being offensive) and the females are complacent. At the moment, the biggest problem at my university is complacency.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shubhangijoshi/ Shubhangi Joshi

    I know I am very late to discover it, but I discovered Sarah Kay’s Poetry last night – I watched Youtube videos of her spoken word poetry for 3 hours straight. Being a poet myself, she has opened a whole new door for me – by making me realize that my poetry doesn’t only have to stay on paper. After watching her videos, I went back to some of my poems, and spoke them out..and they sounded beautiful. I don’t have monday morning blues today because of this discovery :)

    Sarah Kay’s TED Talk : http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CE4QtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0snNB1yS3IE&ei=sKADUPurHojKrAf99b2iBg&usg=AFQjCNHV2fciVGuuBmsArvcBGKEXuxFebg&sig2=yCY7cSKo0BVv083IsLMFjw

  • http://feministing.com/members/skoelle/ Spencer Koelle

    On Shades of Grey, I don’t mind it because the title tells you up-front it will be boring. Shame about Teen Vogue.

    Reading my contributor’s copy of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Watching My Little Pony, Night of the Creeps, and The Amazing Spider Man (which mops the floor with the Sam Raimi trilogy btw). Should be writing my new novels or editing a short story or at least cranking out dirty fanfiction, but did none of the above.

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

    If it’s any consolation, when I hear people make fun of or critique 50 Shades of Vanilla, it’s never because of women masturbating. ;)

    All I’ve written this week are some free form stream of conciousness type things, not sure if they specifically count as pertaining to feminism.

  • http://feministing.com/members/lamech/ Lamech

    An awful lot of those rape “jokes” that got linked to are majorly not funny. Tosh was worse, but really he’s a guy who laughs at people about to die, so being better than Tosh isn’t really an accomplishment.

  • http://feministing.com/members/dilatte/ Lucy

    Oh no- I love Amy Poehler, I really do, but I HATE how she framed her answer to that girl around the father and making it easier on him, and she just HAD to include “guys like girls who don’t wear make-up.” URGH.