Weekly Feminist Reader

Claressa Shileds My new favorite Olympian is Claressa Shields who won America’s very first gold medal in women’s boxing.

Sometimes the Onion is perfect: “Weird, Area Woman Wasn’t Harassed Today

Thomas Page McBee, who has been writing a truly great column for The Rumpus called Self-Made Man, discusses his gender identity and typical tran narratives–which are “dumbed down for your consumption because it’s presumed that people who aren’t trans don’t think about their gender identity.”

Melissa takes on that Esquire piece about women and their contempt: “Marche cannot (or will not) distinguish between contempt for men and contempt for expressions of patriarchy-compliant masculinity.”

Lynn Beisner explains that “the best choice for both my mother and I would have been abortion.”

Looking for a completely substanceless video showing nameless female Olympic athletes set to porno music? NBC’s got you covered.

Check out this comic by Jessica Colotl on her experience as a undocumented immigrant and the importance of the DREAM act.

The editor of the Oxford American was fired for sexual harassment. Ann notes that “these dudes are everywhere and rarely called out.”

The gender pronoun gap in books has been decreasing since the 1960s according to a new study.

Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele have got nothing on Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

In Morocco, a public discussion about whether premarital sex should be legalized is getting super heated.

A public service announcement on being a good white ally at the Crunk Feminist Collective.

Professional contrarian Katie Roiphe is tired of everyone talking about their vaginas because it’s “no longer shocking to drop that word.” (O RLY?)

Samhita on the Sikh gurdwara shooting and the need for South Asian solidarity.

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

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  1. Posted August 12, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I have a guest post up from Kimberly: My Favorite Canadian Sound. (PS — I’m still looking for more guest authors if anyone is interested!)

    And I continued the tale of my growing-up backyard adventures and the havoc we wreaked on our slide.

    I also wrote Assholes Are People Too [note for homophobia, sexual assault, domestic abuse], on realizing — time and again in my life — that people I care about can turn out to be bigots, abusers, and rapists.

  2. Posted August 12, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That post in the Onion that you’ve linked just made me sad and weary. Melissa’s post tearing apart that article, on the other hand, made me want to cheer a little.

    I read an excellent post on being called a creep by Captain Awkward : http://captainawkward.com/2012/08/11/the-c-word/

    This week I wrote an article debunking some myths and misconceptions about depression: http://canadianheathen.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/mythic-mondays-depression-is-caused-by-being-too-strong/

    and one about the new secrecy law regarding abortion statistics in Ontario : http://canadianheathen.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/secrecy-is-not-a-valid-counter-to-fear-lies-and-shame/

  3. Posted August 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the Onion link! I sent it to a friend of mine because it was very good to share.

  4. Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    You know what I find no longer provocative? Roiphe’s ill-informed yet predictable as clockwork anti-feminist attention seeking. So what have I preferred to read this week? The far more eloquent closing statements of the members of Pussy Riot at their trial.

    Yekaterina Samutsevich:

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova:

    I haven’t found a transcript for the third, but will share it if I do.

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