Weekly Feminist Reader Open Thread

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Happy early Labor Day y’all!

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

    Vote for Me — On the internalized pressure to downplay my strengths, even when I think I might be good at something.

    The next installment of Everyday Yoga shows how different bodies look in standing forward fold. For people interested in participating, there’s also a call for submissions for plank.

    And at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog, I wrote about hormonal options (birth control) without pelvic exams. (Discusses sexual assault.)

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

      Hi Tori! I am so sorry I wanted to reply to your comment, and by mistake clicked on the report button! I profusely spologize for that mistake! I wanted to tell you that your post ‘Vote for me’ really struck a chord with me. I can relate to the unconscious habit of putting myself down and constantly apologizing for being good at something. Thank you for sharing that here! and once again, really sorry for that gross error!

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

      Hi Tori! I am so sorry I wanted to reply to your comment, and by mistake clicked on the report button! I profusely apologize for that mistake! I wanted to tell you that your post ‘Vote for me’ really struck a chord with me. I can relate to the unconscious habit of putting myself down and constantly apologizing for being good at something. Thank you for sharing that here! and once again, really sorry for that gross error!

  • http://feministing.com/members/lisahix/ Lisa Hix

    I met Kim Gordon on Friday. I’m pretty buzzed about that. It’s awesome to meet a feminist superhero, and have her be so genuine and kind. :)

    Trying on a Piece of Rock History: Inside Kim Gordon’s Clothing Sale

  • http://feministing.com/members/alynn/ aLynn

    This week, I wrote a bit about Lady Gaga and disingenuous Ann Romney.


    I also spent a moment speculating about “Fat Amy” in the Pitch Perfect movie trailer.

    • http://feministing.com/members/brittforbes93/ Brittany

      On your Ann Romney article:

      MTE. It said exactly what I’ve been thinking, just better put.

  • http://feministing.com/members/achocas/ Annie

    BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine!!!

  • http://feministing.com/members/erinmckelle/ Erin Fischer

    I wrote a piece about issues that teens face regarding sexuality: http://fearlessfeminism.tumblr.com/post/30618643180/sexual-health-issues-teens-face-today

    I also vlogged about the double standard of shaving: http://fearlessfeminism.tumblr.com/post/30679967103/i-hate-the-whole-shaving-double-standard-its

    I am reading this amazing book called Style Statement, in which you empower yourself by taking everything of who you are and putting it into your style! I’d highly recommend!

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

    A short comic I did about the NYC Pussy Riot action, for the World War 3 Illustrated site:

    “Girls” wanted to shoot on my street, a stream of thoughts about that:

    From prison in Russia, Nadezdha Tolokonnikova is able to answer a few questions for German magazine/site Der Spiegel. Here’s an English version of what was said: http://www.expatica.com/de/news/local_news/-i-love-russia-hate-putin–says-jailed-pussy-riot-activist_242344.html

    An anonymous troll has been harassing and threatening women professionals in mainstream comics, only this time a group of all comics types get involved to try and do something about it! http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/09/mark-millar-others-team-up-to-take-down-online-bully/

  • http://feministing.com/members/rosschaoscomics/ Autumn Brown

    I’ve been reading thePurity Myth and some other women’s issues books from my library. I’m also volunteering at SlutWalk Seattle and meeting some amazing people!

  • http://feministing.com/members/carrieporlier/ Carrie Porlier

    Hi. I’m new here. I have a fairly big mouth and I post a lot of comments on NYTimes.com and LATimes.com. Is this a good place to post writings like that?

    As for this week, I was elated to see of the growth and success over at “Dogs Against Romney” on Zuckerberg’s folly. I believe that Dogs Against Romney can turn a close election if the project continues to gain traction. The conceit is that because Romney did a very bad thing to a dog, he is not fit to lead. (I buy that, and would love to discuss it elsewhere.) They’ve coined the slogan “Don’t Roof-Rack Me,” which is brilliant, because Romney’s shortcomings seem to boil down to creepiness and lack of empathy, and are on display in his plans to Roof-Rack Medicare, Roof-Rack Our Jobs, Roof-Rack “Consumers” (while Captains of Industry ride in the car alongside their cash-stuffed suitcases.)

    The fanastic thing is that it will get even apolitical animal-lovers out to the polls to vote against Romney, even if it doesn’t change the vote of a single Republican.

    We are a nation of dog lovers–most of our households care for at least one dog–and we will not let this matter rest!

    • http://feministing.com/members/4thwaver/ Lauren

      Look, I love dogs as much as the next feminist, but this whole “DogGate” is not a reason to not vote for Mitt Romney. His platform is. Let’s let go of the damn dog thing. It makes those of us who are opposed to Mitt Romney look silly and uneducated about the issues.

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

        I dunno, I’ll happily toss it on the heap with my countless other reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney!

        Seriously though, little anecdotes such as this one or his blase indifference when his history of school bullying were brought up are little glimmers of the lack of empathy he seems to have, which I feel is in keeping with his platform and other actions.

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

    I wrote a feminist poem – ‘I am More’


  • http://feministing.com/members/charlottef/ Charlotte

    Not least cos I’ve been organising it (disclaimer!) I’ve been watching this video of Jewish women in South Africa standing up against a recent ban on them being able to sing at secular events.


  • http://feministing.com/members/ollie/ Ollie Roberts

    Here’s an exploration of some gendered issues I encounter at panto each year when I work with young girls: http://ollieroberts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/anticipating-panto.html

    And here’s a short (sweet?) look at how rape jokes are like Scouser jokes: http://ollieroberts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/rape-jokes.html

    And a feminist review of Bride Wars: http://ollieroberts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/review-bride-wars.html

    I will figure out this HTML thing shortly!

  • http://www.cruellablog.blogspot.com Kate Smurthwaite

    I wrote a piece on Huffington Post about rape and why consent shouldn’t be such a complicated issue. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kate-smurthwaite/how-bad-is-the-sex-everyones-having_b_1846776.html

    • http://feministing.com/members/ninjagirlphd/ Suzanne

      Great post! I’ve always been bothered by the “consent is tricky” meme/ excuse.

  • scottishtanningsecrets

    I found and fell in love with this independent web series starring Lauren Potter from Glee. They sneak a little environmentalism in there too.


  • http://feministing.com/members/sapadu/ Jacqueline Hentzen

    Reading Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s “Dirty Girls on Top”. About five Latina-identifying women who knew each other in college, have lives and problems, and told entirely through their perspectives. Each character feels like she could be a real person (And in that, they aren’t all nice people — they judge each other, complain about each other, make excuses for doing really stupid shit, but still seem to care about each other) Might be considered a good feminist read just for how realistically all five women are written and portrayed.

  • http://feministing.com/members/parecl01/ Chris

    Jason Biggs, makes misogynist tweets about Paul Ryan’s wife last Wednesday. He also makes anti-Christian comments aswell. Nickelodeon, which promotes his twitter feed on their website is being pressured to fire or reprimand him.


  • http://feministing.com/members/whumpusthing/ Melissa

    I would post the hilarious Romney/Ryan slash-fic ponyplay porn I found but that is highly inappropriate. (But if you google I’m sure you will find it.)

    Instead I went through the links posted here and found some good stuff :)