Weekly Feminist Reader

Johanna Quaas
Meet Johanna Quaas who, at age 86, is the world’s oldest gymnast.

Laurie Penny takes on Naomi Wolf’s Vagina and it’s great.

On the ethics of writing about sexual abuse.

A couple different takes on the professor who caused a major national scandal by breastfeeding her baby in class.

A court ruled that Jennie Linn McCormack, the Idaho woman who was charged with an “unlawful abortion” after ordering the abortion pill online, can’t be prosecuted.

The Economist looks at how TRAP laws are aiming to regulate abortion out of existence.

Two state AGs write that the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization seeks to turn a bipartisan concern for abuse survivors into a partisan wedge.

UGH! A major news organization asked Jessica to write about how she lost her baby weight.

A new book called Sex and World Peace looks at how the status of women affects a nation’s security–and vice versa.

As some Pakistani women rebel against arranged marriages, they often risk it all.

Anderson Cooper’s show spread some really ridiculous sensationalism and misinformation about trans identity.

Grantland is cautious optimist about the state of women’s athletics after the stellar summer of 2012.

Stacey May Fowles on the process of writing about sexual violence.

Three Afghan actresses were attacked by a mob. One was killed and the other two may face prison for “moral crimes.”

Ann on Pussy Riot, riot grrrls and the next generation of punk-rock feminists.

A women’s labor coalition is suing to stop Missouri’s new law that allows employers to deny contraception coverage.

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

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  1. Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I waxed cynical about Richard Nixon, contemporary Republicans, and publicly funded family planning services.

    And as part of National Yoga Month, I wrote about how yoga taught me that it’s okay to touch myself.

    On 10th grade gym — “The class itself was an unlikely mix of students — half hardcore, four-season varsity athletes and half people who looked like they’d been plopped in from another dimension. I was in the latter group.”

    Finally, the plank pictures installment of Everyday Yoga.

  2. Posted September 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Reading Jaclyn Friedman’s What You Really Really Want and Jessica Valenti’s Why Have Kids?.

    Also reading a lot about harassment, from articles by Amanda Marcotte to blogs such as unWinona, Captain Awkward, and Dr. Nerd Love.

    Outrage over American prof’s decision to breastfeed in class inspired my blog post on some people’s fear of the breast in a non-sexual context:

    Man forced to think about breast in a non-sexual way for five seconds; survives ordeal

  3. Posted September 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    This week I wrote a little bit about how one person turned Nicki Minaj’s Mitt Romney non-endorsement into a time to shame the singer’s body:

    I also reviewed three of NBC’s new shows:

  4. Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    World’s oldest gymnast = awesome!

    This week, considering the unfortunate prevalence of guys who demand women’s attention, I wrote about a recent OKCupid experience.

    And then I thought about making my mum a grandma.

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