Weekly Feminist Reader

Nigerian teens with their generator
So cool: These four Nigerian teenage girls have invented a pee-powered generator.

Today is Veteran’s Day. They deserve much better.

6 ways to talk to your son about male violence and healthy masculinity.

“Above all remember: your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a wonderful woman.” A letter from W.E.B. Du Bois to his 14-year old daughter.

“Shocking” doesn’t really adequately describe this report on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amanda Hess asks some smart people how they would fix, change, or get rid of the traditional institution of marriage.

An interview with porn star James Deen on LA’s new law mandating condoms in porn.

It’s both awful and amazing that Occupy’s response to Sandy has been better than that of FEMA or the Red Cross.

Yes, please, let’s get Ashley Judd elected to the Senate–or, first things first, get her to run.

At Colorlines, five racial justice thinkers offer their hopes for Obama’s second term.

Here’s a video showing what the moment when marriage equality activists in Minnesota found out they’d defeated the gay marriage ban. (Spoiler: It was the best.)

An open letter to the Art Gallery of Ontario about Frida Kahlo’s unibrow.

The UN declared yesterday Malala Day to honor the 14-year-old who was shot by the Taliban a month ago.

At Obama’s victory rally in Chicago, these adorable Maryland women got engaged.

The court heard arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona’s fetal pain law–and the judges seem pretty skeptical that the ban is justified.

This hands-on female masturbation class with Betty Dodson sounds awesome.

41 percent of women at family planning clinics reported that these clinics were their only source of health care in the past year.

Wait, you haven’t watched the video of President Obama getting emotional as he thanks his campaign staff and volunteers? What are you waiting for?

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

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  1. Posted November 11, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Extra Weight — A response to all the diet commercials that want me to (pay them to) shed mine.

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Revenge [note for rape apology, victim blaming] — Deconstrucing an episode of the 50s TV show as an example of rape culture. Also interesting to note how many of the ideas are still present — and prevalent — today.

    Election Results [note for homophobic, misogyinst, ableist slurs] — Thinking back to watching the results of the 2000 presidential election with people who had a lot of differing political beliefs. On the difference between disagreement and disrespect.

    I AM Voting Pro Life — I took my community’s pre-election signs to heart.

  2. Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m back to regular blogging this week!

    I kicked things off with a discussion about teens and enthusiastic consent, moved on to intersectionality, and then a PSA that Texas is running to remind me I’m just a baby vessel.

  3. Posted November 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about my new medical diagnosis: lipidema. This post is about body image, child abuse, self fat-shaming, and health. Serious trigger warnings.

    What The Hell Do I Look Like? What the Hell is Inside Me?

  4. Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Both Laurie Shrage and Amanda Hess can get the hell out of people’s choices…but then again, it was an article that gave credence to anything Hugo Schwyzer had to say–you know about him, right? You must, it’s been said by commenters any time his name comes up.

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