Weekly Feminist Reader

Yesterday was the 25th World AIDS Day. Above, Monique Moree talks about her experience being diagnosed with HIV in the Army. While there’s been much progress fighting the epidemic, funding remains critical. A quarter of new HIV cases are people under 24 and over half of them don’t know they’re infected. And yet we are still funding ineffective abstinence-only programs.

In the last episode of New Girl, the ladies freaked about how many eggs they have left. You shouldn’t worry.

Ann on why hating Chris Brown isn’t supporting Rihanna.

WTF? An Arizona school punished two male students who were fighting by forcing them to hold hands for 15 minutes in front of their classmates.

Aphra on the Catholic church’s campaign for the canonization of Dorothy Day.

A history of the word “cunt.”

“Jill is strong and independent–but when men try to do something innocent on their dates, she stops them immediately.”

Welp, there’s no need for feminism anymore, according to France’s former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Submit a post to Viva la Feminista for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

A petition calls out New York Times art critic Ken Johnson’s recent reviews which made “irresponsible generalities” in comparing women and black artists to white male artists, “only to find them lacking.”

Government-issued IDs create a barrier to the vote–and a barrier to emergency contraception.

Roxane Gay on the Cleveland, Texas rape case. “We have no idea how to talk about children anymore.”

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

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  1. Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I put up another Everyday Yoga photo post, this time of people in different versions of lunge pose. For people who are interested in contributing, the current call for submissions is here.

    On my experiences with seated spinal twists — “I was ambivalent about tackling ardha matsyendrasana, not only because it’s a pose I love to hate, but also because I think the main reason it is such a pose is because it’s not so accessible to me on account of my abdominal fat. And boobs. And it’s really, really hard to find modifications that offer the same stretch and opening while allowing room for my midsection.”

    I also went Talking About Cervices (aka, interpreting abnormal Pap tests) at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog.

  2. Posted December 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Love the article on Chris Brown and Rhianna, and the one Syreeta wrote a few days ago that I’ve been meaning to post about.

    Blaming the victim and/or vilifying the abuser does nothing but reinforce the trauma bond between the two. Both ways of relating to Chris and Rhianna are equally destructive. It doesn’t mean we can’t be outraged with Brown’s behavior, it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be held accountable. But to paraphrase Jane Nelsen, where did we ever get the idea that making someone feel worse about themselves will make them act better? An explosion of research has come out over the years that tells us: shaming/vilification/disconnection doesn’t work. It’s all toxic. And you know what? None of us can say that if we had been dealt the cards Brown was dealt with we wouldn’t be doing the exact same thing. I study the physiological and psychological effects of trauma, and the truth is, we probably all would do the same thing given the same cards because we are all neurologically and physiologically wired the same way. He is responsible for his life, but he is not to blame for it. And the irony of it all is that the more we blame victims for returning AND the more we blame, shame, and vilify an abuser’s behavior, the more the trauma bond between them intensifies and the LESS likely victims are to leave.

  3. Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    A photo-essay of sorts on I did yesterday remembering some people who either succumbed to or contended with AIDS/HIV:

  4. Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    The Importance of SASETA – an amazing law in Illinois giving protection and rights to sexual assault survivors:


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