Weekly Feminist Reader

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Check out this new tumblr devoted to putting male superheros in the same ridiculous poses as female superheros.

Five holiday gift ideas for the doula in your life from Miriam.

Katha Pollit notes that Ross Douthat is “so obsessed with women’s fertility it’s really too bad he can’t get pregnant himself and see firsthand what it’s all about.”

“Don’t do anything you would regret. Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.”

Oh Camille Paglia. She thinks Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are ruining women. Meanwhile, Sady offers a more nuanced and coherent feminist take on Swift.

Ugh, I would be so pissed if I got pregnant with an IUD.

The ups and downs of being a feminist on Pinterest.

Jill tears apart this awful piece by Alyssa Royse of the Good Men Project about how a rapist is “just a person who may genuinely not realize that what he’s doing is rape.

A new study finds that people still overwhelming want men to do the proposing.

The Senate voted to extend abortion insurance coverage to victims of rape in the military.

Fox News host Dana Perino thinks women who are victims of violence should “make better decisions.

Grimes talks about being a female musician and how the industry has radicalized her.

Consider donating to help finish this documentary honoring black women in World War II.

50 young progressive activists who are changing America.

On the resurgence of the word “lady.”

Suzanne Venker has a followup to her “War on Men” piece. Now she seems to think women should just pretend to be less cabale to spare the egos of our fragile hunter-loner husbands.

Some tips for how to have a productive conversation about privilege.

Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would let parents claim a tax deduction for fetuses.

An interview with Alice Munro.

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.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I signal boosted and haphazardly brainstormed for the Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival. My submission, looking at students, power dynamics, and literary analysis [note for domestic violence].

    I also recounted an overheard conversation in which a child’s teacher told her she could eat anything first [note for food policing].

    Not to mention, got pissed at my insurance company for repeatedly sending me presumptuous spam.

  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    I’d like to leave the link to the original article Nice Guys Commit Rape Too by Alyssa Royse.


    I don’t agree with her that he could be classified as a nice guy and I’m not comfortable with saying that her actions put the issue into the murky category. She does respond to many comments and that may clarify her article for people. Just to be fair, the link should be provided.

    I think that there are cases where an argument can be made that a person incorrectly, but honestly thought they had consent. One example cited in the comments was from a feministe post, which I’m not 100% sure wasn’t premeditated rape either. To register doubt we would need to assume 1. that she was telling the truth and 2. the situation occurred often enough in their relationship that it could be reasonably mistaken as an invitation for sex; sex with no foreplay, him waking her for sex, etc. I also would need to know why he had to throw her off in order to stop the intercourse. There must have been some signals she missed at the very least.


    A more plausible example is a story out of England where a teenager received consent and didn’t realize that it was withdrawn. The accuser was charged with a false rape allegation, but I’m wondering if she thought she said no or mouthed the words, but didn’t actually say it. They were under the blankets and he was only 15 himself and I’m sure hadn’t had a lot of experience with sex. I could see this as being murky as well as a sad situation all around.


    • http://feministing.com/members/decius/ Dan

      The point of the article is that solution-based thinking needs to cover the cultural effects and expectations. Especially when we expect a mentally impaired person (i.e. drunk) to receive one message but understand the opposite.

  • http://feministing.com/members/pilcrows/ Wendy

    I’m a queer, cis female & a few months ago I very specifically wrote about why I choose to not to go by or respond to the term “lady” anymore because of how it has been used in the past and how it is being used today.


  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    Haven’t been blogging at all, but recently put a song to a slide-show video. It was produced as a result of a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and essentially describes the damage caused by xenophobic pro-natalist attitudes.