Weekly Feminist Reader

"I suggest putting a teacher in every gun store."

“The social norm ‘men should earn more than their wives‘ seems to be alive and well.”

Charlotte Allen doubles down on her argument that the Sandy Hook shooting happened because there weren’t enough men around.

An interesting article about the history of gendered toy advertising–and how far we haven’t come.

A new video from Catholics for Choice examines Catholic teachings and beliefs on abortion, contraception, and sexuality.

In 1912, the “perfect woman” was “pear-shaped” and she says, “I ate what I wanted and when I wanted it.”

An Iowa court ruled it was perfectly legal for a dentist to fire his assistant because she was too attractive that he found her “irresistible.”

Anti-choice blogger, applauding the possible closing of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, says women should have to cross state lines for an abortion because that decision “should be a tough one.”

There’s apparently a gender gap for everything–even pot smoking.

“I want to know someone. I want someone to know me.”

If you include unpaid labor, in most wealthy nations, women work more than men.

A new study finds that American female undergraduates are five times more likely to experience rape while studying abroad.

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

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  1. Posted December 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I wrote Pizza on Fire about the last Christmas with my grandpa before he died. It does, yes, involve flaming circular food.

    The Biggest Loser & Internet Vitriol — Why being called ugly, lazy, and a bitch does not, in fact, invalidate my opinions.

  2. Posted December 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the most disgusting things ever. I wish someone would blow a hole in this. (I’ve been told he skims off the negative comments so maybe don’t bother.) But this made me too angry not to share while grinding my teeth.


    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      Warning, probably triggers for just about everything short of explicit rape talk.

      • Posted December 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

        And even that is borderline.

  3. Posted December 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268743/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=nf6K7RTt the link for the dental assistant story is broken, btw.

    As for the study abroad article, I read that with marked interest, as I studied abroad in Paris this summer and will study in Berlin for 8 months in several days. One of the comments stood out to me:
    “”"We’ve seen a few studies like this one, measuring the risk of sexual assault occurring abroad. I am always interested in whether or not alcohol or other forms of intoxication are involved. Anyone remember reading that Chronicle article in 2010, “Many Students Double Alcohol Consumption While Studying Abroad.” This is a reality and I think we need to have a very open and honest conversation about it. Who is being sexually assaulted? Where were they, specifically, within the country when it occurred? Was there drinking involved?”"”"

    It also seems that the study was done on a fairly small sample. I’d like to see a study done on a larger scale to get a more accurate reading. I don’t doubt that due to changed circumstances the students were more vulnerable though.

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