Weekly Feminist Reader

A young girl holds a sign that says “I am more important than football” at protest in Steubenville.

Maternal mortality is a key indicator for measuring socio-cultural and economic gender inequalities.

The first settlement agreement was reached under HUD’s new housing protections for LGBT people and their families.

Akiba Solomon reflects on her relationship with the pro-choice movement as a black nationalist womanist.

Rep. Rosa fucking DeLauro is rocking it as always.

A mother of a six-year-old boy reflects on the awful video leaked in Steubenville rape case and the need to teach our boys not rape.

Over at the Crunk Feminist Collective, Eesha offer a theory of violence.

Beate Sirota Gordon, who at 22 almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the constitution of modern Japan, died this week.

Your regularly scheduled reminder that crisis pregnancy centers are the worst.

Here’s an essay by a woman who was gang-raped in India back in 1983. Amazing how long we’ve been fighting the same battles.

Women now make up 20 percentage of Congress. Here are some fun facts about them. Here’s a reminder that 20 percent is still very far from parity.

The Atlantic thinks online dating is killing marriage because it’s so fun. Amanda Hess disagrees.

Sarah Jaffe on class and trickle-down feminism.

Here are some useful responses to common objections to “government funding for abortion.”

So great: A player lashes out at racist taunts from an Italian soccer mob and then both teams walked off the field in solidarity.

A reminder from E.J. Graff: “Rape isn’t about sex–it’s about controlling women’s lives.

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

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  1. Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Stop projecting your misconceptions about fat onto my life. — ‘Projection 1: All fat people “do it to themselves” — i.e., “make themselves fat” due to massive calorie intake and far too little exercise.’

    I Resolve to Like Food — ‘Openly and without apology.’

    Not Playing — ‘So I was surprised when the woman in front of me turned around and said to me, “Just what we need — more calories!”’

  2. Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    This is a comic I have published at World War 3, it’s a perspective on mental illness, violence, and public opinion, speaking as a person with a diagnosis:


    If you like badass women in history (and naming your pets after them), I write about the life of the pirate Anne Bonney:


  3. Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    India is not the only country with a rape issue. Swaziland banned short skirts in response to rape protests. Talk about blaming the victim.


  4. Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    While I understand that the quoted “reminder from E.J. Graff”, is that, a quote, there should be some sort of indication or nuanced revision of his quote to also include that rape is utilized to control men’s, genderqueer, intersex and trans lives as well. Although women are predominantly the object of sexual violence, they are not the sole victims of said violence, and we must strive to alleviate the already heavy silence that surrounds discussions of sexual violence against men.

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