Weekly Feminist Reader

Femme Auto worker

Very cool portraits of workers at Femme Auto in Senegal from Anthony Kurtz.

A new study of history professors shows that getting married helps men’s careers, while it hurts women’s.

Ah yes, Fetuspalooza 2013 is almost upon us!

Worldwide the wage gap between men and women without kids is 7% and jumps to 22% with kids.

Justice Sotomayor seems awesome and has a sign saying,“Well-behaved women rarely make history” in her office.

British Comedian Michael J. Dolan takes himself to task for writing misogynistic jokes.

Could we have avoided the financial collapse if we’d listened to these female economic policy advisors? Perhaps.

Alyssa argues that the male-oriented shows on FX are offering often thoughtful explorations of modern manhood.

A number of sex workers are apparently wearing the hijab in parts of the Christian-majority country of Malawi. Muslimah Media Watch reports on the coverage.

Google removed the “Make Me Asian” app. Good riddance.

A statue of Rosa Parks is going to be added to the Capitol.

Thanks to our terrible protections for working families, the US has barely made any progress in increasing women’s labor force participation since the 1990s.

Welp, I guess that’s one good thing about the Brazilian bikini waxing craze.

The Pentagon is backing up a military spouses group that denied membership to the lesbian wife of a servicemember.

Rachel Maddow highlights the project to reopen Dr. Tiller’s old clinic and bring abortion services back to Kansas .

More than 80 percent of full-time faculty members in philosophy are male.

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

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  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    My frustration with a yoga teacher who was really focused on body size and whittling your waist.

    Toilet Paper & Pathos — Teaching my students the fine art of persuasion.

    A recipe for gouda mac and cheese and food anxiety.

  2. Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been watching with interest the fallout from online pilates instructor Cassey Ho’s fat-shaming of six year old Honey Boo Boo, and Ho’s subsequent non-apology.

  3. Posted January 21, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I read the article on the history professors and am curious as to why feminists would think that there’s something wrong. Based on what I read it appears that male professors marry non-professional stay at home wives while female professors marry career oriented husbands. This seems to allow the men to more easily focus on their careers.

    There is a small gap 6.4 to 6.7 years before advancement between single men and single women, which might be due to discrimination, but single included never married and separated so that might explain the gap.

    I agree and would love for men to some day feel that they could be stay at homes husbands, but I also believe that men are just as entitled as women to choose to have a career. I’m certain that there are advantages to having a two income earning household and each couple should be allowed to come to the decision of what is best for them. I don’t see why this would be an issue.

  4. Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about my annoyance at the popular idea that teenage girls will read books about boys and girls, but teenage boys will avoid books about girls: Boys Don’t Read Girl Books and Other Lies Society Told Me

  5. Posted January 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    In response to the article about Brazilian Bikini Waxing and pubic lice — I guess by this logic, we should all start waxing every inch of our bodies, including our eyebrows and heads, in order to drive all lice to extinction. Oh, wait — no, we really shouldn’t. You never hear anyone suggest that, because it’s A STUPID ARGUMENT!

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