Weekly Feminist Reader

The New Zealand House of Reps legalized same-sex marriage–and then burst into song.

The Onion nails it.

Great photo of a Muslim frat at the anti-domestic violence rally in Dallas last month.

Vulture analyzes the age gap between Hollywood’s leading men and their on-screen love interests.

Michelle Dean on how to win in the women’s memoir game.

The curator of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses the stories–and hate mail–she’s received.

Love this feminist country music playlist.

A Kickstarter for a docu-series about “inspiring women doing inspiring things.

Good: A judge struck down North Dakota’s restrictions on medication abortions.

Poet Rachel Rostad’s open letter to JK Rowling about the Asian characters in Harry Potter.

Germany is adopting a quota system to get more women on corporate boards.

Here’s what Barbie looks like without makeup.

Why hasn’t the Boston bombing suspect been read his rights?

18 illustrated responses to street harassment.

Susan Patton is still talking apparently: “[Feminists] went too far and crossed over to the dark side.”

The world’s largest gay club is opening in Las Vegas.

An oral history of Selena.

Zimbabwe’s new constitution states that respect for gender equality is a founding value of the country.

Bitch Flicks on gratuitous female nudity in Game of Thrones.

Why won’t Facebook do more to remove misogynist content on its site?

On internalized sexism: “‘Hell no, I’m not one of those girls!”

A quarter of black students in the U.S. were suspended in the 2009-2010 academic year.

For the first time ever, Pakistan’s transgender community is getting into politics.

Women have directed just 4.5 percent of the top-grossing comedies in recent years.

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

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  1. Posted April 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Fat at You — All the ways in which existing in my body is a purposeful insult to the people who have to look at me. Or something.

    I Am Not Brave — On people’s reactions after learning that I teach in that school.

    The body and gender policing present in the phrase “football shoulders”.

    And some yoga humor to lighten things up.

  2. Posted April 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to dissappoint you again, but Germany still hasn’t voted for adopting a quota system. The ruling party promised to consider it – in 2020.

  3. Posted April 22, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    After a bit of a hiatus, here’s a post ruminating on mental health & the relativity in how some diagnoses can be made:

    Schizoaffective Vs. Schizophrenia Vs. Blessed Dionysian Lunacy

  4. Posted April 22, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    What’s the problem with showing female breasts? Male breasts are exposed on broadcast TV all the time and print ads in “mainstream” publications. Male genitals are shown on Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Misfits, etc. I’ve yet to see labia exposed in any film save porn. I question whether it’s better to continue to commodify the female body.

    • Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      really john, come off it. 3 seconds of cock does not compare to the graphic female nudity and porny view of women in GoT. I imagine, as many had said, its not so much the showing of female breasts its the very one sided nudity in the series. but then again i guess i shouldnt expect so much for someone who uses the term “male breasts” lol.

      • Posted April 23, 2013 at 3:51 am | Permalink

        ” but then again i guess i shouldnt expect so much for someone who uses the term “male breasts” lol.”

        Isn’t that what they are? You might be surprised, but men can get breast cancer too. Men and women should be treated the same. Society should see them as equals unless of course women find solace and comfort in the established gender binary. Then equality be damned.

  5. Posted April 22, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    One of the things I’ve been reading about and discussing is the battle to establish men’s spaces in Canadian colleges. It’s odd to me that feminists, who insist that we should trust women on abortion because women are intrinsically good, insist that men are naturally inclined to subjugate women. One comforting fact is that the current fight for men’s spaces at Ryerson is being led by women.


    • Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Personally not a fan of single sex spaces of either sex because gender binary; but what I really wanted to ask you is : do you really understand the argument for choice to be that “women are intrinsically good”? Have you considered maybe the argument is more like all humans whether good or bad need to have bodily autonomy?

  6. Posted April 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink


    THIS article is seriously a must-read for ALL feminists out there. It’s about how women should stop feeling praised when they are called “one of the guys”: by hilarious feminist Dr. Gina Barreca!

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