Weekly Feminist Reader Open Thread

We’re leaving today’s Reader to you all. Here’s my new favorite song for inspiration. What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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  1. Posted April 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    My new favorite blog (not explicitly feminist, but a lot of it could apply to the ridiculous experiences young professional women face in other workplaces, too): http://whatthepublicdefender.tumblr.com/

    What summer movie trailers teach about gender roles: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/04/24/1910931/what-i-learned-about-gender-roles-from-watching-the-trailers-for-every-summer-action-movie/?mobile=nc

    How friendship can help stop rape: http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/04/25/how-friendship-can-help-end-rape/

    The Unslut project, where this lady posts her middle school diary, with some bits of commentary: http://feministing.com/2013/04/26/the-unslut-project/

    A fascinating piece connecting lawmakers’ lack of empathy for the poor while dealing with rich people problems with the same lawmakers’ opposition to abortion except when it’s one of their family members or lovers who needs one: http://echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com/2013/04/but-thats-different-on-horror-of-air.html

    Climate Change Screws Everyone, but especially poor women: http://disruptingdinnerparties.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/climate-change-screws-everyone-but-especially-poor-women/

    • Posted April 29, 2013 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for that last link–sad of course but very informative. It’s nice to see feminism and environmentalism aren’t mutually exclusive issues.

  2. Posted April 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    A letter to yoga teachers on many things, but especially (at least for me) on unwanted touching.

    On the dangers of apple cider vinegar [note: body policing].

    • Posted April 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      I read your letter to yoga teachers today, and it really made sense. I started going to a new yoga studio after a year off, and it felt really odd to have the teacher just pushing my hips around. So thank you for putting my vague unease into words :)

      • Posted April 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        I’m glad you liked it. :)

  3. Posted April 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink


    A woman from Norristown PA was threatened with eviction by the police and her municipality after reporting domestic violence, under a ridiculous “three strikes ordinance” that treats reporting domestic violence as disorderly counduct.

    This led her to avoid reporting further cases of abuse, culminating in an extremely violent assault that left her hospitalized – and the police and her municipality still tried to evict her and her three year old daughter right as she returned home from the hospital.

    She has brought charges against her municipality, and is being represented by the ACLU. I think that this horrifying story is really important, and deserves more attention than it has received.

  4. Posted April 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I recently started a new blog called Another intersection.

    I’ve been posting about why sexism is still a thing, street harassment and why Ann Coulter is terrible (no surprises at that last one!).

  5. Posted April 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  6. Posted April 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Rosemarie Smead was ordained as a priest on Saturday! http://news.msn.com/us/catholic-group-defies-rome-ordains-woman-as-priest

  7. Posted April 29, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink


    “It’s tempting to say that men still predominate because they control the money, and for the most part it does take a lot of money to become a great collector. But the explanation is too simple… There is a better explanation: collecting, at its highest levels, is more like hunting than shopping….And who, by and large, are the hunters and the thrill-seekers of the world? Men.”

  8. Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    I wrote a piece about makeup and the morality of telling women to wear it: http://paintingonscars.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/who-you-telling-to-wear-makeup/

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