Weekly Feminist Reader

Autostraddle takes on misogyny within butch communities.

Feminists aren’t the ones who think all men are rapists. Rapists are.

An open letter to Eve Ensler.

17-year-old girl wins hackathon.

Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds denounce the FBI for naming Assata Shakur a “Most Wanted Terrorist.”

Why the hunt for Shakur matters.

Cosponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act here.

Demand access to emergency contraception for all women.

Many of the Human Rights Campaign’s biggest donors are drone manufacturers.

Pro-choice activists are risking prison time by educating people about abortion.

On Amanda Knox, sexual freedom, and Henry James.

A Harvard professor claims Keynes’ sexuality means he didn’t care about future generations (and then apologizes).

Elizabeth Cline makes the case for ethical fashion.

Another take on the Dove “real beauty” campaign.

Five reasons survivors should reclaim masturbation.

Randy Voller apologizes for saying the GOP is “raping [the Dems'] along the way,”

Are Danny Brown’s misogynistic lyrics relevant to the analysis of his alleged (by someone else) assault?

Teen pregnancy is a multi-layered issue.

What is it like to have an abortion in Brazil? Business Insider tries to answer the question as a warning to the U.S.

“I’m a scholar, not a criminal.”

Looking for a bad reason to vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act?

An account of anti-semitism in prison.

“What is particularly problematic about the Dartmouth administration’s email is the fact that it posits a false equivalence between the students’ protest and the rape and death threats they received.” 

The Economist semi-defends the Obama administration’s Plan B decision.

Billie Jean King on Jason Collins and the lesbian athletes who came out before him.

Let’s go braless. 

Watch lectures on Sexual Violence and Neoliberalism at the 2013 Historical Materialism Conference in NY.

Whatever you feel about Beyonce’s feminism or lack thereof, this will be your new favorite Tumblr…

…unless you haven’t seen Cosmarxpolitan and Lisa Frankfurt School.

Here’s this week’s critique of “Babes at the Museum,” which–many years later–is still awful.

“Orgasm is my BFF.”

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

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    “”Are Danny Brown’s misogynistic lyrics relevant to the analysis of his alleged (by someone else) assault?”

    Although that’s better that feministing has categorized it as an assault, I still question why sexual was not included. Even if rape is a sacred word in feminism only reserved to describe the oppression of women, why is there such reluctance in the feminist community to recognize the sexual victimization of men especially or specifically when the victimizes are women?

    It’s more ironic that this is happening at the same time feminists are discussing why people concerned with gender equality reject the feminist label. You don’t need to look far for the reasons. Just view a few pages of this site.

    • http://feministing.com/members/mogwai24/ Paulina

      You do realize that Maya and Alexandra addressed this issue on Friday?

      Your comment seems to be showing a lack of awareness of the various discussions feminists (whether on Feministing or elsewhere) are actually having. That, or you’re unwilling to see them because you already have a preconceived notion of what feminists do- namely, ignore male victims.

      Which we don’t, actually.

  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori
  • http://feministing.com/members/bellecloche/ Emily Sanford

    Two trans men in the U.K. have been convicted of sexual assault and obtaining intimacy by fraud, respectively, for not revealing their gender at birth to their partners. I wrote about it here:


  • http://feministing.com/members/mogwai24/ Paulina

    I wrote about why men are sometimes irrelevant to feminist discussions. I also put together a basic list of Feminism 101 links for a friend that others may also find useful.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    How my mother’s life made me a feminist and a narcissist:


    The blog may still be marked private despite my several attempts to make it public again. If so, do request access and it shall be granted.

  • http://feministing.com/members/talulah42900/ Alisha Walker

    Are Danny Brown’s misogynistic lyrics relevant to the analysis of his alleged (by someone else) assault?
    No, completely irrelevant. Suggesting that his lyrics may have a role in what happened is just male focused slut shaming. Nobody asks to be raped, not even misogynistic men. Shouldn’t everyone seek an active yes, every time? There are never ANY exceptions to that rule. End. Of. Story. I’m not saying this was a rape, because he hasn’t come out and said it himself, and nobody can tell his story for him. I am saying that no matter what someone sings about and whether we think they are a “nice person” or not, they don’t deserve to be the subject of a sex act without consent.