Weekly Feminist Reader

Last night, a man was shot in the streets of New York in a hate crime marked by homophobic slurs. Bigotry kills.

A survivor argues that military sexual trauma should be treated as as national security issue.

Radio host Pete Santilli says Hilary Clinton needs to be “shot in the vagina.”

A proposed law to protect Afghan women was blocked by opponents.

This guy wants the government to pay women to date him.

On not being a “good” trans woman.

The Pentagon has established a process for trans vets to choose the gender listed in their records.

“Jokes can… validate prejudicial viewers and consumers in a way that defenders of these jokes may not fully understand.”

The annotated wisdom of Amy Poehler.

Is Suzanne Venker advocating for marital rape?

Radical transgenderism in rural Tennessee.

Wahhhhhh stop silencing the menz with all your talk of privilege.

The Rise of Beyonce, the fall of Lauryn Hill.

A Texas judge has ordered a lesbian couple to move apart or lose custody of their children.

On the utopianism of basic income.

Are portrayals of rape on TV ever not sexist?

Check out a screening of Free Angela near you.

“Dating is like wearing a hat, available only through irony.”

We failed the other Cleveland survivor.

I’m sorry, but you just can’t pretend American Apparel isn’t sexist.

Did you know abortions cause school shootings? Neither did we!

We need the new health care law.

The end of silence.

Why do we care if people know how much we weigh?

Girls in private schools are now allowed to play sports in Saudi Arabia.

This is “why it’s considered more dishonorable to report a rape, than to rape a fellow soldier.”

Campus mental health requires a strong community.

Katie broke down the five worst things said this week.

There’s a lot going on behind the word “slut.”

Battling censorship behind bars.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/listening to 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/diablitaratoncita/ Jenny G-B

    Reading: Article about the numbers of deaths of mentally ill people in police custody:


    Writing(and drawing): Some musings on the Latin folk-Catholic archetype of “La Anima Sola” and other archetypes she connects to:


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

    In the article “Wahhhhhh stop silencing the menz with all your talk of privilege.” if she wanted an example, all she had to do was look at what happened at Simon Fraser University. Unless she talking about only silencing feminist men, we had a situation where a group of students wanted to establish a men’s center which was primarily motivated by the near suicide of the student leading the push. He didn’t find any resources he could utilize when he needed them and thought that establishing a men’s center would help. The official position of the women’s center and the feminist community was that the men’s center was everywhere else.

    When things started to shift against them, the argument started to devolve along the lines that a men’s center will naturally become a hotbed of misogyny unless vetted by the women’s center because women don’t lie about rape, but men lie about setting up support services for other men and trust women to make the right choice about abortion, but you can’t trust men to not be misogynists.

    Note: In Canada there aren’t any shelters for male victims of domestic violence. The only one open closed with the suicide of the founder Earl Silverman. It closed because the Canadian government refused to fund it. That is how scarce the resources available to men are in Canada.

  • http://feministing.com/members/contrawhit/ Whitney