Weekly Feminist Reader

Patrick Stewart answers a fan’s unexpected question.

Sex workers engage in democratic political processes. Duh.

It’s not just Facebook that has an online hate speech problem.

Donate to Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Jessica writes about #FBrape as a potential feminist tipping point at The Nation.

A letter to the President on the anniversary of Dr. Tiller’s murder.

Bye, Bachmann.

A victim of the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting will celebrate his 11th birthday in style.

Could you use support on the anniversary of your assault?

TV loves dead teenage girls.

Do Disney Princess movies pass the Bechdel test?

“What does it say about pride parade events that lesbians and transgender individuals need an additional march to feel visible?”

How to be a victim.

Our politics can’t be risk averse.

Intersectional anti-oppression activism isn’t an academic exercise.

Let’s abandon our intersectional “ultra-feminism” for Michelin feminism.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America just elected its first gay bishop.

Anonymous wants to teach rape prevention in schools.

Queens of pop performed in support of women’s empowerment.

A Japanese court has ruled that spouses must use the same surname–which almost always means the man’s.

Tan, wet, happy, and fat.

The first shelter to allow domestic violence victims to bring their pets opened yesterday.

Celebrate Pussy Riot.

Sheryl Sandburg should have spoken up about #FBrape.

Could Michelle Obama help end colorism in Hollywood?

Will Governor Brown of California finally sign the Domestic Worker’s Build of Rights?

Incomplete reporting on This American Life perpetuated dangerous myths about Social Security disability programs.

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

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  1. Posted June 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    More feminist reading this week – Spectra Speaks posted this very important piece on allyship: http://www.spectraspeaks.com/2013/05/afrofeminism-labels-politically-correct-straight-allies-white-antiracissts-male-feminists/

  2. Posted June 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Patrick Stewart deserves recognition for his public stance for women and against domestic violence. But can someone address his problematic role on American Dad? The show frequently uses rape, domestic violence, violence against sex workers, and violence against the trans community for cheap laughter. Stewart’s animated character, Avery Bullock, kills a woman that he briefly dates early on in the series and frequently jokes about violence towards women. Yes, it is an animated show, but it perpetuates a lot of really negative views of women.

  3. Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Kudo’s to URI for opening up their shelter to DV victims and their pets but they weren’t the first. http://www.rosebrooks.org/news-shelter-welcomes-pets.html Hopefully more will follow suit.

  4. Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Reading: “What Is Happening In Istanbul?” A WordPress blog from a Turkish citizen about the gentrification issue that has sparked waves of protest and police brutality:


    Writing: “Is That All There Is? Then Let’s Keep Art-Rioting” – on feminist self-identity, and people who even in 2013 have strange ideas about what that entails:


    “Luna & Lux” A photo I took of our rat & cat giving each other a kiss, ummmm, cuz it’s a pressing feminist issue :)

  5. Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Many of us are talking about growing up under patriarchy using the #sharedgirlhood hashtag.


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