Weekly Feminist Reader

ICYMI: the Crunk Feminist Collective and The Nation DJed your 4th.

What to the slave is the fourth of July?

What to the prisoner is the fourth of July?

The N-word on the 4th of July.

An immigrant kid’s perspective on citizenship and the Voting Rights Act.

The U.S. caters to male desire.

North Carolina just pulled a Texas.

The first law protecting trans students was approved by the California legislature. In other news, it’s 2013.

Check out A Band Called Death.

Don’t lean in: kick back.

Do we have any chance at a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote?

Pride in Paris.

Yeah, David Brooks is still racist.

The critical edge of ambivalence.

What happens at a crisis pregnancy center?

The modeling industry isn’t improving its understanding of size.

It’s a TRAP.

UNC faces a third federal complaint for retaliating against Landen Gambill, BAMF.

The “Lovelace” trailer is up. Get ready for some serious feminist blogosphere debate.

Long live the Wendy Davis Rebellion.

Egyptian activists fight sexual assault.

Pretending to be sexually harassed is sooooooo fun guys.

Mychal at The Nation: Trayvon Martin and black manhood on trial.

Timberlake is the new Thicke.

“The Lone Ranger” is terrible for many, many reasons.

New Yorkers, remember to RSVP for Saturday’s No Stigma, No Shame conference.

GoldieBlox remakes “We are the Champions.”

Jujitsuffragettes!

Letters of hope: choosing to forgive.

Bitch on female buddy comedies.

Lady pickpockets of the Barbary Coast.

I’m not loving the “realistic Barbie is still hot” thing, but here you go.

Feminist music as self-care and activist tool.

“Rape capital of America” Missoula makes some good moves.

RomneyLOL of the week.

Protect potential life! Ban male masturbation!

One week left to join survivors and call for the Department of Education to enforce Title IX!

The Spinsterhood Pie.

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/bellecloche/ Emily Sanford

    I’ve written about liberal ableism and the ways in which liberals/progressives could be better at dealing with disability:

    http://paintingonscars.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/sex-with-circus-midgets-or-uncomfortable-silence/

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

    I’m a southern white girl and I’m constantly amazed at how many racists use the N-word in “white” company. It’s almost like they think I must be racist because I’m white, and that it’s ok to say when it isn’t directed at a specific person (or when that person probably won’t hear them). Most of these people understand that it’s offensive when you call a single person a name like that, but they don’t understand why it’s offensive when it’s used in passive conversation. Since I have no idea what it feels like to be called that word, it’s very hard for me to call them out (I certainly do – every time – it’s just not as effective as I’d like it to be). Are there any additional resources I could reference that explain what it’s like to hear the word in public? The link provided here is great, but since we’re talking about primarily old white men, I think something that isn’t on Salon might be more effective.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mobi/ maude