Weekly Feminist Reader

Zerlina talks with MHP about institutional betrayal.

Ariel Castro isn’t such an aberration.

And his testimony says much about us.

The Texas Legislature’s dirty little secret.

“Asian Girlz” sparks rightful criticism.

How to whitewash a plague.

To #twittersilence or not to #twittersilence, that is the question.

Cosmo so generously advises women how not to get raped. I thought Zerlina had already been over this?

The Crunk Feminist Collective has released another awesome mixtape.

PhD Mama.

Learning body positivity.

The “Weiner Women” aren’t saints, sluts, or victims.

The sexist language of the Weiner scandal.

Is sexism endemic to academic philosophy?

A different Academy is going back to Ellen.

Guy awkwardly interviews women who have rejected him; the internet cringes.

Against the discourse of “the natural.”

How dare the NFL think about hiring female referees!

In defense of the f-word.

Progressive incoherence in “radical” Berkeley.

“Nonconsensual sex” isn’t a big deal according to Yale.

Ariel Levy on Steubenville and Twitter.

Shakesville has started a video series!

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/demeter/ Whitters

    The comments in response to the academic philosophy here http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/colin-mcginn-and-women-in-philosophy-in-the-nyt/ (as well as more background on this case being taken seriously) is a good start of a serious discussion.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jazzhammer/ Jennifer Hammer

    There is absolutely nothing victim blaming about the Cosmo article. It is from a publication for women where information for men about rape and consent would not be useful. The article is about basic self defense and nowhere does it instruct women not to go out, drink alcohol, or avoid wearing certain clothes. The information came from RAINN and no rape myths are perpetuated in the article. I personally find self defense information that comes from professionals to be very interesting and useful and easily distinguishable from the “advice” of morally panicked victim blamers who insist they are well meaning when they tell women not to drink and wear “slutty” clothes while socializing with men. Yes, men need education about what rape and consent is and the message to men that rape is never acceptable needs to be reinforced, but legitimate self defense information for women is not communicating that women are responsible for getting themselves raped. I will concede that the article needs a better headline and I am willing to bet that the person responsible for that headline takes rape culture for granted.

  • http://feministing.com/members/demeter/ Demeter

    Texas doesn’t trust women and is proposing a mandatory “adoption education course” for women seeking an abortion: http://evergreeninstitute.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/a-3-hour-tour-whats-the-matter-with-texas/

  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I wrote a little on breasts, bras, and body image [contains waist-up photos of wearing just a bra, so may be NSFW].

  • http://feministing.com/members/iknowpolitics/ iKNOW Politics

    Loved “Learning body positivity”…

    Regarding article on Ariel Castro: “There are WAYYY too many men on earth like Ariel Castro who insist they aren’t monsters”… Ok, it may be true, but we all knew that already. World is full of monsters, and that does not make them more human.