Weekly Feminist Reader

Men don’t have to hate women to benefit from sexism.

Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg apologizes a little.

White is the new white.

Ladies, Cornell Fetch is just trying to help.

Negotiating multiple identities on Buffy.

Mikki Kendall and Flavia Dzodan talked with The Hairpin about #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

Sex, power, and tips.

An open letter to Kal Penn on Stop and Frisk.

The Colorlines community remembers learning about Harriet Tubman.

Cutting the Gordian Knot of sex work.

Twenties is apparently pretty great.

From 1908 to 2013: stories of unlikely desi activists in the U.S.

California now explicitly guarantees trans* students equal access to education (though Title IX already does that).

Gender on the road.

Zerlina talks about Obamacare funding of Planned Parenthood on Fox News.

Nicole Kristal interview at The Beheld.

“Solidarity” is bullshit.

13 lessons about social justice from Harry Potter.

USC’s Student Coalition Against Rape wrote an open letter to freshmen.

Feminist pioneers and white people getting out of the way.

The Unslut Project is kickstarting to fund a documentary!

Paul Frank teams up with Native American artists (including Adrienne from Native Appropriations).

I hate Strong Female Characters.

Woman in tech gets tired of explaining herself, makes slideshow about women in tech.

The phallusy of the hymen. (NSWF)

Recording transition.

Julian Assange is anti-choice and loves Rand Paul. I can only articulate my feelings about this as ughhhhmehhhhhhpshhhh.

Faith and the single mom journey.

She strongly suspects.

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/andejoh/ John

    About Men don’t have to hate women to benefit from sexism.

    I’ve been having difficulty with this line because it’s been something I’ve been feeling for awhile.

    “That doesn’t mean you don’t have a responsibility to do something about it.”

    There’s been a feeling in the MRM that women should stand up for themselves instead of demanding that men stand up for them. Some MRAs (not sure if it’s most) are willing to stand up with women, but they need women to stand up for themselves first. I think they’re wrong.
    I’ve spoken with many women even some martial artists who’ve been afraid of men. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is advantage to size (It could even be privilege, but I’m not willing to acknowledge that at least not yet). Maybe it’s the promise I made to defend women and the weak before I was accepted into the dojang, but I think if you’re strong, you have an obligation to defend those weaker than yourself whether they stand up for themselves or not.

    This should also include the internet or any other public discourse. I think men get a bit more respect and deference on the whole. We don’t get attacked with as much vitriol as women and yeah, there’s a huge difference between being threatened, taking it seriously, and being afraid.