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Alone Time is a photo series by Canadian artist JJ Levine, in which he configures one model into two different genders within the same frame. Buzzfeed has an interview with the artist, along with more photos.

Since I published my post this morning, condemnation of Emily Yoffe’s victim-blaming Slate piece has been swift. Two of my favorites:

Ann Friedman and Jaclyn Friedman, who have no relation as far as I can tell, other than being great writers. The latter, it’s worth noting, was published five years ago in Yes Means Yes, reinforcing how distinctly not new Yoffe’s victim blaming argument actually is.

In defense of Rihanna.

Speaking of Title IX, sign this petition to let girls wrestle!

I’m really feeling this LA Review of Books essay by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on Rachel Jeantel, Basquiat, race, and language.

A New York Times “Room for Debate” series tackles the relationship between transgender rights and gay rights. 

Lori Adelman links out. 

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I re-read Jaclyn Friedman’s essay, thinking I would find a implicit refutation of Yoffe. But instead I find a piece that ends with 5 key suggestions for women:

    1. Rape is never your fault.
    2. Nonetheless, the world is dangerous, and there are things you can do to increase your safety.
    3. (and part of 2) Either avoid drinking, drink in moderation, and/or drink safely.
    4. Take similar safety precautions when choosing to engage in casual sex.
    5. Learn to defend yourself, just in case.

    Yoffe’s article explicitly agrees with 1-3, and I can’t imagine she would have any problem with 4 or 5.

    Friedman is not blaming the victim when she tells women BOTH that rape is exclusively the fault of the rapist AND that, despite this fact, women can and should take steps to increase their safety — including monitoring what, how, where, and with whom they drink.

    But if Friedman is not a blamer, why is Yoffe when she makes the same case? Indeed Friedman calls this “living in reality.”

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