Weekly Feminist Reader

“Most of us [twentysomething women] aren’t scrambling to lock down boyfriends by age 25 — we’re busy building our careers.”

A lengthy but important read on the relationship between “dick culture” and “rape culture”.

Why I don’t do Christmas.

On defending (and critiquing) Beyonce: “She’s not a perfect feminist (none of us are), she still has a way to go (most of us do), but she is certainly a feminist.”

THEMthe first trans* literary journal, debuts:  ”I would like THEM to be a place where that narrative can be upset—whether by exploring other stories or contextualizing the familiar ones.”

Sorry Haters, a black nun does belong in Broadway’s Sound of Music. 

Renisha, Rachel, Vanessa and Tiana:  ”This year has seen, through a combination of black female love, anger and technological savvy, a new way to protest injustice.”

The students are busy, and not with finals.  Sit-ins, protests, hashtags, and shutdowns.

It is too damn hard to keep up” : Stream and the never-ending distribution of news.

Addressing Silicon Valley’s race problem.

Getting everything you want is really just a facade, otherwise known as having white privilege.

Median income across the United States.

Four things Obama can do to address inequality and live up to his big talk on economic progressivism.

Artist to watch: Exposing the people behind your images of luxury.

Can Bill de Blasio (new NYC Mayor) stop gentrification?  Can anyone?

The Nation’s “Progressive Honor Role”:  One humbling list of badass movers and shakers from 2013.

A lot of queer women in the spotlight came out this year.

This Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson debacle is such a shit show, but does say a lot about our priorities on homophobia, race, and TV ratings.

“We’re teaching kids from the very beginning that women take up less space.

We’re not buying your apology, Megan Kelly, of the absurd Fox “News”.

Last minute feminist gift-guide!

Online dating and race in America: “unfortunately the data shows there are winners and losers.”

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

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4 Comments

  1. Posted December 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I wrote about how I’m seeing SNAP benefit reductions play out in my classroom.

  2. Posted December 23, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I wrote about ‘fat talk’, disingenuous advertising and shame http://equalequation.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/its-kellogs-that-should-be-shamed-not.html

  3. Posted December 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Online dating. Jenny Davis, the author, does not mention a couple of confounding factors.

    The first one is wealth: it is quite conceivable that White men are associated with wealth – in other words, they are likelier to have more money than others. Women who want to meet them might very well not be rejecting Blackness as choosing money.

    The other is thinness. Men choosing Asian women might be be attracted to their lower weight (as compared with others). They are not rejecting Blackness – merely choosing ‘attractiveness’.

    A classic case of mixing causes.

    • Posted December 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      “The first one is wealth: it is quite conceivable that White men are associated with wealth – in other words, they are likelier to have more money than others. Women who want to meet them might very well not be rejecting Blackness as choosing money.”

      So they don’t want to reply to a black man because they believe he will be poor? You see how that’s still racist and not really a “confounding factor”?

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