Weekly Feminist Reader

“Marriage was a marker of historically anti-gay and anti-feminist normalcy“.

Ann Friedman on believing Dylan Farrow, and why who you believe depends on which story you recognize.

On the role of bystander intervention in preventing sexual assaults.

Why the absence of biracial representation in the media matters.

10 Years after Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty”.

Suey Park of #NotYourAsianSidekick defence of Twitter feminism.

Why are so many female Olympic athletes posing in lingerie?

What’s wrong with choosing to be gay?

Challenging the patriarchal Jewish orthodoxy from the inside.

Debunking homophobia: “To be a homophobe in 2014 is, increasingly, to find oneself on the fast track to social scorn.”

Title IX, Obama and ending rape on college campuses.

Snow didn’t paralyze Atlanta during the recent storms — racism did.

“White privilege was the invisible smoke in the room.”

Our own Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation on George Zimmerman’s fucked up “celebrity” boxing stunt.

A lot of people have been boycotting the Olympics because of the LGBT politics, but what about the racial case against the winter olympics?

“As a feminist, womanist, and queer POC, I understood all too well the importance of advocacy during times of medical vulnerability.”

A panel conversation between Anna Holmes and others on amplifying women’s voices in the media.

A testament to the resistance of ordinary black women: Gwendolyn Smith and Black History Month.

The forgotten story of Japanese American zoot suiters.

Four ways to push back against your privilege(s).

The Biggest Loser is all sorts of fucked up.

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

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  1. Posted February 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a link to 40 or so studies examining men as victims of women’s sexual coercion some studies were of college students.


    Examples include

    “Aizenman, M. & Kelley, G. (1988). The incidence of violence and acquaintance rape in dating relationships among college men and women. Journal of College Student Development, 29, 305-311. (A survey of unmarried college students at Rutgers University in which 29% of women and 14% of men reported that they “were forced to have intercourse against their will.”)

    Anderson, P. B. (1996). Correlates of college women’s self-reports of heterosexual aggression. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 8, 121-131. (A sample of 212 women completed a 13-item Sexually Aggressive Behavior scale. Overall, “42.6% reported initiating sexual contact by using sexually aggressive strategies … and 7.1% reported using physical force.”) ”

    When 1 in 7 surveyed college men reported being raped, which is about half the reported rapes of women at the same college in one study and 42% of college women reported using sexually aggressive tactics with 1 in 14 admitting to using violence in another, it’s disheartening not to see a single word on preventing the rape of men by women.

    Until the problem is recognized it can’t be resolved. Ignoring male victims and female perpetrators will not stop rape. It will only reduce the instance of it. All people deserve bodily autonomy and integrity, even men.

  2. Posted February 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    And now Emily Yoffe is at it again with the victim blaming in response to the bystander intervention piece. She’s actually arguing that bystander intervention training is a bad thing, because it might make women feel more safe, and so then they’ll go get drunk, so of course somebody will rape them. Not even joking, that is her argument. Ugh: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/02/10/bystander_intervention_the_answer_to_college_sexual_assault.html

  3. Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Ugh. George Zimmerman needs to just go away FOREVER. Well actually he needs to be locked up since he’s a disgusting racist and a murderer.

    And the article about “choosing to be gay”, ooph! I see a lot of controversy headed toward that. LOT’s of people, gays and lesbians alike will most likely disagree with many parts of that. Including the part about how sexuality can “change” over time. A lot of them will not like that or agree. However, I’m glad Graff made the point of using words like “some men” or “some women” rather than paint gays and lesbians as though ALL of them do or feel the same way. But it’s still a little uncomfortable since it still makes queer people (specifically queer women) as though their sexuality should not be taken seriously. :-( And maybe I missed it but I didn’t see anything about mentioning bisexual men.

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