Weekly Feminist Reader

Do you know about Anita Hill?

Cameroon has been quietly locking up LGBT people for years with little international attention.

The last rural abortion clinics in Texas just shut down.

It’s a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially of white women.”

On dealing with constant micro-aggressions within a bi-racial family.

Homo queer fag bear daddy” (and 26 other portraits challenging sexual identities). 

Anti-gay teacher contracts in the Cincinnati Archdiocese school system.

Wish this wasn’t cause for a pat on the back, but three cheers for the Kentucky Attorney General who says he won’t defend the gay marriage ban.

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, here are some badass lady authors to know.

And 15 important Muslim women from history.

These women haven’t won Nobel Peace prizes [yet], but they’re still rocking the world.

The Dali Lama supports gay marriage.

“Am I bad feminist if I don’t take a stand on every issue?”

Women aren’t even paying themselves fairly.

Fake magazine covers that express real inequality.

Incredibly moving story of a family’s experience with Autism: “But it can get so lonely, talking to yourself…you have to live in the world.”

True Detective women’s problem: ”The ladies are essentially either spiteful jezebels, scorned wives or dead whores.”

On queering immigration: “Queers, whether we were born here or elsewhere, should know what it feels like to be an outsider.”

On the breast cancer racial gap.

What Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice, and Anna Maria Chávez want you to know.

Menstruation: something that’s to be avoided at best, or, worse, looked down upon.

The baby dolls of Mardi Gras: sex workers in New Orleans.

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

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  1. Posted March 10, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    The True Detective problem has REALLY been irking me. Perhaps because I’m such a huge television fan, I WANT to be able to partake in this huge TV phenomenon that is intelligent, introspective, and requires you to put some of the pieces together yourself. But I’m so busy being angry about the lack of female character development coupled with the abundance of female bodies used to sell their show, I just can’t enjoy it.

  2. Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Loved PolicyMic’s portrait of queer and gender non-conforming people. That was pretty damn awesome. :-)
    The only one I thought was kind of “um… okay”, was the one who called them-self a “gold star” butch daddy. Well isn’t that pretty much how it is for the average gay person anyway? I can imagine many homosexual people would be insulted with that label. That would be like asking a heterosexual person if they are “gold star” straights.
    I loved how the last one just had the title of “bisexual”. That was pretty rad. It would also have been cool to see more openly labeled bisexual men on the list too.

  3. Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    There was a rape case out of Chicago that got some coverage. Although it’s an older case, I was curious as to how it was adjudicated so I recently searched. The result didn’t get much coverage and maybe that’s an indication of how victims are treated also. It really illustrates the difficulty that victims have to receive justice. It seems that someone using a gun and the victim escaping naked is insufficient to prove rape, unbelievable.


  4. Posted March 11, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I cannot usually post our German blog posts here, because, well they’re in German :-) but in the name of including all *women in the activities surrounding the international *womans day and for deconstructing the gender binary (and because it’s fun), I made a little queer performance video, I’d like to share with you:
    (“rauchen” means “smoking”)

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