Weekly Feminist Reader

Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls.

Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”.

Cooking skills and farm vegetables in inner-city Washington D.C.

Beyonce is asking ‘how come,and so am I.”

Corporate sponsors flee from Boston’s homophobic St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Why Lupita Nyong’o should be the star of  the new Star Wars

Plan B databases and anti-choice laws: “making abortions less accessible or more fraught with social consequences forces women further underground.”

Voter restrictions in the midwest — what the fuck, Ohio.

The hysteria of “mean girls“.

Trans* students in the NYC public school system.

Female condoms, vaginal gels, and a potential breakthrough for women and HIV.

And rare female-to-female HIV transmission.

Brainy models packaged as “real women” does not equal diversity.

“My two cents – women who use their bodies for personal gain and power are not sociopaths.”

John Stewart interviews Anita Hill on her involvement in the landmark sexual harassment case.

The lady-journo protagonists.

On being a black mother: “Mothers stand at the front lines, with their children, in the war against Black and Brown bodies.”

From Russia to Uganda, gay rights are moving backwards.

Dartmouth College’s “rape guide” and the 50,000 demanding reform.

Paul Ryan’s “culture of dependency” bullshit is ironically tied to his Irish past.

Mary Roach on the science of masturbation and what happens when religious dogmatism tries to subvert science.

New study shows that women in college who focus on getting straight A’s might limit their post-grad earning potential.

When the white daughter of Oklahoma governor Fallin wears a “Indian Headdress” warbonnet.

What the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal means for young people and immigration.

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

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  1. Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve almost finished Geri Jewell’s autobiography “I’m Walking As Straight As I Can.” It’s written with a lot of humor and yet very honest about the difficulties of both having a disability and being gay in Hollywood. I highly recommend it.

  2. Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I’m reading Lives, not numbers reminiscing passengers lives of Malaysian airlines.

  3. Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I remember a controversy in Chicago about 25 or so years ago concerning the minority set aside program benefiting minorities and women. The controversy was that when the contracts were examined, the vast majority went to white women.

    “White Women Get Contracts In the $210 million Dan Ryan Expressway repair project here, white women have won more than $9 million in contracts so far, nearly three times those awarded to black-owned businesses.”


    I think what might be occurring is that people are assuming that programs geared toward helping women are already helping minority women, but might be disproportionally helping white women. Programs probably need to be more targeted to ensure that minority women get their due.

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