Weekly Feminist Reader

Sex education in Mississippi is abysmal.

In Texas, the return of the back-alley abortion.

The three men convicted in the gang rape of the Mumbai photojournalist have been sentenced to death.

Where are the stories about female war veterans?

Young black musicians changing the face of classical music.

Where are the stories about female war veterans?

Black culture and the culture of poverty are not the same thing.

This week, groups in 24 countries stood up to street harassment for International Street Harassment Week.

There are more and more military families struggling to put food on the table. Who’s there to help?

Seven generations of aboriginal people went through the residential school system… and it will take another seven to repair the damage.

The Massachusetts State Legislature has finally realized it’s time we stop shackling pregnant women in prison.

The fight for gay marriage shifts to the Ohio heartland.

Portraits of reconciliation in Rwanda.

New research on gender and comedy shows that “by nearly every scientific measure, men and women are far more alike than different in how they perceive, enjoy, and create humor.”

#WhitePeopleEquivalents

Five lessons about sex from Beyonce.

“It’s true, I am part-android.” – Janelle Monae.

Five things to know about women and the minimum wage crisis.

“The processes of unexperiencing trauma and unfeeling shame are not linear, are not quick, and may not be absolute.”

On black motherhood: “We are the one’s we’ve been taught not to wait for”.

Watch this badass panel discuss the state of reproductive rights.

When you’re not in the mood to have sex with your partner.

The faces of LGBT microaggressions.

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

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  1. Posted April 7, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Those are some fascinating pictures of victims and perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda standing side by side. The strength of those women to forgive the men who in many cases destroyed their families and livelihood is incredible. There’s a certain sadness etched on the people’s faces, as if they subtly acknowledge that they can’t undo the suffering of the past but are willing to change for a better future.

    I’m glad Rod Martin was willing to put another nail in the coffin of the myth that women are somehow “less funny” than men. The only thing more disturbing than Christopher Hitchens publicizing that nonsense in the first place is the number of people still trying to perpetuate it. I only wish that the article linked here brought up how one of the major reasons there seems to be less female comedians is that women simply aren’t getting as many chances at being hired in the first place (blame a male dominated media bureaucracy).

    I have mixed feelings about #WhitePeopleEquivalents. I get that McKenzie doesn’t want white people to represent the thoughts or experiences of women of color. I understand that she feels white people trying to do so could come off as stereotypes rather than something authentic. But that doesn’t excuse her from immediately proceeding to undermine her own argument with bigoted nonsense like “but I am constantly dumbfounded by white folks’ ability to be clueless”. Does she really not see that this argument works both ways? I might be able to empathize with her if she actually linked to the Facebook post which offended her originally, but- oh, right, she deleted them. Gotta take her word for it, I guess.

    Is there some sort of meta-message here, like “lets stereotype white people while acting like childish assholes so that they realize they’re not supposed to talk about us either”? I guess there must be, because if the article was trying to be authentic or intelligent they would acknowledge that journalists and historians have been analyzing and discussing the experiences of social/ethnic groups they’re not a part of for thousands of years. Maybe McKenzie was inspired by that Fox News clip from last year of an interviewer unable to accept that a Muslim professor could write about Christianity…

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