Saturday, November 21, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (11/22)

Highlights from this week, minus any health care reform/Stupak amendment articles because I just can't read another right now. Except for this piece in the New Yorker, by Jeffrey Toobin, "Not Covered," which I recommend.

This week was Transgender Week of Awareness (specifically, Friday was Transgender Day of Remembrance), and the Daily Emerald, the student paper at the University of Oregon, has a good op-ed titled "Trans issues a cause for feminists."

The Star (Toronto) writes about "Why Martin Amis won't shut up about feminism." While I haven't read his new book, or much about it (and I'm not even sure if it's related to this), he kind of has an interesting point:
In Amis's mind the two concepts [Al Quaida and feminism] are uneasily but inextricably linked. Had the latter not suffered a "loss of nerve" by "demoting itself beneath multiculturalism," the former might have been erased from existence by now. "It's pathetic that the shadow of the race question mutes everything else," says Amis...

"Let's look at Islam and Islamism on purely feminist grounds," he says. "It's self-evident that it's horrible the way they treat women. They have completely different ideas about what a woman is, the status of a woman. So why does the gender issue trump the racial one? The fact is women are not a minority. They're bigger than any nation, bigger than any religion or culture or tradition."
The Wall Street Journal has posted a column written by Peter Drucker in October, 1994, "Drucker on Management: The Continuing Feminist Experiment." Hmm.

Speaking of something written a while ago, I came across an interesting questionnaire while reading "FeMANism" on Choice Campus Blog. It's called "Are you a Manarchist?" and while it has some over the top and/or convoluted questions, it also has some good ones.

One more oldie but goodie: This 2006 column, "Simple rules for women to follow to avoid trouble." Every word still relevant today.

The Los Angeles Times has an obituary for Alice Rossi, a founding member of NOW.

Loved the anecdote at the beginning of the Chicago Tribune's story, "Are funny women intimidating?

Jezebel discusses how it's not just grown-ups whose images are air-brushed in magazines. It happens to photos of babies, too. Babies.

I learned something from the Hollywood Reporter this week, thanks to their article "Shallow pool for Oscar's actress contenders." And that is this: In the 73-year history of the awards, three -- three! -- women have been nominated for best director. (The article says there are three women this year alone would could be nominated in that category.)

This is such a sad, horrifying story from Utah: "Judge officially tosses case in pregnant teen's beating." That is, a teenage girl paid someone to beat her because she was pregnant and she didn't want to have the baby. And she was almost charged with solicitation to commit murder.

I know this story made it around the Internet real quick-like, but in case you somehow missed, Feministing talks about the "Hit the Bitch" game that was developed by an alleged anti-violence group.

Also on Feministing is this great read: "Virtual realities: Sydney University's 'pro-rape' Facebook group."

I was excited to read that Tracy Barker was awarded $3 million in her lawsuit against KBR, for whom she was working in Iraq when she was raped by a State Department employee. But that excitement faded quickly when I read that KBR is challenging the ruling.

Shakesville's "Today in Rape Culture" is three full-on examples of, well, rape culture. Couldn't this be it's own blog? I really think that column could be written daily, with new examples every day.

In some good news, the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act was introduced in the House this week. It was introduced in the Senate last week.

A great idea via BlogHer: "Record your grandma's stories: StoryCorps' National Day of Listening is Nov. 27."

And finally, off-topic but interesting to me, a story from The Times (UK): "Do music artists fare better in a world with illegal file-sharing?"

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