Sunday, March 7, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (3/7/10)

A couple notes before getting into this week's Sunday reading column. One, Spare Candy is now on Tumblr: It's the "lighter side" of Spare Candy. Shorter posts (for the most part), more pop culture-y stuff, photos, stuff like that. Stop by some time! Secondly, I'm hoping to get together a group of 8 to 12 females (in any sense of the word) to play in a fantasy baseball league. I'd love to start one and about 5 people have shown interest so far, so we just need a couple more. You definitely do not have to be an expert to play. :) If it sounds like something you'd want to do, either send an e-mail to rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com, or let me know here or on Twitter. Third, anyone is welcome to submit something to the Sunday reading column (or a guest post or cross-post) anytime. Just e-mail me! Onto Sunday reading:
  • The Carnival Against Sexual Violence 89 on Abyss2hope has tons of great reading material. And on a related note, if you haven't yet seen this story about religious leaflets being passed out to women that basically say "the way you dress makes men rape you," do read it. While I know this kind of thing is easy to shake your head at and dismiss because it is that absurd, it's really a perfect example of rape culture. Unlike many other types of victim shaming, this one doesn't even hide it. And do read Shakesville's post about this, too.
  • I love this, on The White Coat Underground: "Hey, guys, this one is for you," about how men need to be part of violence against women prevention.
  • New York Times: "New York's Choking Loophole." This has to do with the Gov. Paterson scandal (the one involving him trying to obstruct a domestic violence case), the fact that the woman who was abused was choked, and that there is no law in the state specific to choking unless it results in "physical injury." But one has been introduced.
  • Bitch profiles a woman (for Women's History Month) who you may not have heard of in "Adventures in Feministory: Wilma Mankiller" (pictured). She is the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
  • On the Issues: "Loretta Ross Unmasks Black Anti-Abortion Message, Media Spin."
  • Huffington Post: "Hitler abortion poster sparks outrage in Poland." Shocking, I know.
  • Feministing: "Utah miscarriage criminalization bill withdrawn." Sounds like it's just going to be rewritten though.
  • From "UNAIDS, Annie Lennox, launch action framework for women, girls and HIV."
  • The Edinburgh Journal: "Violence against women is 'acceptable', say Glasgow pupils." This is so disheartening.
  • Women's Law Project: "Sexting: Potential legislation on teen offenders could unfairly punish girls."
  • Idaho Reporter: "Idaho could alter statutory rape laws." A state senator is introducing a bill that would "decriminalize sex between teenage girls aged 16 or 17 with partners up to three years older than them." Consensual sex assumed, I think this could be a good thing.
  • Shakesville: "In Other Things That Are Women's Fault, Too."
  • On Slate: "The Shame Cycle: The new backlash against casual sex." (Is it me, or does an article about casual sex and it's rightness/wrongness come out almost daily these days?)
  • Gulf News: "The woman breaking the UAE gender barrier."
  • CBS News: "Military to Review Sodomy Ban." You see, because Don't Ask Don't Tell might be repealed. Sigh. I didn't even know there was a military ban on sodomy. There's one on oral sex too -- even between a married couple.
  • This is one of the worst stories I've read all week: The Virginia State attorney general has formally told public colleges and universities that they should not include "sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or like classification as a protected class within its non-discrimination policy." That is the same as saying "it's OK to discriminate" against people who fall into those categories. Absolutely shameful.
  • And finally, this piece of art made out of tampons, stainless steel and cotton thread is gorgeous.

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