Sunday, June 20, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (6/20/10)

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  • From Austin to A&M: "It's summer. Time for the slut-shaming!" Yes, yes and YES to everything in this. And I'll warn you, if you read the editorial that this post is responding to, you will want to either throw your computer, bang your head against a wall, or both. It is that bad.
  • New York Times: "A Poor Nation, With a Health Plan." This is about Rwanda, which has a national health insurance program. Among its benefits: Women giving birth at medical facilities instead of at home.
  • Toronto Star: "G20 Girls, Brazil: Abortion fight for raped girl, 9." The Star has a series of articles about girls in all the G20 countries; you can find links to them on the left side of the page.
  • Ms. Blog: "Guess What Friday Is? Abortion Blackout Day!" Yep. Anti-choicers wore black this past Friday.
  • Fannie's Room: "Florida Gunman Targets Only Women, Media Fails to Ask Why." Great read here.
  • Helsinki Times: "Centre elects (Mari) Kiviniemi as party chair and Finland's prime minister." Now Finland's president and prime minister both are women. Their president is Tarja Halonen.
  • Gender Across Borders: "A Woman’s Worth is Measured by Her Cup Size: The Gender Policing of Delphine Ravisé-Giard." This is about a trans woman in France who has been told by the government she needs to have bigger breasts in order for her to be legally identified as a woman. Because that's what makes one a woman. Big breasts. Sigh.
  • New York Times: "Panel Recommends Approval of After-Sex Pill to Prevent Pregnancy." The drug in question works better than Plan B, and works up to five days after sex. Be prepared for anti-choicers' "this kills babies" propaganda.
  • Jezebel: "Louisiana Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Requirement." The latest state to join in the compulsory ultrasound legislation craze. And no exceptions for rape/incest victims, of course. Also see this story about Michigan's law.
  • Native Appropriations: "But Why Can't I Wear a Hipster Headdress?" This blog post is from April, but I just happened to come across it recently and I think everyone should read it.
  • Slate: "Why Do Dads Lie on Surveys About Fatherhood?" Interesting article. I think this point is probably spot-on: "But this puts men at about where women were 30 years ago—new to the work-life-balance issue and unsure how to square all their identities."
  • Change.org: "The Recession Wiped Out Decades of Progress on Child Poverty." Not good news, at all.
  • New York magazine: "The Housewife’s Moment of Truth." The magazine's article from 1971 previewing Ms. magazine. Definitely worth a read.
  • PopcornBiz: "'Criminal Minds' Cutting Loose Female Cast Members. Isn’t That Kinda Wrong?" An ongoing problem in TV and movies.
  • CommonDreams.org: "Gender Apartheid Online." All about how women's news is othered by the press, both print and online. Excellent article.
  • FWD/Forward: "Open Post: Helen Keller Mythbusting Blogswarm Day!" Please do read the comments, an important point was raised that deserves attention. It was also addressed at Womanist Musings in the post "Why I AM Not Celebrating Helen Keller Mythbusting Blogswarm Day!" Feministe also has more about Helen Keller.
  • The Oklahoman: "First black woman elected to Oklahoma House dies." Hannah Atkins was 86 years old.
  • BBC News: "Male menopause is 'rare' but it is not a myth." I had not heard of this before. Interesting.

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