Sunday, June 27, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (6/27/10)

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Big news in Australia this week: Julia Gillard was sworn in as the new prime minister on June 24, the first woman to hold that position. (Australians, how do you feel about this? Would love to hear from people in the country.) Read more here, here and here, and check out this list ABC News put together of the first woman leaders of countries who have had them. Wonder when the United States will make the list ...

In other news:
  • Hello Ladies: "Al Gore Accused of Sexual Assault." Great take on the reactions to this story.
  • The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: "On being the feminist who can't take a joke." Some good points in the comments, too.
  • Yes Means Yes: "'Ugly': The Last Refuge Of The Lazy," addressing how feminists get labeled as being ugly, looks-wise.
  • San Francisco Chronicle: "The rise of hugely insufferable women." There is a LOT I agree with in this column. And it's an interesting companion piece to:
  • New York Times: "Now, Dad Feels as Stressed as Mom." Interesting stuff toward the end about perceptions.
  • No Homonationalism: "Judith Butler refuses Berlin Pride Civil Courage Prize 2010." Good for her.
  • The Guardian: "Suits you, madam! The clothes designed for butch lesbians," about Shaz Riley, who just launched the Butch Clothing Company.
  • Jezebel: "South Africa's Lesbian Soccer Team Has World Cup Fever." Great story, minus the way lesbians are treated there.
  • Change.org: "Subsidized Menstrual Pads: Good for Girls, Bad for the Planet." Interesting story.
  • Ms. blog: "Iran’s New Repression Tactic: Make Husbands Inform on Activist Wives."
  • Global Post: "Men join fight against domestic violence."
  • Womenstake.org: "Health Reform Status Check: Our New Patient’s Bill of Rights."
  • New York Times: "Hockey Hall of Fame Set to Induct Its First Two Women." Very cool.
  • Towelroad: "Chicago Blackhawks to March Stanley Cup in Gay Pride Parade." Also very cool. (The parade is today, by the way.)
  • Pandagon: "I’ll feign surprise and call that an altercation," about language the media uses in domestic violence coverage. Good read.
  • Gender Across Borders: "Victory for Trans People in Ireland," on getting accurate birth certificates.
  • Feministe: "on language, and body, and fear." It's about exactly what the title says.
  • New York Times: "No, Sexual Violence Is Not 'Cultural,'" about the Congo. This raises some good points.
  • Broadsheet: "Soccer player slaps female reporter." Secondary headline: "And FIFA does nothing -- not that we're surprised, given its track record on anti-female behavior."
  • CNN: "Burned girl a symbol of Roma hate and hope." If you're not aware, Roma are often referred to as gypsies.
  • A Continuous Lean: "WWII-Era WAVES in Chambray." WAVES is Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, during World War II. The photos are fantastic.

Abortion/pregnancy:
  • BBC: "'More and more rules' on pregnancy," discussing how recommendations are often made with little evidence to back them up. Also check out The Curvature's post, "UK Health Group Wants to Test All Pregnant Women for Smoking."
  • Huffington Post: "Lawmakers Should Be at Least as Thoughtful About Abortion as Women Are." If only!
  • And speaking of, there's this story out of South Carolina: "Lawmakers say take 24 hours to think over an abortion."
  • Medical News Today: "Changes In Military Reproductive Health Policies Aim To Improve Access."
  • Ms. magazine: "Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Fetus Cannot Be Considered Separate Person." Good news from Kentucky, of all places.
  • Washington Post: "UK doctors: fetus can't feel pain before 24 weeks."
  • Claims Journal: "Louisiana Legislature: No Malpractice Coverage for Elective Abortions." Umm, what?

Film/pop culture
  • Nobody Passes, Darling: "Thoughts after a preview screening of 'We Were Here: Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco' (a work-in-progress)."
  • ABC: "Nurse in iconic 'Times Square Kiss' photo dies."
  • Bitch: "Snarky's Cinemachine: Dede Allen, The Coolest Woman in Film You've Never Heard Of!" In case you haven't actually heard of her.
  • Roger Ebert raves about Tilda Swinton and her latest film, called "I Am Love."
  • Sci Fi Wire: "X-Men producer begs DC Comics: Let me do Wonder Woman." That producer would be Lauren Shuler Donner.
  • Jezebel: "The Easy A Script Gives Us A Glimpse Into The Life Of Olive Penderghast." This makes me really want to see this movie.

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