Sunday, July 18, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (7/18/10)

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Let's start off by saying congratulations to Terri Sewell, who this week won the Democratic nomination in Alabama's 7th Congressional District in a runoff election. If she wins the seat in November, Sewell will become the first woman to represent Alabama in Congress. Ever. Ms. magazine reports, "Of having more women in office, Sewell has said 'I know that when women are at the table, issues of families and children really get decided and discussed. Just watching the health care debate, and the fact that the Stupak amendment got defeated is a very good example of how having effective women legislators in Congress makes a difference.'" Check out NOW's press release about Sewell's win, and you can visit her website here.

In other news:
  • Colorlines: "The Women of Haiti still in rubble." This is an article you need to read. Consider this: "The human rights of women in post-quake Haiti have been a barometer of injustice in the international response to the crisis: activists say poverty, sexual violence and political disenfranchisement have created a second wave of disaster."
  • "Kenyan Women Risk Rape Just By Going to the Bathroom."
  • New York Times: "Ruling on Women May Spur Asylum Claims." Specifically, for women from Guatemala.  
  • The Pursuit of Harpyness: "Some Good News on Pay Equity." The good news is, younger women are making closer to the same salaries as their male counterparts. Bad news is, that disappears as women age.
  • Gender Across Borders: "Domestic Violence in the Press," another example of how language matters. Also check out their Global Feminist Link Love post, which they do weekly at GAB. It is always good reading material.
  • The American Prospect: "A One-Off Win for Gun Control." A court ruled that keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers is not unconstitutional.
  • The Daddy Files: "Abort Protesters." One guy's encounter with abortion protesters the day his wife had to have an abortion.
  • Ms. blog: "Nebraska Abortion Law has Chilling Effect." A more in-depth look at the "informed consent" law in that state.
  • The News Tribune: "Missouri Governor Lets Abortion Law Take Effect." The law involves offering ultrasounds to women seeking abortions.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: "Obama, Republicans Square Off Over Courts." Here's something you may not know about the Obama administration: "So far, nearly half of Obama's 73 appointments to the federal bench have been women, 25 percent have been African American, 11 percent Asian American, and 10 percent Hispanic. About 30 percent of Obama's nominees were white males. By contrast, two-thirds of George W. Bush's nominees were white males."
  • Telegraph: "Motherhood: It's not a competition." The secondary headline says "Given that the majority of mothers now have no choice but to work, it's time we moved on from the should-she-work-or-not debate, says Kate Figes."
  • MSNBC: "Who controls childbirth — expectant moms or doctors?" Always a discussion that we need to pay attention to.
  • Check out this discussion on angryvulva's Tumblr about not forcing women into childbirth (something I agree should never happen).
  • The Stranger: "Savage Love Letter of the Day: Raped Twice." Read what Dan Savage has to say to this guy. It's harsh, but I happen to agree.
  • The Guardian: "Vatican makes attempted ordination of women a grave crime." Shocking!
  • Ms. magazine: "Report Released on Hate Crimes Against LGBTQ Communities." It's not good news.
  • Sociological Images: "Gender, Race and Top Billing at Paramount Pictures."
  • Glamour: "Crystal Renn on Her Skinny Photos: 'I Don't Look Like That.'" If you've been following this story and/or are a Renn fan, you might be interested to see the original photos from this photo shoot.
  • Gawker: "How the Internet Beat Up an 11-Year-Old Girl." Things like this make me hate people.
  • Huffington Post: "Facebook Allows Hate Speech Against Fat People."
  • The Sexist: "Sexist Beatdown: Rape or Art? Edition," dealing with Roman Polanski, among other topics.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for adding the link to my post! :)

The one about the Vatican making it a grave crime to ordain female priests made me wonder how anyone continues to take them seriously or give them any authority at all. It's atrocious.


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