Sunday, August 1, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (8/1/10)

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This was one of my favorite articles from this week: "Chelsea Clinton's big fat leaked wedding," on Broadsheet. You know, a lot is said about weddings and feminism. Like, a lot. Some people think the two can't really co-exist; others see no problem with it and embrace both at the same time. I myself (a feminist) have no real problem with weddings in and of themselves (except that not everyone can get married, I have a huge problem with that). I've never had a wedding, but I have been in wedding parties and attended more than I care to count, and some were really great! Weddings, to me, are for each couple to decide. I might not agree with some particulars, but if it's what the couple wants, who am I to say that's wrong? However, I do think the wedding industry is way out of hand, and I do think the pressure to have everything perfect is too intense. And I completely agree with this in the article: "Weddings are joyful and great. What they are not is the apotheosis of the human, the romantic or, more pointedly, the female experience."

In other news:
  • Change.org: "Belated Justice for Victims of NJ's Hair-Braiding Slavery Ring." Yes, slavery. Today. In the United States. This is happening. Read more about human trafficking in the U.S. at In These Times.
  • Ms. blog: "Forever 21′s Maternity Line: What About Corporate Responsibility?"
  • Alternet: "Right-Wingers Freak Out Over Montana Sex Ed Curriculum."
  • Alternet: "5 Stupid, Unfair and Sexist Things Expected of Men." Patriarchy hurts everyone.
  • Life magazine: "The Photo That Brought AIDS Home." Must-read, must-see.
  • Colorlines: "HIV in Poor U.S. Neighborhoods as Intense as Developing World."
  • Native American Times: "Boxer sets her sights on Olympics," about Mioshia Wagoner. Women's boxing will be an Olympic sport for the first time in 2012.
  • Hello Ladies: "Dear Mr. President," a letter to Obama after his appearance on The View.
  • Feministe: "ain’t i a mama?" If you haven't read this yet, be sure to get deep in the comments.
  • Racism Review: "Civil Rights Review: Do you know these courageous women?"
  • The Sexist posts a "Goodbye" column, which is not good news.
  • Yes Means Yes: "My Sluthood, Myself." Good read.
  • Change.org: "Clear Channel Gives Green Light for Homophobia Over Its Airwaves."
Abortion:
  • The Star-Ledger: "Gov. Christie vetoes bill restoring $7.5M grant for family planning." This is in New Jersey, and affects Planned Parenthood.
  • The Post and Courier: "Group protests Graham." That group would be Operation Rescue, and Graham is Sen. Lindsey Graham. The protest? It was a "Beating, Burning and Hanging Lindsey 'Benedict Arnold' Graham in Effigy" protest. Pro-life! Totally!
  • RH Reality Check: "Why is Washington State Flip-Flopping on Pharmacy Refusal?"
  • The Daddy Files: "Thanks Dad," a follow-up piece on the guy who recorded protesters outside a clinic when his wife had to have an abortion.
  • Feministe: "being a mother isnt always a choice, not yet."
Rape / Sexual Assault:
  • Bitch magazine: "Genderlicious: Call for Submissions to 'Dear Sister.'" Check this out; deadline to submit is Nov. 1.
  • Gawker: "StickyDrama's Owner Recorded a Live-Streamed Rape and Blogged About It—But Didn't Report It."
  • Examiner: "Court rejects religious rape defense on appeal."
  • This Ain't Livin': "Nice Guys and Behavioural Conditioning." Dealing with rape culture here.
  • Telegraph: "Palestinian jailed for rape after claiming to be Jewish."
  • Tiger Beatdown: "All Your Boobs Belong To Us: Some Thoughts About Consent While Female."
  • abyss2hope: "New Study Challenges Stereotypes of Adolescent Sex Offenders."
  • The Curvature: "President Obama to Sign Law Targeting Sexual Violence Against Native American Women."
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Suit charges Upper St. Clair officials made rape victim 'bait.'" We're talking about a teenager here. In school.
International news:
  • Irish Times: "Sterile future for women with HIV." About women in South Africa and Namibia being coerced into sterilization.
  • IPS News: "Millennium Goal on Maternal Health in Sight." This is in Uruguay.
  • Ms. blog: "Newsflash: Mexican Women Convicted of Homicide for Abortion."
  • Daily Mail: "Striking female workers paid just £1 a day at factory which makes clothes for Gap and Adidas are beaten by riot police." This is in Cambodia.
  • Tapped: "The Little Picture: Workers' Victory in Bangladesh." Garment workers have won a raise, from $25 a month to $45 a month.
  • Time magazine: "The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture."
  • Huffington Post: "Teenage Girls Undergo 'Breast Ironing' In Cameroon." Because having breasts leads to pregnancy and/or sexual assault.
Pop culture:
  • Eye Weekly: "Can I have a word with you?" Secondary headline says "According to the objectionable South African electro-rap crew Die Antwoord, 'no means yes' — and their young female fans, sadly, are all too eager to sing along."
  • Hollywood Reporter: "CBS adding three gay characters to shows." How does this work? Does the network make these shows add a character?
  • The Fbomb: "Huge and Feminist Stereotypes." I agree more with the commenters (like Heather) than the original post.
  • NPR: "Sugar Pie DeSanto: After 50 Years, 'Go Going' Strong."

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