Sunday, August 29, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (8/29/10)

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Thursday, Aug. 26, was Women's Equality Day, marking the day the 19th Amendment was certified, officially giving (some) women the right to vote. As with last week's roundup of 19th Amendment stories, there were a number of stories this week related to Women's Equality Day (and if you have written something, leave a link in the comments!):
  • Associated Press: "Gender gap in U.S. politics remains despite gains." Here's something to consider, from the article: " Worldwide, women hold 19 percent of the seats in national legislatures, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Its rankings of 186 nations – based on percentage of women in the single or lower chamber of the legislature – has the U.S. tied for 90th with Turkmenistan."
  • Womanist Musings: "Not All Women Won The Right to Vote Today."
  • Presidential Proclamation: "Women's Equality Day, 2010"
  • Truthout: "Aniston-O'Reilly Tiff Mirrors Gender Disparities on Women's Equality Day."
  • Hello Ladies: "Six Ways to Honor Women’s Equality Day." This is a great list, and I'd like to say thanks to the author for including me!
  • Miami Herald: "90 years after women's suffrage, equality issues unresolved."
  • TBD: "Suffragettes return, rally for D.C. voting rights." It boggles my mind.
  • Daily Camera: "Unused freedom to vote."

In other news:
  • ESPN: "Hall of Fame honors Chelsea Baker." I love this story. The Hall in question is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and Chelsea is a 13-year-old Little League player who has pitched two perfect games -- against boys.
  • New York Times: "How Power Has Transformed Women’s Tennis." Also check out Antonia Zerbisias' article, "Grand Slam," on Broadsides.
  • USA Today: "Wal-Mart wants women's pay class-action suit thrown out." No way!
  • Bitch: "Mad World: The Huffington Post's Sexist Linkbait Strategy." Love this, because it's so, so true.
  • Ms. blog: "Newsflash: Colorado Prisons’ 'Labia Lift' Policy." If you're thinking "what??" you are not alone. I had no idea either.
  • The Frisky: "In Defense Of 'Angry' Feminists."
  • Daily Kos: "Want a raise? Wash your vagina."
  • Fair and Feminist: Check out the posts for the "This is What a Young Feminist Looks Like" blog carnival.
  • The Angry Black Woman: "The Dark Side of Being Pretty."
  • The Guardian: "Disabled people do have sex lives. Get over it."
  • Ms. blog: "Who’s Afraid of the Single Black Woman?"
  • Huffington Post: "Is (Black) Beauty Still a Feminist Issue?"
  • CNN: "Muslim women who wear the hijab and niqab explain their choice"
  • Racialicious: "Another day, another apology – this time to Inuit for high arctic relocation."
  • Afghan Women's Writing Project: "A Bold Step For Afghan Women Journalists." Three journalists are creating Afghanistan’s first Women’s Journalism Center. Love that!
  • MSNBC: "Some 200 women gang-raped near Congo UN base."
  • RH Reality Check: "Haitian Women Fight Sexual Violence."
  • Medill Reports: "HIV/AIDS prevention gel gets standing ovation."

LGBTQ:
  • The New Republic: "Disgrace: Obama’s increasingly absurd gay marriage position."
  • New York Times: "At West Point, Hidden Gay Cadets Put in Spotlight"
  • The Atlantic: "Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay." This article at first infuriated me, but ultimately it's just sad.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: "Transgender rules on driver's licenses changed."
  • Memphis news station: "Former Memphis Officer Pleads Guilty in Transgender Beating Case."
  • Bay Windows: "Transgender woman pleased with hospital’s response."
  • The Atlantic: "Transgender Candidate Receives 22% in GOP House Primary." While I don't hold the same political views (at all) as Donna Milo, this is still important.
  • The Advocate: "Bogotá Warms to Gay Marriage."

Pop culture:
  • Ms. blog: "True Blood Cast Gets Sexy And Bloody–Remind You of Anything?"
  • Vanity Fair: "Vampire Weekend’s Mutinous Muse: Ann Kirsten Kennis says her face appeared on the cover of a No. 1 album without her knowledge or consent. Does she deserve compensation?"
  • Pop Candy: "Raggedy Ann prepares to turn 95 years young." Included because as a child, I loved Raggedy Ann and Andy. And I so want the commemorative dolls!
  • Spinoff: "Marvel Reacts To 'Runaways' Race Bending Accusations."
  • Entertainment Weekly: "Original Blue Power Ranger reveals that he was harassed on set for being gay."
  • USA Today: "Heart gets thumping again with new album, tranquil attitude." Consider this: Ann Wilson is 60 years old, and Nancy is 56. Bad ass.
  • Jezebel: "In Defense Of Lady-Terrorizing Horror Movies." I love horror movies, even though they're so often problematic.
  • Huffington Post: "Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner Speak Out On Franzen Feud."

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