Sunday, October 3, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (10/3/10)

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I'm going to start this week's suggestions in an area that isn't usually very feminist-friendly (though it should be!): Professional wrestling. And that is because current TNA and former WWE star Mick Foley has been making news in feminist circles with his new book, thanks to his work with RAINN and ChildFund. On his blog, he says: "I've really tried to put my money where my mouth is here, donating 100 percent of my advance royalties to 'Countdown to Lockdown' to combating sexual violence - 50 percent to RAINN, 50 percent to ChildFund International to set up microloans and scholarships for victims of rape and their children in Sierra Leone." How awesome is that?! Foley volunteers for RAINN's hotline once a week and was named the organization's volunteer of the month for September. Foley is a huge fan of Tori Amos, and I'm pretty sure his new book talks about that and how he got involved in his philanthropy. Hat's off to him. Here's more reading on the subject:
  • Slate: "The Wrestler and the Cornflake Girl," by Mick Foley. Portions of this article are adapted from his book.
  • TNA Wrestling: "Blog: Mick Foley's Latest Weekly Column," in which he talks about why he wrote about his philanthropy.
  • Jezebel: "Wrestling Star Mick Foley Blows Our Collective Mind."
  • Huffington Post: "Authors Mick Foley And Jason Pinter Talk Politics, Philanthropy And Barbed Wire."

Rape, rape culture and sexual assault:
  • Toronto Star: "Are mass media creating a culture of rape?" by Antonia Zerbisias. This is good stuff.
  • CNN: "Deaf victim of sex abuse is suing pope, and going public with his story for the first time."
  • Colorlines: "Antoine Dodson Not Happy About 'Bed Intruder' Costume." This is infuriating.
  • "In North Carolina, No Changing Your Mind About Having Sex." Also infuriating. You can sign a petition about this here, and check out The Curvature's post on the subject too.
  • TBD: "The Daily Caller's rape victim hit piece gets its facts wrong," by Amanda Hess.
  • Whittier Daily News (California): "The Lady Killer: Monterey Park man preyed on girls and women." For decades.
  • Chicago Tribune: "Reduced sentence ordered for Chicago killer: Court rules for Chicago woman who took part in the 2004 murder of a man she believed raped her infant daughter."
In other news:
  • The Nation: "Who Stole Feminism?" by Jessica Valenti.
  • New York Times: "Birth Control Over Baldness." If you haven't yet, be sure to read this column by Nicholas Kristof.
  • Washington Post: "After 10 years in US, abortion pill still divisive." USA Today also has a story.
  • Daily Kos: "Utah defines miscarriage as 'criminal homicide.'"
  • Feminist Majority Foundation: "CO Sued Over Voter Guide Personhood Language."
  • RH Reality Check: "Roundup: Women's Groups Who Don't Like Women."
  • Feminist Majority Foundation: "Dedicated Abortion Provider Dr. William Harrison Dies."
  • Los Angeles Times: "Jill Johnston dies at 81; author of 'Lesbian Nation.'" R.I.P.
  • Time magazine: "CDC: 20% of Gay Men Are HIV-Positive, but Nearly Half Don't Know It." The story also talks about the high rate of women of color who are HIV-positive.
  • The Washington Independent: "Menendez Immigration Bill Includes Gay Rights Provision."
  • New York Times: "Gray, Gay … and Worried."
  • DC Trans Coalition: "52 New Gender Neutral Bathrooms in DC!"
  • CNN: "Assistant attorney general blogs against gay student body president." I can't get over this story from Michigan. By the way, the student body president has filed for a restraining order against the assistant AG.
  • Womanist Musings: "Spark of Wisdom: A token insert can never reflect a community accurately or entirely."
  • Yes Means Yes: "Lubricated Holes and Mangina Attack Dogs: A Glimpse At The MRA Abyss." Not for the faint of heart.
  • ABC: "After Broken Arm, Boy Cheerleader Still Threatened." This kid is pretty damn amazing.
  • Jezebel: "What Would Change Women's Minds About Voting?"
  • Houston Chronicle: "Oxymoron of 2010: feminist conservative."
  • Huffington Post: "Sen. Jim DeMint: Gays And Unmarried, Pregnant Women Should Not Teach Public School."
  • New York Times: "U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Experiment" on unsuspecting Guatemalans.
  • Relief Web: "UN Special Representative on sexual violence is paying a working visit to the DRC." Also check out BBC's article "DR Congo sexual violence victims speak to UN."
  • Irish Times: "Network plans to promote feminism." This is pretty cool.
  • Wired: "Astrophysicist to be named UN’s alien ambassador." Her name is Mazlan Othman. (And by "alien," they mean the extraterrestrial kind.)
  • The Jakarta Post: "Councilors mull virginity as criteria for enrollment." As in virginity tests to be enrolled in school. Yeah.
  • The Independent: "Former guerrilla Dilma Rousseff set to be the world's most powerful woman." She is set to become president of Brazil.
  • Yahoo: "Second EU nation set to ban burqas." That would be the Netherlands.
Popular culture:
  • Alternet: "How 19th Century Prostitutes Were Among the Freest, Wealthiest, Most Educated Women of Their Time." Book review for Thaddeus Russell's "A Renegade History of the United States," which sounds interesting.
  • Sports Grid: "Ines Sainz Lets Playboy Know What She Thinks Of Their Offer."
  • Deadline Hollywood: "Wonder Woman Returning To TV As Series Written And Produced By David E. Kelley."

Note: I intend to have a separate roundup on stories related to Tyler Clementi. I don't want anyone to think I'm ignoring the story.

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