Sunday, November 14, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (11/14/10)

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There has been a lot of bad news this week, and much of it has to do with rape. Trigger warning for the following, to say the least.
  • Think Progress: "5th Circuit Rules That High School Cheerleader Is Required To Cheer For Her Alleged Rapist." Not only did the court say she had to cheer for her rapist, it also ruled that her family has to to pay the school district’s legal fees on the grounds their suit was "far-fetched and frivolous." Yes, it is so far-fetched to think that a cheerleader, who was raped by a football/basketball player, wouldn't want to say his name during a cheer. The family is appealing, by the way.
  • BBC: "Anger over rape case jailing of Powys woman." Basically, a woman accused her husband of raping her, then later dropped the charges, a couple more things happened, and then she got sentenced to jail for eight months for making "false accusations."
  • PNC Minnesota: "Rape Survivor Devastated by TSA Enhanced Pat Down." This is going to be an ongoing problem, for all kinds of people. (And if you watch "Dexter," you'll recall the scene this season in which Julia Stiles, playing a rape survivor, has a panic attack while going through a pat down at an airport and ultimately can't get on the plane because she can't go through with it.)
  • "Woman Forced by Police to State That Non-Consensual Sex Was Not Rape." Read that carefully. Rape is not rape. WTF.
  • Detroit Free Press: "Mom: No justice for daughter." This is a follow-up to the story about the teenager who was raped and then committed suicide after being bullied at school. The charges against the guy were dropped after she killed herself. Jezebel also has a story about this.
  • Chicago Tribune: "Police: educators didn't report rape allegation." A girl gets raped in a bathroom at school, goes to tell school administrators, and they decide to "investigate" her allegation because it was "vague." Four hours later, they call the police.
  • "Child Rape Victim Threatens Suicide to Escape Interrogation by Rapist." From the story: "In Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, a 21-year-old woman was soon to testify against the man on trial for raping her as a child. It's a traumatic experience for a rape survivor to go through under any circumstances, but this was an especially horrific situation: the person who would be cross-examining her was the very man accused of sexually abusing and threatening to kill her. Distraught at the prospect, the young woman made her way to the King County courthouse rooftop and spent three hours threatening to jump before being led to safety."

So. Those are just the stories that made "big" headlines this week. It's painful.

In other news:
  • New York Times: "For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out." From the story: "Through early October, 75 women arrived [at this hospital] with burns — most self-inflicted, others only made to look that way. That is up nearly 30 percent from last year."
  • "Skip the Poppy Seed Bagel, or Your Baby Could Be Taken Away." This is horrible.
  • Salon: "The soft war against women: It may seem like a wonderful time to be female, but there is a darker current beneath the surface of society." Also check out Salon's article "Prediction: An assault on reproductive rights."
  • Los Angeles Times: "Korean island women carry on diving tradition." This is a really cool story.
  • Time magazine: "Study: Breast-Feeding Moms Get Just as Much (or Little) Rest as Formula-Feeders."
  • WSOC TV: "Local Pastor Convicted Of Stalking Doctor Who Performs Abortions." He was sentenced to two years probation.
  • Ms. magazine: "The Anti-Abortion Clinic Across the Street," about crisis pregnancy centers.
  • RH Reality Check: "Mendacity Exposed: Researcher Debunks the Big Lie on Abortion and Mental Health."
  • New York Times: "Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected."
  • Wall Street Journal: "Study: Where Have all The Women Lawyers Gone?"
  • Associated Press: "0% of Kids Raised by Lesbians Report Abuse in UCLA Study."
  • Los Angeles Times: "Supreme Court discusses gender discrimination in citizenship case."
  • RH Reality Check: "Daddy I Do: 'Purity' World is Tough for Women."
  • Washington Post: "Study: Recommendation letters can hinder women." Great.
  • The Japan Times: "Foreigners victims, perpetrators of sekuhara: Japan sees progress on sexual harassment, but stories suggest it still has a long way to go."
  • Binary Subverter: "Why trans people should lead trans stuff."
  • Gender Across Borders: "Some Thoughts on Weddings and Abled Privilege."
  • Gizmodo: "How Two Gay Men Used Skype To Have a Legal Wedding In Texas."
  • Stuff (New Zealand): "School dean upsets pupil with 'slut' comment."
  • Amanda Hess: "Local anti-abortion activists' elaborate plans to protest LeRoy Carhart."
  • The Guardian: "Does empowering women really make men less 'relevant'?Does empowering women really make men less 'relevant'?"
  • "Washington State Wants to Let Pharmacies Deny Women Plan B." Sigh.
  • Washington Post: "Supreme Court declines to end 'don't ask, don't tell'."
  • Time magazine: "The Family Minister vs. the Feminist: German Women at War."
  • The Guardian: "How feminism could improve judicial decision-making."
  • The Guardian: "Aung San Suu Kyi 'released from house arrest.'" BBC has video.
Popular culture:
  • Crunk Feminist Collective: "On #ForColoredGirls *Spoiler Alert*"
  • Washington Post: "Tina Fey accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor." I love this: "The rise of conservative women in politics, she said pointedly, is good for all women, 'unless you don't want to pay for your own rape kit .. unless you're a lesbian who wants to get married to your partner of 20 years ... [or] unless you believe in evolution.'"
  • Gender Across Borders: "Glee Exposed: Don’t knock the supply if you are the demand..."
  • Feminist Fatale: "Maura Kelly: I Don’t Hate Fat People, They Just Disgust Me."
  • Thought Catalog: "Gender Bending in Entertainment."
  • Entertainment Weekly: "KaDee Strickland talks about her brutal rape storyline on 'Private Practice.'"
  • Spin magazine: "Indie Supergroup Wild Flag Debut in Olympia." In this group: Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Helium and the Minders' Rebecca Cole.
  • After Ellen: "Review of 'Black Swan.'"

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