Sunday, January 2, 2011

Suggested Sunday reading (1/2/11)

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Some sad news in the feminist world. Jayaben Desai (pictured above), a prominent activist and feminist who is originally from India, died just before Christmas. You can read about this amazing woman in articles from The Guardian and The Hindu.

In addition, Geraldine Doyle, the inspiration behind the iconic World War II "Rosie the Riveter" image, died. You can read more about her story and the story of the image at Lansing State Journal and New York Times. The Jawa Report has photos of Doyle, including the one at right.

In other news:
Note: Some of these links will be a couple weeks old now, since I didn't do a Sunday reading column last week. But news is news, and I'm going to include them anyway!
  • News.com.au: "All internet porn will be blocked to protect children, under UK government plan."
  • Global Post: "India: crackdown on sex-selective abortions: The government has proposed a cash-incentive plan to encourage families to have girls."
  • AOL News: "Can Corporations Help Stem Violence Against Women?" I thought this was an interesting idea.
  • TBD (Amanda Hess): "Sexual assault at GWU: What college students think about rape."
  • The New Gay: "Tokenized: Off-Duty Officer Allegedly Assaults Trans Woman."
  • Sexological: "New contraceptive method to move forward in development!" This contraceptive is for men, can last for 10 years, and is completely reversible. Sounds too good to be true!
  • The Rotund: "I’d Really Rather Not Talk About This; Naomi Wolf Versus Rape Victims (Which Seems To Include Me)."
  • National Partnership for Women & Families: "Abortion Services To Be Offered in Wichita for First Time Since Tiller's Death." Good news here.
  • Tiger Beatdown: "#MooreandMe: And Then He Came Down."
  • Feministing: "Julian Assange says 'Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism' and he is a victim of 'revolutionary feminism.'"
  • Toronto Sun: "Bottom line: Rape is rape." This is a column about the Assange case.
  • KXAN: "Anti-abortion ads target black women." This is in Austin, Texas.
  • Courier-Journal: "Lawsuit filed against Louisville abortion protester." And it's a federal lawsuit at that.
  • Top News: "ALCU Calls for Provision of Emergency Reproductive Care to Pregnant Women."
  • Al Jazeera: "Rape rampant in US military."
  • The Crunk Feminist Collective: "Do we need a body count to count?: Notes on the serial murders of Black women."
  • Anti-War blog: "Travelers 'Feel a Little Safer' Seeing Rape Victim Dragged Across Airport by Police."
  • Washington Post: "Abortion pills prescribed via Net targeted." Sigh.
Popular culture:

  • MPR: "Top Secret Rosies," about a documentary that sounds really good. From the article: "In today's world we think of a computer as a thing, but back in World War II a computer was a person, and in many cases it was a woman."
  • After Ellen: "Five female-fronted films to look forward to in 2011." Hmm.
  • StyleList: "Aishwarya Rai: Did Elle India Lighten Her Skin on January 2011 Cover?" Ugh.
  • BBC: "'No Anorexia' model Isabelle Caro dies aged 28."
  • Washington Post: "MTV's '16 and Pregnant' exploits teen moms but addresses abortion with dignity."

1 comment:

spaceeyes said...

Here's hoping that whatever agenda the Texas billboards are out to achieve will get shot down just like here in Atlanta, where the billboards were part of an overall ploy to push through legislation that could criminalize both black women seeking abortions and their doctors.

This is beyond disgusting, all around. It's racist in assuming that black women are too dumb to know when they're getting an abortion, it's racist in assuming that race in the motive for black women seeking abortions in the first place, and it trivializes and undermines the intelligence and autonomy of women as a whole. I mistakenly stumbled upon the comments section and, though I didn't take more than 2 or 3 seconds to read what was written there, what I DID manage to see made me want to punch a wall. I'm completely disgusted and infuriated right now.

And I know this has all been said loads upon loads of times, but it never stops being infuriating, this shit here. [/rant]

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