Monday, January 31, 2011

Guest post: Stolpersteine - Stumbling Blocks in Lubeck Germany

Today's guest post comes courtesy of Sheila Luecht, who blogs at Open Salon, where this post was originally published. Luecht has worked with various nonprofits in fund development and communications. She is also an advocate for women in politics and human rights. If you're interested in writing a guest post for Spare Candy or cross-posting something, check out the guidelines or send an e-mail to rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

As of 2010, there are 22,000 Stolpersteine placed in various countries in Europe. That number grows as more cities and countries get involved in the effort to honor and remember all those whom Hitler tried so hard to erase. I must confess I had not heard of this project until the summer when my children returned from Germany. During their time in Berlin their teacher pointed them out to them and told them about the project. There are currently about 3000 of these markers in Berlin.

What exactly are these Stolpersteine or Stumbling Blocks that are being placed in so many places in Europe? They are markers which allow us to remember an individual who was taken from their home, arrested, deported and murdered. They are not actually stumbling blocks, as that would be dangerous to have that where people walk. They are a 4" x 4" shiny brass looking plaques affixed to a brick in the walkway. They say, Hier Wohnte (here lived), then a person's name, their date of birth, their deportation date, the date of their murder, and which camp it took place. The intention is to grab your eye, in the glimmering sun of day, to remember. Remember what took place in that spot, who that person was.

Part of the German culture class that the students have taken this semester included a scheduled tour of these Stolpersteine in Lubeck. There is a Stolpersteine on the street where the student apartments are. The original building was destroyed in the Palm Sunday bombing of Lubeck in 1942. The two blocks there belong to Fanny Aronsohn and her niece Flora Hess. They died in Riga.

 Lubeck

In Lubeck from their website, the stones of the persons from Fischstrasse. 

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In Berlin

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In Vienna

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Brussels

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Frechen Germany

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Gunter Demnig

The artist Gunter Demnig began this project in 1993. His idea was that "When another Stumbling Stone is laid in a sidewalk, the name of the former citizen becomes visible in front of the place where he or she last lived of his or her own free will. As a result the individual (in a sense) moves back to the city and the neighbourhood from which he or she was town and is memorialized."

Some interesting things about the project in Lubeck are that it has relatively few blocks places thus far, the project just began in Lubeck in 2002. There was a desire to fill in the blanks regarding the period of National Socialism on behalf of the victims, the effort to fill in the gaps of the history of that time became more important and perhaps more urgent. The project has accomplished approximately 85 placements. The placements are carefully researched by a group of historians, and relatives notified if there are any found. This is done to obtain more information and permission to honor their family member. They notify the current property owners that the placement will take place. Once the stone is ready to be placed the building department is contacted of the city and once placed is it the property of the city.

This artistic project by Gunter Demnig is an effort to memorialize the victims of National Socialism, and in so doing that effort, has become the world's  largest  memorial.

The world is sustained by art. It's conscious is eased by artistic expression and remembrance. Do not doubt for one minute your purpose as an artist on this earth, whether you are a writer, a painter, a comedian, an actor, how every you make your expression,  your work has value in the world. Without us, those who think, create, there would not be the beauty, the remembrance, the exercise to understand, to process, to heal the things that man does to man, that we do to one another. While this cannot help be a sad process here, for a very sad time in history, we know that even now it is offering closure, remembrance, a chance to restore in some small way a part of a whole that was once wrenched away. Does it bring significant relief of guilt to those who still might live from that time, or does it provide a cautionary reminder of what once was and what must never be again. I will leave you to be the judge of that.

This group in Lubeck does not specifically request donations from people outside of Lubeck, they want to involve local people. I think that says a lot right there. I do invite you visit the website and that I have listed and learn more about the project. As it is taking place in many parts of Europe, you might have a personal connection to the project and I urge you to participate. There is still so much healing to be gained by memorializing those who were lost.

 “In order to read the names of the victims we have to bow down before them.”
Gunter Demnig

Here is a very precise explanation from those who translated the web page for the Lubeck Stolpersteine  project. It is worth sharing here.

 *Translator’s Note:  Stumbling Stones is a literal translation of the German word  Stolpersteine.  Stolpersteine are paving or cobblestones that cause a person to trip or stumble because they are higher than all the other cobblestones in a street.  In turn they set off a person’s natural reaction to look down to discover what caused one to stumble in the first place.   In this case Gunter Demnig’s Stumbling Stones are not higher than the other sidewalk paving stones for that would be dangerous but it is hoped that the brass plaque causes one metaphorically to stumble by stopping in order to read the plaque.

Translation: Martin Harnisch and Glenn Sellick, 2009


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Suggested Sunday reading (1/30/11)

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There is one huge thing going on right now that I so hope everyone takes part in, or at the very least, educates themselves about: #DearJohn.

Here's the rundown on what this campaign is focusing on (excerpt from this Mother Jones story):
Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.

For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.

With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion. (Smith's spokesman did not respond to a call and an email requesting comment.)

Given that the bill also would forbid the use of tax benefits to pay for abortions, that 13-year-old's parents wouldn't be allowed to use money from a tax-exempt health savings account (HSA) to pay for the procedure. They also wouldn't be able to deduct the cost of the abortion or the cost of any insurance that paid for it as a medical expense.
So, every single thing about this bill is shitty. And Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown, who you might recall started the #Mooreandme Twitter campaign, is starting #DearJohn to call attention to this disgusting bill and to urge the House, including its speaker, John Boehner, to not support the bill. (Last I heard, more than 100 representatives were supporting this bill, including 11 or 13 Democrats.)

By all means, read her blog post about this: "#DearJohn: For When Boehner Decides Your Rape Just Wasn’t Enough."

Here's just a small portion of it:
Right now, we’re Tweeting at the Boehner — oh, look! Here he is — and at all of our representatives, and we’re going to keep Tweeting, to tell them that this bill is an attack on the rights of survivors everywhere, and that it will not stand. We’re Tweeting to say that all rape is rape. We’re Tweeting to tell them the many ways that this leaves women open to attack and reproductive coercion. We’re Tweeting to tell them that the exemption for cases of rape and incest must stand, and that it must apply in all cases. We’re Tweeting to tell them that we will not support them if they back it, we will not support them if they “compromise” on “just this one thing” — the rights and dignity of rape survivors are never to be compromised, under any circumstances — and they will not be able to push this redefinition of rape forward. We’re the American people; we got them the jobs they have, and if we are unsatisfied with their performance? We can get them oh, so very, very fired.
In other news:
  • Salon: "Life with an STD: What's it like to date? When do you have The Talk? Women open up about the common diseases that still carry stigma."
  • Abortion Gang: "Later abortions and reproductive justice." This is good.
  • Lancashire Evening Post: "Rapist walks free as judge agrees girl, 12, looked 16." Yes, you read that right.
  • Change.org: "Yes, Chick-fil-A Says, We Explicitly Do Not Like Same-Sex Couples."
  • The Grio: "Are black women invisible? A new study says yes." This is heartbreaking. What can we do to correct this?
  • The Atlantic: "The Unbearable Whiteness of Pro-Lifers and Pundits." Highly recommend this, in case anyone in your real life ever tries to tell you that abortion and slavery are somehow the same.
  • Muslim Media Watch: "Semra Çelebi’s Double Trouble with Hijab."
  • Associated Press: "Study: No higher mental health risk after abortion." From the story: "Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions suggests." Very important information right here.
  • Refinery 29: "MAC Saves the Day With A New Wonder Woman Makeup Collection." Ridiculously pricey. And still I want it all. You can see more photos here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

In History: 'Pride and Prejudice'

This is the 62nd post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.


Happy birthday to Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," which was first published on this day, Jan. 28, in 1813 in the UK!

Here's something I didn't know about this book: "Austen sold the copyright for the novel to Thomas Egerton of Whitehall in exchange for £110 (Austen had asked for £150). This proved a costly decision. Austen had published "Sense and Sensibility" on a commission basis, whereby she indemnified the publisher against any losses and received any profits, less costs and the publisher's commission. Unaware that "Sense and Sensibility" would sell out its edition, making her £140, she passed the copyright to Egerton for a one-off payment, meaning that all the risk (and all the profits) would be his. Jan Fergus has calculated that Egerton subsequently made around £450 from just the first two editions of the book."

Should you like, you can read "Pride and Prejudice" online: http://www.thegreatbooks.org/library/texts/austen/pride/index.html. I would imagine other sites have it as well.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Suggested Sunday reading (1/23/11)

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Yesterday, Jan. 22, was the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, so it's only appropriate to have a roundup of some of the articles out there. I don't know about you all, but I'm pretty worried about what the GOP at the federal and state levels is going to try to pull when it comes to women's right to choose. It's going to be bad, and ugly.
  • The Daily Tar Heel: "GOP aims to limit abortion in NC, 38 years after it became legal."
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: "Victims say abortion doctor scarred them for life." This is about the clinic in Philly that was recently (and finally) shut down, where the doctor was arrested for murder. I want to point out that what was going on in that clinic, while absolutely reprehensible and inexcusable, is pretty much exactly what would be happening all over this country if abortion were illegal.
  • Politico: "Abortion interjected into health care reform repeal."
  • Tulsa World: "Anti-abortion group intervenes in Oklahoma ultrasound lawsuit."
  • New York Times: "Across Country, Lawmakers Push Abortion Curbs."
  • Huffington Post: "Roe v. Wade: 38 and Under Attack." This is by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
  • AlterNet: "On Roe v. Wade's Anniversary: Let's Reflect on the Consequences of Violent Rhetoric, Which Abortion Providers Know All Too Well."
  • RH Reality Check: "Back-Alley Abortions in 2011: How Anti-Choice Zealots Force Women to Go to Dangerous Clinics." This is such a good point, it needs to be made all the time, loud and clear.
  • RH Reality Check: "38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade." This is a roundup of their articles on the subject (including the link above this one).
  • USA Today: "Obama recalls Roe v. Wade, backs abortion rights."
In other news:
  • The Washington Post: "Group: Oldest living African-American dies at 113." You should really read about this woman. What a story.
  • The Guardian: "Rape cannot be disentangled from the wider campaign for justice."
  • Care2: "Make Breast Feeding Easier: Surgeon General Issues Call to Action
  • Monsters & Critics: "UN: Rural women face increasing inequality."
  • Sify News: "Study explores dangers of 'benevolent sexism.'"
  • Common Dreams: "The Murdered Women of Juarez."
  • Dana Goldstein: "On MLK Day, Some Thoughts on Segregated Schools, Arne Duncan, and President Obama."
  • The Week: "Will GM benefit from a woman's touch?" GM's new product-development chief, Mary Barra, is the first woman to hold that post for any American car company.
  • California Watch: "Unnecessary C-sections a $3.5B problem, study finds."
  • Jezebel: "The New Charlie's Angels Will Have At Least One Brown Angel."
  • Screen Rant: "NBC Picks Up David E. Kelley’s 'Wonder Woman' Pilot."

Friday, January 21, 2011

In History: Sulivan Ordinance

This is the 61st post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.


The Sullivan Ordinance was a municipal law passed on Jan. 21, 1908, in New York City by the board of aldermen, barring women from smoking in public. The ordinance was quickly enforced, with Katie Mulcahey arrested on Jan. 22, but was vetoed by Mayor George Brinton McClellan Jr. only two weeks later.

The New York Times article on the Sullivan Ordinance from Jan. 21, 1908, is available online in PDF form. It's worth reading. I particularly like this portion of the headline:



You can also read more about the Sullivan Ordinance at Pop Culture Institute.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Suggested Sunday reading (1/16/11)

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There has been a lot of abortion-related news this week. And surprise! It's (mostly) not good. Here's a quick roundup (I am, no doubt, missing some stories):
  • The Kansas City Star: "Conservatives push plans to restrict abortion."
  • NBC Montana: "Lawmaker Aims To Criminalize Illegal Killing Of Unborn Baby."
  • The Guardian: "Abortion rule to be challenged in high court." (UK)
  • The Stir: "Catholic Archbishop OKs Abortion -- Sometimes." This isn't as good as it sounds.
  • The Atlantic: "Christian Group Sues Vanderbilt Over Abortion Training for Nurses." You can read a follow-up to this story here.
  • RH Reality Check: "In Maryland Hospital Debate, Women's Health Ignored."
  • KTVA (Alaska): "State Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Initiative, 'Unconstitutional.'" Good that this was struck down. Bad that it ever got far enough to be struck down.
  • Idaho Press-Tribune: "Planned Parenthood files complaint against Nampa pharmacist." Rage-inducing story right here.
In other news:
  • Ms. blog: "WTF Has Nancy Pelosi Done For Us, Anyway?" I like this.
  • Feministe: "FNTT Season 7: the If At First You Don’t Succeed… Round." FNTT = Feministe's Next Top Troll.
  • The Guardian: "No wonder women are depressed – just look at the case of Miriam O'Reilly."
  • Salon: "Why feminism was good for marriage."
  • TheColu.mn: "Trans woman murdered in Minneapolis, vigil planned for Jan. 21."
  • Care2: "Pregnant and Socializing? Not In My Bar." About the woman in Chicago who was thrown out of a bar just because she is pregnant.
  • New York Times: "One Man’s Losing Fight Against Ladies’ Nights." In which someone claims in a court of law that feminism is a religion!
  • Nappturality: "White women dyeing, black women relaxing: Why it's not the same thing."
  • Afrik News: "Uganda: Muslim women seek the use of condom."
  • Jack and Jill Politics: "AZ Shooter — Part of A Pattern of Right Wing Insurrectionist Violence." Not so much feminist news, exactly, but everyone should read this.
  • The Guardian: "How best to win an Oscar – try female oral sex."

Friday, January 14, 2011

In History: Rebecca Allison

This is the 60th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Rebecca Anne "Becky" Allison, who is 64 years old and known to many as Dr. Becky, is a cardiologist and president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. In 2008 she was elected chair of the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Allison is known for her work advocating on behalf of trans gender people.

Allison graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1971. After practicing primary care/internal medicine, in 1985 she returned to school to study cardiology, working in that field beginning in 1987. Allison transitioned in 1993 while living in Jackson, Mississippi, but lost her practice within a year of her transition. She then moved to Phoenix for a position with CIGNA and currently serves as their chief of cardiology. Phoenix Magazine named Allison one of the "Top Doctors" in Phoenix for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In 1998, Allison created drbecky.com, a resource site focusing on the medical, legal and spiritual needs of trans gender people. Allison's website is frequently cited in guidelines for LGBT health care. Allison assisted in passage of AMA Resolution 22, "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients." Allison is also active in Soulforce and organizes the Phoenix Transgender Day of Remembrance annually with her partner, Margaux Schaffer.

You can read more about Allison and her work and activism here: "Dr. Becky Allison: Local Action Hero."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Suggested Sunday reading (1/9/11)

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Editor's note: Just to let everyone know that I'm not ignoring the story, I'm not going to be including any articles about the shooting in Arizona that happened Saturday, in which U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, and in which six people were killed, including a federal judge. I'm waiting to see what news comes out of this before including it in my blog, and it's possible that the story will warrant an entirely separate post this coming week. I do want to say that I'm still in shock about what happened, that it both frightens and saddens me, and that all those affected are in my thoughts.

In other news:
  • There are quite a few articles this week about the new Congress, which, according to an article on RH Reality Check, is the "is the most anti-choice ever." Also check out "Ready to Fight Boehner’s Anti-Choice Agenda" on Change.org, and "Speaker Boehner Takes Office; Reproductive Rights at Risk" on Hello Ladies.
  • US News & World Report: "Supreme Court's Scalia Says Discrimination Is Constitutional." Change.org has an interesting take on this: "Justice Scalia Revitalizes Equal Rights Amendment Movement."
  • Tristate.com: "Planned Parenthood Under Fire from Lawmaker." From the article: "Indiana U.S. Representative Mike Pence has introduced a bill that would cut millions in federal funding to Planned Parenthood nationwide."
  • Change.org: "Victory in New Jersey: Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Anti-Bullying Law."
  • Associated Press: "Calif. woman who killed pimp granted clemency." This is good news.
  • Think Progress: "Kentucky Law Would Force Women To See Ultrasound Images Before Abortion Procedures."
  • New York Times: "The Study of Man (or Males)." You guessed it, men's studies vs. male studies. Ugh.
  • Gender Across Borders: "Work-Life Imbalance: The Struggles of Women in Cyprus."
  • New York Times: "Under Siege in War-Torn Somalia, a Doctor Holds Her Ground." Do read this when you have time.
  • Change.org: "Doctors Abuse Patients with Intersex Conditions."
  • Change.org: "The Pop Luck Club Launches Ad Campaign Promoting Gay Fatherhood."
  • Hello Ladies: "Domestic Violence: Kay’s Story." I think a trigger warning is appropriate here, but it's worth reading if you can.
  • The Guardian: "The battle for equal opportunities still needs fighting." I like the sub-head of this: "Inequality between the sexes is not a big deal any more, a new study tells us. That is only true if you are happy for women to have less than men."
  • The Independent: "Joan Smith: How about telling men, not women, to stay indoors?"
  • CBS News: "Gay Activist Slain, Castrated in N.Y.C. Hotel."
Pop culture:
  • Pop Matters: "The Best Female Film Performances of 2010." Agree with the list: Disagree?
  • Change.org: "Vogue Paris Thinks Little Girls Are Sexy." There is a petition at the link. Also check out Tom & Lorenzo's take on these photos.
  • After Ellen: "Beth Ditto talks about her upcoming memoir 'Coal to Diamonds.'"

Friday, January 7, 2011

In History: Zora Neale Hurston

This is the 59th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Zora Neale Hurston, who was born on this day, Jan, 7, in 1891, was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of her four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

In 1918, Hurston began undergraduate studies at Howard University, where she became one of the earliest initiates of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and co-founded "The Hilltop," the University's student newspaper. Hurston left Howard in 1924 and in 1925 was offered a scholarship to Barnard College, where she was the college's sole black student. Hurston received her B.A. in anthropology in 1927, when she was 36. While she was at Barnard, she conducted ethnographic research with noted anthropologist Franz Boas of Columbia University. She also worked with Ruth Benedict as well as fellow anthropology student Margaret Mead. After graduating from Barnard, Hurston spent two years as a graduate student in anthropology at Columbia University.

As an adult, Hurston traveled extensively in the Caribbean and the American South and immersed herself in local cultural practices to conduct her anthropological research. In later life, in addition to continuing her literary career, Hurston served on the faculty of North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University) in Durham, N.C. She also established, in 1934, a school of dramatic arts "based on pure Negro expression" at Bethune-Cookman University (at the time, Bethune-Cookman College) in Daytona Beach, Fla. In, 1956 Hurston was bestowed the Bethune-Cookman College Award for Education and Human Relations in recognition of her vast achievements, and the English Department at Bethune-Cookman College remains dedicated to preserving her cultural legacy.

Hurston's literary career was storied. When Hurston arrived in New York City in 1925, the Harlem Renaissance was at its peak, and she soon became one of the writers at its center. Shortly before she entered Barnard, Hurston's short story “Spunk” was selected for "The New Negro," a landmark anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays focusing on African and African American art and literature. In 1926, a group of young black writers including Hurston, Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman, calling themselves the Niggerati, produced a literary magazine called "Fire!!" that featured many of the young artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

By the mid-1930s, Hurston had published several short stories and the critically acclaimed "Mules and Men" (1935), a groundbreaking work of "literary anthropology" documenting African American folklore. In 1930, she also collaborated with Langston Hughes on "Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts," a play that was never finished, although it was published posthumously in 1991.

In 1937, Hurston was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct ethnographic research in Jamaica and Haiti. "Tell My Horse" (1938) documents her account of her fieldwork studying African rituals in Jamaica and voudon rituals in Haiti. Hurston also translated her anthropological work into the performing arts, and her folk revue, "The Great Day," premiered at the John Golden Theatre in New York in 1932.

Hurston's first three novels were also published in the 1930s: "Jonah's Gourd Vine" (1934); "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (1937), written during her fieldwork in Haiti and considered her masterwork; and "Moses, Man of the Mountain" (1939). In the 1940s, Hurston's work was published in such periodicals as "The American Mercury" and "The Saturday Evening Post." Her last published novel, "Seraph on the Suwanee," notable principally for its focus on white characters, was published in 1948.

Hurston's work slid into obscurity for decades, for a number of cultural and political reasons. Many readers objected to the representation of African American dialect in Hurston's novels, given the racially charged history of dialect fiction in American literature. Her stylistic choices in terms of dialogue were influenced by her academic experiences. Thinking like a folklorist, Hurston strove to represent speech patterns of the period which she documented through ethnographic research. Several of Hurston's literary contemporaries criticized Hurston's use of dialect as a caricature of African American culture rooted in a racist tradition. More recently, many critics have praised Hurston's skillful use of idiomatic speech. In particular, a number of writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were critical of Hurston's later writings, on the basis that they did not agree with or further the position of the overall movement.

An article, "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston", by Alice Walker was published in the March 1975 issue of Ms. magazine. This article revived interest in her work. The reemergence of Hurston's work coincided with the emergence of authors such as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Walker herself, whose works are centered on African American experiences.

Hurston died on Jan. 28, 1960. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest cemetery in Fort Pierce. In 1973, Alice Walker and literary scholar Charlotte Hunt found an unmarked grave in the general area where Hurston had been buried and decided to mark it as hers.

There are many online reference materials available on Hurston's life and works, including audio recordings. Check the links here.

Photo source.

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."

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