Feminist Summer Reading List Last week, an interview with Senator Al Franken inspired a list of feminist fictional heroines in books and movies that sparked quite a debate. But it’s summer now, and lots of people are looking for good books to wade into while they relax, vacation, or take in some sun. We’ve compiled a list of good feminist reads from the members of Women Action and the Media (WAM!), who had enough great reads to keep us busy summer after summer for the next few decades at least.General Feminist Non-Fiction:Backlash: the Undeclared War on American Women – Susan FaludiThe Body Project – Joan Jacobs BrumbergCatfight! – Leora TanenbaumClick: When We Knew We Were Feminists – Courtney Martin and Courtney SullivanEnglightened Sexism – Susan J.
Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement - Duke Special Collections Documents from theWomen's Liberation Movement An On-line Archival Collection Special Collections Library, Duke University [ Subject Categories | Keyword Search | Links ] The Problem With "Lucy" And White Feminism You know what’s cool? Action movies with a female protagonist and no romantic entanglements driving the plot. What’s not cool is using that as an excuse to get away with racism. "Lucy" is the story of a young, American student in Taipei who is forced to become a drug mule by Korean gangsters. After being kicked in the stomach, the bag sewn into her abdomen ruptures and the drug leaks into her system, giving her immense power based on the flimsy premise that most people only use 10% of their brain. It follows the age-old trope of vulnerable white women being manhandled and violated by predatory Asian men, followed by the aforementioned men getting their just desserts.
The Feminist Theory Website: English Introduction The Feminist Theory Website provides research materials and information for students, activists, and scholars interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world. The goals of this website are: 1) to encourage a wide range of research into feminist theory, and 2) to encourage dialogue between women (and men) from different countries around the world. Hopefully, this will result in new connections, new ideas, and new information about feminist theory and women's movements. The Feminist Theory Website has three parts: 1) various fields within feminist theory; 2) different national / ethnic feminisms; and 3) individual feminists. All of these parts are updated and expanded regularly. To access these pages, please click on the buttons in the left column.
World Wide Status of Women Each year, 1/2 million women die from pregnancy complications and 100,000 from unsafe abortions. A pregnant woman in Africa is 180 times more likely to die than in Western Europe. In the US, a woman is beaten every 18 minutes and raped every 6 minutes. More women are injured in domestic violence incidents than in car accidents, rapes, and muggings put together. Reports from France indicate that 95% of its victims of violence are women, 51% at the hands of their husbands. Cruelty-Free Companies, Products, and More The list includes companies that make cosmetics, personal-care products, household-cleaning products, and other common household products. In the U.S., no law requires that these types of products be tested on animals, and companies can choose not to sell their products in countries such as China, where tests on animals are required for cosmetics and other products. Companies on this list should be supported for their commitment to manufacturing products without harming any animals. Companies that aren't on this list should be boycotted until they implement a policy that prohibits animal testing. The list does not include companies that manufacture only products that are required by law to be tested on animals (e.g., pharmaceuticals and garden chemicals).
Blog Archive » Woman in technology Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize.
An interview with Jim Sterling about sexism in game culture Jim Sterling, a staff writer for Destructoid and weekly video blogger for The Escapist, is a pretty big name in the video game blogosphere, as someone who has been doing it for quite a while and one of the few professional video game bloggers out there. He has gained quite a bit of influence as a reviewer for pushing back against game companies who want nothing more than shills for their games instead of real, honest reviews. Sadly, Jim Sterling also had a pretty unfortunate history of saying really sexist things. To be honest, I’d pretty considered Jim Sterling a bit of a lost cause, so I mostly stopped paying attention to him for the last year or so. That is, until two of his recent Jimquisition videos caught my attention: This video about the creepy cull of female protagonists in video games and this video about the objectification of women being inherently unequal to the treatment of men in games.
Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced « Shapely Prose Phaedra Starling is the pen name of a romance novelist and licensed private investigator living in small New York City apartment with two large dogs. She practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and makes world-class apricot muffins. Gentlemen. Thank you for reading.
Transgender Girl's Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom The Mathis family, with Coy, far right. (The family let the kids dye their hair for fun over the summer.) Photo: …The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl who has been banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain, Colorado public school have filed a formal discrimination complaint with the aid of a lawyer—and are using the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of their child. More on Shine: Dad Protects Son From Bullies by Wearing Skirt.
Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing Finding cruelty-free clothing and accessories has never been easier! Whether you’re looking for a cozy wool-free sweater or vegan combat boots, you’re sure to be able to find it at your local mall. Use this guide to get started! Sections Top 100 Gender Studies Blogs - Learn-gasm By Megan Jones Whether you’re pursuing a degree from a top-tier college in women’s studies or taking a few online courses to slowly work towards a degree focused on gender, you can find a number of great blogs online that can supplement your learning experience. Here are a few that we’ve put together that deal with a large range of gender related issues. Here you’ll find blogs that range from defining what it means to be feminine or masculine to understanding your rights under law concerning gender and sexual orientation. General
Feminism 101: Read Books, Become a Better Womyn In response to our first in a series of three Autostraddle Roundtables about feminism, several of you requested a “reading list” to introduce you to some of the basic literature grounding the feminist movement. Simple enough, right? Well, we knocked our heads together and came up with about 5 billion books, which is probs the difference between bloggers and people with PhDs?