Feminist Friday #14

So I actually had a post last Friday, but forgot to post it….so this week has double the equality goodness!

 

In case you were wondering, turns out menstruating women do not attract bears. Science has now proved this. http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/08/menstruating-women-do-not-attract-bear-attacks

With the new administration in France comes a new minister of women’s rights. And this minister-a Muslim woman from a Moroccan background-has decided that she wants to focus on ridding France of it’s “prostitution problem”. In a country that has so many social issues right now (the big issue effecting French women right now being an oppressive ban on the wearing of the burqua), it seems like a strange cause to get behind.

http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/08/15/frances-new-minister-of-womens-rights-misses-the-mark/

This week has obviously been huge in terms of the discussion surrounding “legitimate rape” and other oxymorons. Or just morons (looking at you, Akin). So anyway, here’s some timely information about the whole debate and what we could go back to if women-hating, ignorant members of the GOP have their way.

-A piece in Mother Jones about a woman’s experience terminating a pregnancy in the pre-Roe days. Really interesting. (The comment section is a mess though, what a surprise). http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/09/way-it-was?page=1

-Todd Akin and Paul Ryan attempting to redefine rape. Hopefully all this nonsense will serve as a catalyst to get people (not just women) to the polls to vote crazy people who don’t understand science or human rights out of office. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/todd-akin-paul-ryan-redefining-rape

-My favorite hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco discussing the politics of the word “bitch” (illustrated in his new video) and its effects and internalization by young men and women. Love him, and love that he’s speaking out about this superbly interesting topic. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1692372/lupe-fiasco-bitch-bad-video-premiere.jhtml

-Pussy Riot! Ugh, you guys, I know I’m a little late now since I missed last week but isn’t this story just crazy/not crazy (for Russia)? And isn’t it terrible that they are being sentenced to 2 years in prison? Seriously. WTF Russia. And case in point-the judge reading the verdict refused to let her face be filmed. This article from The Moscow Times makes some really great points and comparisons with other, similar cases that have come before the Russian courts recently. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/why-the-pussy-riot-judge-hid-her-face/467052.html

-A super post by brilliant, ultra intelligent writer, Rebecca Solnit about how men always talk down to her, even when she knows more about a subject than they do, and how this is a pandemic. Preach! http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175584/best_of_tomdispatch%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_the_archipelago_of_arrogance/

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