Weekly round-up and open thread

// 29 March 2011

Woman holding sign saying Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up post. It’s one day late, but just as full of links we saw, found of interest, but didn’t get around to blogging about. Please do also leave links to other stuff we’ve missed in the comments.

As always, linking does not equal endorsement.

Website makes sex too easy at U. of C. Chicago Tribune

AnonyMiss, the yin to the Anonymous yang Boing Boing

Census Resistance 1911 Feminist Memory

Barbie Deconstruction by Margaux Lange yatzer

Mythcommunication: it’s not that they don’t understand, they just don’t like the answer Yes Means Yes

The effeminate war Slate

How to encourage more girls into engineering and science Woman’s Hour

In the Plants vs. Zombies world, there are only men The Borderhouse

Is feminism un-African? Clutch

Are women a class? Wal-Mart’s gender discrimination lawsuit Global Comment

My God, it’s full of internets Racialicious

How to avoid a gendered conference Feminist Philosophers

South Dakota governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law Salon

Pregnant woman who attempted suicide now charged with murder care2

Egyptian women protesters forced to take ‘virginity tests’ Amnesty

Allure marks shifting beauty standards; declares the ‘all-American beauty’ ideal dead Racialicious

The life and times of Stella Browne: feminist and free spirit womensgrid

Women journalists still hitting the glass ceiling We Mixed Our Drinks

Put your cervix in the spotlight Lesbilicious

Do women rule the Internet? Geek Feminism

Abortion in music Generation Roe

This ‘neutral’ budget’s first principle is to attack equality Comment is Free

Pole dancing for Jesus My Fox Houston

How much is your daughter worth? Honolulu Weekly

Call for contributions/input: CWGL: 16 Days Campaign, Slogan 2011 AWID

Much less religious, a little more spiritual: the religious and spiritual views of third-wave feminists in the UK Feminist Review

Why I deserved to be called an offensive bitch Skepchick

Slut shaming on the playground Good Vibrations Magazine

Leave sex workers in education alone Slate

Afghan women are still at risk Comment is Free

The great wall of vagina Riots Not Diets

Recontextualizing (or rejecting?) the bikini bod Teenagerie

Inevitably, rights need to be defended Refusing the default

Sucker Punch goes beyond awful, to become commentary on the death of moviemaking io9

Rise in number of sex attacks as rape aid cash is cut Daily Record

To quota or not to quota? Women in Technology

Government response to petition on funding for women in Northern Ireland to access abortion HM Government

Growing pains of a male feminist The Root

Real quick: remember dramatic weight loss can kill you Two Whole Cakes

And the now-traditional closing number:

The Gits, A Change is Gonna Come:

Photo of Take Back the Night by Joelle Hatem, shared on Flickr under a Creative Commons license

Comments From You

Swarmy // Posted 30 March 2011 at 10:39 am

The piece about Egyptian protesters forced to undergo “virginity tests” is horrific. That kind of story should really be making it into the mainstream media, but then it’d still likely be sidelined as a “women’s issue”…

A couple of interesting articles from Lesbilicious in addition to the one you linked to about cervical screening:

London’s half million protest: a queer account

Are you a monster?

Elmo // Posted 30 March 2011 at 12:20 pm

If it’s not been mentioned, the Facebook Cancer Meme is back, this time with fruit to represent realationship status.

Denise // Posted 1 April 2011 at 10:52 am

Very interesting all. I’d like to add a horrifying article in – where else – today’s Daily Fail. A government minister says that feminism has widened the poverty gap!!!

A government minister. In power. Making decisions that affect us.

It’s April 1st, so it might be a joke. I wish.

Hannah // Posted 1 April 2011 at 11:46 am

Denise, I saw that in the Telegraph this morning too (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8420098/David-Willets-feminism-has-held-back-working-men.html).

The Minister was David Willetts – as if we needed any more proof that he was an idiot after the tuition fees scandal, he offers up this on a plate. The Telegraph made much of his quote ‘feminism trumped egalitarianism’, showing that both of them seem to have conveniently forgotten that feminism IS egalitarianism.

We should really take it for what it is, as an implicit acknowledgement that his government is doing so badly in public approval ratings that they are having to turn to that easy points-winner with the core conservative support base, feminist-bashing.

Julianne // Posted 2 April 2011 at 12:55 pm

Nadine Dorries is back, again: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8407026/MPs-launch-new-bid-to-cut-abortion-rate.html

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