Happy Monday! Below is what we’ve been reading around the web. We also wanted to give a shout-out to Laura from Young Feminist Adventures for the new GFLL format: thanks!
What have you been reading/writing this past week? Leave your links in the comments; we want to hear from you!
From the blogs
Sex and Scoliosis from FWD/Forward:
One of the hallmarks of disablism is that it strips away sexuality. The prejudice against disabled people includes thinking they are not supposed to exist sexually, have sexual desire or be desired.
Being braced means going through puberty strapped and screwed in to a weird exoskeleton that incarnates the negation and emprisonment of your sexuality. Your breasts and hips are starting to grow. They might start to bump painfully against the brace. So you have to visit the doctor — often an older man — who adjusts your screws to accommodate your new growth.
Was Malcolm X Gay or Bisexual? from Womanist Musings:
Let’s not forget the open and unapologetic appropriation of Black history. We have openly said that this is offensive, only to be called homophobes. Gay is not now, or every will be the new Black and using Jim Crow imagery to illustrate homophobia is insulting. A White run movement, has no business believing it has the right to use Black history for its own benefit, when it is filled with so much pain for us. If these messages were used by same gender loving people of color, it would send a completely different message because this is our shared history. When it is used by White members of the GLBT community, like The Advocate or the HRC crowd, it smacks of racism and appropriation. The same as you meme means don’t treat me like a nigger.
This is What a Feminist Family Looks Like via The (Not So) Little Things:
This was originally going to be a post about ridiculous, sensationalist art projects, be they a hoax web page or an actual rape tunnel (Yeah…wait a minute I’ll get to that).
Instead, this is a post how awesome my family is…and how their awesomeness energizes me and gives me hope for the future.
Women’s Studies and Educational Privilege from Menstrual Poetry
I think another big reason why I was so surprised to be included in the list of 50 Eye-Opening Women’s Studies blogs, which was compiled to give people who want to “compliment [their] current education with a good dose of Women’s Studies” the resources to do so, is because there is a great deal of education privilege, especially in the US. Most of the time, if you tell someone that you did not attend college or if you studied at a community college, rather than a four-year university, you are looked down upon; people often think that you are stupid, lazy, or you don’t care about your future, which is not the case in the least.
Check out Sarah Haskins’ new video called Broadview Security (via HuffoPo and InfoMania) where:
You are never safe. Seriously. We mean it.
Hugs n’ kisses,
From the news
Lots of breast stories this week: Breast “regrowth” trial planned from the BBC: Researchers in Australia might’ve found a way to grow our breasts (hmm not the best news) and Breast-Feed the Baby, Love the Calorie Burn from the NY Times
Obama against Stupak amendment from Feminist Majority Foundation
A theater review of Savannah Black & Blue (via NY Times), a new play from the Negro Ensemble Company in New York, about a woman’s tough climb to the police force
Anything He Can Do, She Can Do about classical pianist Sara Davis Buechner, a transgendered musician who tells her story of coming out in the spotlight
World Health Organization calls for action beyond the health sector to improve the health of girls and women (via the source itself, WHO)
60 Years Later, ‘Rosies’ Have Their Day (via NY Times) honoring women who were recruited to work during WWII while men were shipped off in the military