OUR SUNDAY LINKS

by GUTS

  • “Why Our Notions of ‘Sex Positive’ Feminism Are in Need of an Overhaul.”
  • Can witches have it all? From The New Inquiry: “The good witch shrewdly obtains what she wants, while shying away from too much power… Meanwhile the bad witch is represented as sensitive, steering through life in a slip dress and caressing a black cat when she’s feeling extra vulnerable.”
  • 10-minute audio story on the push for emergency contraception access in South Dakota by Native women activists. The transcript is also available.
  • Halifax spoken word poet El Jones on poetry, activism, racism and violence against black women.
  • Statistical evidence of the academic gender gap: “Even when we controlled for an enormous range of factors, gender remained one of the best predictors of how often an article would be cited. If you were female, your article would get about 0.7 cites for every 1 cite that a male author would receive.”
  • A quick and dirty review of Laurie Penny’s Cybersexism byRichard Seymour (a British Marxist commentator and Lefty strategist).
  • She Came to Riot (Jacobin on riot grrrl): “The memory of riot grrrl deepens the divide between cultural and material feminism, hobbling critiques of inequality by mistaking self-improvement for revolution.”
  • “A Note About Chris Brown, Rape Culture and Our Ethics” at Colorlines.
  • Intern couldn’t sue for sexual harassment because she wasn’t paid: “When unpaid interns encounter sexual harassment at work, federal law tells them tough luck. Some states and cities have expanded discrimination and harassment definitions to interns, but that does not include New York City”.

  • An Alice Munro interview, in which the Nobel Prize winner discusses short story writing, her life, and aging: “When my oldest daughter was about two, she’d come to where I was sitting at the typewriter, and I would bat her away with one hand and type with the other. I’ve told her that. This was bad because it made her the adversary to what was most important to me. I feel I’ve done everything backwards: this totally driven writer at the time when the kids were little and desperately needed me. And now, when they don’t need me at all, I love them so much.”
  • “My Abusive Boyfriend Called Himself a Feminist.” From XO Jane: “Emotional, physical, and verbal abuse is destructive enough. When your abuser is convinced, and has others convinced, he is a supporter of women’s rights and social justice, the alienation and betrayal feels all the more disquieting.”

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