At ShoutOut! we’re introducing a new Sunday feature where our bloggers recommend our readers links to feminist and social justice blogs and stories that have interested/pissed us off/inspired us etc. this week.
This week esenzyme recommends:
She Writes, which is a website dedicated to helping women around the globe connect with other women writers and better their writing skills with webinars and classes. She Writes allows anyone to upload their writing and have it discussed by professionals or other She Writes members. I haven’t used it yet, but I have read good things about this site.
And “On Fashion, Feminism, & The Power of Self-Expression” written by Winona Dimeo-Ediger. It provides an interesting discussion on whether fashion and feminism are compatible. Whether or not you agree with her, I think her argument is worth some thought.
This article (“Even today, an angry female arouses fear and is dismissed”) which is relevant to our blog in so many ways. Most importantly, as young women who do like to voice our opinions and frustrations, I know most (if not all) of the writers for this blog have been called a “angry bitch” at least once. I hear it fairly often. This piece successfully points out that people so often ignore the fact that a woman’s anger is more often than not legitimate. Our anger can be used against us to make us seem irrational or to discredit our arguments. Most frustrating is that men are much less likely to be judged or shunned for their anger. So read this and remember, the next time someone tries to call you out on being an “angry bitch,” pull an Elizabeth Warren and show them the intelligence behind that anger.
Hold onto your seats readers, Meryl Streep got an Oscar nod AGAIN! Okay, not actually that shocking. I love Meryl Streep, she’s an amazing actress who has played many timeless roles. But as Rivas points out, this particular role is one rife with political and historical inaccuracy. In fact, I’m gonna go so far as to say that everyone involved with this movie owes the working class of Britain, not to mention the entire nation of Argentina, a major apology.
Thatcher made decisions that led to the loss of jobs and unionization, not to mention caused a major strike that deeply divided the rural population of Britain against Londoners. So while I love Meryl, I’m gonna have to call her out on this bad judgement call, and hope that to make up for it, she’ll do a film about a working class heroine in the near future.
A Vulva Looks Like THAT? Demystifying Female Genitalia for Teens from Ms. Magazine, which discussed sex ed and how little high school students know about a woman’s genitalia, and the growing movement for cosmetic genital surgery.
A Walking Chest from the fbomb.org was also a great article about women’s complicated relationships with their breasts.
This article (“Wednesday Geek Woman: Esther Orozco, cell biologist and politician”) which was just fun and happy! It’s a traditional post about a minority class woman making super awesome scientific achievements :)
Katie O. loved reading:
About how in the U.S., abortion is actually safer than giving birth, and that women are 14 times more likely to die from childbirth. While this statistic speaks to the safety of abortion as a medical procedure (something anti-choice advocates wrongly dispute), it also shows just how bad maternal care in the U.S. is, and how much work needs to be done to ensure safe childbirth.
And an analysis from Crunk Feminist Collective on the now infamous picture of racist, and generally just horrible, Arizona governor Jan Brewer shoving her finger in President Obama’s face. The post does a particularly good job of dissecting Brewer’s comments that President Obama made her feel “threatened”, a statement that needs to be analyzed within the historical (and ongoing) context of racial politics, where Black men were persecuted and lynched for alleged attacks on white women.
This blog post (“Hey Assholes, Stop Using the Holocaust as a Metaphor for Abortion”), which really just astounded me. I couldn’t believe that people used the holocaust as a metaphor for abortion. They seem to have no sensitivity to certain painful traumas people may have experienced and it shows an extreme lack of tact. I completely agree with the author of this particular post.
And both parklena and internationalcupcakebandit recommend Occupy Valentine’s Day:
Parklena says: I found this blog post interesting because I never really thought of Valentine’s Day as a day celebrating heteronormativity. I saw it as a day to show the people closest to you how thankful you are for them by gifting them with chocolate. But the suggestions on the blog for making the day better sound fun and could make V-Day a day for couples to get closer (whatever orientation they might be).
And according to internationalcupcakebandit, this post is particularly interesting about Valentine’s Day because its more than just a normal feminist rant on how women shouldn’t be pressured to conform to relationships. But, rather points out that this day is symbolic of the heteronormative essentialization.