Happy Thursday everyone! I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming weeks…seeing friends, Thanksgiving, busy days at work. Here are some of my favorite posts from the past couple days. Don’t forget to leave links to what you have been writing and reading in the comments!!
Scarleteen: Sixth Carnival of Feminists
We’re pleased to host the 6th edition of the newly reborn Feminist Carnival! In the spirit of rebirth, and in alignment with the readers and mission of Scarleteen, this round puts it’s focus on young feminist bloggers and feminist issues particularly pertinent to younger women.
I keep forgetting to submit links to the carnival, so I am not featured, but there are some great posts in this latest carnival of feminists!
this ain’t livin’: Inappropriate Word Use: Don’t Do It
“Rape” is actually a pretty problematic and tricky word. The roots it is derived from refer to seizure and force, but it also carries an overtone of shaming. It’s not about violation, it’s about despoiling women. It’s not about the denial of bodily autonomy, it’s about damaged goods. These implications have kind of been lost with time, but they’re there.
The Undomestic Goddess: The Undomestic 10: Elissa Stein
2. What does feminism mean to you? Working to continually challenge society to accept, respect, and acknowledge that women are equal, but different, from men.
Elissa Stein wrote the book Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation. I just picked this book up yesterday and am really excited to read it!
The Sexist: Holiday Gifts for the Body-Conscious Little Girl
The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s time to roll out more products to help our little girls feel very bad about their bodies. (That, or pregnant). Over the years, toy-makers have boldly invented new mechanisms by which they can make money off of the body consciousness of young girls. Below, inventors push girls to look simultaenously curvier (grow boobs already!), skinnier (but make sure to lose your baby weight!), sexily reproductive (be six years old AND skinny AND pregnant!) and matronly (breastfeed babies with the boobs you don’t have!).
Bitch Flicks: Flick-Off: Taken
Basically, the film makes absolutely no attempt whatsoever to comment on the atrocity of sex trafficking—it serves only as a plot device to help Bryan redeem his broken relationship with his virginal daughter.