Happy Saturday, Disruptors! Here’s what we’ve been reading and talking about with each other this week. Tell us what you’ve been reading in the comments!

  • Disney wanted to revamp Merida for their princess merchandizing (as Jan mentioned in her post earlier this week). Some people are really into sexualizing 16 year olds. Thanks, marketing.
  • Why isn’t the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting being reported as a national tragedy?
  • Ellie Kemper (from The Office) asks, “Can men be funny?
  • If you change your mind in the middle of the evening, do you have to change your underwear? We had an interesting discussion about the merits and problems with this Etsy shop from the people responsible for pranking Victoria’s Secret last year. We’d prefer underwear that says “use your words”- the “ask first” ones on their kickstarter page are cool.
  • Speaking of consent, how about consent for medical patients? This is unsettling, to say the least.
  • STILL speaking of consent, it’s pretty awful how some (many?) media photographers care so little about even making an attempt at consent in editing.
  • How does one manage a company “masculinely” or “femininely”? See if you can figure out the problems with this article.
  • A choice to say “consent-positive” rather than “sex-positive”: “Saying “yes” is framed as empowering and to give one’s consent is “sexy”. Which can and often does imply that a “no” or hesitation is a problem or “less cool/liberated” Hesitation and refusal are totally valid expressions of uncertainty and deserve respect. The framing of “consent is sexy” can, in some applications, invalidate this vital uncertainty.”
  • Like so many other feminists/people with eyes on the internet, we loved the photo shoot a photographer mother did for her daughter’s fifth birthday, dressing her up as real groundbreaking women instead of Disney princesses:Picture 24
  • How Anonymous got involved in justice for rape victims.
  • Marriage equality in Minnesota!
  • What if people taught European history like they teach Native American history?
  • Angelina Jolie is a badass. As a sex symbol, her employability relies heavily on the appeal of her body, and she looks at a positive BRCA1 result and goes “my life is worth more than my breasts.” (In case anybody doesn’t know, BRCA1 positive cancers are also especially aggressive and especially fatal.)
  • Where you come in regarding that “highest paid public employees” graph.
  • Here’s a great continuation of the discussion on healthy masculinity, a topic Logan covered here.
  • Behind the Cosmo-eque title is some interesting data about the stratification of the class system for people looking for opposite sex partners.
  • For those who live in DC: a survey about transportation safety- walking, biking, taking buses and metro trains, cabbing, what have you. Collective Action for Safe Spaces is a kickass organization.
  • Everyday Sexism is a rockin’ (if depressin’) blog, and Buzzfeed recently had a pretty compelling roundup.
  • If you are a queer person working in STEM, take this survey for queer folks working in STEM!
  • The new artistic director of the English National Ballet is working to end dancer eating disorders.
  • Here’s a comic for you!
  • The delightful convergence of woman, victim, and poverty shaming. Rape culture hat-trick!
  • Pima County, Arizona, is the only county in the United States that tracks migrant deaths. Here’s every one since 2001.
  • “What I mean when I say I’m sex positive
  • Sinfest continues its trend of having feminist comics. I’m thrilled by the artist’s recent feminist turnaround… but based on their recent archive, I wish he’d read the piece above, about what sex positive really means (hint: not just a smoke screen for sexists to continue objectifying women). Anyway, here’s a good one:
  • Some helpful information correcting misconceptions about intersex people in general and the court case in the news recently. Lunas adds: Sometimes doctors perform this surgery soon after birth, sometimes without fully informing the parents. (In this case it’s an adopted child, which further complicates things.) When I have kids, I intend to tell the doctors (in writing) that that I don’t want them altering the child’s genitalia in the event the child is born intersex, and I encourage others to do the same.
  • From Reyes: “This is pretty dang interesting, especially if you happen to listen to jazz allllll the time. Not that any of us do that. Or nerd out about it. There’s also this sick video linked there. Love it.”
  • How to exercise out of self-love rather than guilt from fat-shaming.
  • UMBRELLAGATE! This is SERIOUS, y’all.
  • One editor wrote: I think voting for a candidate solely based on gender is a terrible idea (see: Sarah Palin) but I also think the author is using it as a device to make her point, which is that people who have been fighting in the feminist movement for a long time are exhausted and frustrated.
  • Clothes we are forced to wear in a majority of MMORPGs:
  • Skylar says: “I’ve seen this pop up a lot on youtube lately and it makes me want to vomit. I appreciate that you want to include men in your marketing of unreasonable beauty standards instead of just women but please just STAHP!”
  • This article reminds of of Rosie’s True Love Doesn’t Wait piece. The conservative reaction to Elizabeth Smart’s remarks “shows that too many Christians, too many proponents of abstinence-only education, have put their concern for the welfare of a quasi-political movement above their concern for the welfare of a human being, of human dignity itself.”
  • Several editors found this article very thought-provoking: The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is some sex wrong even among consenting adults?
  • How rare is “crying rape”? Pretty damn rare.
  • If you are a feminist living and activisting in the NYC area, maybe go to this!