Good afternoon, Disruptors, and a happy weekend to you all! It’s been a week full of reading for your DDP editors, and we hope the weekend will bring more, in the form of you sharing what you’ve been reading and writing, in the comments! And (because Feministe made shameless self-promotion cool) remember to follow us on twitter, facebook, and tumblr!
- Petition to the President applying the logic used in school dress codes to determine that it’s unsafe for men who are attracted to women to drive.
If straight men (and men of other sexual orientations who are attracted to women) can be distracted by the mere sight of a woman’s thigh, then it is a public safety hazard to allow them to operate vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds at up to 75mph past these inevitable distractions.
- “She doesn’t owe you an explanation!” – How a 12 year old girl, exposed to Mormonism, discovered her personal agency (with some help from her father).
- NEW BEST THING EVER SERIOUSLY THOUGH:
- Mississippi’s new “sex education” law prevents teachers from showing teens how to use condoms. They say nothing about demonstrations on the proper use of socks.
- If you’ve ever said , “I’m just not that into black women,” read this.
- Discussion on whether love triangles are inherently feminist and empowering. The author brings up and dissects many tropes of YA fiction.
- Argentinian sex workers launch a street art campaign to advocate for their rights.
- Lindy West knocks it out of the park again.
I don’t even know you. I’m not your secretary and I’m not your mom and I don’t have some special Powder Fresh library card that gets me into the restricted section where they hide all the truth about whether or not I deserve to talk at the board meeting.
- Photographer focuses on genetic conditions to reframe beauty.
- Oh. My. Cat. THIS!
My guess is he thought this was some much needed “real talk” and that it would be accepted because he also ran through his feminist credentials before again telling women their bodies are disgusting. There’s no bravery in affirming the status quo. And if straight men are going to identify as feminists only to dress up misogyny in a new set of clothes, then we serve no purpose.
- [Trigger warning! Describes unwanted contact and may be triggering to survivors.] The author is an anthropologist at U of Illinois and describes her experience of unwanted attention. Just a sad reminder that even if we surround ourselves with fellow feminists, educate ourselves constantly, and dedicate our lives to righting wrongs, we are not immune to sexism.
- Beware ladies! And move over cupcakes! A new vagina-metaphor is just one stroll of Dominique Ansel across the stage of The View away from oppressing your femininity in new exciting ways with it’s flakey sugariness! (Pay no attention to that line thats, like, at least 80% dudes…)
- Why Selena Gomez wearing a bindi isn’t cool.
- The administration is finally dropping it’s opposition to allow Plan B One-Step to be sold over the counter to people of all ages.
- From Skylar: Looks like Gillette is doubling-down on male depilation. Apparently I can’t possibly care about my appearance if I don’t groom my entire body. Plus actual, unambiguous, shaming at 00:58… Also with bonus female grooming expectation this time “tit for tat, bros!”
- SLUTS ARE MAGICAL UNICORNS, Y’ALL: an excellent meditation on the nebulous definitions of SLUT.
- The folks behind the great Victoria’s Secret prank plan a mall-sized quilt on the National Mall against rape culture.
- An illustrated exploration of who takes up space on public transportation.
- Related: How we teach boys to take up more space, and girls to take up less.
- Also related to women folding/men expanding to take up less/more space is Amy Cuddy’s TEDTalk about body language and “Power Poses”
- A comic that makes us happy, about establishing new social norms the funny way.
- Another torrent of responses to Anita Sarkeesian’s continued involvement in and criticism of game industry.
- In other gamer news, Ubisoft confirms that their next title in the Assassins Creed franchise will include an hour of gameplay centered around a bi-racial female protagonist! Of note also is that her character design seems to be non-sexualized which is awesome though it’s yet to be seen if she will have a troped backstory. We’ll see when the game is released!
- From Logan: OMG. Jenny Owens Young (a) wrote an amazing post about coming out and (b) is MARRYING KRISTEN FROM EVERYONE IS GAY OMG WHAT. WHAT WHAT WHATW.
- [Serious trigger warning: sexual assault and misuse of power] Monica Contreras reported that she was sexually assaulted by a family court marshall, and the judge ignored her.
- Racial and gender disparities in Silicon Valley, in three of the most depressing charts you’ll see this week.
- Russia is passing a law making it an even crappier place to be a human and gay.
- A bill aiming to criminalize using a restroom if it doesn’t match the gender on your birth certificate and a bill trying to strip trans* people of the right to marry (in Arizona and Texas respectively) were both defeated! Though the Texas law still states that in order to receive a marriage license you have to show “proof of sex change”.
- A New York sushi restaurant pays its waiters a salary with benefits– no need to tip.
- This article will give you FEELINGS. Immigrant families reunited for first time in years at Arizona’s border fence, as a protest against immigration laws.
- Because there’s no privacy anymore…Obama is checking your email.
- “Honest Disney Movies” posters to make you laugh and cringe. The best ones, obviously, are the princess ones.
- [TW weight issues] A bariatric surgeon, discussing her work with obese patience, and the dangers of obesity. There is a lot of disgust about/shaming of fat people in this article. One editors says: “I think it was thinly disguised concern-trolling plus an opportunity to show how nice she is (omg, she TOUCHES FAT PEOPLE) and how thin she is (when she learned how her esophagus works, she….got grossed out and lost weight? really? why was that relevant?) plus some shitty science (losing weight =/= willpower) and lots of fun white-knight-ing.” Other editors thought the piece had some merit. What do you say?
- Excellent parody in response to racist backlash to the Cheerios ad with a biracial family.
- Interesting framing of the supreme court debate over same-sex marriage as gender discrimination.
The gender-discrimination argument is not complicated. Imagine Alice applies for a license to marry Charlie and it is granted. Yet if Bob applied for a license to marry Charlie, he would be denied. The crucial difference between Alice and Bob is, of course, their gender—not their sexual orientation.
- Oprah finally figures out that black women watch her programming.
- How to talk to little girls.
- UK department store Debenhams makes pledge to ban body re-touching on lingerie model photos.
- So many things are problematic about this. Ugh. An 11 year old boy from San Antonio sings the National Anthem at a basketball game. People got upset about it, despite the fantastic delivery, because he’s wearing clothes similar to a mariachi outfit, and people get in a twist about a Mexican singing the USA anthem. So he denounces being Mexican. Why aren’t people allowed to be proud of their family heritage? Even if he was born in Texas, why should he have to prove his Americanness in order to be allowed to sing our song? And what if he WAS Mexican? What’s wrong with that!?
- Turkish protesters dance tango in gas masks in Gezi Park in response to Prime Minister Erdogan telling everyone to go home. Erdogan also calls American protest supporters hypocrites citing “where was the outrage over tear gas” used to disperse the Occupy movement? Bro, I don’t know if you know, but we were pretty outraged at that too!
- The Price is Right now has both male and female models. Progress?
- From Reyes: OH GOSH THIS
- Have we sent you to the Hawkeye Initiative yet? No? Go check out this excellent project of taking the poses in which female comic book characters are drawn, and replacing them with men.