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This week's round-up includes: racial inequality on display, moving away from the label "pro choice," inaccessible feminist readings, anti-gay sentiment and tone, and yoga and menstruation.
- Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display by Jamilah King at Colorlines (Keywords: race, discrimination, New York, stop and frisk)
At least half a dozen billboard sites have sprung up around the neighborhood since August, with each month dedicated to highlighting racial disparities that impact black people in America. So far, the billboards have touched on topics ranging from the entertainment industry, education, fast food, smoking, policing, and black wealth.
- Planned Parenthood Moving Away From "Choice" by Anna North at BuzzFeed (Keywords: Planned Parenthood, abortion, reproductive rights, pro-choice, pro-life, labels)
A recent research push by the organization found that large numbers of Americans feel this way — uncomfortable with both the pro-life and pro-choice labels. And so Planned Parenthood's newest messaging will be moving away from the language of choice.
- Feminist uni courses, and a lack of accessibility by Nyux at Shadow's Crescent (Keywords: feminism, literature, interesectionality, class)
The material is damn well inclusive of queer people, women of color, non-western people. But all of it is from strictly scholarly works, or from feminists who have/had-when-writing institutional backing and power. It’s all from academic journals, print anthologies, and other generally-inaccessible works.
- A Terribly Polite Homophobe by Aoife O'Riordan at Consider the Tea Cosy (Keywords: LGBTQ, same-sex marriage, tone, intent, homophobia)
I’m sure he thought that by being reasonable and polite, he could avoid offense and we could all be friendly. He was wrong.
If you tell me that I do not merit the same legal rights as you do, it does not matter in the slightest how softly you phrase it. It does not matter how friendly your tone is, how polite and how much you assure me that you are rather in favour of me as a person. You have still told me that you see me as fundamentally inferior to you.
- Yoga’s ‘Red Tent’: Iyengar yoga and the menstrual practice by Tracy I. at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty (Keywords: yoga, menstruation, attitudes)
So I experienced much resistance, annoyance, and feminist skepticism when, upon attending my first class of Iyengar yoga in January 2000, the instructor said that women should let her know if ever we were menstruating because there was a “special practice” we should follow.
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?