Monday feminist #roundup (15th April 2013)
I keep missing my feminist round-ups (work and life are busy). Here’s today’s:
- The Nahmias Cipher Report updates on recent rulings on women’s rights in the Middle East. (1) Hamas orders gender segregation in schools and (2) Saudis lift ban on women bicycling. Giveth with the one hand…
- Bitch discusses the public-ing (and policing) of pregnant women’s bodies. That includes everything from every Tom, Dick and Harry asking to touch your bump to criminalising women who drink alcohol when they’re pregnant. It’s all part of same spectrum of telling all women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
- A father’s debt, for which he was going to sell his six-year-old daughter into marriage, has been paid by a anonymous donor (NY Times). Thank the gods, but this will not be the only case by a long shot. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the father didn’t borrow this money frivolously; he needed it for his family’s medical care. So no one’s winning here, really. Apart from my misogynist who demanded the daughter as payment, of course.) “… It is also a story of the way the war has eroded the social bonds and community safety nets that underpinned hundreds of thousands of rural Afghans’ lives. Women and girls have been among the chief victims — not least because the Afghan government makes little attempt in the camps to enforce laws protecting women and children, said advocates for the camp residents.”
- More from bitchmagazine: Young adult books too often present a world without people of color.
- Speaking of bodily autonomy, lipmag discusses tattoos and the female body and the historical significance of women using tattoos to illustrate ownership of their bodies. It also explores yet another way of making the female body public property that I hadn’t considered before, and how tattoos are used as an excuse/ license to touch and to comment upon female bodies.
- Female pupils in a school in California were told last week that they “couldn’t wear pants that were “too tight” because it distracts the boys.” This really is how you teach rape culture to 12-year-old boys (feministing).
- Lastly, this is fantastic: Hey girl! Check out this new comic book about street harassment (bitchmagazine). Excellent artwork and important message.