Sunday feminist roundup (5th May 2013)

Sunday feminist roundup (5th May 2013)

- Tesco sells chemistry sets for boys (glosswatch) (only, that is) and, when criticised, fails to see anything wrong with their it (twitter). It’s standing behind its excuse of market research. Nothing unusual about that.

– Niall Ferguson, a Harvard historian, has issued an unqualified apology ( for his remarks about Keynes. He claimed that Keynes didn’t care about the future of humanity because he was gay (and, therefore, didn’t have an children). His unqualified apology comes with a qualification that he was commenting on one particular thing that Keynes said about the long run. I think this is a case where that most academic of terms is appropriate: whaevs.

– A report shows that the gender gap in Canada will not be closed for another 228 years (globeandmail) if the pace of the last 20 years remains. Oh my.

– Here’s a very brief, no-frills definition of mansplaining (femfreq on twitter). I have been mansplained four times in the last week. Yes, I count. (Here’s another one.)

– NYPD statistics reveal that their stop and search policies (targets?) are curious: 52% black, 31% hispanic, 10% white, 8% other (motherjones). Seems disproportionate. On the same token, the LGBT community of NYC claims that the NYPD are targeting them for stop and frisk, also (ny1).

– Here is a new magazine – Ruductress. It’s a spoof and satire on those ridiculous and insipid women’s magazines. It’s my favourite thing this week so far.

– This is a great Q+A about Anne Boleyn (bitchmedia) in which Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, discusses the anti-hero. I’ve got a real thing for the Tudors so this is right up my street.

Climate change affects women ( [...] climate change exacerbates issues of scarcity and lack of accessibility to primary natural resources, forest resources, and arable land for food production, thereby contributing to increased conflict and instability, as well as the workload and stresses on women farmers, who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. [...] food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health. (from

– I need to read this and, I dare say, so do you. Dystopian Book “Partials” Imagines a Society of Forced Pregnancy (bitchmedia).

– Finally, the Feminist Wire is running a forum on race and feminism. It is very, very well worth a look.