This is the feminist edition.
* Why you're not a feminist put into words what I never could.
"We, and by “we,” I mean the self-identified feminist community (and proponents of “I’m not, but,”) do not have a dream monochrome enough to be able to rally behind one leading principle, let alone one leading individual. We must breathe into our own plans space for the activism of others who may focus elsewise but are still partners in some way, in caring about women somehow. We need to allow for specificity, and for conflict. Why do we all have to get along? Why do we all have to agree? We need to tolerate internal conflict within our broad and indefinite community, knowing that none of us exist in a vacuum and neither do our goals and beliefs." (emphasis mine)* Beyoncé: being photographed in your underwear doesn't help feminism and in response, a somewhat poorly written Feminism is totally cool with Beyoncé posing in her underwear. My opinion probably lies somewhere in the middle, leaning towards the former.
* Is a Disney-Free Daughter Really a More Empowered One?
* Following the Delhi gangrape there has been many, many wonderful articles written by feminist the world over. A few that caught my eye:
- I fought for my life and won
- I Was Wounded; My Honor Wasn’t
- For Anonymous
- We will never know her name
- Photographs Of India Demanding Justice For Women
- The connection between global economic policy and violence against women
- In the name of Honour
- Words from This Anger
* And check out (and contribute to) "Fearless", the poster collective, an initiative by Shilo Shiv Suleiman.
* Also follow Women Bloggers of South Asia on facebook for some remarkable writing. And if you are a WBSA, get in touch with them to feature your posts.
* Being Female, Being Soldiers, Being Alone by Ru Freeman has some interesting thoughts on the lifting of the ban on women in combat, as well as interesting comments by her readers.
* This piece by Sunny Singh, on standing up to online harassment.
* I may not subscribe to Wurtzel's particular brand of feminism but this is a wonderful piece of writing: Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life
* Kathmandu Girls
"And you know, always, always, that you have just been lucky; that these men that surround the many unlucky women in the newspapers and the far-too-many others whose stories never make the pages, these are the same men that surround you too."