This Week: Miss San Antonio Fights for her Crown & More

The Women of Tahrir Square
PRI’s The World: “Women have long been told, by the government and even by opposition groups here, that their rights are a priority — but that economic reforms, or security concerns, or cultural considerations must come first.”

How Microbicides Could Forever Change HIV For Black Women
ColorLines: “This year marks 30 years since this epidemic officially began. During that time, it’s become an increasingly black one for many complicated reasons.”

Widow’s Tax Lingers For Military Families
Huffington Post: “Tens of thousands of the nation’s war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man.”

Miss San Antonio Goes to Court to Keep Crown
ABC News: ” A teenage Texas beauty queen is in court to keep her crown following accusations that the recently coronated Miss San Antonio violated her contract and gained too much weight.”

White House to Cut Energy Assistance For the Poor
National Journal: “In a letter to Obama, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wrote, ‘We simply cannot afford to cut LIHEAP funding during one of the most brutal winters in history. Families across Massachusetts, and the country, depend on these monies to heat their homes and survive the season.'”

New Cash Cow For Big Pharma: Female Sexual Dysfunction
Jezebel: “If you can’t have an orgasm and you’re a lady, then you’re sick and you need medical intervention, or, at least that’s what companies that stand to profit from your perceived dysfunction want you to believe.”

This Week: Women Writers, Hip Hop, & more

Women at Work: A new tally shows how few female writers appear in magazines
Slate: “Women may be shattering glass ceilings, but not in the literary world.”

Some of us are brave, a reflection on hip hop
Feministing: “Hip hop, still, seems regarded as black boogeyman culture that perhaps on a fluke became a global billion-dollar industry.”

Rep. Royce plans to push national-level version of contentious Arizona immigration law
The Daily Caller: “Royce, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade subcommittee, told TheDC his legislation would give state-level cops and local law enforcement nationwide the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.”

Guantanamo death highlights US detention policy
Salon: “Gul, a father of 18 children, had been kept in a cage by the U.S. for more than 9 years — since late 2001 when he was abducted in Afghanistan — without ever having been charged with a crime.”

Latino Community Grapples with HPV Prevention, Treatment
NPR: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Hispanic women have the highest rate of cervical cancer caused by HPV…  Meanwhile, the California Medical Association foundation finds that Latinas aren’t getting screened as often as other women, and are least likely – in that state, anyway – to get a pap test that shows the presence of HPV virus.”

Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List
New York Times: “But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle for the online encyclopedia: surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women.”

This Week: Kanye West, Healthcare, Gay Parents, & more

Black Monsters/White Corpses: Kanye’s Racialized Gender Politics
Racialicious: “I’m not surprised that no one has looked at the very specific positioning of white women in the video as opposed to black women, which dives deeply into the history and construction of black women as beast-like and fearsome, the sexualization of violence, and how the video is a win for both normalized misogyny and upholding the ideals of white supremacy.”

Maybe Jared Loughner Was A Bigot, After All
Slate’s Scocca Blog: “But his membership in the anti-woman wing seems clear. Or is misogyny—even homicidal misogyny—too unremarkable for anyone to dwell on it?”

Healthcare Reform’s Unintended Queer Upside
The Nation: “While this is all great news, it’s just a happy accident of unhappy circumstance: LGBT people inadvertently benefit because we’re a subset of a larger group of low-income, uninsured people.”

Parenting By Gays More Common in South, Census Shows
New York Times: “The pattern, identified by Mr. Gates, is also notable because the families in this region defy the stereotype of a mainstream gay America that is white, affluent, urban and living in the Northeast or on the West Coast.”

Gov.-elect Robert Bentley intends to be governor over all, but says only Christians are his ‘brothers and sisters’
Birmingham News: “Gov.-elect Robert Bentley in a speech at a Baptist church this afternoon said he plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and be color-blind, but he also said people who aren’t ‘saved’ Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.”

With House debate set, up to half of people under 65 have pre-existing conditions
Washington Post: “The secretary of health and human services released the study on Tuesday, hours before the House began considering a Republican bill that would repeal the new law to overhaul the health-care system. “

This Week: Haiti still in peril, women in combat, abortion rates, & more

Year ‘was hell for us': Will Haiti be rebuilt?
MSNBC: “Despite an outpouring of solidarity for Haiti from around the world, billions of dollars of aid pledges and a huge ongoing humanitarian operation, ordinary Haitians say they are still waiting to see a positive impact in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest state.”

Ban on Women In Combat Is Discriminatory, High Level Military Panel Says
Huffington Post: “A high-level military advisory panel is set to recommend that the armed services overturn its policy barring women from serving in combat roles, a step that would remove a key structural barrier for women trying to advance their military careers.”

US Abortion Rates Stall After Decades of Decline
Feministing: “The article suggests that among other reasons harassment against providers and clients has had a chilling effect on women accessing abortion and even contraceptive services.”

Under Siege in Somalia, a Doctor Holds Her Ground
New York Times: “Hundreds of women from the sprawling refugee camp on Dr. Abdi’s property dared to protest, adding to a flood of condemnation from Somalis abroad that forced the militants to back down.”

Paranoia as Prelude: Conspiracism and the Cost of Political Rage
Tim Wise: “We have surrounded ourselves with amplified noise machines, which pump only those tunes we are already predisposed to hear, and in so doing we make enemies of our brothers and sisters.”

Race Card: The Chinese Parenting Controversy and the Vilification of Mothers of Color
Bitch Magazine: “But rather than debate the pros and cons of Chua’s childrearing strategies, I’d like to examine a major stereotype running through her piece: Mothers of color are cruel. “

This Week: Black women and DADT, being an ally, & more

Black Women Win in Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
ColorLines: “A recent report by the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce found that black women often bared the brunt of the military’s harsh standard of secrecy. “

Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions
New York Times: “State officials from both parties are wrestling with ways to curb the salaries and pensions of government employees, which typically make up a significant percentage of state budgets.”

What I Have Learned About Being an Ally to Native Americans
Native American Resources: “To remember that I still ‘collude’ and that I need to be conscious and intentional in my efforts to be an ally AND that I am a work in progress.”

Today’s Color Line
The Nation: “These figures offer a striking reminder of the almost insuperable barriers that have kept African-Americans from the most powerful offices in the land.”

Adultification and Sexualization of Girls in French Vogue
Sociological Images: “The thing is: the adultification/sexualization of young girls is paralleled by a infantilization of adult women.  This adds up to a conflation of women and children which serves to uphold prejudice against adult women and the exploitation of girls.”

GOP Attack on Health Care Reform Is a Fight Against Racial Justice
Color Lines: “And while it’s a long shot that the GOP’s effort will make it through both houses of Congress…Republicans are already breaking their own promises and potentially putting the lives of millions of poor and uninsured people of color at risk.

This Week: Georgia prison rebellion, possible HIV cure, & more

Stigma and Violence Against Transgender Sex Workers
RH Reality Check: “Doubly stigmatised as transsexuals and as sex workers, pushed into street work, they become victims of abuse and violence perpetrated by bystanders, customers, their own ‘sisters,’ and (sadly) even by those who should be protecting them – the police.”

21 Companies That Have Excluded Women From Leadership
Huffington Post: “The figures are outrageous and point to lingering misogyny in the board rooms and executive suites of a number of America’s largest companies.”

LGBT Books Vandalized With Urine in the Lamont Library
Harvard Crimson: “HUPD spokesman Steven G. Catalano wrote in an e-mail that the vandalized books’ subject matters included lesbian and gay issues and same-sex marriage.”

Inmates in Georgia Prison Use Contraband Phones to Coordinate Protest
New York Times: “The inmates contend that if they have a source of income in the prison and better educational opportunities to prepare them for release, violence and recidivism will go down.”

EMILY’s List: Women Lean to Barack Obama
Politico: “The survey, conducted by the Democratic Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, tested a voting group of crucial importance to Democrats: women who supported Obama in 2008 but stayed home or backed Republicans and third-party candidates this year.”

Researchers report possible HIV infection cure; others cite dangers
CNN: “Researchers in Germany are reporting that they may have cured a man of HIV infection.”

This Week: When sexual assault matters & more

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young
NPR: “Over the past 20 years, federal laws and policies have established a civil right to get long-term care at home. But NPR’s investigation found that is only sporadically enforced.”

Obama Signs Bill to Pay Black and Native Farmers—Finally!
ColorLines: “The signing of this bill will provide $1.5 billion to settle claims with black farmers and $3.4 billion to settle with Native American farmers.”

Canada military publishes new transgender policy
Pink News: “The policy says they should wear the uniform of their “target” gender but must be given privacy and respect. For example, no reason must be given when a person’s name is changed on military records.”

When Interpol Cares About Sexual Assault:
The Nation: “It seems we only care about women’s bodies when there’s a political point to be proved.”

Matthew Boyle steals from the government to prove that poor people don’t need food
Feministe: “Did you know that you can use food stamps to buy actual food? Thank goodness right-wing investigative “journalists” are on the case.”

San Francisco Transgender Woman Files Claim Against DMV
CBS San Francisco: “A transgender woman says a California Department of Motor Vehicles clerk used a state database to mail her a personal letter at home condemning her sex change.”

This Week: The Racial Politics of Personal Space, Defending the Secession, & more

“He Needed a Girl, and He Snatched Me Up”
American Prospect: “It’s not just the exclusive all-male, all-white clubs or obvious hate-speech but the kind of casual privilege that lets an older, white man touch a younger, black female in a sexual way, and that dictates her continued politeness in the face of such an obvious invasion.”

Art and Activism Come Together to Make DREAM a Reality
ColorLines: “Through campaigns such as Alto Arizona, Wordstrike and Soundstrike, artists were able to engage creatively in fighting the unlawful treatment of immigrants. And even though much activism has moved online, the power of the poster is never going away—it’s just in downloadable form now. “

Randall Terry and Crew Met With Boehner’s Chief of Staff
Right Wing Watch: “And Terry apparently issued some big demands for Boehner and the Republicans now that they have taken control of the House—the complete end of abortion in America.”

Celebrating Secession Without the Slaves
New York Times: “He said he was dumbfounded by ‘all of this glamorization and sanitization of what really happened.’ When Southerners refer to states’ rights, he said, ‘they are really talking about their idea of one right — to buy and sell human beings.'”

Alastair Macauley Says Ballerina ‘Looked As If She’d Eaten One Too Many Sugar Plums”
Huffington Post: “New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay recently reviewed ‘George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker’ and he took what could be interpreted as a jab at one ballerina’s weight—and she’d previously left the ballet due to struggles with her body image.”

If You’re Black in Philly, Every Day Is a TSA Day
Change.org: “Further, unlike the understandably disgruntled  folks who believe the airport invasion of privacy is an outrage, black folks in Philly don’t have the option of opting out. If you’re black or Latino and walking down a Philadelphia street, you’re fair game.”

This Week: Racism & Rush Limbaugh, Paycheck Fairness & more

Paycheck Fairness Dies in the Senate
The Nation: “Women fell two votes short on Wednesday to coming closer to getting paid the same as men for the same work. Senate Republicans decided that equal pay for women should not even be considered, as they blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving to the floor.”

Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law
NPR: “That’s because prison companies like this one had a plan — a new business model to lock up illegal immigrants. And the plan became Arizona’s immigration law.”

For Survivors of Sexual Assault, New TSA Screenings Represent a Threat
Newsweek: “For women and men who have already been sexually assaulted, the new screening rules—or just the threat of these rules—present a very real danger. They can be triggering events, setting off a posttraumatic-stress reaction.”

Is the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal DOA?
Politico: “If Democrats fail to pass the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” next month — before Republicans take control of the House in January — it could be years before they get another shot.”

The Bald Racism of Rush Limbaugh
The Atlantic’s Daily Dish: “Most of all the talk radio host revels in being called a racist so that he can throw up his hands and complain about liberal race-baiting.”

Mad World: Toy Ads and Learning Gender
Bitch Magazine: “These ads not only market toys to children but they also promote and encourage gender-specific values that are very limiting to boys and girls in different ways.” (VIDEO)

This Week: Race traitors, consciousness raising, & more

‘I Had An Abortion,’ in 140 Characters or Less: An Exchange With Steph Harold and Aspen Baker
The Nation: “The Nation invited the two women to engage in a dialogue about #ihadanabortion, the value of telling abortion stories publicly, and the risks and rewards of online consciousness-raising.

Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity: In Defense of Tim Wise
AlterNet: “
To some–the sickest and most in denial addicts of Whiteness–Tim Wise is a ‘race traitor’. Ironically, in many circles to be a race traitor–here being a a traitor to Whiteness–is an act of loyalty to humanity.”

Disability and the House Key: Housing Discrimination, Disability, and Where the Law Falls Short
FWD (feminists with disabilities):
“As long as people genuinely think that people with disabilities are bad people or difficult tenants or unreliable or ‘difficult,’ they are going to continue refusing to rent to us, refusing to grant us loans, refusing to show us houses for sale.”

In the Supreme Court Today: Sex Discrimination in Passing Your Citizenship Onto Your Children
Feminist Law Professors: “When a non-marital child is born outside the United States and has one parent who is a U.S. citizen, the child’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship depends in large part on the sex of the citizen parent.”

Disney Ride Still Makes Light of Sexual Slavery
Sociological Images: “The pirates-ravaging-wenches aspect of the Pirates attraction was planned from its inception in the late 1960s. Several sketches from illustrator Marc Davis conveyed the rapacious spirit of the scenes.”

Report: White Anxiety Fuels Anti-Immigrant Laws
ColorLines: “It tells us that fears about immigrants and the racial populism often used to drive support for anti-immigrant laws, is not necessarily a feature of a multi-racial country, but rather a particular response to the speed at which that diversity is growing.”