Thursday, June 5, 2008

Buffet of the Week  

Been busy busy busy at my internship, so I apologize for not being able to post everyday. Here's a Buffet of the Week with several feminist-friendly stories and current events to make up for the lack of updates. Enjoy!

  • As most of you know, Obama has officially gained the amount of delegates needed for him to win the nomination. Clinton is now respectfully bowing out, and planning to endorse Obama.
  • The first U.N. General Assembly debate on human trafficking was held this week. Among the speakers at the event was actress Ashley Judd, who stressed the importance of empowering women and girls.
  • I'm not sure how many of you have heard of this, but recently, a lesbian couple received complaints at a baseball game because they were kissing. An usher told them that their kissing was "inappropriate" - he had received a complaint from a woman who said that parents shouldn't have to explain to their kids why two women were kissing. Ugh.
  • This is interesting. An artist in Bangkok is challenging the standards of beauty in China through her exhibit "Naked Beyond Skin." The exhibit features sculptures of nude women of various shapes, sizes, and body types. The sculptures are hairless, and are all showing different moods. Many are disturbed by the naked women, but they can't help but feel intrigued.
  • Interestingly enough, West Point has adopted gender-neutral lyrics to its songs. For example, "the men of the Corps" becomes "the ranks of the Corps."
  • The New York Times has a very interesting essay written by a doctor, who performed abortions before Roe vs. Wade.
  • First same-sex weddings in Greece are stirring controversy. Surprised? Me neither.
  • A Durban rape survivor plans to open a special hospital specifically for rape survivors.
  • A writer in Germany is sparking controversy through her new racy novel. "Wetlands" follows an 18-year-old girl as she explicitly and honestly describes her sex life and private grooming habits.
  • In Zimbabwe, predominantly female activists have been arrested and may be facing torture.
  • Check out this super trendy line at Kmart that promotes abstinence amongst teen girls. The sweatpants sport the slogan "true love waits." So... if I don't wait until marriage, my love isn't true...?

Feel free to comment with any stories that I missed!

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2 comments: to “ Buffet of the Week

  • June 6, 2008 at 12:18 PM  

    right after I read this i emailed Chris saying "West Point is in feminist news this week! and for once its a for a good thing!"
    haha...felt like sharing that.

    keep up the amazing work on this blog. I check it everyday and love to read it!


  • June 7, 2008 at 2:04 AM  

    What amazes me about the lesbian kissing story is that daily people subject their children to the most gratuitous violence and yet displays of love are unacceptable? What a screwed up world we live in.