Weekend Links Vol. 3: Decriminalizing Sex Work, Including Asexuality

Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links will illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Our featured photograph this week comes from Michael Glawogger’s “Whores’ Glory.” Photo Credit: GMB Akash. Read an interview with Glawogger here.

Links We Like

-We at Bluestockings know to prioritize trans* perspectives in our writing, which is why we care about trans feminism and want to stress trans-inclusion as a priority for all feminist thinking & activism. Want to learn more, then read this article on Trans feminism: What is it? Is it Necessary? You can also check out our own article on why feminism needs to be trans-inclusive. [Jezebel]

-Let’s not forget about the A in LGBTQQIA+. HuffPo is featuring a six-part series on asexuality. [HuffPo]

-Will Canada decriminalize sex work? Three current and former sex workers initiated a constitutional challenge to the Supreme Court. Although sex work in and of itself is legal in Canada, many laws criminalize people who engage in sex work, by choice or necessity, which compromises their safety and protection from violence and exploitation. [Rabble]

-The Social Security Administration has finally allowed for gender identity on their identification cards to be changed prior to gender reassignment surgery. This marks a turning point in how trans* people’s gender identities can be taken seriously without having to first go through the expensive and incredibly lengthy process of undergoing surgery, which is harder for low-income, homeless, young, and undocumented trans people. [The Powder Room]

-Climate change has disproportionately impacted women, youth and low-income communities worldwide. Yet last month the Pentagon was granted extensive powers to intervene in case of domestic “emergency” or “civil disobedience.” The reason? The possibility of environmental and climate activists causing mass upheavals and thus endangering corporate interests. So why exactly are our rights to free assembly and speech being forsaken for corporate stakes again? [Guardian]

-Here is a challenge from NPR: can you name ten women in philosophy? Actually we can: Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, Gayatri Spivak, Hannah Arendt, Hélène Cixous, Bell Hooks, George Eliot, Ayn Rand, Hypatia. [NPR]

-Black Girl Dangerous provides an honest, and very hilarious, list of ways to not be an ally. [Black Girl Dangerous]

– In case you missed it, BGD also wrote a fantastic trans-, lesbian- and disabled-centered piece about “the Myth of Shared Female Experience” and how it perpetuates inequality amongst the very women it seeks to unify. To sum up the thesis of her argument, “My point is, possession of vaginas in and of themselves are neither what define women nor what bond women to each other.” [Black Girl Dangerous]

Causes We Support

A new feature on Weekend Links! We will feature petitions that we find relevant and worth supporting.

Do-Something.org has stated a petition to convince Kickstarter to remove a project to fund a “dating book” that recommends and condones sexual assault.

Hoinsky’s book, Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women has raised $15,929 on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

That means that at 11:56 am EST today (6/19), Hoinsky may actually receive nearly $16,000 to publish a book that advises men to “Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”

Kickstarter’s Terms of Use prohibit content that is “threatening, abusive” or “offensive.” It also “reserves the right to suspend a campaign at any time and for any reason.”

That’s why we’re demanding Kickstarter take down the project and refuse to fund Hoinksy a single dime for this sexual assault handbook. We also want Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen to issue a statement apologizing this project was approved in the first place and vowing not to support projects of this nature in the future.

Sign the petition and learn more about this cause here.

Feminist Blog Roll

This week we want to share HAG Collective, a collaborative group that produces awesome feminist zines and events. Their mission statement says it all.

HAG is JASMIN RISK AND CLARA LIPFERT’S POST POST FEMINIST CURATORIAL PERFORMANCE PROJECT
HAG is POST POST DRAMATIC THEATER
HAG is (NOT) YOUR DAD
HAG is (NOT) YOUR MOM
HAG is HANNAH WILKE’S BOYFRIEND’S LAUNDRY
HAG is PROBLEMATIZING SUBJECTIVITY
HAG is INAPPROPRIATE INTIMACIES
HAG is PARASITISM
HAG is NARCISSISM
HAG is MARINA ABRAMOVIC’S ASSHOLE
HAG is SUG@R B@BIES
HAG is SUG@AR D@DDIES
HAG is JUDITH BUTLER FANFIC
HAG is VIRGIN/WHORE DICHOTOMIES
HAG is WITCHES
HAG is BITCHES
HAG is MASTICATION
HAG is ABJECTION
HAG is SHOOTING ANDY WARHOL
HAG is YOUR FATHER PAYING YOUR RENT

hag

Tumblr Love Worthy Quote

“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

-via ceedling

Art Worth Sharing

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J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Hairstyles

Interweb Image FTW

TRANS1 trans2

praise the lorde

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