Weekend Links Vol. 6: Our Hearts Are With Trayvon

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 to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Trayvon Martin


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Here is an excerpt from an excellent New Yorker post on the not guilty verdict on George Zimmerman’s murder trial for Afrcan American teenager Trayvon Martin:

“There will be a great deal said about what the verdict in this trial means, but most fundamentally we should understand that it means validation for the idea that the actions Zimmerman took that night were rational, the conclusions he drew sound, and that a black teen-ager can be considered armed any time he is walking down a paved street. The decision the six jurors reached on Saturday evening will inspire anger, frustration, and despair, but little surprise, and this is the most deeply saddening aspect of the entire affair.”

Jelani Cobb at The New Yorker

Our thoughts are with the Martin family.

Although we all love Jane Austen, there just aren’t enough literary novels with female heroines whose main purpose is something other than looking for that perfect male counterpart. Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping seems to be a recent rarity. [The Atlantic]

Despite all of the incredible contemporary art created by women, gender bias in art curation continues, especially in new media art. [Art F City]

Last weeks DOMA success does not spell out marriage for many queer couples who are still separated by questions of race and immigration. Intersectionality, yalls. [Advocate]

1 in 5 young women in South Korea undergo facial plastic surgery to enhance “caucasian” features, many times at the pressure of older relatives. [CNN]

Following a report from the Center if Investigative Journalism on the forced sterilization of female inmates in California, we need to look back at the long history of forced sterilization on predominately women of color in the United States. [Policy Mic]

Despite calls to “lean in,” a recent study shows that only 25 percent of American moms would choose full-time work if money was no object. [NYT]

And for the mothers who do decide to “lean in” work and “lean on” domestic workers, these “invisible women” are finally getting a legislative voice. [Women in the World]

Following accusations in Amherst Dartmouth, and other college campuses around the country, UNC was filed with its third investigation on the administrations alleged retaliation against victims of sexual assault who spoke out on campus. [Think Progress]

If the Man-Child could use his ironic sexism to build a new world, would you want to live in it? Would anyone?” [The New Inquiry]

Fearless actress Gabrielle Union spoke some real truth on racial and gender discrimination in Hollywood. [Oprah]

Daft Punk wants us all to get lucky with their condomns. We are all about good dance music and safe sex. [Pitchfork]

“Rosin said in the Atlantic that these experiences make me more ’empowered.’ Am I the only one who can’t stand to read the words ’empowered’ and ‘sex’ in the same piece? Women aren’t hair dryers. Our power levels can’t be turned up or down by the touch of a penis.” [Thought Catalog]

Julie Larson-Green was promoted as the head of XBOX, for all of those who think women can’t lead and don’t like video games. [Jezebel]

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The Ardorous is a platform for female artists showcasing individual and collaborative projects between a collective of female creative professionals – all full of ardor but each with a unique artistic style and voice. The site is curated by Petra Collins.

by Arvida Bystrom

Quote of the Week

My body is so powerful that they couldn’t show my face because it would be impossible to hide the joy of my existence. My body is so powerful that they can only show it in bits and pieces, disjointed from the story of my survival. My fat body tells the story of my strength. My fat face sings the truth of my beauty. My body flouts “conventional wisdom,” destabilizes a hundred years of lies and half-truths spoken from the mouths of charlatans. My body resists colonial rule; it refuses to be subjected to state-generated ideas of fitness or femininity. I am complete. I am hot. I am complicated. My body holds a lifetime of pain and joy and love, and you can’t see me as whole because my fat body is so powerful that it would shatter your world view, make you question the very reason for your existence, thrill your heart, incite your soul.

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