Weekend Links Vol. 7: The Week of The Witch

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.

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This week’s featured photographer is Kotori Kawashima.

Links We Like

This week, we will feature an exclusive interview with Clara Beyer, blogger and creator of the meme Feminist Taylor Swift. In preparation we share this article on the racial implications of creating celebrity feminist parodies. [Feminspire]

Politicians make a living out of talking about things they have no idea about. Here is a list of the 10 most egregiously ignorant comments male politicians have made about women’s bodies. [Rolling Stone]

On a more insightful note, Annika Penelope shares 10 lessons she learned when she transitioned. [HuffPo]

A member of the “Night Witches,” an almost forgotten crew of Russian WW2 female pilots has passed away this week. [NYT]

Speaking of almost forgotten, here is an excellent list of 6 female writers you’ve probably never heard about. [Policy Mic]

Here is another point to add in our long “Fuck Florida” list: a Clearwater school has threatened to fire a transgender nurse for using a bathroom in school property. [Think Progress]

Jillian Horowitz wrote an interesting opinions piece on her politics as a sex-negative feminist. Definitely worth a read. [XO Jane]

It seems like every month, there is that one piece that tries to detangle, examine, contain, or explain female sexuality. This past week the NYT wrote a piece on the changing sexual landscapes of young and ambitious women. The Atlantic took the piece and compared to a almost identical one written in 1957. [The Atlantic]

Female sexuality bears no better on popular television, where “mistresses” often face social punishment and prejudice. No surprise there. [The Atlantic]

Causes We Support

The Stand Your Ground Defense failed domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander – who didn’t shoot anyone. For protecting her life and children she was just sentenced to twenty years in prison, even though Gray has since admitted his intention to harm her. There’s no excuse for Florida to deny this responsible mother her freedom.

Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her conviction. Tell Governor Scott to PARDON Marissa NOW!

Ren is a queer writer currently working on a novel titled “The Lost Boys.”  Ren has been writing while working in kitchens for years, and would like to be able to take some time off to focus on finishing the novel and begin printing chapbooks, but needs some funding to do so. The novel promises to be “Part epistolary, part queer southern gothic and part landscape choreography, the novel investigates queer communities, alternative family structures,  gender and sexual identity and the connections between bodies and spaces.”

Support a fellow queer writer!

Feminist Blog Roll

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This week we feature Peachy Keen Collective, a female art collective founded by Lauren Cook. PKC features art by sad loner girls/women/womyn where the Internet plays a huge part in their connections, interactions, and lives.

THey are always looking for submissions of original content that has never been seen on the Internet before. Email all submissions to peachykeencollective@hotmail.com

Love Worthy Quote

“The archetype of the witch is long overdue for celebration. Daughters, mothers, queens, virgins, wives, et al. derive meaning from their relation to another person. Witches, on the other hand, have power on their own terms. They have agency. They create. They praise. They commune with nature/ Spirit/God/dess/Choose-your-own-semantics, freely, and free of any mediator. But most importantly: they make things happen. The best definition of magic I’ve been able to come up with is “symbolic action with intent” — “action” being the operative word. Witches are midwives to metamorphosis. They are magical women, and they, quite literally, change the world.”

Art Worth Sharing

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David Hammons. In the Hood. 1993

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