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.
Links We Like
“Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.”
The government shut down this week. WIC finds funding. [Colorlines]
Nudity in the Upspace organizer speak out. [BlogDailyHerald]
Hood feminism for the working class women of color. [Afropunk]
Pro-choice fights back. [The Nation]
The dangers of being a cyber queen [Vanity Fair]
Women writers: don’t bother. [The Guardian]
The “permissible” slut-shaming of sex workers. [SometimesMagical]
Elderly women in extreme poverty. [Raw Story]
O’Reilly harassment. [Think Progress]
Rick Owens is not the face of progress. [Racialicious]
Fashion: stop trying to “be diverse” please. [Thread Bared]
Redefining Rape [The Hairpin]
We love Wangechi Mutu [Afropunk]
Quote of the Week
I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.
Art Worth Sharing
Doreen Garner was born and raised in Philadelphia. She began as a painter before she discovered the art of glass. Doreen uses glass to illustrate and visually reconstruct the events and emotions of her personal history. She uses imagery to depict her experiences concerning race, loss, gender, and her role in society. She received her BFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University In 2009. Doreen has studied at craft intensive programs including Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. In 2010 Doreen was invited to become a fellow with the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Doreen is currently pursuing her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design.