Weekend Links Vol. 24: “Stop Asking About Our Genitalia”

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.

This Week’s Feature: Katie Couric, Laverne Cox & Cis Privilege

On her show this week, Katie Couric asked model Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox about the status of their genitalia. Both were understandably made uncomfortable by a cis woman asking such an invasive question on national television. Carrera refused to answer the question while Cox responded to it as if she had The National Transgender Discrimination Survey memorized like a Yeats poem, with eloquence and poise despite the rudeness of the question. Janet Mock also wrote an op-ed, “I’m a Trans Woman, But Stop Asking Me About My Genitalia,” in solidarity with the #girlslikeus.

We view transgender bodies to be within the public domain, yet simultaneously they are rendered abject for their trans identity – a damaging double standard for trans people – often becoming the object of violence and injustice after (forced) disclosure. Katie Couric imperfectly but admirably responded, apologizing for her intrusive, ignorant and inappropriate question.

Links We Like

Read the whole speech that Ray Kelly was supposed to give at Brown. [Brown Political Review]

The U.S. government could spend the same amount it does not subsidizing college education on making public education free. [Think Progress]

Talking about white privilege and intersectionality as a white person in poverty. [Occupy Wall Street]

Senator Bernie Sanders may run for president to fight against American oligopoly, wealth inequality and climate change. [Common Dreams]

The Colored Fountain makes a list of the top 10 things done by white feminists in 2013 that inhibited unity with feminists of color. [The Colored Fountain]

On Ani DiFranco, white obliviousness & historical (mis)recognition. & you cannot “reclaim” an oppression you did not face (or the range of white apologism.) [Tim Wise]

International trans* women of color gather. [International Trans Women of Color Gathering]

The female face of poverty. [The Atlantic]

Cece McDonald has been released !!! [Feministing]

The football industry is ‘toxic’ for gay people. [BBC]

What Melissa Harris-Perry really said about transracial adoption. & “I am reminded that our fiercest critics can be our best teachers.” [The Nation]

All-male congressional committee convenes to discuss far-reaching abortion restrictions. [Think Progress]

Sisters Chloe and Halle cover Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” from the new album almost better than Queen B herself.

4 Things I learned about freedom from an uber-strict prep school. [Kosher Adobo]

Girls are less stigmatized as China eases it’s one-child-per-family policy. [The Daily Beast]

Meryl Streep slams Walt Disney & reminds us that the world’s best actress is also a feminist. [Vanity Fair]

How to tax and regulate marijuana. [The Economist]

Pregnant and thus forced to stay on life support. [NYT]

I’m a trans woman and I don’t want to be “one of the good ones.” [Autostraddle]

Why is it so important to extend unemployment benefits in America? The White House sent this out, so you know it’s damn important. [WhiteHouse.gov]

A Pakistani boy tackles a suicide bomber, yet doesn’t receive the same attention as Malala (why? a combination of transnational racism & islamophobia.) [BBC]

Jada-Pinkett Smith criticizes “the war on men through the degradation of women.” #sexismimpactseveryone [Sinuous Magazine]

Events To Go To

Arts Editor Jennifer Avery has curated a show, “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken”, in List Gallery 1st Floor, starting January 18th, and will feature Brown and RISD students. The opening will feature works by Nafis White, Todd Stong, Garcia Sinclair, Gina Roberti, Christina Goldie Poblador, Claudia Norton, Shelly Gresko, Doreen Garner, Mary Craig, Cait S. Cannon, Adam Bouche, Jennifer Avery and Robert Sandler. Check out the Facebook event !

Videos of the Week

Recently passed poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, reads his controversial 9/11 poem, “Somebody Blew Up America.”

A performance artist, Jacqueline Traides, has undergone the same procedures used in cosmetic animal testing in order to urge the European Union and the world to put an end to the unnecessary torture and deaths of millions of animals.

How Do You Define Yourself by Lizzie Velasquez discusses surviving and thriving despite medicalism, lookism, ableism and the inhumanity of saying “you’re so ugly, you should just kill yourself.”

Quote of the Week

Despite his outright sexism and homophobia, the voice of LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) will continue to echo in our institutional memory as one of the most radical, revolutionary poet-activists. We mourn his passing this week and celebrate his words through passing along the following poem from his earlier work.

Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note

by Amiri Baraka (October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014)

Lately, I’ve become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I run for a bus…

Things have come to that.

And now, each night I count the stars.
And each night I get the same number.
And when they will not come to be counted,
I count the holes they leave.

Nobody sings anymore.

And then last night I tiptoed up
To my daughter’s room and heard her
Talking to someone, and when I opened
The door, there was no one there…
Only she on her knees, peeking into

Her own clasped hands

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