Today, I thought I’d put together a “suggested reading” list out of the stuff that’s caught my interest lately from around the Internets.
I used to put together links lists on a weekly basis over at the feminist librarian, and actually had lots of fun doing so — but they’re surprisingly time-consuming to compile. Then Tumblr came along, and I realized that micro-blogging was a pretty great format for sharing links and snippets of online content. So that’s where I send most short-form links these days (people who care to stalk my reading habits online can check it out at the link above). But! This week I thought I’d provide you with some linky goodness the old-fashioned way.
Gwendolyn @ Feministing | The Scholarly Feminist: Archiving with Kate Eichhorn. Feministing is launching a new bi-weekly column “The Scholarly Feminist,” and its first installment is an interview with Kate Eichhorn about archives! As a librarian who works with archival material, I’m totally excited to see feminist and queer archives get this sort of attention.
Danika @ The Lesbrary interviews author Emma Donoghue.
Amanda Marcotte @ The Good Man Project | As Equals and as Friends. Marcotte challenges GMP founder and editor Tom Matlack to re-examine his assumptions about oppositional gender essentialism.
Clarisse Thorn & Hugo Schwyzer @ Role/Reboot | On Sex, Drugs, and Feminism (two parts). Thorn interviews Schwyzer about his experience in sexual relationships and his views on gender, sexuality, and feminism.
Sierra @ No Longer Quivering | Daughter of the Patriarchy: Admissions. NLQ is a blog for girls and women who have left the Quiverfull movement (a movement within fundamentalist Christianity). In this post, Sierra writes about the bravery it took to apply for college and admit her academic aspirations.
Anne @ New Porn by Women | “child porn”?!: hide any picture of your naked child!. Anne G. Sabo (aka “Quizzical Mama“) considers how our moral panic around children, nudity, and sexuality has created a climate in which nakedness = sexuality = exploitation.
echidna @ ECHIDNA of the Snakes | The Bald Vulva. Echidna decontructs a recent article in The Atlantic that ignores the complex social currents and pressures that might lead women to shave their tender bits.
Jennifer P. @ Captain Awkward | Derailing: How Not to Talk to People Who Are Telling You Something Sad. (via my friend Lola). Jennifer analyzes the dynamics of internet conversations that turn someone’s painful experience into a discussion all about the person who’s reading the post:
At the root of [derailing and victim blaming] is a kind of wounded narcissism. Someone who points out our privilege or frankly discusses their own pain at the hands of a system that is benefitting us reminds us that we are not perfect, that things are not perfect, and that we are vulnerable to having the same thing happen to us and perhaps complicit in what is happening to them. When we derail or blame victims, we’re taking the pain of other people and making it something that is happening to us.
Jennifer Ludden @ NPR | To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework. What’s “no duh” common sense to many of us is confirmed in a new research project out of the University of Virginia in which over 2,800 couples were surveyed about the health of their relationships.
Susie Bright @ Susie Bright’s Journal | Andrea Dworkin Has Died (11 April 2005). (via Feministe). I’m in the middle of reading a collection of essays by Gayle S. Rubin (review forthcoming) in which she talks a lot about the feminist “porn wars” of the 1980s. Bright’s compassionate reflections on Dworkin’s influence are a really interesting meditation on how difficult it can be for us to bridge differences around issues so intimately personal as sexuality.
Consider this an open thread to post what you’ve been reading/writing below …