Dispatches from Ladyblogland are Back from Vacay

Thanks to the lovely Sara Habein for helping me while I trotted the globe for two weeks. Let’s see what’s up, shall we?

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Occupy Wall Street: How About We Occupy Rape Culture?

“Our unity must be complex. Our unity must be emancipatory.” ““ Angela Davis, Oakland’s General Strike, Nov 2.

“Listen, if your revolution doesn’t implicitly and explicitly include a rejection of misogyny and other intersectional marginalizations, then you’re not staging a revolution; you’re staging a change in management.” ““ Melissa McEwan Read More Occupy Wall Street: How About We Occupy Rape Culture?

On #MooreandMe, Pt. II: Naomi Wolf and Protecting Accusers’ Anonymity

Part of what has so revived the #MooreandMe Twitter hashtag this week is renowned feminist Naomi Wolf’s January 5 op-ed for the Guardian, titled “Julian Assange’s sex-crime accusers deserve to be named.” Wolf argues that shielding rape accusers from the public spotlight infantilizes women, allows unethical organizations to hush up accusations, and is morally irresponsible. Read More On #MooreandMe, Pt. II: Naomi Wolf and Protecting Accusers’ Anonymity

FemLit: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Today, we’re starting a new, weekly series of posts which will seek to spark lively discussions and raucous debates surrounding well-known and worthy books on feminism. Each weekly read will range from classics (like this week’s selection) to more contemporary works, with topics to include everything from the definition of feminism to its intersection with other famous “-isms” to the third-wave movement to the patriarchy to double-standards in sexuality to sexism in the media to porn to the legitimacy of “masculism.” There is clearly an expansive, varied tract of topics to cover, so, in the immortal lyrics of Madonna’s Vogue: “Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it.” Read More FemLit: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

What is Rape Culture?

We’ve had a few posts this week using this tag, and we’re getting some backlash.   Some folks get pretty testy when the concept of rape culture is brought up, and while my natural inclination is to be not nice, I’m going to try a slightly different track – education.   Read More What is Rape Culture?