Our open thread this week is hosted by a sunset over Port Philip bay in Melbourne, Australia. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week.
* with a few netiquette exceptions
Content Note: Some images in this post may be considered NSFW
Julia Kozerski lost 160 pounds, exactly the way that fat people are encouraged to. She changed her diet, she built in exercise, she stayed constant. Her goal was to change her body, and she succeeded. She went from weighing 338 (fat women can always tell you the exact number) to about 180. She’s also a photographer, and she has documented the experience extensively....read more
Yes, that’s the actual name of a party hosted at Drake University by a fraternity there. Because child rape is hilarious, right? Thanks to Feministe reader, Drake student and writer Madeline Cramer for sounding the alarm....read more
Around the world, old and new media is examining the legacy of Nelson Mandela following his death aged 95.
Please link to pieces of interest you have found discussing the legacy of Madiba....read more
Would you limit abortion to 12 weeks if it meant getting a full range of other reproductive health benefits?
That’s the question I’m addressing at Al Jazeera this week, and I actually say yes, I would sign on to that deal. With the Texas abortion law restricting the procedure to 20 weeks and a series of other proposals in states across the U.S., there’s been all sorts of discussion as to when we should limit abortion rights. My general stance is that abortion should be entirely unrestricted up to the point of fetal viability, and then it should be permissible in cases of the pregnant person’s health (including mental health), life or fetal anomaly. But with the uptick in abortion restrictions, pro-lifers now routinely make the argument that in places like France, abortion is limited to 12 weeks, and the French have lower abortion rates and better health outcomes than Americans. Pro-choicers typically respond that France also has a bunch of other health benefits that make the comparison impossible, including good state-sponsored childcare, parental leave, free and accessible abortion before 12 weeks, affordable and accessible contraception, good sex education and on and on. But I’m curious: If there were an actual horse-trade and pro-lifers were willing to come to the table, would pro-choicers agree to limit abortion to 12 weeks if we could get all that other stuff? It’s a supreme hypothetical because in no universe would this actually happen, but if it did, I say yes....read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: When all of our favorite organizations need money, and if you have it, you can give. One of my favorites is Women, Action & Media, and they’re doing their big fundraiser right now. But they don’t just want your money — they want to give you things for your money. So check out their auction. A set visit with Melissa Harris-Perry? An apartment in Istanbul for a getaway? Feminist Ryan Gosling cross-stitch? A specialized GIF made by Ann Friedman? VIP tickets to the Colbert Report? All of this and more could be yours. Bid now....read more
Women are more likely to regret casual sexual encounters than men. Is that because women are evolutionarily predisposed to feel shame after sex? A team of UCLA evolutionary psychologists says yes. I say no:...read more
For U.S. readers who had a long weekend, welcome back to the grind. For everyone else — those who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, those who don’t get holidays off — welcome back as well. To start your Monday, here’s a piece on raising the minimum wage, which we absolutely need to do....read more