A few things to get your week started right:
150 Years of Vassar: A photo spread. Thanks, Lauren, for the link.
I know a lot of us are WikiLeaks-ed out, but there are two more pieces worth checking out: This one from the New Statesman that discusses the liberal values that are in conflict in the WikiLeaks document drops, and this one from Amnesty International breaking down the freedom of expression issues that WikiLeaks raises. Both are worth reading to gain a more complete understanding of all the factors at play here.
The Supreme Court is going to decide if the largest sex discrimination case in U.S. history will be allowed to proceed. The Court here isn’t deciding whether Wal-Mart discriminated or didn’t; it’s looking at whether the 1.5 million(!) female employees claiming discrimination have similar enough claims to be considered a class for purposes of class action litigation. This matters not just for gender/sex discrimination issues, but for all class actions going forward. How to define a “class” for the purposes of class action suits is key in allowing workers or others claiming harm, whose individual claims may be too small to reasonably pursue, to band together as a single class of people and pool their resources to assert a large, collective claim against an entity.
Tony Porter issues a call to men at the TED conference, urging them to break free of the “man box” and emphasizing how stereotypes of masculinity hurt all of us.
The always-fantastic Lori Adelman puts together a slideshow of the 10 least misogynistic rap lyrics of 2010.
Conservatives in the House kill a bill that would protect against child marriage – because groups that oppose child marriage may also be pro-choice, and because the bill calls for supporting the rights of girls and making sure that they have access to health care.
Peter King, a House Republican, is planning to use the U.S. Congress as Ground Zero for his anti-Muslim inquisition. He’s calling for Congress to open an inquiry into the “radicalization” of Muslim communities in the United States
Anti-abortion positions are gaining momentum in the House, and anti-choice Congressmen are expecting 2011 to be a big year. They’re focusing on three goals: (1) Banning late-term abortion based on bogus fetal pain claims; (2) Requiring women seeking abortions to obtain unnecessary and costly ultra-sounds; and (3) Barring any insurance coverage of abortion — even coverage by private insurance companies.
And on that note, check out Frances Kissling’s article about all the things you can do this holiday season to support pro-choice and rights-affirming positions. Go a step further and make sure you write and call your Congressperson, and urge him or her to support abortion rights and push back against the anti-choice rush in the House.
- Stuff to Read by Jill October 31, 2008
- The First Pro-Choice Carnival by Jill January 1, 2008
- Daily Feminist Reads by Jill July 13, 2007
- Memorial Day Reads by Jill May 26, 2008
- More Good Feminist (or Feminist-Infuriating) Reads by Jill March 13, 2008