Boy has it been a weekend! Let’s get you caught up on some interesting discussions:
- Our Headliner – WOMEN’S WORLD CUP!!!
- NPR’s Carrie Kahn discusses in “World Cup Gives Girls a Goal” how young girls are ready for some talented, strong, and sporty new female idols.
- Miss the game? Georgina Turner at Sports Illustrated will catch you up on the highlights.
- And to bring everyone down, Germany’s The Local reports that France’s Women’s World Cup team posed naked for Playboy. WTF?
- ****New Addition****Lisa Wade from Sociological Images just posted an interesting article on the racist and jingoist US soccer fans who responded to the Japanese victory.
- Julie Watson from The Huffington Post reports, “About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade with Ameri Firstscan flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S…” [Read on]
- David Siders from The Sacramento Bee reports, “Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of gay and lesbian people, making California the first state to adopt such a measure…” [Read on]
I was never really into Harry Potter, but for some of my friends and family members, this is the end of an era. I, however, can’t wait to share some of these adventures and their heroines and profeminist heroes with my children.
- Ms. Magazine – “Hermione Granger and the Fight for Equal Rights” by Amy Borsuk
“Hermione offers much for a generation of girls to admire, beginning with her unmatched, encyclopedic knowledge of spells, potions and magical history, which is crucial to Harry’s survival throughout the series. She also holds her head high in the face of attacks on her appearance (she catches flak for her frizzy hair and her large teeth) and her stigmatized status as a Muggle-born witch (her peers taunt her with the slur “Mudblood”). Her loyalty and devotion to her best friends keep the golden trio–Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and her–together until the very end. It’s no wonder fans have serenaded her as the ‘Coolest Girl in the whole wide world’…” [Read on]
- “6 Most Awesome Women in the Harry Potter Books and Movies” by Chloe Angyal at AlterNet.org
- “Why Harry Potter is a Feminist” by Krystie Yandoli at AlterNet.org
- “Banking While Black”