On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Morning, everyone! Here's all the news on our radar this fine Friday...

• WHOOOOO Wendy Davis is running for governor of Texas WHOOOOOO!!! [Huffington Post]

• A marketing strategy created by the firm PHD identifies when women are feeling least attractive and recommends that brands "concentrate media during prime vulnerability moments." The Atlantic asks, "Is This the Grossest Advertising Strategy of All Time?" We say: It might just be. [The Atlantic]

• Is it a big deal that actor Michelle Rodgriguez has come out as bisexual? One woman argues that, yes, it really is. [Autostraddle]

• In this personal essay, Bitch contributor Melissa Petro writes that working as a domestic violence counselor doesn't necessarily equal immunization against entering into an abusive relationship. [xoJane]

• A fascinating look at what happens when one of the Internet's most odious and self-aggrandizing pick-up artists visits a country where institutional feminism, in the form of social-welfare services, has made most of its female citizens impervious to "seduction" scams. In other words: Dude got negged by Denmark. [Dissent]

• Rebranding feminism, redux: Last week, Elle UK hooked up three ad agencies with three feminist groups, and each pair produced a poster designed to be both eye-catching and ideals-shifting. Do you think it worked? [Creative Review]

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Anything else we should know about? As ever, clue us in down in the comments.

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Amanda Palmer's Letter to Sinead

Not sure if any of you have been following the Miley/Sinead letter writing exchange that's been going on re: female empowerment in the music biz, but Amanda Palmer's letter to Sinead makes a great case for letting women expand and own the (sexualized) playing field of bodily presentation. http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/10/amanda_palmers_3.html

Thank you for mentioning this!

Sinead O'Connor is definitely in league with those problematic "second-wavers" (Another example: Naomi Wolf). Yes, there is a problem with women being exploited in the music industry (Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson's book "Kicking and Dreaming ..." tells a better story about their being exploited in the music business during the 1980s "hair metal heyday"). But slut-shaming and sex-worker shaming is not. ever. cool. "Protecting" the Patriarchy is also not. ever. cool. Many of us who consider ourselves 2013 feminists are working hard to discourage shaming and patriarchal protection, overall. For even more on the matter, Melissa Bradshaw over at the Guardian has some thoughts.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/03/sinead-oconnor-mile...

To be fair, Miley Cyrus does not get a "free pass" for mocking mental health patients. Ever.

As for Amanda Palmer, I am not a fan of everything she does. But I will give her some credit for her letter to Sinead.

#DefendAbortion in Downtown Toronto - lone protestor

I just want to share this bit of news from yesterday - after a group of anti-choice activists took up on a Toronto corner, I went out with my own DIY sign. I just believe it is important for activists to know that sometimes all it takes is a single voice. Hoping you will share: http://ourfeministplayschool.ca/duct-taped-defend-abortion-sign-drives-a...