Here are some links I’ve read lately. As usual, please feel free to write about whatever you’d like in the comments, including links to your own stuff if you want.
UPDATE: Lauren at Femniste just posted her own “link farm,” although she calls it a “corral.” Anyway, we overlap a bit, but she has lots of excellent links I missed, so check it out.
Excellent Source of Information on the Sudan Crisis
This blog collects Eric Reeves’ articles about the ongoing genocide in Sudan. I don’t think there’s any more essential issue in the world right now. (And yet, I’ve barely ever written about it. I guess I don’t feel I have much to say, beyond impotent expressions of horror). Via The Reality-Based Community.
Chivalry Isn’t Dead, But It Should Be
Tekanji makes the case against chivalry. My second-favorite blog post I’ve read this week.
Women’s Rights Laws and African Customs Clash
This New York Times article describes the conflict between activists pushing for laws favoring women’s rights, and the desire of tribal leaders to preserve misogynistic traditions such as publicly checking teenage girls genitalia to certify virginity.
The Oriental Vagina?
The best post I’ve read on any blog this week (yes, it was posted two weeks ago, but I only just now read it). Jenn at Reappropriate, an asian american feminist, discusses auditioning for a production of The Vagina Monologues and being cast in a part solely for her race.
Shakespeare’s Sister on The Boy Crisis in Education
Contrary to what I argued in recent posts, a USA Today article says that now it’s middle-class white boys who are having the most dramatic fall-off in college attendance. I plan to research the data more in the new year. Shakespeare’s Sister blames it on the rising tide of anti-intellectualism among right-wing Americans, and also on the fact that white men with high school degrees earn almost as much as white women with college degrees. (Edited to correct factual error.)
But her successes are still bittersweet.
“People say I should be proud because of what I’ve accomplished as a teenaged mom,” Johnson said last week. “It’s so hard to live with everyone else’s low expectations.”
Humans as Spiritual Beings
The Uncredible Hallq argues that rather than focusing on ghosts and gods, we should pay attention to the only spiritual being we know for certain exists: Humans.
Lousy Human Being, Good Moviemaker, So Why Not See The Movie?
Well, the particular star being discussed here – Mel Gibson – has been in a lot of movies that suck, so he’s not a great example (I usually wind up having this argument about Woody Allen). But I have to agree with Ed: I’m bewildered by people, on the right or the left, who refuse to see movies, read books, etc., made by lousy human beings or even just by people whose politics they disagree with.
Interview With Lost Star Naveen Andrews
A pretty interesting interview with the very pretty Lost star, touching on issues of racism in Hollywood and an upcoming role as an abusive husband. Curtsy: Reappropriate.
British Woman Marries Dolphin
Someone alert Stanley Kurtz!
Science Must Destroy Religion
So Sam Harris argues. As a couple of his readers point out, while it’s true that religion has often done a lousy job at elevating humanity, there’s not much reason to think that Science will do any better.
Better a “Slut Feminist” Than A Jerk
Jessica at Feministing takes down an anti-feminist, anti-sex editorial by Monique Stuart, a cookie-cutter moralistic right-winger. Note the bit in Monique’s article where she seemingly regrets that censoring student newspapers isn’t politically viable. Damn those anti-censorship fanatics!
Do Girl Monkeys Prefer Girl Toys?
Cathy Young sharply critiques the “boys like trucks, girls like dolls!” monkey study that’s gotten way too much press lately. (A nice companion to Echidne’s excellent posts on the much-hyped “gender and internet use” study).
Fathers Rights Divorce Manual On How To Screw “The Bitch” Over
As Trish Wilson points out, as legal advice this website by the “Married Mens Militia” is ridiculous. But as a written record of woman-hating bitterness, it’s top-notch.