You know the drill, folks – here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately, in no particular order. Please feel free to comment on these links, or to post your own links (including your own stuff, if you want!), or to just discuss whatever the heck you want to discuss.
It Won’t Be The Same
Lauren of Feministe is calling it quits. Damn, damn, damn, damn. I mean, best wishes to Lauren and all – but, at the same time, damn, damn, damn, damn.
Because Nothing Illustrates The Extent of Homophobia Like Maps
Daddy, Papa and Me illustrates the growth of homophobia – and homo-friendliness – since same-sex marriage moved onto the national agenda. Trey also has some predictions for the future. I think this is an excellent post, but we should also remember that the gay-friendly coasts represent a much bigger share of the US population than their modest square miles indicate.
Report: Women and Children in an Insecure World
This report attempts to summarize the harm done to women worldwide by abuse, rape, and war.
Disputed Study Finds Low Rates Of Prison Rape
I’d be delighted if it turns out that prison rape really is rare; but, alas, there’s a good chance that this new study is bullshit.
Boy Brains and Girl Brains
Lindsey comments on the latest “boy brains” article, this time one from The New Republic. The article in question (which is behind a sign-up barrier) claims that teachers have to adapt to teaching to the biologically different brains of boys – but also has a few examples of schools that have been perfectly successful at teaching boys without using different methods for them, or having lower expectations. If boys have biologically different brains, shouldn’t that be the case universally?
You Know What I Love About Barry Windsor Smith?
It’s the way he draws tall grass.
Personhood: Is a Fetus a Person?
Excellent essay outlining the pro-choice position on personhood. I don’t agree with every bit of it, but it’s a good read and a good summary.
Yet Another Depression/Abortion Study
The latest abortion-causes-depression study, this time from New Zealand. I’ve read the study, and it’s better than past studies which have made similar claims; this one deserves to be taken seriously (although it’s been criticized). Nonetheless – and as the authors admit – the study doesn’t make the comparison that matters most, between mental illness among women with unwanted pregnancies who gave birth, and mental illness among women with unwanted pregnancies who had abortions.
The Religious Right Is More Opposed To Freedom Than The Religious Left
Well, that’s what I think, anyhow. I’ve been debating the question with some folks in the comments of Cathy Young’s blog.
Lies, Coercion, and Disrespect: Crisis Pregnancy Centers At Work
Jill at Feministe critiques the Crisis Pregnancy Center movement. Check out Stone Court, too: God Wants You To Lie.
Elizabeth Anderson catches the New York Times spreading the “Mackinnon says all sex is rape” slander.
Elizabeth Anderson is one of my favorite feminists in the blogosphere. Check out her concise and lethal critique of Christina Hoff Sommers’ boy-crisis anti-feminism, and also her discussion of feminist epistemology and its critics. And her defense of the Kelo decision, while not feminism-related, is excellent.
More on Child Support
Excellent post by Amanda at Pandagon, partly bouncing off recent posts here at “Alas.”
Read the comments, too – it’s good to be reminded that some divorced dads remain decent guys.
The men are acknowledging that they may have little or no control over whether an unplanned child is born. From there, they appear to assume that they won’t be around for any actual child-rearing, or even for a relationship with the child. The men are laying claim to the privilege of continuing their regular life, writing a check once a month and being done with it.
Tom DeLay Denies All Charges (As Told by Dr. Suess)
Scroll down to the January 16th entry to read it. It’s great, trust me.
The Argument For A Working Families Party In Oregon
Really excellent, pro-fusion-party essay.