As usual, feel free to post anything you’d like in the comments, including links to your own stuff.
Blac(k)ademic: April 22nd is Blog Against Heteronormativity Day!
Go and leave a comment if you’d like to participate.
UPDATE: And check out Twisty’s comments, too. “Not coincidentally…because I am against practically everything…I am totally against heteronormativity. Heteronormative againstness oozes from my every pore.”
Rad Geek: Today is the 95th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
(For a stunning mural depiction, see Pen-Elayne).
Written World: Interesting Discussion of Sexism and Wonder Woman
When Ragnell posted the announcement for the 12th Carnival of Feminists, she illustrated it with a drawing of Wonder Woman and some other residents of Paradise Island (she scanned the image from a DC comic book). The unplanned-for result was a discussion of how women are presented for the male gaze in mainstream comics.
With its characteristic emphasis both on diversity and independent female role models, American Girl – which is owned by Mattel – added Addy, an African American doll from the Civil War era, to its historical collection in 1993. Josefina, a Mexican American doll from the early 1800s, appeared in 1997, followed by Kaya, an American Indian doll from the 1700s, in 2002. [...]
But where’s the Chinese American doll with the story line set in San Francisco at the turn of the century? Or the Japanese American doll? Or the Vietnamese American doll? [Curtsy: Angry Asian Man]
Findlaw: The Reality of Polygamy
Marci Hamilton discusses the real-world misogyny, child abuse and poverty that Big Love de-emphasizes.
Audio File: A Conversation Between damali ayo and Tim Wise
Interesting conversation between two anti-racism activists (one black, one white). I thought Wise’s point about the race division in American elections – that racial voting patterns explain much more than red state vs. blue state – was spot-on. Curtsy: Blac(k)ademic.
Den of the Biting Beaver: Rape By The Numbers
How many rapes do there have to be before our society commits to addressing the problem?
VeganKid: I Wanna Dance Naked
VeganKid is thrilled by a photo of fat women dancing – and then distressed by the context in which it was presented. Great post.
“Your son should be reading at B level and he’s reading at A level. You don’t speak English so obviously no one can sit down and read the books I send home every Monday. If no one can help him read in English then I don’t know why I should bother sending the books home with your son who is going to have to repeat kindergarten anyway”. The teacher began and then looked at me to translate.
FBI: One In Three Missing and Kidnapped Children Is Black
That’s hugely disproportionate, and disturbing. And it makes the media’s preference for focusing on missing white children, always inexcusable, even more appalling.
Written World: Men With Breasts
A discussion of (generally sexist) comic book fans complaining that some female superheroes are “men with breasts.” One thing I found odd about this post was the apparently unquestioned assumption that it is always a bad thing if you can’t tell a character’s gender from the way they act; but there really is a ton of overlap between how women and men behave, and not everyone exhibits gender-typed behaviors.
The Headpiece For The Staff Of Ra: Answers to 20 Questions For Pro-Choice People
Noumena answers a challenge issued by a pro-forced-childbirth ethicist.
Unfortunately, the effects of being a little less of a man or a woman in a sexist society is not to free you from the constraints of gender, but to reduce your value as an individual. Gender remains so important in our lives that if you do not fulfil your assigned gender role, you are a little less of a person.
Ilyka Damon: What Do You Think Feminism Is?
Interesting discussion in the comments.
Ilyka Damon: Blogging Against The Strawfeminists
A series of posts, likely to be of interest to “Alas” readers, refuting and discussing the various strawfeminists conservatives like to attack. The “main entrance” (above link) is hilarious and a must-see intro, but here’s a different link if you want to get right to the strawfeminist posts.
Feministe: 90 African Women Die Every Day From Unsafe Abortions
Is there any example, anywhere, of “pro-lifers” attempting to do something about this tragedy they’ve caused?
Online Film Critics Society: The Top 100 Overlooked Films Of The 1990s
The most surprising entry? “Babe: Pig In The City.” Curtsy: The Countess.
Persephones Box: Little Boy in a Skirt (Adventures in Feminist Child Rearing)
I love this anecdote, although it has a sad ending.
Grand Mental Station: Pro-lifers Create Nude Statue of Brittney Spears Giving Birth
No, really. Satire may not be dead, but it’s becoming pointless. For more comments, see Women of Color Blog and A Womb of Her Own.
Bad Feminist: Catholics, Please Get Out Your Writing Stationary
“The Arlington, Virginia Catholic diocese has lifted its ban on girls and women serving as altar servers, leaving Lincoln, Nebraska the only diocese in the country to continue the prohibition.” Bad Feminist is trying to start a letter-writing campaign to encourage the Lincoln diocese to mend its ways.
Feminist Law Professors: Women Should Be In Politics Because They’re The Good Gender
The Democrats try to spin sexism in their favor, or something. I was reminded of how some suffragettes made similar appeals to women as the morally pure, uncorrupted gender, as an argument in favor of letting women vote.
See Culturekitchen for more comments on this story.