Link Farm and Open Thread #12

As usual, open for whatever discussion or links you’d like to post – and don’t hesitate to post links to your own stuff!

By the way, I’m sorry I haven’t gotten around to part two of my “No Basis” critique yet. I’m mildly sick, and doing a heavy-research blog post just doesn’t seem as high a priority as, you know, lying on the couch and watching a lot of TV. I am going to do part two, but it may be a week or so – I’m taking it easy.

Nonetheless, I still need to empty all these open tabs, so….

Tomorrow is Blog Against Sexism Day!
I’d better start thinking of a post…

The Third Carnival of Bent Attractions!

The Second Radical Women of Color Carnival!

Fetal Personhood as Metaphorical Thinking
This discussion of abortion politics and pro-life thought, by regular “Alas” comment-writer Richard Jeffrey Newman, develops a fascinating line of thought, using as a starting point a couple of the abortion discussions we’ve had here on “Alas,” and so will be especially entertaining for “Alas” readers. One of the best posts I’ve read this week – check it out.

Top Ten Things Fattiepatties is Tired of Discussing
Ten months from now, I must remember to nominate this series for a Koufax award for “best series of posts 2006.” Fattiepatties discusses the ten “fat acceptance” discussions she’s sick of having over and over. Excellent, smart analysis. She’s halfway through the series now; start here and scroll up.

Feh-Muh-Nist: Dance Like No One’s Watching
Utterly fantastic, beautifully-written post about “Dancing While Fat.” This is the sort of writing I envy. (I’ve added Feh-Muh-Nist to the blogroll.)

The Fifteen Year Plan for Same Sex Marriage
The long-range strategy for same-sex marriage. The article is a bit too optimistic and rah-rah go-team-go for my tastes, but it’s nonetheless interesting.

Slavery Denial
We condemn holocaust denial. So why don’t we condemn those who softball or try to excuse American slavery for slavery denial?

Queer vs. Nigger/Nigger vs. Queer

Why is it that every argument of the (mis)use of the term queer, has to be equated with the (mis)use of the word nigger? I think that they have such separate histories, it is ridiculous to even make such a claim.

Newsflash: Contraception Prevents Unwanted Pregnancies

Ohio State Senator Proposes Bill Banning Republicans From Adopting Children
Being an elected official makes sarcasm much more satisfying.

Israel’s Economic Abuse of the Palestinians
Keeping $700 million in taxes that rightfully belongs to the Palestinians is just scratching the surface.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Rape
Curtsy: Muse and Fury.

Can Conservative Christians Be Convinced To Ally With Democrats?
David at The Debate Link argues persuasively that no, they can’t; “as an organized political entity,” the Christian Right can’t get behind “any proposal that doesn’t relate to abortion, gay marriage, and abstinence.” But then a few posts later David reverses himself, after reading this Washington Monthly article, about some Conservative Christians who are sick of Republicans putting big business and hardball politics ahead of issues.

The Gender Mysteries of Don Knotts

Reappropriate on “Crash“: Racist, Shallow, and Easy For Whites To Swallow

The Same Peanut Butter Tastes Better With A Brand Name
As Word Munger sums up, “People prefer inferior peanut butter when it’s got a recognizable brand name. People will say the same peanut butter tastes better when it’s labeled as a recognizable brand.” But since enjoyment is subjective, does this mean that people really do get more taste enjoyment out of eating a brand-name product?

Gendergeek’s FAQ for Men’s Rights Activist readers
Curtsy: Muse and Fury.

Why Curious People Shouldn’t Own Stun Guns

If you ever feel compelled to “mug” yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself. You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.

New to the Blogroll: Bad Feminist
The appropriate kitch artwork illustrating each and every post is impressive. More substantively, I liked this post suggesting specific ways feminists could switch way from a judicial-branch approach to protecting abortion rights.

Real Life Simpsons.
“The opening sequence of The Simpsons, but with real people.” Via Crooked Timber.

Widowhood is Bad For Whites, But Not Blacks

Researchers studied 410,272 elderly American couples, and found the “widowhood effect” — the increased probability of death among new widows and widowers — is large and enduring among white couples, but undetectable among black couples.

Excellent Series of Essays on Being An Adjunct Professor


What made me cry, was that all these years, I was taught by my family that being gay is horrible, and that gay people do not deserve a decent life. My family lied to me, and I am angry for that. [Curtsy: Rachel’s Tavern.]

The Double Edged Sword of Fuck Me Feminism

UK nurses want to supply clean blades and cutting advice to self-harmers

Parental Notice Laws Don’t Reduce Abortion

New To The Blogroll: Vigilence
Smart, “professional-feeling” blog focused on queer rights and fighting the Christian right.

On Being a Straight White Pro-Feminist Progressive Male

Kevin Drum on the Irrational Wackiness that is CEO Compensation

TV Land is cool.

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18 Responses to Link Farm and Open Thread #12

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    Zenmasterw says:

    I saw this bit of fat panic on BoingBoing this morning. Surgeon General: Obesity Epidemic will Dwarf Terrorism Threat

    It doesn’t get much more alarmist than that.

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    Ginger says:

    Hello all,
    Just whoring my blog out to whomever may be interested. I did what I *think* is a pretty decent post on the SD abortion ban, and I’ve got some other fun stuff that you might enjoy. Take a look and don’t hesitate to comment!

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    gengwall says:

    Fetal Personhood as Metaphorical Thinking

    Boy, Richard gave me lots of print. It worked well for the point he was making. Too bad it didn’t deal with the point I was trying to make here.

  6. Thanks, Amp, for the kind words!

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    Sheena says:

    I like that Buffy link. Some (more hardcore than me) Buffy fans I know, who used to spend time on fan boards, have said that the responses of other fans to Buffy/Spike was a bit disturbing – the insistence on romanticising the relationship, & excusing everything Spike did, etc etc.

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    alsis39.5 says:

    Maybe they were stunned into submission by the bad power ballads that accompanied the “romance,” Sheena. :p

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    fournier says:

    Amp, thanks for the link!

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    Pattie says:

    Wow. Thanks Amp. I hope the remainder doesn’t disappoint.

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    Sheena says:

    alsis – I think it was more likely a case of being overcome by Spike’s frequent shirtless hawtness (which underwhelmed me once I had realised that IRL James Marsters is (a) not English; (b) not blonde; (c) a complete prat – going by every TV interview I’ve seen with him)

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    E. says:

    I blogged against sexism today. Check me out if you like. I’m Oral Hygiene Queen at the link below.

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    alsis39.5 says:

    Thanks a lot, Sheena. I suppose next you’re going to tell me that Howard Stern and Kid Rock are unsuitable dream boyfriends, too. :D

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    novalis says:

    A very complex case arising from the interaction of embryo storage and divorce. The child support issues make it even more complicated.

    I’m curious what other feminists have to say about this one.

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    Shannon says:

    All the posts were amazing. This isn’t as good, but I like it so I’m blog whoring:

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    Jimmy Ho says:

    Amp, Vociferate‘s URL (in the “Blogs discussing feminism” section of the ‘roll) has changed: it is now

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    Jimmy Ho says:

    This just in: create your own Cat and Girl kah-toon.

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