In a moment of cynicism, I wrote a post entitled “Privilege and Feminism: Do Allies Exist?” I also wrote about the impacts of denying same-sex couples the right to wed.
I wrote about something that drives me absolutely bonkers. I call this peculiar phenomenon (somewhat tongue in cheek) TMI Disorder.
I also have Celebrating Voluptuous Women which is quite short but the comments are interesting. Feel free to ignore our bad pun contest at the end!
I wrote about my workplace’s rather pathetic evacuation plan in And once again, disabled people don’t exist.
Please consider your workplace and whether or not someone who can’t handle stairs would be able to get out in case of an emergency.
This week, I blogged about the R Kelly verdict and the ways in which black people supported him despite of the fact that the victim was 13 year old black female.
In the illusion of virginity, I posted about hyman replacement surgery and the ways in which the medical establishment is profiting from the sexual control of womans bodies.
In Cynthia McKinney – The fallback choice, I post about HRC supporters who only now recognize her as a woman. McKinneys womanhood like that of other black women is only validated when it is conventient.
I found that while it’s easy to point out that pro-lifers don’t care about preventing abortions, you can also show by direct evidence from the voting record that Pro-life politicians are anti-children.
Not my blog, but a comment on this here blog in a dead thread, and another installment of my “America is broken because we’ve forgotten about Federalist #10” series.
I just wrote a post about fat phobia in my family. Here is the link:
I wrote about Harriet McBryde Johnson and ablism.
So these few weeks I’ve been busy with exams and what not, so my blog has been quiet. Here’s what I’ve turned out lately.
The positive and negative about signing up for a gym.
I examine the way that a game character evolved over the years, and not for the better to appeal to a younger male audience.
This is my longest post – I talk about the Resident Evil 5 controversy wherein you play an American military man who enters a village full of African zombies and proceeds to systematically slaughter them all over the course of the game. I talk about the imagery in the trailers, the female African sidekick introduced in a trailer, and why it’s problematic to both feminists and the gaming community.
Ah heck … I figure I can promote my blog as well: my Loving Day post (well, not really about Loving Day per se, except for a shout and and then a related issue is mentioned, but noting that even conservatives ask “under what authority can it be that the state discriminates on the basis of age as to which adults can drink and which cannot?” even as they somehow never manage to ask “under what authority can it be that the state discriminates on the basis of gender as to which adults can marry each other?” … I find the ability of “Pauline” conservatives to question any legal statute amazing considering how un-questioning they are once tradition is invoked.).
(sorry if this posts twice)
I wrote about an interesting and ironic exchange that occurred in my International Human Rights graduate course, when the section of marriage rights within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights came up, which led into a brief and heated discussion about marriage rights for LGBTQ. I felt compelled to “come out” and well…read the rest here!
School ends. Celebration and retrospection ensue.
I guest-blogged on Tapped this week. Among the things I wrote there:
1. An appreciation of disability rights activist Harriet McBryde Johnson, who recently died at the untimely age of 50:
2. A very wonky post on the economics of paid family leave:
I blogged a quite long response to the whole Feminist hetero sex debacle.
And with our little declaration of Female Desire Week coming to a close, I have a bunch of blogs on the topic: beginning, On Skin, On Looking, What do I want? and a bonus post on “I’m not that kind of girl.”
I haven’t been very productive, since I have been training on how to be a real, live teacher, but I managed to hammer out a few things:
My apology for being a lame blogger
On lending feminist books to my sister and also how I have been interacting regularly with the 1s who make up the 1 in 4.
Sunday Night Question on Fathers.
NYCLU art benefit I am involved with. If you are in the NYC area join us for a great night of art and music.
GT 2008-06-11: Beating up your teenage daughter isn’t just a good idea. It’s the law. In which parents of several teenaged defendants sue for a restraining order against Justice of the Peace Gustavo “Gus” Garza, of Los Fresnos, Texas, and if possible his removal from the bench. After a 14 year old young woman was hauled into his court over skipping school, he ordered her stepfather to spank her with a heavy wooden paddle, in front of strangers in open court. Garza claims he didn’t “order” a spanking per se, and calls this a “punishment option,” because the threatened “alternative” was a $500 fine and a criminal record for the daughter if the stepfather refused to spank her. After the court-ordered spanking, Garza told the stepfather that he hadn’t hit her hard enough.
Several other parents have now come forward, including the parents of a 14-year-old boy with a muscular development disability who Garza ordered beaten as punishment for swearing at a bus driver, and have joined the lawsuit.
We can’t afford to be silent.
A local Catholic winger–infamous recently for blaming servicewomen themselves for being victims of rape and assault–wrote this:
[T]he coathanger bespeaks a syndrome which may not be directly abortion-related. [. . .] It’s a grown-up version of the 2-year-old’s temper tantrum.
I respond here.
In New Zealand we’ve had a major legal decision on abortion come through in the last week, which will possibly see an end to the defacto abortion on demand we have kind-of had here for 30 years. So at The Hand Mirror we’ve been pretty focused on that since Wednesday. I’ve got an index of all the pro-choice posts I’ve been able to find on the matter, in NZ blogs recently, here, and you may also want to check out Deborah’s Speaking up for abortion, The ex-expat’s Aborting Stereotypes, Anna’s Being Catholic and being a feminist, and my Let’s get practical.
And if you don’t want to read about abortion I can offer Dear Ambivalent of Auckland, in which I wrote about my ambivalence about motherhood.
Chez Mudd Goes to Gay Pride. With pictures!
Also a new short-story out: Five Time Loser: The Five of Pentacles
And Friday the 13th I blogged like it was the end of the world Most of these are voice posts, and should be done in order. Please feel free to transcribe.
I complained about the “entertainment” at our local minor league baseball game.
And not focused on feminism, but appropriate for father’s day, is a series of posts about my father, of blessed memory. They start here.
I started a blog for fun
Fortune Cookies In Bed
You Know How To Play
The U.S. has been enjoying Fortune Cookies since the early 1900’s.
You crack them open, pass the fortune around and swallow the cookie down.
Then some time during the 1980’s the “in bed” was added usually creating a sexual innuendo or other bizarre messages (e.g., “Every exit is an entrance to new experiences [in bed]”).
But what about the fortune after the cookie is gone? Send a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org with your “in bed” attached. The most creative, out there, funny, ironic, or crazy will make it! IF you’ve got a story to go with it, send it too!
Most of all, have fun [in bed]!
This week, I posted about my choice of religion and why I don’t appreciate some of the assumptions made about me because I am a “believer”.
I came up with a new soundbite about oppression: “Men are expected to live up to unrealistic standards. Women are expected to live up to impossible standards.”
Via Bastante Kim, I was inspired to write about why the R-word is Not Okay.
I have a ‘Call for Submissions: Feminism Definitions‘ up right now. I’ve already gotten one spectacular piece that will become a guest post in a week, but I’m hungry for more…
The new blog is trucking along with a small photo essay and it’s first Friday Random Ten.
I meant to mention one more post I wrote this week — this one:
It’s called “My Fans”, and what it mostly consists of is my quoting from some of the ridiculous comments from trolls who responded to one of my posts on Tapped. They were responding to a post I did on Swedish social democracy, and they were all: a) wingnuts or libertarians, b) (apparently) male, and c) extraordinarily hostile.
I haven’t experienced much sexism thus far in my life as a blogger, but I think this is one case where it definitely was a factor. I can’t imagine that those dudes would have responded with such anger and contempt to a man who’d written what I wrote.
Another interesting factor — a couple of these trolls accused me of being “innumerate” and “having no facility” with numbers and statistics. I asked them, in the thread, to give me examples of where I’ve done this, but of course no one did. It’s weird — that slur has absolutely no basis in fact. I’ve done graduate-level work in statistics and econometrics, and I’ve passed the econometrics qualifying exam in the Ph.D. program in which I’m enrolled (econometrics is basically the kind of statistics you use for economics, and it requires proficiency in math at least up to the level of matrix algebra and multivariate calculus).
Anyway, I am certain that the “innumerate” accusation was just a way of smearing me with the “girls can’t do math” stereotype. One of the commenters on my own blog didn’t agree, but I can’t think of any other reason why I would be accused of something that is so obviously not true.
It’s not exactly brainfood, but – well, it’s still food: triple-layer strawberry shortcake to be exact. Recipe included :)
I wrote about a lawsuit at Randolph College, as well as two short pieces about marriage.
I blogged about pansexuality… http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2008/06/diversity-lesson-101-pansexuality.html
Campus Progress’s new blog, Pushback, launched this week. Pushback is home to a diverse group of young progressives who are determined to speak for ourselves instead of having the mainstream media speak for us. Inevitably, feminist perspectives will regularly appear on Pushback, so I hope you all will check it out!
Announcing Tell IT- WOC blog Carnival. Tell It Women Of Color Speak, is dedicated to giving voice to women of color. Historically we have been marginalized, exploited and silenced. Throughout our difficult history we have struggled to maintain our dignity and self-worth. It is in the name of our fore mothers who struggled so that we could be here today that I call this carnival.
Submissions can range from gender, history, politics, sexuality, personal stories etc. I will place no limits as we have been limited enough. Please feel free to share, as we are all on similar journeys. It is my hope that we will devise survival strategies together. For those that seek to ‘other’ us, read and learn, there is so much we have to teach.
The carnival will be published on the first of every month. Let’s work together to make this a success.
Newest piece was about FOX “News” laughable assertion that their calling Michelle Obama a “baby mama” was simply poor judgment on the part of a producer.
I wrote about why I’m annoyed at the framing of discussion about the valedictorian who was threatened with deportation.
This week I wrote about Owning our bodies’ representation, and the Times article on gender, marriage and same-sex couples
Article in the WaPo about new “prolife” drugstores – which don’t sell condoms or any kind of birth control.
I saw a documentary called The Medicated Child, which was about giving psychiatric medication to children as young as 4 years old. It made me think about Being drugged through my formative teenage years. So I wrote about it.
I wrote about the Bush Administration’s proposed new changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) here:
This is my candidate!, until Al Gore tells me differently. btw, I’ll be voting Obama ’08 in November, so don’t worry.
Reminder to all that I’m hosting the next Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy on June 23 (a week from today). Send me your submissions, please!
It’s not Sunday anymore, and this isn’t technically self-promotion — but I wanted to make sure people saw this Washington Post story on “pro-life pharmacies.”
My co-worker Gretchen Borchelt just blogged about it.
Oops, just saw bellatrys beat me to it. Sorry for the double link.
We meant to get respond sunday :)
Over at Hootchi Cootchi this week we looked at hollywood movie sex, condom distribution in antartica (who does that math!?), were mesmerized by Jezebels shaving thread, promoted the pill book (first seen here), were extremely excited about ovulation on camera, sorta reviewed sex semantics and finally, pondered .20 cent douche boxes.
I respond to John Lundberg’s article (at the HuffPo) about Elizabeth Barrett Browning
even though it isn’t sunday any more, my series on why it’s not funny to buy and sell friends continues.
and i wrote a piece that is up over at the outlet about talking to kids about sex.
finally, we are not the sum of our jobs.
have a great week, everybody!
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