Weekend Reads

HEY GUYS!: On the importance of gender-neutral language.

IS BEAUTIFUL: A touching memory from The Black Snob on little black girls, beauty, and barbie dolls. [via]

ROSIE THE RIVETER: On the gender and class implications of the economic recession, and whether the media will freak out over a female-dominated workforce.

LADY BUMPS: If you haven’t heard, someone famous gained weight and everyone hates her for her sloth and moral failure.

GOOD HAIR, BAD HAIR: Renee and Michelle look at Chris Rock’s new documentary on blackness and the anxiety of having and maintaining “good hair.” [Reportedly the movie dominated the Sundance festival this year and is being well-received by critics. Has anyone seen it?]

WOMEN OF THE LONG HOUSE: Kai takes a fascinating look beyond the lens of whiteness on the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls.

BAD JOKE ALERT: If you’re a woman taking your shirts to the cleaners, you may get, um, taken to the cleaners.

AND BOOTY FOR ALL: Watchdog group Morality in Media tries to take AARP to task for insinuating that people past the age of sixty might possibly have active sex lives. The horror!

INVISIBLE MEN: Thomas wonders who is bidding on Natalie Dylan’s virginity, and why?

SEX AND THE FAMILY: AL struggles with whether she is slut-shaming, particularly because the one she is worried for is her own little sister.

BRINGING UP BABY (GIRLS): Are Anglo Westerners developing a preference for female children?

LOLWARZ: On feminist pet wars and cattiness. (This is the best feminist blog war ever. You ought to know what side I represent.)

8 comments for “Weekend Reads

  1. February 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hey Lauren, thanks for linking to us! We just started Women’s Glib a week ago, and having two posts linked to here increased our views SIXfold.

  2. February 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Many thanks for the linky love, Lauren. Just for the record, I grew up a dog lover but saw the feline light when I was 21. A small cat dropped into my life just about then. Coincidence – or the work of the Ceiling Cat? So, I am *totally* on your side in the feminist lolwarz.

  3. February 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Yay! Another FCC supporter! Feminist Cats forever! \o/

  4. AL
    February 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Lauren, thanks for linking to my blog. I appreciate it=)

  5. February 7, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    whether the media will freak out over a female-dominated workforce

    Gee I wonder. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve already seen at least one article along those lines.

    Anyways, many thanks for the links, that made for some high-quality reading.

  6. betty brown
    February 8, 2009 at 4:18 am

    on a daily & personal level i must admit that i am guilty of anthropomorphism with my 2 dogs. i don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but learned early on with my chow mix, glasgow, that behaving as if the 3 of us were all humans doesn’t work with a dominant-aggressive dog. it’s been a long, hard road – as my childhood family dogs were all of the “affection-food-sleep-and-i’m-the-best-dog-ever” type.
    but, what got me to reconsider how i see dogs and how i see cats, and whether dogs are better for men and cats for women, or whether dogs are like men and cats like women, was this: the countless male friends, neighbors, strangers i’d stop and chat with when walking my chow-mix right before & after his being neutered. my god, the amount of empathy they had for this young dog (and a young AGGRESSIVE dog) who had ZERO idea he was “losing” his “manhood”! years later & i’m still waiting for the day someone says to me they’re taking in their female dog to be spayed. i can’t wait to melodramatically wince & say, “ooohhh, poor dog! you’re really going to do that to her? take away her ovaries?” and a guy at a party once told me he was going to let his pit bull “get laid” one time before being neutered.
    this bizarre sympathy from men for dogs just creeped me out so much, i realized there was a level of anthropomorphism i just didn’t find healthy. and so when considering lesser levels, i realized that i did find it offensive when people assumed as a single woman i owned a cat, and were then doubly surprised i owned multiple dogs. and my dogs are just exactly the type of creatures that suit me & my personality far, far more than any other animal i know of.

  7. February 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Ooooh, linky goodness. Thanks! More stuff for me to procrastinate with. :D

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