54 comments for “Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

  1. March 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    This week on Eugenia de Altura, some alarming statistics about women’s lives in Bolivia, accompanied by some thought-provoking images.

  2. March 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    In his searingly honest autobiography, Pope Benedict reveals the scars of his German childhood and the events that led to his radical change of heart. ‘My Life in Hitler Youth’ is a call to conscience for us all. Okay, he hasn’t written it yet, but I have a review of it here…


  3. March 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    This week over at femonomics:

    I review Jamie Oliver’s food revolution (conclusion: both inspiring and maddening) and talk about new legislation to improve school food.

    We recap the healthcare legislation passing, with one personal response, one summary of the issues involved and where we go from here, and one guide for the skeptics out there (note: it doesn’t make you un-feminist to be skeptical of the legislation).

    I also summarize some bad science about weight loss (and okay science about women in the workplace), and discuss why the 5% statistical significance rule is often treated with undue importance.

  4. March 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Feminist Review founding editor Mandy Van Deven turned thirty this week, and in our final fundraising push, she wrote a letter to readers encouraging everyone’s support in the final days of the I ♥ FR Campaign.

    It is deeply satisfying to encounter poetry like Tara Betts’ [which] bears witness to the true grit of life, including poverty and appearance-based assumptions and experiences that categorize one as Other, even among an already marginalized population. These experiences, and the enduring human spirit…is this thematic material that Betts portrays in her debut collection, Arc & Hue.

    Properly executed, Chloe could have been an erotic thriller par excellence. Instead, the filmmakers never actually decide what they want this film to be. Is this movie simply a portrait of marriage where the thrill is gone or a glimpse into a career woman’s mid-life crisis? Is it an indictment of prostitution—a trade where workers are purchased, used, and ultimately discarded—or a metaphor for how some mothers collude with father-daughter incest?

    I was deflated and relieved when I turned the final page of The Lotus Eaters. It was unlike any other book I’ve read recently: beautiful and somewhat unsettling. If you want to know how to write a great novel, ask Tatjana Solis.

  5. March 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Traveling Soon? Don’t Forget to Pack Your Stereotype Repellent!
    MTV and Hollywood contrived images of American women don’t only affect the perception of who we are and how we should be treated in our own country. They also effect the perception and treatment of women from the US while traveling, studying, and working abroad. A recent Global Post article examined the “sexporting” of stereotypes held about American women to men and women in Tel Aviv, France, and Rome. An Italian bartender and club promoter told the journalist that his customers think “American girls are always drunk, and they are really easy, horny, and good in bed”

    The Kitchen Sisters Shift from Food to Feminism
    When I moved to India two years ago, my painfully slow Internet connection made it pretty much impossible to keep up with my favorite podcasting pair, but The Hidden World of Girls has me reconsidering my impatience. Branching out from their food-centric past, Nelson and Silva have drawn inspiration from numerous amazing and courageous women and girls living in urban and rural communities from Estonia to El Salvador.

  6. March 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    It’s a ‘woman thing’ not a ‘trans thing’ – A Jezebel post on makeup made me realize I don’t feel inadequate as a woman because I’m trans. I feel inadequate as a woman because I am a woman, and we’re raised to assume we’re inadequate

    Getting past passing – On finding joy in being who I am, and not how others see me

    Questions on being trans, from highschoolers, pt 4 – The saga continues!

    Trans Lit – searching for our reflections – Been a while since I posted on trans lit, but a poorly-thought-out Lamda Literary post got me thinking

  7. K
    March 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Guest Post – 10+ years with vaginismus – This is a guest post by another blogger, in which she talks about some of her experiences living with vaginismus for over a decade. Some highlights include but are not limited to reflections on relationships and heavy pressure to remain a virgin, then, a sudden switch over to pressure to have babies!

  8. March 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Trying html this time… hope it works

    I talked about Ann Coulter’s cancelled event at the University of Ottawa

    I also commented on a news story that essentially blamed a 17 year old girl for her sexual assault because she was drinking

    I found an interesting tag on a piece of furniture while out shopping

    And another facebook status update that uses stereotypical gender roles

  9. March 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Over at Freedom and Weep:

    I wrote a review of The Philadelphia Story after watching it for the first time. Being a casual fan of Katharine Hepburn, I was surprised to find her in a horror story.

    After a conversation with a friend, I reflected on what is so threatening about feminism – and why I think a feminist lifestyle can be a great thing, even for relationships.

    The next day, I read two posts elsewhere about feminism and relationships (including the Dating While Feminist post here at Feministe) – so I wrote a response.

  10. queerunity
    March 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Demand Sean Hannity Not Distort the Truth About Hateful Slurs

    Prom is for Everyone!

    Support The Federal Student Non-Discrimination Act (HR 4530)

    Take Action: North Carolina YMCA Discriminates Against Gay Family

    Crossdressing is NOT a mental disorder!

  11. March 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    After openly gay Constatnce McMillan tried to attend prom with her girlfriend, her Mississippi school district canceled the event rather than allow her to do so. While the bigots were in a high-fiving frenzy this week over a federal court’s decision not to reinstate the prom, they showed themselves to be as short-sighted as they are narrow-minded completely missing the stunning blow this decision was, explicitly ruling such discrimination is a violation of gay students’ rights.


    Also, our favorite opponent of choice, Rep. Bart Stupak, finds out there are worse things than pro-choicers supporting a primary challenge against him…


  12. HN
    March 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Over at Yeah, That Needs to Go (TNTG)

    Bush shakes hands with some Haitians, then wipes his hand off on Clinton’s back…Let’s Speculate

    Artist Spotlight: Whale Mail

  13. March 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    1. Snapshots. Breast-binders! Strap-ons! Oh my!

    2. Female Masculinity Is Not A Contradiction. Regarding the meme that part of what is attractive about butches & butchness is the “tension” between femaleness and masculinity.

  14. March 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Feminist Peace Network Founder and Director Lucinda Marshall will be speaking at the University of Dayton On Apr. 8th in the Sears Recital Hall at 7pm. Her topic will be, “Militarism and Violence Against Women: The “Other” Terrorism.” If you’re in the Dayton area, hope you can attend! http://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/2010/03/28/fpn-founder-lucinda-marshall-speaking-the-university-of-dayton-april-8th/

  15. JetGirl
    March 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Two things:
    In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, an entry wondering why women in math and science seem invisible http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/mathochism-invisible-women/
    And an entry on childhood dreams permanently deferred by chronic illness http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/ra-diaries-the-summer-of-nadia/

  16. March 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I wrote posts!

    I heart Parks and Recreation, too!, about the NBC sitcom.

    “Oh. That’s what’s supposed to happen.”, about a clever new Kotex commercial.

    “Hey, what did you think of the movie Julie and Julia?”, about stand-up comedian Don Glover, who can be seen on Community .


  17. March 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    My review of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

  18. March 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    A friend & I have a brand new blog: Tattooed + Pierced. It’s a feminist blog by a couple kick ass Gen X women.

    We opened with some commentaries on recent news pieces:
    Women & Work: Improvements Don’t = Success

    Thoughts on Iceland banning strip clubs

    And, finally, What IF Women Ran Wall Street?

  19. March 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    One woman featured each day for Women’s History Month. I also reviewed She’s Out of My League. (I liked it, but wish the women weren’t all “bitchy,” and would prefer less gay jokes, please.)

  20. March 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    This week, I announced The Fire Starter Sessions: a digital experience for entrepreneurs; and explained my non-marketing marketing plan (read no preferential, velvet rope, or ‘scarcity marketing’ bullshit.)

    It’s gonna burn the roof off this mothah!


  21. March 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    This week at Happy Bodies:

    An analysis of the infamous Old Spice commercials: Are they subverting traditional masculinity?

    Eight Years Old: guestposter Jess reflects on how her experience of her body has changed over time.


  22. barbarian
    March 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    sorry, my html sucks.

    I meant to write:
    The dearth of women scientists and why a new study suggests it’s probably bias and not lack of ability.

  23. March 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This week at f/law our contributor discusses hate propaganda and “sex” http://canadianwomenandthelaw.blogspot.com/2010/03/hate-propaganda-and-sex.html

  24. March 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I got married and kept it a secret for a year: http://ethecofem.com/2010/03/10/oh-so-i-got-married/

    If you haven’t heard, a corporation is trying to run for Congress:

    I am in the midst of a Philosophy paper and talk about my thesis:

    I scold myself for internet shopping while intoxicated and winding up with a pile of Glenn Beck books:

  25. March 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    This week on Yes Means Yes Blog:

    Talking Past Each Other. The first of two posts about a social psychology study of a small focus group of Australian men, I discuss the three models for rape that the authors pull from the existing literature.

    How Is Rape Like A Hurricane? In the second post on the same social psych paper, I discuss the use of “natural causality” to erase the rapist from discussion about rape, and instead treat it like something that just happens, like weather or natural disasters.

    What’s In A Name, about the use of the word “performance” in my Yes Means Yes essay Toward A Performance Model of Sex.

    Jaclyn On Fucking While Feminist, in which I discuss briefly Jaclyn’s now-already-famous interview with Amanda Hess at the Washington CityPaper’s The Sexist blog.

  26. March 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    This week I talk about trying to explain a sensory processing disorder to parents in clinic – the difficulties involved and my fear of further disempowering the children:

    A Rant, If I May

    (this is after a link dump, natch)

  27. March 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This week I took apart a phone, and then made a tiny stop-action movie documenting it. HOT LEZ UNSCREWING A PHONE.

    (I take full responsibility for going overboard on cheezy sound effects. They were fun.)

  28. March 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Got a post inspired by Jill (and Jaclyn Friedman).


  29. March 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I took issue (in a friendly way) with Courtney Martin’s tally of feminist change through the past decade, and I’d be interested in hearing what others think has changed most significantly.

    Spurred by a particularly nasty student gossip blog at my campus, I vented about how such blogs – with all their misogyny – signal a need for more feminist discussions of hookups and sex. I don’t think those discussions can be very effective online, beyond preaching to the choir, but they can happen in the non-virtual world.

  30. March 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    We got another podcast out this week. In episode 41 we discuss Healthcare Fallout & Ethics of Sex Work on top of the usual current events.

  31. March 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve written a few pieces I like this week!

    Supplements—Snake oil or helpful?

    The Internet—time-waster or community-builder?

    Apparently I’m in a mood to ask questions! Also a quick plug for other places I write:

    I write in other places too!

  32. March 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Sexual assault, triggers, and the problem of male privilege in activism

    Chick Flick or Wrestling? Answer to continue ChaCha-ing

    It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. Yay!

  33. Lin
    March 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Just some easy to cook and tasty vegetarian recipes:

  34. March 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I had a think about gender identity, beginning with whether I even get to have one.

    J wrote about rugby, masculinity and mental health.

    And I pondered why it’s seen as cynical to have contingency plans for breaking up.

  35. March 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This week in Evil Slutopia:

    ~The Key of Awesome parody of Adam Lambert’s new video is pretty funny, and makes a good point about exactly why it might be that Adam is in the video all by himself.

    ~Of course we participated in the Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action.

    ~We gave a mixed review to the revised and updated 2nd edition of The Ethical Slut.

    ~Lance Cpl. Katrina Hodge, a soldier in the British army and last year’s Miss England, has gotten the pageant’s organizers to remove the swimsuit portion of the competition. We have mixed feelings.

  36. PrettyAmiable
    March 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Commentary on why I’m irritated that people are talking about Biden’s f-bomb over the Tea Partiers’ F-bombs (and N-bombs).

  37. March 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  38. March 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    This week at re:Cycling, we wrote about additional videos for the new Kotex campaign (you’re unlikely to see these on U.S. television); new software to help Orthodox Jewish women tracking their menstrual cycles; the role of menarche in the new film The Runaways; development of a new pain reliever (and perhaps a new attitude) for menstrual cramps; and the mentions of menstruation in last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation. (Like Sady, I’m a big fan.)

  39. March 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Squeezing this one into the week: I wrote about menstruation and the liberating power of a menstrual cup

    Also on the body, I wrote about living size acceptance in Visible Fatties. Another post last week was about the need to rethink workplace culture in order to allow for real progress in ‘fatherhood’ in The Daddy Country.

  40. March 29, 2010 at 12:26 am
  41. March 29, 2010 at 5:13 am

    This week I wrote about cis gay filmmaker Israel Luna’s transmisogynist film being given a slot at the Tribeca film festival. There’s a difference between exploitation films and flat-out exploitation, and Mr. Luna is exploiting trans women and our deaths.

    I also wrote about Dan Savage’s latest transphobic outburst at The Stranger, and wondered how much longer people would defend his transphobia.

  42. Dominique
    March 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    ok, my html may be off but here it goes :Why niqabgate has got me steamed/

  43. March 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

    You’d think the results of a statistical analysis of 1.4 million tournament chess matches would be fairly dry but actually…. Interesting Proof That Aggressive Male Behavior Towards Women Makes Men Losers

    Also, imagine what the fundies would say if they thought chickenpox and, especially, it’s painful adult re-eruption was sexually transmitted: Getting Herpes Is Tough Enough Without Making Yourself Bad or Wrong About It Too

    Possibly the Most Anti-Feminist, Patriarchal Words of the 20th Century: “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home” tends to speak for itself.

    And finally, interesting thoughts from Language Log, including the brilliant point by Mark Leiberman that science reporting on gender differences serves the same purpose as bible stories, in The Male Edition of Louann Brizendine’s Brain

  44. LSG
    March 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

    This week at Equal Writes I read evolutionary biologist (and unabashed feminist!) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s book Mother Nature and wrote about how engaging it was. It was an emotionally and intellectually challenging book for me, and challenged many of my convictions about biological essentialism. Hrdy’s grappling with the intertwined evolution of mothers and babies, contradicting centuries of scientists’ sexist assumptions about mothers being instinctively nurturing, and describing her personal struggle with wanting to be the best parent possible for her children and continue her research without guilt. I haven’t come to any conclusions, but I recommend the book as a thinking piece and would be very happy to hear different feminist perspectives on it.

    Unfortunately, I really don’t recommend the comments — we’re having a tussle with a commenter who is kindly explaining to us why evolutionary psychology explains all, traditional gender stereotypes are because of science, and he “rejects the idea of transgender” (!!!).

  45. March 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm
  46. March 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Over on Beauty Schooled, I wrote about Beauty U’s anticlimatic graduation day:


    And the latest installment of Tip Jar, where I’m getting “better” at upselling, and hating it more than ever:

    PS. Don’t forget to send me links for this week’s Feminist Blog Carnival!! Deadline Monday, March 29 at 10 PM.

  47. March 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    A day late, I know. But I finally got around to finishing a blog post of mine that had been sitting in my draft box for the last few weeks.

    The use of the word ‘retarded’ as a pejorative has been discussed a fair bit in the progressive blogoshpere as of late. But there’s another ignorant and offensive use of the word that’s always annoyed the hell out of me. So consider this entry a PSA for those who need it.

  48. March 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Not something i wrote, but a friend of mine wrote a really good blog post about the unnecessary gendering of childhood. She said she was too shy to promote it herself but that she’d be happy for other people to do so.

  49. March 30, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I’m late, too! Sorry! But a post of mine about friendly flirtations and navigating hollering from men on the street (complete with music from Tevin Campbell, Musiq Soulchild, and a track from Deep Dickollective) has inspired some really rad, thoughtful commentary, so I wanted to share here.

    I also did a short piece on connections between nonprofit work and women’s role in unwaged reproductive labor. Drawing from Selma James, Maria Dalla Costa, and Arundhati Roy.

    Finally also on nonprofits, I highlighted a great article, couple years old, called “The Nonprofit Industrial Complex and Trans Resistance.” Inspiring stuff!

    Happy Monday, y’all. :)

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