Month: March 2011

Fat stigma goes international

Being concerned about public health is fine and good; it’s part of a government’s job. Promoting public health is also part of that job. What doesn’t promote public health? Stigmatizing fat people. And yet.

How much time do you need?

There’s a piece at Reuters called No votes for women in Saudi municipal elections: Women in Saudi Arabia will not be allowed to vote in the long-delayed municipal elections to be held in September, the election commission said on Monday.…

There are no words, really.

Please note that this post makes reference to sexual violence. Have you ever felt so disgusted you thought you were going to choke? A group of 11 women from Guatemala have sued the Canadian company [HudBay] and its subsidiaries in…

Things to Read

An Open Letter to Good Morning America Concerning the Chris Brown Situation. Maybe the best thing you’ll read today. Key line: “But so here is why I am writing this letter to you, Good Morning America: WHAT THE FUCK IS…

The New Old Boys Club

Hey, did you get the memo? All of the influential young pundits in Washington D.C. are young and male, and at not-quite-30 they’re already looking back on their younger days and opining on what’s changed and how far they’ve come.…

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

It’s that time of the week once more. Post links to and short descriptions of posts you’ve written this week. Be specific; don’t just link to your whole blog. Not quite sure how this HTML deal works? Just use this…

Voter Intimidation

I had a rather unpleasant experience when I went to vote in my first state election. As we know, I voted in my first federal election last year, and it was a wonderful experience. All the party volunteers out the…

Diana Wynne Jones, 1934-2011

I’m sorry to have to tell you that Diana Wynne Jones, the much-loved British fantasy author, has just lost her life to cancer. According to her official website, she has two forthcoming books; it’s strange to think that new things…

Just saying no

A quick pointer to a couple of interesting posts on the “art of no” at CaptainAwkward.com, a highly informative, often hilarious, and thoroughly feminist advice blog. In the first post, the Captain notes that: Women are socialized to make men…