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In honour of World Mental Health Day: turns out invisible disabilities exist! To the surprise of some.
Other far-flung topics include the saviour of the British high street and the mind-blowing truth that women can be FUNNY. And also SEXY. Bizarre.
Feminists with FSD does Orgasm, Inc – I finally got around to watching the feminist documentary about female sexual dysfunction. And as someone who actually has FSD, I found it to be sorely lacking in some important areas.
Thoughts about how self-punishment hurts heath efforts
Sustainable lifestyle changes through the pursuit of pleasure
and I have a beef with my kids school of which I am in the midst of writing a strongly worded letter
Yeah. Not Impressed
I’ve been writing about dating, privilege, and marginalization:
Dating from the Margins: Desexualizing and Cultural Abuse
Dating from the Margins: “She’s Kind of Insecure,” or the Catch-22 of Marginalization
I wrote about hate groups helping sway voters towards theocrats in the US, mentioned my theory that Catholics who are anti-birth control might actually believe the feelings in a marriage should include fear, and described how somebody who is privilege-blind isn’t doing me any favors. For fun, I skewered yet another stupid evo-psych idea and shared an interesting image of Persephone created by my friend Ariel Springs.
Somos Los De Abajo: photos from yesterday’s march in Barcelona.
In the aftermath of being cyberstalked and cyberbullied by PUAs this week, I wrote this post on different approaches to fighting back against the trolls:
On fertility treatments:
How to deal with people who try to guilt-trip you:
Very disturbing news on medicating children:
i wrote a post about occupy boston and holding hope even though misogyny and oppression run rampant.
Rachel Whiteread’s work is direct and powerful, focusing on absence, death, and the negative spaces of an object. Check out her haunting series of concrete casts of household objects and even an entire Victorian home!
This month we are giving away Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 1 graphic novel.
Vampires and Impossible, Timeless Beauty standards: Looking at why having conventionally beautiful vampires in the genre is not compatible with the fact that our understanding of what is beautiful has changed throughout the years.
Review of Side Jobs by Jim Butcher, Short Story collection from the Dresden Files
Review of Season One of The Walking Dead: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6
Review of The Vampire Diaries Season Three, Episode Five: ‘The Reckoning’ : Yes we are still waiting for an intelligent woman to show on this program but we can snark about it in the meantime.
Review of ‘Soulless’ by Gail Carriger, Book one of the Parasol Protectorate series.
My partner and I attended the Occupy Wall Street solidarity protest in Berlin yesterday (Occupy Berlin?) and it was intense.
I wrote about our experience (including a too-close-for-comfort incident with pepper spray) with lots of photos:
This week I wrote a couple short posts about religion and privilege, and the recent NY Times article that says women who wear makeup appear more confident.
In order of descending seriousness (at least according to my own interpretation):
A bump for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month blog carnival. [TW domestic violence] If you can contribute or signal boost, it’s much appreciated.
Book Review: Romeo’s Ex — In the play, Rosaline is a non-character; she’s mentioned a few times and has no lines or stage time at all.
Thoughts on a Chakra: Manipura — Thinking about will and assertiveness in the context of being a young-ish teacher in parent-teacher conferences.
Fart Pose in Chairs — A modification of wind-relieving pose (discussed previously as a psoas stretch for pelvic pain) for folks who need or prefer the support of a chair.
Nostalgia and Airtime — Quick notes on a problematic 80s song and a link to a fun parody.
I posted a posthumous interview with Angela Carter at PrettyQueer.com on Tuesday in which she apologizes for the transmisogynistic caricature at the center of her novel The Passion of New Eve. I also posted some ephemera to Keep Your Bridges Burning, including the sentence “I am a graduate school Beavis.”
I’m really out of practice with blogging, but here’s hoping for a fresh start!
5 Predictions of the Future from the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” movie, Real Steel: If bad Hugh Jackman movies are any indication, misogyny is apparently here to stay. Let’s hope we can do better!
Have a great Sunday!
OH! I’m sorry for posting two things but I forgot to tell you that my new all-lady band Correspondences posted a demo tape that you can listen to for free, if you like bass/cello/drum trios that don’t have any singing yet.
“This makes me uncomfortable in the same way that Godspeed You Black Emperor makes me uncomfortable” -my girlfriend
I’ve come out of a long blogging hiatus to blog about my experience of reversed roles at “women in IT” talk at a conference I was at recently
It was linked in the round-up mail sent out by the conference afterwards.
This week I wrote a post called Driving Miss Representation about how I love the film but that it should still be viewed with all critical facilities engaged. And if you haven’t seen the film, check for a screening near you!
Very unproductive week for us at What Fresh Hell (urgh, round one of flu season!) so we just have a couple of kind of silly posts:
One about how my snake phobia is getting waaaay worse but it might be because of a medication I’m taking. Yay? (Also includes the greatest picture of a wiener dog of all time.)
Rebekah took a first aid course and wrote a list of things she learned.
I had a very real first world dilemma of laziness vs. style today.
And, in more serious, happy news I wrote briefly about Zachary Quinto.
Happy week, y’all!
Humane Educators’ Toolbox: “Spent” Challenges Our Assumptions About Poverty: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/humane-educators-toolbox-spent.html
Messages in the Media: What Family Window Decals Say About “Normal”: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/messages-in-media-what-family-window.html
One Small Step for a Better World: Buy Slave-Free Chocolate: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/one-small-step-for-better-world-buy.html
How White Writers Should Address Racism
Translating ourselves back to ourselves: On the struggle to maintain culture when whiteness wants to sweep it all away.
Identity, visibility, and the Internet: How are marginalised identities visible, or not, on the Internet? I talk about some racist abuse I suffered online, and wonder how the structure of the feminist blogosphere facilitates that kind of behaviour.
I’m (co) writing/directing/hosting a feminist-leaning chat and sketch comedy show that brings social issues to a college audience. The show is produced by and airs on Uconn’s college station, UCTV. We only have one episode out right now ( http://uctv.uconn.edu/shows/entertainment/myods/2011/season-1-episode-1-13/ ) but we’re working on more and so far it’s been a blast! This is my second show I’ve done with them (my first is here: http://uctv.uconn.edu/shows/entertainment/pasttemps/2011/season-1-episode-1-12/ , and much love to my AMAZING editor Cris for making that opening so spectacular), and I love the people I get to work with. It feels awesome to finally understand what people mean when they say “a labor of love”. :D
TV is being really racist, sexist, and generally offensive this week!
Dear “The Big Bang Theory”: It’s Over.
The Walking Dead Season 2: Why I Won’t Be Watching
And “Room” For Improvement – musings on fandom and douchebaggery in relation to everyone’s favorite terrible movie.
First time I’m here in a while…
I finally got around to reviewing Quiverfull by Kathryn Joyce.
The problem of bride kidnapping is worsening (TW: Rape, kidnapping, suicide)
My photos of Occupy Detroit: http://tinyurl.com/44q9xby
I wrote about Urban Camping, Activism and Economic Justice about my experiences at the first weekend of Occupy Philadelphia. Now that it’s 11 days old, I want to do another post about how it’s evolved (some changes for the better) and address kyriarchy in the Occupy movements and how Occupy Philadelphia is handling it (good and bad). That will come probably sometime this week.
I also wrote about Slim Jim’s sexist ad campaign for DARE sticks. Similar to Dr. Pepper 10 in its ridiculousness.
Ashley and I are back with a whole new crop of articles just waiting to spill out all over the feminist floor.
This Friday, I shared a theater with the likes of Jennifer Newsome, Barbara Berg, Jean Kilborne and Christiane Amanpour to watch the new “Miss Representation”.
We’re getting back into media by celebrating what’s being done right and making sure others understand what’s wrong and are kicking things off with a brief review of the expectations set for Brave, Pixar’s next major release with an original story.
Please enjoy and check back, we’ll be posting more.
Columbus Day is a terrible holiday, but maybe that’s why we need to keep it
Thoughts on responsibility for National Coming Out Day – But let me remind you: coming out is hard. It is dangerous. It is harder and more dangerous for some people than others. … It is not the responsibility of queer people to make the world safe for ourselves by coming out, when coming out has the potential to put us in danger.
I have nothing to promote, so here’s a video of me singing Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass accompanying myself on ukulele. I recorded it to test out my new iMac’s video/audio capability, but I’ve shown a few people, so please excuse how shitty I look.
Hey everyone my blog just started it’s second giveaway of the month: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol 1 graphic novel. I know there have to be a few people who still love the buffyverse. Enter for your chance to win.
Yesterday HollabackPHILLY, along with SPARK and BeautyRedefined, launched a body-positive Halloween costume contest for national women, girls, and LGBTQ. The goal is to publicize and honor people wearing creative costumes that don’t emphasize sexuality (ie: “slutty astronaut”, “slutty nurse”, etc). We’re also airing a discussion with Beauty Redefined about different costume ideas next weekend! http://philly.ihollaback.org/2011/10/15/950/
I can’t handle watching or reading the news anymore, so I’m burying myself in my happy place for a while. My happy place looks eerily similar to The Muppet Show:
My post-mortem wrap-up of Dancing With the Stars, Week 4, somehow solicits a transphobic comment:
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Grey Skies: Read. Write. Parent. Drink. Complain.
Moms Who Need Wine.
“I do not like to write – I like to have written.” ~Gloria Steinem
Put out a few good pieces this week :)
An interview with Eryn Lockhart, http://rachelahanson.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/interviewing-eryn-lockhart/
About how I accept my body, http://rachelahanson.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/scale-scale-on-the-floor/
About my experience with domestic violence, http://rachelahanson.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/domestivciolenceawareness/
And an interview with Michael Myer, http://rachelahanson.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/michael-myers-funny-author-on-the-block/
I also posted by first book trailer on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFANyfhGYKs&feature=feedu
My guest blogging month continued with an assessment of representations of gay men in reality television:
Dating While Cat Lady
Being a cat lady is, in fact, the sexiest thing you can be.
And I just wrote one called Straight and narrow about how our local progressive weekly lacks women’s voices. Might be only of local interest, but maybe you find the same at other alternative weeklies. And maybe not! I hope your local paper is better on this issue.
I wrote about abortion stigma in the classroom over at the Abortion Gang blog. This week we also had pieces about:
– the absurd ultrasound carnivals in Congress
– how to support breastfeeding without being a jerk and
– Beyonce and the pressures of fertility
So this week, I had a job interview, and the night before the job interview, I had a (non-sexual) dream about going jogging in the nude, which was rather interesting in the emotional arc it followed.
This week on NSWATM:
I begin a series on what social justice means to me.
Noah Brand begins a series on suits.
Marc posts on grim and gritty remakes and, as of time of writing, seems to have no interest in turning it into a series.
Women-On-A-Stick and the companies that love them
I introduce the Personal Potential Index, a new product from Educational Testing Service. Despite my initial hesitation, I note that this is actually quite consistent with strategies to remove unconscious bias in letter writing in academia. I would definitely be interested to hear from others in academia, especially STEM.
I wrote about talking to kids about the realities of Columbus Day, whether it’s okay to let your kids swear, and a student I talked to who feels like feminism excludes her because she likes to cook and sew.
Been visiting the Occupy Boston movement and have blogged my thoughts on it a bit…….fujihemp.com….Check it out!
Why the Brocratic method sucks when it comes to pre-calc:
On resigning myself to Bs, and dreading logarithms once again:
Naamah writes about her tenure as a pornographer-for-hire
Dr. Pepper 10: Ten Good Reasons to Never Buy Dr. Pepper Again
I wrote a post bringing some class and feminist analysis to occupy wallstreet, and what most leftbro commentary leaves out.
A post about loss, abortion, and my mom:
A piece about sex workers’ health and how abolitionism impedes the fight against HIV/AIDS – sometimes perhaps deliberately.
Also, another analysis of the dodgy stats used in pro-abolitionist material.
I cleared my personal blog and started over on Friday. Putting a new trust in myself and my readers (the few that I have). Testing the waters with my first post.
Lots of smutty giveaways on the book blog.
This week I wrote about my experience at Perth’s annual Fair Day, which kicks off pride month for 2011.
I also did the usual Sunday Hustle, a round up of links including style blogging, no make-up week, and gendered language in the French tongue.
In which I ponder last week’s National Coming Out Day’s legacy: http://wp.me/pij0l-FG
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