This is my debut posting on the feminist blogosphere. It doesn’t live up to the awesome stuff posted here, though. Here it is.
At the Good Men Project I asked, ‘No, Seriously, What About The Men?’
And though I am sure my article may not be popular here at Feministe the discussion may be of interest – feminists argued quite reasonably on the whole against my points.
1. ABORTION WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE, says TV.
2. FEMINISM HAS RUINED EVERYTHING, including nursing: it makes women “too grand to care”.
This week I wrote a follow up to part one of my saga about living with migraines with the aptly named Migraines and Me Part Two. A slightly different format of Friday Fiction comparing seven American authors: If You Liked That, You’ll Love This. I also found another “Hot Chicks of OWS” video waaaaay more overtly misogynistic and compared it to Greenstreet’s video: Jerkwads of OWS.
And, for a palate cleanser, there was an amazing blurb from People in my copy of Homer’s The Odyssey which I couldn’t help expanding on: Cementing The Odyssey into the 90’s.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
This week I wrote a poem that I’m pretty proud of, “Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach”: http://tinyurl.com/3fxkv73
Parents Think Tattoo Barbie Sends a Bad Message to Impressionable young girls: http://thirdhandnews.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/right-ok-now-parents-are-concerned-with-the-message-that-barbie-sends/
I also wrote a blog for my local Patch site about how small groups of idiots at OWS are distracting the mainstream from what genuine protestors are actually fighting against. Jerkface commenter takes this to mean I’m a savage right wing republican, racist, classists, and that I’m dumb, need to get a life, need to get educated and open my eyes. Despite the fact that my entire post is about the fact that I SUPPORT OWS but that certain people (like the few with anti-Semitic signs) are unfortunately making the protestors looks bad. And I write about how we can work to make sure these people don’t ruin OWS for all the good protestors out there. And then he calls me a pussycat.
I recently started a blog exploring folklore, fairy tales, mythology and storytelling.
The Wound we leave
This is a thing that I wrote for Thought Catalog that was published a few weeks ago but I thought you guys might be interested in it. It’s about my experience with abortion. http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/what-its-really-like-to-have-an-abortion/
I wrote Unwisely: Part 1 and Part 2 [TW for domestic violence and self harm] about my first experience with relationship abuse.
This is in preparation for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Blog Carnival on October 29.
Trucking Through, the first story I’ve managed to write about my dad, who died 2 years ago. Also features camping, cussing, and duct tape.
Work Wellness Challenge [TW dieting, weight loss, body policing] — Being unthrilled that the wellness challenge at my workplace centers around weight loss instead of around actual wellness.
Also a couple of shorter posts, one involving some sarcasm on a bad pain day, the other responding to the search queries that bring people to my blog.
I’m facilitating a 4 week online workshop on Motherhood, Work, Family and Balance. Continuing Ed class credits available. We’re offering this workshop through Minnesota State University in conjunction with the Museum of Motherhood in NYC.
I looked into the history of the word “cute”–interesting to see how it was a word commonly trashed during the Great Depression, when a struggling nation needed not cuties but powerful women, and then went right back to being a compliment once we’d regained our economic footing.
Also, the Feminist Fashion Bloggers group has a nice roundup of posts on the theme of youth and aging. Mine is about evolutionary psychology and how it lies counter to some of what I’ve learned about attractiveness.
Lots of good stuff from our bloggers this week:
Occupy Yourself: Action is the antidote to despair: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-yourself-action-is-antidote-to.html
On our must-see list: “Miss Representation”: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/on-our-must-see-list-miss.html
National Conference Focuses on Prevention of Gendered Violence: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/national-conference-focuses-on.html
Speaking out anyway: challenging stereotypes & racism in your child’s school play: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/speaking-out-anyway-challenging.html
Get involved when it’s none of your business: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-post-get-involved-when-its-none.html
Is actually wanting to take a tough math test normal?
My own little take on and attempt to raise awareness about Mississippi’s Fetal Personhood amendment.
In the UK we are supposed to have a democracy. But… hereditary peers in the House of Lords are ALL MALE and apparently it’s ‘too complicated to change’. This means that 11 percent of the House of Lords is male by default.
My recent post, Sunglasses, echoes The Pervocracy post mentioned here on Feministe!
I am finding my voice as a sex positive feminist, and you can expect to hear more of it. :)
I wrote about the lessons I want to teach my HFC (hypothetical future child[ren])
An episode of Packs and Rec I loved vs. one that disturbed me:
And the movie Weekend and the representation of gay relationships:
Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Loss
How To Handle Posts
Blogs I Love
At kybb I liveblogged the process of falling in love with Laura S. Brown’s book Feminist Therapy over the course of this week and then having to heart-brokenly break up with it when, at the end, in a section about the future of feminist therapy, she did a bad talking about trans women/trans people. I also wrote some swoony stuff about Dennis Cooper.
I had an online kerfuffle via Wise Grrrl with Atheist Equalist TByte on Feminism, Misandry and how alleged feminist organizations are againist men. Very interesting!
Equalism is new to me, so I hope that I can get some feedback, information or whatever.
I reviewed the book Reading Women by Stephanie Staal, and turned what would have been my comment on last week’s call-out culture post into a post of my own.
The strangest experience I’ve ever had at a conference: http://clarissasblog.com/2011/10/17/the-weirdest-conference/
The ultimate in helicoptering parenthood:
Who oppresses the child-free people?
Locating difference: How do we construct difference?
Some book recs… and some “feminist classics” you might want to stay away from.
Identity, visibility, and the Internet: how the blogosphere can be used to manipulate marginalised identities.
This week on NSWATM:
I write about a Yahoo article that stereotypes men’s choices in food.
Noah Brand discusses crappy Halloween costumes for men,
Ami Angelwings talks about the coolest athlete ever.
This week in Evil Slutopia:
~Cosmo’s “guy guru” gives some advice that proves that he doesn’t understand consent.
~We break down some slut-shaming on the VH1 show Tough Love: Miami.
I have just started a sex-positivity blog. As in, two days ago. I have no idea how much I am going to be able to keep it up, but here is the link to the opening post, if anyone is interested in it:
It is mostly going to be me talking about my sexual experiences and what I’ve learned from them, with a bit of Classics thrown in, but I thought I would mention it in case anyone wants to give it a quick glance.
Wondering if I’m maybe stuck in spam.
wrote Unwisely: Part 1 and Part 2 [TW for domestic violence and self harm] about my first experience with relationship abuse.
Just one this week: A Guide To Not Touching
I’ve got two posts up this week:
First, “Getchur Geek On,” a wrap-up of New York Comic Con, Day 4. I didn’t mention any Slave Leias because I only saw one; however, that is something I will bring up this week in a separate post about sexual empowerment vs sexual objectification in geek cosplay. (After my brother and I saw two girls dressed as “sexy Ewoks,” though, he commented, “Not everything needs to be sexy.”) My costume was not at all sexy; I tried to incorporate my baby bump into something, but my first attempt was a FAIL.
Second, my weekly wrap-up of Dancing With the Stars, Week 5, this time transphobic troll commenter-free! (So far…)
– Meredith L.
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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
Blinded By Results: How publication bias makes for bad science.
Loving your body as a radical act, so that it’s more than “being beautiful just the way you are.”
No safe place for all women? in which I brood about being in a therapeutic environment that feels downright creepy.
I hate listening to a song I like and realizing the lyrics are like, kinda rapey…
Just a random thing that sucks…
It’s been a while since there was new content at Yes Means Yes Blog. However, this week I wrote something about the way Jaclyn was pilloried first for her “My SLuthood, Myself”, which rand here and at Jezebel, and then for defending the proposition that Assange’s accusers should get a fair day in court opposite Naomi Wolf on Democracy Now. The same woman, called a prude and a slut by the public noise machine in just six months. This shows that the terms are facile, contentless constructs that serve more as demands on women’s behavior than descriptions.
Mixed Raced Characters in Urban Fantasy don’t Necessarily Constitute Inclusion : Looked at the way that Bi-racial people are often used to claim inclusion even when they are divorced from their cultures of color.
Review of American Horror Story, Season One, Episode One: Pilot: This week we play catch up and look at the hot new series from a social justice perspective. A new post will appear each day.
The Walking Dead Season Two Episode One: What Lies Ahead: a look at last week’s season opener with a special examination of the sexism involved.
Review of: The Vampire Diaries Season Three, Episode Six: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Finally, this month’s giveaway is The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus graphic novel. Please enter for a chance to win.
The wonderful folks at the National Organization for Women asked me to write something for Love Your Body Day.
Celebrating Love Your Body Day With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Like many people, I am a little annoyed by how “pink” and misguided breast cancer awareness is getting.
Some thoughts on student loans and the “53%”.
In light of her new video, I wrote about Beyonce’s comments on feminism and the criticism of her pregnancy.
This week I wrote about style blogging and new media’s effect on young girls’ self esteem.
And the usual round up of this week’s best reading in The Sunday Hustle, featuring the “hot chicks” of wall street, choice and feminism and the politics of handbags.
Check out my post of loving your body!
Occupy Wall Street and Feminism and Misogyny (Oh My?)
Quote of the Day from Bitch Magazine Co-Founder Andi Zeisler
Focus on PBS series ‘Women, War & Peace’ episode ‘I Came to Testify,’ in which Bosnian women speak out about surviving rape as a weapon of war
Director Spotlight on Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta
Oo, my first time posting in one of these!
I recently started a theology blog. This week I wrote about the new English translation of the Roman Catholic Mass, including some issues about inclusive language in both the post and in a followup comment, in Incoming Missal.
I wrote about my adventures with the psychiatric industry, and examined my motivations for seeking a change to my diagnosis: http://anthonybsusan.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/the-secret-thoughts-of-a-guinea-pig/
I also started a series discussing my reasons for leaving evangelical Christianity: http://anthonybsusan.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/why-i-am-not-a-christian-part-one-because-i-dont-have-a-penis/ Spoiler: it’s a little more complicated than you’d know from the title.
My piece on why I miss Octavia Butler: http://transplantportation.com/2011/10/17/why-i-miss-octavia-butler/
It’s been a serial kind of week over at Not Your Mama’s Gamer. Check out the links and this week’s podcast.
A New Time Capsule Podcast Episode on Zombie Games: http://www.nymgamer.com/?p=786
An announcement of the new Time Capsule series:
The 1st in a series of games Alex finds disturbing:
A series of video confessionals from our Extra Life marathon:
I normally don’t write about my personal life but a recent dating experience, combined with a recent reading experience, compelled me to analyze a suitor’s offering of a meal in the context of the clash between social norms and market norms as described by behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Behold:
What happened in Norway and Iceland after buying sex was banned?
I started a blog mostly as an outlet for frustrations with life in general and a place to talk anonymously about my depression, adoption, religion, and feminism. This is my first post where I try to think about religion and the part it played in where I am today with my problems. It’s pretty jumbled I think, but its hard to make sense of religion.
Extra short post on sex-positivity inspired by one of the posts here.
My response to the make up study reported by The New York Times.
I wrote another post in my desperation for an answer on depression. We keep hearing how it’s all in our heads and that medications are bad…what to believe? Does anything actually work? Women are more likely to suffer depression…is that why no one wants to recognize it?
We are two travel bloggers and published our 3 month in Savannah as an eBook which is now available on Amazon for the Kindle. Tons of fun photos and after reading this you will get a pretty good sense of the city. Also perfect if you are planning to move there! Check it out: Savannah Travel Guide
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