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Testing mother’s milk for radioactive cesium, seals in Alaska with possible exposure, radioactive concrete near schools and irrigation ditches far from where melted fuel simmers in three damaged reactors– the disaster continues
Fukushima Nuclear–No End in Sight
Threatening a teenage girl for exercising her right to freedom from religion– even ‘Attilla the Nun’ thinks these people need to read their catechism…
Inspired by Faith
As some of you might know, I’m in a band in my spare time. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, we’re playing on Saturday, January 28th at the Elbo Room in Chicago (the big stage, if you’ve been there before). Its our two year anniversary show and we’re playing it with a couple of other great local acts. Show starts at 8, we go on somewhat later than that. The cover is ten bucks but you can buy tickets online for $8 at the link below. Anyone who tells me they’re from feministe at the show will get a deal on merch. Details below.
If you’re not a Chicago local but curious to hear us the show is going to be streamed online. The stream should start around 8:00 pm Central Standard Time.
Seems i screwed up the links because I just woke up. Lets try this again.
Get more details here!
Stream the show here!
Good thing I’m better with a hook and a melody than a computer.
Details at http://www.SuturedPsyche.com
More on being nice, working for nothing and not asking for much.
Margaret Atwood turns Greek myth on its head, fun had by all: Meditations on The Penelopiad and its take on women vs other women.
Lisbeth Salander doesn’t live here. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs. How Life Actually Works. What really happens to women armed with evidence, who try fighting back?
The Delphiad presents: ten reasons why you’re not in a relationship. Inspired by Cosmo, HuffPo and the default home page of my web-based email provider.
Nudity as protest, aka pimping out women for the cause.
Venn circles of feminine/masculine/human logic.
I wrote about the difficulties of ‘getting healthy’ when you have disabilities and about an interview with Norway’s former trade minister about introducing a requirement that 40% of listed companies’ boards be women.
And in half an hour or so I’ll be posting a review of Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender (only a year or so late!), with its unfortunate approach to trans issues.
I posted an (admittedly not very eloquent) rant about that image going around Facebook that says ‘When did this become hotter than this?’
I wrote about the folks behind the Girl Scout cookie boycott, and looked at a handful of their arguments one point at a time.
That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles.
A piece about how history gets misused in arguments which justify gender inequality. And pink.
Women With A Past
Essay on why the “social services” aspect of Occupy Wall Street is so important– NOW WITH PICTURES!
I’m studying abroad! I’ve written a blog posts about my experience so far, if anyone’s interested in Limerick, Ireland:
Bus Tour and the Milk Market
I’ve had a couple of weeks full of a particular kind of blogging experience that I KNOW is familiar around these parts, and I got fed up and wrote a post about it that will almost certainly be ignored by the people who should probably read it most. Ah well.
tips for privileged people getting involved in social justice spaces
I’ve been blogging the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources provided by the World Council of Churches.
And I had to stop after one short chapter of my homework reading to writeUbi Spiritus, ibi Ecclesia? The Holy Spirit, the Church, the Patristics, and Congar.
On memory and anticipating motherhood.
Happy Roe v. Wade anniversary, everyone!
We posted a few articles this week on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona’s blog. First, one of our long-time volunteers wrote about her experience at the Women Are Watching rally in Phoenix, in which pro-choice activists descended upon the Capitol to let legislators know that we’re keeping our eyes on them. http://ppadvocatesaz.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/at-the-capitol-women-are-watching/
Second, an informative article for anyone curious about how an HPV infection can slowly progress into cancer. The virus is able to trick our bodies into allowing tumors to proliferate. Scary stuff, but luckily easy to treat if caught in its precancerous stages. http://ppadvocatesaz.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/the-slow-journey-from-hpv-infection-to-cervical-cancer/
Lastly, a reminder that Planned Parenthood has more to offer its male clientele than condoms. You might be surprised to learn about some of the services PP has (I had no idea they did smoking cessation!). http://ppadvocatesaz.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/planned-parenthood-services-for-men-weve-got-you-covered/
And here is the post on Delusions of Gender: don’t chuck the trans baby out with the bathwater.
Is your eating disorder therapy based on the latest scientific evidence?
Excerpt: It’s often assumed that therapists will use the best available techniques to treat eating disorder symptoms. However, a study released online this month shows this is not the case – many therapists fail to practice types of therapy that have been demonstrated, in numerous scientific studies, to help people with eating disorders.
This week I wrote a short review of Joan Didion’s new book, Blue Nights, and talked a little about Lana Del Rey’s much blogged about SNL performance and the expectations of female pop artists.
The (slightly late) 2011 retrospective post – Taking a look back at some of the most important posts written in 2011 at Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction.
The Anti-Choice Desert, my contribution to NARAL’s Blog for Choice Day this year.
In Boobs, I ranted a little about the Slate article on the same topic.
Unwisely: Part 12 [discusses relationship abuse, self-harm] — The part where I tried for the first time to end a relationship. Not well.
Finally, I reviewed Gail Carson Levine’s YA novel Fairest, particularly with respect to beauty standards.
Parodying society’s unrealistic standards of beauty: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/humane-educators-toolbox-parodying.html
Resources for teaching about human trafficking: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/resources-for-teaching-about-human.html
An Eighth-Grader’s Letter to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/eighth-graders-letter-to-apples-ceo-tim.html
This week I wrote in defense of the Girl Scouts (warning I’m responding to transphobia on the link).
I also tackled concern trolls with Paula Deen’s situation as an example.
I have the bad news:
I didn’t write anything this week but my friend at another website I contribute to wrote 20 reasons why Ron Paul is terrifying. Kinda a must read for those who think he’s the moderate/refreshing republican candidate. Plus there’s an added bonus of a hilarious comment thread of anonymous incoherent Paul supporters.
Have a great week everyone!
I wrote about Soni Sori — I have written about her before, and I give an update on what has been happening to her.
She is a political prisoner in India. Sign the petition to free her.
Modern Pagan Temples and the Ritualistic Mindset
Lady O’s Traveling Medicine Show
Boosting the volunteer spirit…but how?
I wrote about Lena, the 1972 Playboy centerfold image that has become one of the most commonly used generic images for image processing work.
Major, major new design of my Website, including lots of new content – productivity tips for activists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, job searchers, etc.
I dunno why the first link didn’t make it…so here it is!
A post about why the wingnut view of sex is bad.
Thank Goodness for Mary Sue: Looking at how the term Mary Sue is used to attack female protagonists as well as who is excluded from the term and the racial implications of this.
Cover Snark: leather – the good, the bad and the unnecessarily sexy : Though leather is meant to be serviceable for many female protagonists, the covers of these books inevitably use this material to make the protagonist sexy.
Being Human Q&A With Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath : This week we had the opportunity to participate in a teleconference with the stars of Being Human U.S. about their new season.
Self-Publishing: Sometimes the only Gate that’s Open : Considering that publishers and agents act as gatekeepers this means that we are offered the same privileged characters repeatedly, largely written by privileged authors. This post looks at the importance of support self published books.
Cover Snark: When we Wish we Could Judge the Book on its Cover: Looking at the way a beautiful cover can sometimes disguise a horrendous book.
The first time I was pregnant, I still worked full-time as an administrative assistant. This time around I’m home with a 3-year old. Guess which one sucks less? (Hint: one 3-year old is still less annoying than 8 grown babies.)
Also, my January budget wine review is up at Moms Who Need Wine!
– 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
Was I the only one who noticed that not only were 2011’s major films dominated by men — like always — but even the animals were all male! Caesar the chimp in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Joey the War Horse, even Uggie the adorable fox terrier in The Artist . My post, “2011: in which even the animals are all dudes” explores why this might be the case.
The Paula Deen debacle has me questioning the line between judging a person and being critical of a brand.
I also wrote a response to the Melinda Sothern article that suggests bad decisions by pregnant mothers of the ’50’s are to blame for the obesity epidemic and that modern mothers have the responsibility to fix it.
I found out this week my brother is an abuser. Is this where my feminist “rubber” meets the road…? Gettin’ Real.
I blogged for choice this week: http://clarissasblog.com/2012/01/22/blog-for-choice-2012/
I also wrote about different ways of performing gender and what they mean:
I wrote a angry blog post after finding out some homoepaths were suggesting they could cure domestic violence.
I also blogged about my DLA (a non-means tested disability benefit given to people in the UK in recognition that being disabled is really costly) in support of the Responsible Reform Report. It is part of a big disability movement trying to curb a nasty Welfare Reform bill our conservative government has pushed through the UK House of Commons & is now blindly pushing through the House of Lords.
I am so very sorry – An apology for being trans, being weird, being strange, and making people uncomfortable
Robots: Evil or Wonderful? – I’m firmly on the ‘wonderful’ side
This week at re:Cycling, we’ve got a retro tampon commercial from the 80s, a theory about the relationship between child abuse and early menarche, a guest post from Feminist Figure Girl about body building and menstruation, a response to the new research about why women menstruate, and why the news about the pill and menstrual pain isn’t newsworthy — plus weekly round-up of links.
I posted on why the new movie Red Tails is everything The Help tried to be, but failed at being.
I also posted on the idea that apparently no matter how bad books are (like the ones which think stalking = love) that we apparently should like one little part of a book. We don’t. There are books that portray rape of either gender as sexy. Apparently my evil liberal-feminist bias is preventing me from liking a book where a girl being sexually harassed is sexy and romantic, with me as the evil one. I debunked the person who told me I should try hard to find the good in books like that.
Why “Choose Life” is no longer an anti-choice statement (hint: it has something to do with George Micheal).
And I posted a review of a fail of a book (Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater):
I blogged about the idea of no women playing games / having geeky interests, and why it hurts both women and men.
I wrote about the offensive, unbelievably misogynist comic strips published in Spain last fall, in a medical newsletter: https://larkincallaghan.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/513/
“We control our children’s access to computers pretty well, but I am about to ban video gaming altogether in our house. The mood changes and impulsiveness that our kids display after playing them for even a few minutes is just crazy. And study to be published in the February 2011 issue of Pediatrics seem to show that it isn’t just our kids:”
Is Poetry Dead?
My thoughts on Miss America
Interesting that there’s already one band post in the comments. :)
Following up on a post about the formation of my new band on the last full moon (I know, not this past week), I wrote about how this band is different for me than those I was part of 25 or more years ago.
I know I’ve bitched about reviewers who write “all-girl band” or “all-female band” when they would never write “all-male band,” but I’ll say it once anyway — this band is made up of four women. And for me, that is really exciting! One great thing about Vancouver is that for the most part this is no big deal — a band is a band.
I also wrote one more piece about how songwriting is, well, writing, and writing is work. I’m reforming my ways! And among other songs, working on one about violence against women.
This week, I talk about some good news in the UK on the parental leave front!
I come to the far-too-delayed decision to never watch How I Met Your Mother again. Why? Because Barney’s a rapist.
I’ve got two new recipes posted:
Lemon Pavlovas with Blackberry Sauce, and a discussion of funky food quirks, and:
Cheesy Ham, Potato, and Broccoli Casserole with a sad tale of wasted food.
This week at Happy Bodies:
Our Intimate Wars: Blog for Choice Day post.
Hey Everybody: Being fat doesn’t make you unhappy.
This week I wrote about Suzanne Valadon, a self-taught artist whose name should be as famous as Renoir & Degas:
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) was a successful, self-trained artist of Montmartre in Paris. She began her career modelling for such artists as Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir, and was close friends with Degas and the composer Erik Satie (who proposed to her immediately — but she turned him down). Watching how the artists painted her, she taught herself how to paint and rose from the background of a poor, uneducated street child to become one of the most notable artists of the period.
» Suzanne Valadon, self-taught artist of Bohemian Paris
Last week, I wrote a soft review of Orgasmic Meditation, the sexual practice created by Nicole Daedone.
I speak openly about my experiencing with OMing & my issues with it. Namely, that the practice seems to be reserved for white, middle-class cisfemales in hetero monogamous relationships.
Despite its marketing exclusions, the practice is quite revolutionary.
Review of Bridesmaids.
I went off on the When Did This Become Hotter Then This meme that’s been floating about Facebook. Warning! Lots of F-bombs in that one. I just couldn’t help myself.
Noah Brand discusses microaggressions.
I ask people to share what they find hot.
I talk about the social support gap and the societal narratives keeping men from having strong friendships.
This week I wrote a post celebrating the fact that most employers will have to provide insurance that covers contraception, and why that is not a violation of religious freedom (as the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops claim).
I also wrote a guest post for the Ms. Foundation for Women about the social and economic benefits of affordable, high-quality child care.
I have a more of less coherent rant on the race/gendered/desire politics of Twilight – mostly as a response to this article linked to on Feministe earlier in the month.
I interviewed Marissa Paternoster, visual artist, and front-woman and guitarist for the band Screaming Females.
A general piece this week on the trouble with parenting whilst feminist.
This shit just exhausts me.
I give some thoughts on why I’m pro choice for Blog For Choice Day.
Why I’m Pro Choice
I talked about the difference of opinions among members of a foster care class regarding female sexuality and statutory rape.
New audio today at The Provider Project: Stories from the abortion-providing community.
Listen to a Seattle abortion doctor and clinic owner talk about the most rewarding parts of her job.
This week, I wrote about the famous 2007 publication, Women matter:
Gender diversity makes organizations better workplaces. Gender diversity makes organizations more profitable.
These are the central conclusions from Women matter: gender diversity, a corporate performance driver. In the five years since its appearance, McKinsey & Company’s report has become one of the most visible works on the value of gender diversity.
As we work together to develop the best arguments for enhanced gender balance in academia, we can look to Women Matter for inspiration.
Read the rest of Women matter: gender diversity, a corporate performance driver.
For any doctor who geeks out there, I wrote about the eleventh doctor possibly being asexual/demisexual. That’s kinda intersectionality, right?
I was away in Sydney at geek camp latin summer school this week, so nothing else. Looking forward to reading what everyone else has been up to!
I wrote about taking a more holistic approach to stopping bullying in schools: http://miriammogilevsky.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/a-holistic-perspective-on-bullying/
Finally bought my domain name and actively started tweeting this week! Reposted a great piece from Feministing on trying to make the best of two potentially bad decisions (as a woman travelling alone).
I wrote about the right’s use of children as political tools.
Wow, lots of great blog posts this week…working through the links y’all posted above.
Anyway, I wrote about an Alabama fan who “teabagged” a passed out drunk LSU fan in New Orleans, and is now facing sexual assault charges: http://spaceshipnola.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-low-for-football-fans.html
I also wrote some thoughts about parenting and happiness: http://spaceshipnola.blogspot.com/2012/01/parenting-and-happiness-or-lack-thereof.html
I started by writing about the submissive role in D/s, and what I called questioning obedience as opposed to unquestioning obedience.
About midweek, I was hurting a bit and discussed the parallels and divergences of kinkphobia and dhomophobia, and talked about how some of that worked in my personal life by asking, when did I realise I was straight?
As the weekend turned around, I turned my mind to dating, and wrote about not feeling bad for rejecting someone with no “red flags”
And that triggered a chain of thought that led to realising that I’m not failing at political blogging, even though I felt like I was.
I wrote about all the options for reusable egg cartons, for those of us lucky enough to be able to buy from a farmer’s market.
Zero Waste Baby Steps: Reusable Egg Cartons
On “Getting It”
An exposé of the pseudo-science and pseudo-feminism of the book Women Don’t Ask.
Melinda Tankard Reist doesn’t speak for me
Melinda Tankard Reist is an anti-abortion feminist who is very popular with the media in Australia, who, bless their little hearts, like to conceive of feminism as a hivemind. Thus I try to put some distance between my atheist, prochoice self and MTR – especially as she’s just tried to shup up another feminist blogger, Jennifer Wilson, with a legal threat, because JW asked questions about her religious background.
The U.S. has Roe v. Wade, Canada waited until 1988.
I answer the question for realz. What if my mother had aborted me?
First in what I intend to be a series of personal meditations on socially constructed identities:
Identities: Sex and Gender — The Long and Short of it
I wrote on the failure of the Irish anti-trafficking movement to challenge trafficker-friendly restrictions on migrant labour:
Observations and conslusions regarding 2011 in retrospect: http://disciplineandanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/2011-a-year-of-sex-scandals-or-why-we-need-more-women-in-power/
this week I check in with the good, the bad and the wtf of recent rape prevention campaigns: http://canbebitter.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/three-rape-prevention-advertising-campaigns-that-highlight-the-best-worst-and-wtf-of-the-genre/
I encourage people to sign The New View Campaign’s petition urging the FTC to regulate labiaplasty.
I’m kind of late here, but wanted to link my blog for choice day post (even though the question is not particularly relevant to us Canadians
And I had a really weird facebook comment conversation with someone who was really intent on getting me to announce that I was gay, an assumption he came to based on my comment about how a job ad for men only was a human rights violation
To commemorate today, here is an old post of mine about Norma McCorvey (Roe):
I responded to The Purity Myth as a Christian feminist in opposition to the movement against women’s autonomy and agency. See my post at my blog, from two to one.
A profane rant on people making excuses for Joe Paterno turning a blind eye to Jerry Sandusky’s predatory rapes over the years. It’s say it’s triggering if you don’t like the use of the word ‘fuck’ and some really blunt language.
This weekend I wrote about a recent incident that reminded me of why I need to read Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing.
She Wrote It, But
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