68 comments for “Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

  1. February 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    A piece on Downton Abbey, and our attitudes to class:
    Down With Downton, or, “Brideshead Rebranded”

    and a post on the risks of talking about “society” and the theatre:
    Theatre and Society, or, “Alan Ayckbourn Likes A Pint”

  2. February 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    After Kaz’s asexuality post threatened to drown in derails (and eventually did, *sigh*), I took my rather personal comments into an Asexuality Semi-Open Thread/Crowdsource. (And thank you again to Norah and Ayden for kindly responding to me.)

    Then I wrote a post from an ally perspective on why no one is obligated to be offended on their own behalf.

  3. Anna
    February 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    At Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona’s blog, one of our volunteers, a pharmacist, posted a piece on taking birth control pills properly. It was inspired by the many conversations she’s had with the people to whom she dispenses birth control. Check it out to see if you can boost the efficacy of your birth control pills — or if you’d like to leave a comment thanking a pro-choice pharmacist! :)


  4. February 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm
  5. February 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Finding the right words when talking with children about race: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/finding-right-words-when-talking-with.html

    One small step for a better world: Believe that you matter! http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/one-small-step-for-better-world-believe.html

  6. February 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I talk about cult TV shows on a winter morning. Here

    I’m writing a book. An excerpt: Snake people cults!

    Rick Tyler is a racist. I transcribe his interview so you don’t ever have to watch it.

  7. February 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    A response to one of the “positive body image” photos floating around Facebook, looking critically at fat-shaming and beauty norms: http://jocelynthemaster.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-i-declare-all-women-beautiful-or.html

  8. February 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Reclaiming nurturing, creating, and the feminine, because misogyny entails dismissing that which has traditionally been associated with women as frivolous and meaningless.

    Are you an Australian or New Zealander interested in feminist blogging? Do come join in March Down Under Feminists Carnival. Don’t forget to check out February’s carnival.

  9. February 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Chekhov’s Junkshop : Looking at the common pitfalls that cause a story to be grossly over written.

    Cover Snark: Lurking Danger, Crouching Heroine: Looking at the ridiculous positions that they place women into on Urban Fantasy book covers.

    Face Off: Elena vs Sookie, Battle of the Spunky Agents : Our look at which protagonist we feels best embodies the trope of spunky agency.

    Wednesday Reboot: Vampiro : Looking at the racism and ridiculous treatment of a lesbian relationship in this movie.

    The Vampire Diaries Season Three, Episode Fourteen: Dangerous Liaisons : Taking a critical look at this most recent episode.

  10. February 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    The Republic of Gilead cometh. Will Lysistrata be far behind?

    I answer CatieCat’s call to honour Black Herstory Month with a look at Mary Ann Shadd, early Canadian publisher, abolitionist and suffragette.

    The true liberation of men is an integral part of women’s progress.


    Billionaires don’t have to go to jail when they try to kidnap sex workers and the women break an ankle.

    Everywhere are red hearts and flowers, some plastic, some silk, some real… The cheap sentimentality of Valentine’s Day is soon upon us. With this in mind, let us examine The “feminist” man. Yay. Or not.

    Inspired by a local news story. When is burlesque empowering, and what isn’t? Empowerment sale – get yours today!

  11. February 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    With the Academy Awards coming up, I’ve come up with my own set of prizes for 2011 films — for such categories as:
    –Most Feminist Film
    –Best Female-Directed Film
    –Best Breakthrough Performance by a Previously Unknown Actress
    –Best Performance by a Veteran Actress who isn’t Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren (nothing against those two goddesses; just trying to spread the love around)
    –and a special piece on the terrific trend toward queer and trans cinema featuring female leads.

    Come check out the winners for a nice shift from the sausage fest that are most film prize ceremonies: Part I and Part II of what I’m calling the La Jefita (“the boss”) Awards.

  12. February 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I responded to one university’s idea to stock Plan B in a vending machine.

    And deconstructed a scene in Tamora Pierce’s latest book Mastiff, in which someone tries to make Beka wear a dress to dinner.

    Found an interesting quotation regarding laws, religious freedom, and Antonin Scalia.

    And started (and continued) some humorous (I hope) fiction wherein my dog gets a job.

  13. February 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    It’s been a slow month for me, but I did manage to write something last week! It was another misconception about what women are doing when they complain about sexism, specifically complaining about sexism within the skeptical movement.

    Misconception: Women are asking for special treatment.

  14. February 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Another post about image policing and the music industry. And I sort of riffed off an article I found about musicians juggling touring and managing a chronic illness.

  15. February 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I got on my soapbox about online advertising aimed at women.

  16. February 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    What should the bus driver call you? : On whether “babe” is appropriate

    Tempest in a cookie box: On the conservative backlash amongst Girl Scouts because a troop in Colorado allowed a six year old transgendered girl in

    I’m fine with this rubber spine o’ mine: On bizarre depictions of the female form in comics and video games

  17. February 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    A Wife’s Job is to Take Care of Kids, Feed Her Man Steak, and Shop at Victoria’s Secret? This Wife Responds.– Tired of seeing sexist rants in my Facebook feed, I respond to one.

    Hey, Did it Get Easier? I Think it Did. – A year ago I was frustrated with how much work trying to equally share parenting responsibilities took. Thankfully, it got easier.

    Black Baby with Blue Eyes as Advertising Lead-In– Why are ads that have nothing to do with babies using this child’s face to draw people in?

    Who’s at Fault? Some Thoughts on the BYU Video– The BYU students’ responses about Black History Month are sad, yes, but who’s to blame?

    Oh the Layers! Tavis Smiley, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer Talk about The Help– Tavis Smiley takes the actresses from The Help to task about the problems with the film. The actresses take him to task right back about the problems with his view. I think they’re all right because they’re all actually talking about different texts.

  18. February 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Is “patriarchy” a useful term? http://clarissasblog.com/2012/02/09/is-patriarchy-a-useful-term/

    A two-part story of Teresa / Florencio Pla Meseguer. Have you considered what it meant to be intersex in societies and times where the gender binary was even more strictly maintained that it is in our society? This is a true story:



    Who needs educated citizenry?

  19. February 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve recently been through the mill with high-risk HPV and an abnormal Pap, and I’ve been COMPLETELY FREAKING APPALLED by the level of sexist, ageist, paternalistic, unethical, shaming, panic-inducing, unsupported-by-evidence idiocy that passes for patient information in this area. So I started a special-purpose blog at hpvhooey.blogspot.com

    This will probably be a short-term project, but I just needed to get some of the poison out so I can stop ranting at friends over dinner.

  20. K__
    February 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The almighty glass of wine – Why do I keep seeing sex therapists, sexologists, advice columnists, etc. advising people to drink alcohol as a panacea for sexual problems, even though alcohol is not necessarily always appropriate for everyone?

  21. February 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I did a boatload of blogging this week, because I was home sick with just about enough brainpower to surf the internet and comment on stuff I read:

    – I blogged on some points Kerry Lee mentioned in hir review of Richard Hays’ final lecture on gospel-shaped interpretation of scripture

    – I commented on Gaillardetz’s comment on Congar’s discussion of the conciliarity of the church and the ecclesiality of an Ecumenical Council

    – I came across a cool story about Pope Leo III‘s response to Emperor Charlemagne, who wanted to add the filioque to the creed in the 9th century

    – I was blown away by some of the beautiful language about the Holy Spirit in my homework reading, so I posted both the original excerpt, and a gender-swapped version from Alexander Schmemann’s book Of Water and the Spirit.

    – And just this morning, inspired by feminist theologian Corinna Guerrero and Mother Beth Tjoflat, I wrote about hermeneutics, suspicion, and generosity as applied to discourse in the Roman Catholic church

  22. February 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I looked at some excerpts from the Modesty Survey and talked about some of the many things wrong with this whole idea.

  23. February 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    So, like, does anyone remember why we need birth control in the first place?
    Gain a Child, Lose a Tooth

  24. February 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Having a Valentine’s birthday sucks butt:


    -Meredith L.

  25. February 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Can Catholic women change the conversation about birth control? If they express enough outrage, can they make the USCCB shut up? My call to Occupy the Church.

    Is a dad just a baby-sitter?

    Buy my shoes! I’m cleaning out my closet. J.Crew, Miu Miu, Born boots…

  26. February 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I looked at the roots of the word “glamour” and how the idea of glamour is one of the few labels applied to women’s looks that has the potential to be truly democratic. And the next day, some insightful women–author Virginia Postrel, publicist Lauren Cerand, artist Lisa Ferber, and novelist Carolyn Turgeon–shared their own thoughts on “glamour.”

  27. JC
    February 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This week Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice blogged about:

    Liberal Feminism – the good, the bad, the mainstream: http://ok4rj.org/2012/02/feminist-theory-series-liberal-feminism/

    reconciling a queer identity with an Oklahoma one (in other words the difficulty of being queer in a conservative state): http://ok4rj.org/2012/02/im-here-im-queer-and-im-an-okie/

    an upcoming reproductive justice conference that centers red state perspectives – IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTH & ARE QUEER &/OR FEMINIST CHECK OUT THIS CONFERENCE: http://ok4rj.org/2012/02/why-you-should-be-pumped-for-spring/

    the importance of easing generational tensions when organizing in conservatives places, especially places where there is heavy brain drain: http://ok4rj.org/2012/02/lets-end-the-generational-tidal-waves/

    and the week’s reprojustice news, including personhood bills, the idea of “every sperm is sacred,” and that god-awful movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting: http://ok4rj.org/2012/02/rodeo-roundup-the-bad-seed/

  28. February 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Thoughts on The Super Bowl, Glee, And Pop Culture Obligations.

    And my (somewhat belated) retrospective on 2011: The Second Annual GCG Pop Culture Awards.

  29. February 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Hey everybody!

    The Executive Producer for the Grammys made a really, really horrible comment about how they were the victims of Chris Brown so I wrote about how incredible messed up that is.

    I’ve also been writing about books for Black History Month, so far I’ve done short stories and novels.

    And for anyone following Toronto politics I wrote about the recent transit win and our mayor’s response to his defeat.

    Plus (although I’m sure lots of people have already seen them) I posted all the Bad Lip Reading videos of the GOP candidates.

    Have a great week!

  30. Curtrice
    February 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Generated huge discussion this week, first with a provocative title, and then an attempt to be encouraging of Sheryl Sandberg.

    Check it all out at
    Why Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg must resign
    At http://curt-rice.com
    Join the debate!

  31. February 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I was inspired this week by a Rachel Maddow segment in which she insists that the Republican presidential candidates are on the wrong side of the contraception issue (duh).


  32. February 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    This week I wrote a bit about gender and Hollywood. First through Money Ball, The Help, and the Oscars, and then more generally about women in Hollywood.

  33. February 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    In defense of awkwardness – Part of transitioning – part of growing up – is awkwardness in the pursuit of growth

    Full disclosure – Performing self-referencing work, about sex and sexuality and gender, sometimes prompts inappropriate disclosures from audience members…

  34. February 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I went to a Rick Santorum event at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, and wrote about it for Friendly Atheist.


  35. February 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I wrote about my ambiguous experiences trying to work in the non-profit sector:http://disciplineandanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/dreams-doubts-and-dependency-on-working-in-the-non-profit-sector/

    And I went to Zarzis in Tunisia last week and took some pictures of the fateful beach: http://disciplineandanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/zarzis-tunisia-2012/#more-926

  36. February 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I went to a Rick Santorum event at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, and wrote about it for Friendly Atheist.

  37. February 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    My most recent Identities post.

    Identities: On Labels

  38. February 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I wrote about Orissa. There has been such little coverage of this protest violence that erupted in Orissa against women and children recently. The apathy surrounding what has happened is even more shocking, considering the awful video evidence that has emerged.

    The atrocities of Jindal Steel and Power deserves to be shamed.

  39. February 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Apologies for the double-comment– wasn’t sure whether to put this here or save it for next week: misinformation about ob-gyn care and celibacy, and possible ramifications for asexuals and people who are celibate.

  40. February 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I haven’t been around self-promoting in awhile! Glad to be back!

    At The Czech:

    Some words on John Blake’s Return of the Welfare Queen. Glad to see such a prominent dissection of ‘colorblind’ racism.

    Here’s what it looks like when dispensing birth control merits a felony charge.

    And finally, a self-described “legendary feminist leader” writes a rambly article filled with rape apologia for Fox News.

  41. February 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    psst. hey there, lil bit. wouldja like some candy? let’s see here…

    two bits of sour:

    — one a popoff about having to defend access to reproductive care:


    — another on the ashamed lust some harbor for women of size:


    OH! lookie-here! 3 bits of sweet:

    — for those who love hugs (and those who don’t)


    — reflections on days spent with mom


    — and, finally, still growing: the dreamlife of the lost girl within


    no need to chew them all if you’d rather not. just have a taste and let me know what you think. any tweaks to the recipes?

  42. Jo
    February 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This week I wrote a short piece on a racist and violent incident I witnessed on a tram visiting Melbourne: Multiculturalism, Really?

    And a longer piece I’m quite proud of: “Why Didn’t You Just Punch Him?” Thinking about sexual harassment and women’s passivity

  43. JetGirl
    February 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm
  44. February 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    the timing is beyond weird, but the day before whitney houston died (all of two days ago), my friend and i made this page, rick santorum gets me so emotional (https://www.facebook.com/ricksantorumgetsmesoemotional), inspired by her “so emotional” song and santorum’s asinine comment about how women’s effectiveness in combat is precluded by their “unique” emotions. it’s fun, but i might be moving in a mariah carey direction with it moving forward. rip, whit!

  45. February 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I showed off some collage crafts I whipped up this week in Craft Bragging

    I leisurely discuss some Pagan thoughts in Paganish Musings

    I belatedly join the Pagan Blog Project and here is my first post from the prompt. C is for Chanting

    Lastly, I meditate on the Minoan Snake Goddess with a poem and a picture.

  46. February 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Paula Derry officially joined our team at re:Cycling this week. She’s guest-posted before, but now she’ll be posting every fourth Monday. This week, she wrote about a thoughtful post about why humans outlive their ovaries.

    Regular blogger Laura Wershler wrote about a misleading campaign from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada that brands menopause a killer of women, and our weekly links post tells you how you can finally buy Alexandra’s book, Vagina Vérité, and links to a commentary about SCIENCE regarding that age-old story about whether or not bears can smell menstruation. And more.

  47. February 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    In which I call out on MRA’s for turning a serious issue about men into nothing more than being trolls. (Spoiler: I care more about battered/raped/abused men than they do, seriously, I do. You may also care about them more than just turning it into shit to fill up the internet, and chances are, you do.):
    In which I begin a series on writing fictional diverse characters (this week on trans* characters):
    On how I, as an asexual, will be celebrating Valentine’s Day:
    I’m hosting an asexual (and Grey-A and Demi) Valentine’s Day party, with details here:

  48. Meg
    February 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I started a new feminist blog project in Sydney with Laura MacLean and Eva Cox:

    The about page is here:

    I also wrote the flyer for our International Women’s Day event, here:

  49. February 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm
  50. February 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    My reaction to the “Baseball Boyfriend” app for women released this week: http://ablogoftheirown.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/baseball-boyfriends-here-and-theres-gonna-be-trouble/

    ….and what happened when the app’s creators read my post and wrote to me: http://ablogoftheirown.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/meet-the-boyfriends-parents/

    Enjoy! Thanks for the space!

  51. ozymandias42
    February 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I discuss mansplaining! With stick figures!

    Hey, guess what: men are not a monolith.

    There is an adorable kitty! It has cancer! We would very much appreciate it if you would donate to help the adorable kitty! Although we understand that in these hard times a lot of people don’t have enough money! But seriously, it is a DAMN cute cat.

  52. February 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    3 ads that show that the super bowl is not for you to watch, sports loving lady.

  53. February 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    The recent controversy over women’s extended combat roles got a lot of people riled up. “What if the men get distracted by wanting to protect the wimmen??!!11”

    Why Women Shouldn’t Be in Combat (Just Kidding) puts to rest the many myths people mistake for logical reasons women shouldn’t be in combat roles.

  54. February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am
  55. February 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I reply to a comment: honestly. Do I like ANYONE? Hearts, flowers, and bad, bad love. **Triggers for domestic violence**

  56. February 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    You know, I’m never going to get any work done with all these interesting links to read!

    Here’s my addition:

    Amoral Legislation about the awful legislation passing through Kansas’s committees.

    My antidote to the rollercoaster of emotions that job hunting elicits.

  57. February 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    On considering home birth and its intersection with privilege.

    On being a Christian feminist in an egalitarian marriage based on love, not power.

    On going to a public viewing of Miss Representation and elevating women’s and girl’s voices.

    My creative outlet, selling authentic vintage dresses, has launched!
    Check out my boutique here: vintage dress boutique
    Or check out my vintage dress Pinterest board!

  58. February 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I went nuts on twitter last night during the Grammys that I actually got sent to #twitterjail for posting too many tweets in an hour (who knew!). Here’s my thoughts, in brief.


  59. February 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I unpacked gender roles as explicitly explored in the first episode of series 2 of BBC’s Sherlock: homosocial environments and heterosocial power struggles between Sherlock and Irene Adler.

  60. Liz
    February 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I did a guest post at Feminist Truths on Responses to Domestic Violence in Popular Music:

  61. February 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I suggest a new wedding “retro” wedding trend – low expectations and a lack of expensive professional aesthetics. I hope it catches on with the knotties:

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