Hereso: ‘What we talk about when we talk about trafficking; or, technically, I’ve been trafficked you know‘. Part one of what has turned into multiple posts on trafficking & sex work! Probably nothing you haven’t heard before, but super-important to me because of the forthcoming Bill in the Scottish Parliament that would criminalise the purchase of sex (and cites trafficking amongst its reasoning).
Reflection – It’s A Thing – about (my annoyance with) the reproduction of white privilege by some anti-racist, white activists/scholars who appropriate the work and knowledge of People of Color to further their own credentials or careers, and always push to the front of the Expert (TM) line.
Racialicious has also published “A Guide To Hipster Anti-Racism”.
Summer means more free time, so I wrote quite a bit this week.
I wrote about how the negotiation of housework (mal)functions in my marriage, which led to a spin-off post about whether or not the thought of hiring a housekeeping service should make me feel guilty. (That second was has garnered some very interesting—and very different—views in the comments. I’d love to hear your perspective, too.)
Then I wrote a post about why I’m pursuing a PhD in the humanities despite a lot of very solid advice urging me not to. In a tangentially connected post, I talk about 5 ways blogging has made me a better scholar.
I’ve got another post about how media can work its way into our brains and what that means for body image. Can anti-thinspo outlets that promote body diversity rewire our brains?
Finally, I have a post responding to an advice columnist that insists a 19-year-old woman should have to sit down and have a talk with her father before getting on birth control pills.
I’ve been working through some Paul’s letters this week for my summer course, so I wrote about that:
– Some thoughts on Philippians, Church Unity, the CDF, and the LCWR
– Thoughts on Galatians
And just for fun, a whole new visual take on one of my favorite texts, The heavens are telling the glory of god!
Only one post with major content this week:
Two deep thoughts and a less deep one on Fear and Faith, on “do or do not” and trying, and on alternative sexuality interpretations of Joan Baez’s music. (that last description is a little grander than tyhe actual event)
I’ll have a couple next week when I’m livetweeting The Greatest Story Ever Told or as I call it, Swedish!Jesus and White People in White Robes on White Rocks.
Taking aim at the most ridiculous, sexist, insulting, infantilizing website I’ve come across recently:
Thanks! Happy Sunday!
Why don’t we ever see portrayals of women who are single-mindedly, even compulsively dedicated to creating art? As someone who feels driven to write — as a blogger as well as for academics and other readers — I was enthralled by the French film Séraphine and its portrayal of the early 20th century artist, Séraphine de Senlis.
And on another note: hot DIY feminist fashion. If only I were driven to create clothes, too.
Motherhood in Game of Thrones : We examine how motherhood has been used as a weakness for female characters.
Cover Snark: The Longer the Series, the Less Clothes the Women Wear: It seems that the more successful a series becomes the more over the sexualization of the book cover.
Face Off: Which Book do you Want to See Turn to TV? : We look at some of our favorite series to gauge which would make the better show or movie.
Since the movie is about to be released we reviewed: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
This week at re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Paula wrote about coping with hot flashes without medical treatment; Laura wrote about ‘forgettable’ birth control; I wrote about medical advertising and gynecological surgery; and our weekly links feature menstrual extraction, the awesomeness of the mikveh, and more.
We are switching servers, so the site looks a little funky. But nonetheless:
Lauren continues her series about the grad school economy, writing about student loan debt and regret.
Jen is featured at The Mamafesto as part of the series This Is What a Feminist Looks Like. We cross-posted an excerpt.
We chatted about Willow Smith and whether we would let our daughters shave their heads (yes).
And Jen looks back at her New Years resolutions from the winter she was pregnant with her first baby–among other things, she resolved to go skinny dipping and see more live music.
Are all our troops heroes? Jessica Lynch refused that label, Pat Tillman’s family refused the patriotic lies, and Lori Piestawa, Hopi, single mother of two children, is remembered only by her family and community. Supporting peace on Memorial Day…
Who is a Hero?
This week we continued our recap and review of Game of Thrones, Season 2, Episode 9: Blackwater
Review: Interview with a Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred
Wednesday Reboot: Wasting Away: We have a look at this supposed zombie apocalypse romantic comedy.
Of course we had to review Review: Beauty by Laurell K Hamilton, Book 20.5 in the Anita Blake Series – the latest Anita Blake offering.
I hunted down the worst nationalistic sex toys to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee http://stavvers.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/nationalism-is-sexy-for-small-values-of-sexy/
On a more serious note, I also wrote a piece on why transphobic radical feminism is dangerous for all of us http://stavvers.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/sheila-jeffreys-radfem2012-and-the-imaginary-trans-conspiracy/
How to get away with murder in the 19th Century, breastfeeding military moms, and 1920s literary groupies. Open up and say “ahh!”
It’s time for your Sunday Morning Medicine.
I’m so sorry. I had an incorrect bit.ly link in my previous comment, but am not finding a way to delete the comment. I hope it’s okay that I’m re-posting with the correct link.
I would love for you to check out my 19-episode interactive documentary web series “All’s Well and Fair” and share your thoughts.
“All’s Well and Fair” juxtaposes the lives and ideals of three single punk rock mothers on welfare in their 20s during the 1990s with their realities and opinions ten years later – giving a unique perspective on alternative culture, growth and identity.
Why interactive? Because we want to hear your opinions on the topics discussed and your own personal stories.
htt<a href="p://allswellandfair.com http://facebook.com/AllsWellAndFair“>p://allswellandfair.com
All episodes so far: http://bit.ly/AWFepisodes (corrected link)
I recommend you watch from the beginning (to get the back story), but you really don’t have to. You could dive right in with an episode like “Men and Women”: http://bit.ly/AWFp04
Can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say.
Here. Have a love letter to Joe Biden. In which I contend that his so-called gaffe-proneness is less a problem with the Vice President himself, than a problem with a media and political establishment that doesn’t know what to do with conviction and sincerity. And in which I gush — quite a bit — over his May 25th speech to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) seminar.
If you haven’t seen footage of his remarks there, for shame.
One of the great classical female theatre roles – my take on The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic
Over at Care2, I’ve been writing some recommendations for feminist fiction and nonfiction to read over the summer.
I also wrote about a recent study describing the lack of op-ed pieces written by women we see in major media outlets.
Other than that, I’ve been busy packing and getting ready to move into our first house – very stressful stuff!
Rock and roll dreams is the story of why I was too busy last week to write any posts!
The madness of men is my response to last week’s excellent but disturbing episode of Mad Men.
I’m back to blogging after a 3-month “writing maternity leave.” First up: how much my baby hates his baths. Hint: it’s a LOT.
Clare participates in The Last Name Project on how she doesn’t know what to do with her last name because she is a feminist: “But when it comes to love, there are certain things I have a lot of trouble “feministing” – is that a word? Making feminist? Analyzing through a feminist lens? – you get the point. I have a hard time feministing certain aspects of love.”
Here’s a fun DIY: a braided crown a la half of the pins on Pinterest.
I want to share this column I wrote about what may be Moscow’s most controversial cafe – it was the site of a major police crackdown during Putin’s inauguration.
I wrote a short post on why I’m hesitant to embrace every new technology.
Strut your superhero(ine) stuff w/ the power of choice: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/strut-your-superhero-stuff-with-power.html
What are you waiting for? It’s time to begin your work in the world: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-are-you-waiting-for-its-time-to.html
I just posted this piece on the Brian Banks case and how we should be worrying about the whole plea-bargaining system, rather than the false accusation per se. Would appreciate some feminist feedback!
I wrote a few film reviews on my tumblr blog:
Cassavetes classic ‘Opening Night’:
Wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s debut film ‘I Killed My Mother’
The French Film ‘Declaration of War’:
Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’:
New Queer Cinema’s classic ‘Swoon’:
and I made a top 10:
Top 10:palpable cinematic spaces:
I would love to get to know some more awesome film/feminist tumblrs, so if you have one make yourself known! :)
It’s the season for good and bad movies (and movies so bad they are almost good), may I share some thoughts on Snow White and the Huntsman? Turns out: Snow White is Inigo Montoya. And also? A character I wish I had around when I was a kid. No dish-washing or sweeping-up after men for this Snow White; this is swords and sneaky feminism Snowy. But also kinda cheesy?
Read and find out more (spoiler-free, of course) here: Snow White With A Thousand Faces.
I discussed how Power Rangers (yes, Power Rangers) turned me into a (very young) feminist.
I also have two posts chronicling my experience at WisCon, the feminist Science Fiction conference (and the home of the Tiptree Award, which is given to works of fiction that expand our understanding of gender). The first post covers Thursday at the Con (highlights: the Tiptree Award!) and the second covers Friday and Saturday (highlights: the chicks dig comics, women in comics and female villains panel)
This week on Kiss My Wonder Woman we talked about:
A Salute to Military Women Throughout the Multi-Verse
They stood up for their people and fought against injustice, on this Earth, other Earths, and in galaxies far far away. For that, we salute them.
The Gaying of Peter Guillam
How the character of Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy went from straight in the book and miniseries to gay in the movie, and what that might mean.
The Thing About Genderswapping
Why power dynamics in our society make genderswapping a tricky proposition, and why I’m wary of the CBS Sherlock remake Elementary.
Make It a Movie May: Storm
The finale to the Make It a Movie series, talking about X-Men’s Storm, her powerful backstory, the importance of her backstory, and the importance of having movies about female superheroes to show our daughters.
Tim Burton Wants You To Know That Women Suck
Dark Shadows might just be one of the least feminist things I’ve seen in the past year, and it reveals a very unnerving trend about the work of Tim Burton.
Check in this upcoming week for a review of Snow White and the Huntsman, a look at the homoeroticism of bromances, and more!
I went for the topical instead of generic this week, and wrote two whole things!
There’s been a flurry of discussion within the skeptical/secular community regarding the decline of women registrants to the annual conference, The Amazing Meeting. Last year women were 40%, this year, about six weeks out from the July event, they are only 18%. The president (DJ Grothe) of the hosting organization (JREF) suggested that it was misguided women blogging misinformation about sexual harassment and sexism within the community are to blame for low attendance. (Misguided and misinformation are his words.) He named Rebecca Watson, a prominent skeptic and frequent speaker at the event, as one of the primary offenders. She has decided publicly to skip the event this year. Controversy ensues.
My first post tackles how speaker choice affects public perception of an event:
Consider how your speaker’s reputation affects your reputation.
My second post is for the people who grumble so loudly about how few women there are within skepticism and how much trouble and ruin the women who are in skepticism bring to the community. These people worry that the problems women create will divide the community. I suggest that letting the divide happen will make everyone happier.
Learn to stop worrying and embrace the impending schism.
I wrote a self-explanatory note on privilege… (been on my mind a lot lately)
Notes on Deconstructing Privilege
Everyday Yoga — I am Not Thrilled with the amount of body diversity in online representations of yoga, so I’m starting a photo project to create a better representation of a wider range of bodies in a wider range of poses. This post has details and a request for suggestions.
I also reviewed Yoga Meltdown from Jillian Michaels. It is less bullying than I’d feared, but I’m still debating frying my copy in a microwave.
Zoe & Anna Kick Ass & Take Names — Finishing my vampire play. Now, what to write for a sequel?
Women leading child free lives benefit us all…
This week’s shameless self promotion-
My Vagina is Not a Clown Car
Started a Tumblr aimed at women full of happy, silly, and mainly cheesy things that I like…including cheese.
I wrote about Dreams of Miscarriage.
Stuff I’ve written lately:
Why I’m a libertarian feminist atheist skeptic: self-explanatory
Soldiers who died by their own hands: Thinking of military suicides on Memorial Day
Pastors come up with creative ways to express how unequal gays are: Three chapters of American pastors talking about how gays should be put to death, with expectations of more
Sexual harassment and TAM: How skeptical/atheist conferences have gotten a reputation for tolerating sexism, and what’s being done about it
Victims, skeptics, and politics, oh my: Sexual harassment at skeptic/atheist conferences, and how people are arguing about it
So after resisting blogging for a long time, I’ve finally started writing again. I’ll be writing about the intersections of faith, feminism, and science in my life at . There’s just a short introduction up right now, but hopefully I’ll be adding more content this week.
I hate to drive traffic to this, but, via a blog that I follow, I found the single most equal-opportunity offender list I have ever seen (TW for, well, pretty much most stuff.) http://modernmamaz.com/miss-america-2/
I wish I knew a way to communicate to people who have no idea what their words mean, or the suffering caused by certain ideas, or that the internet isn’t a vacuum.
Maybe a backlink here will help.
The latest installment of our “Over 90 Percent of What Planned Parenthood Does” series covers smoking cessation — yep, Planned Parenthood (at least here in Arizona) will help you quit smoking. The article focuses on smoking’s effects on sexual health and interactions tobacco has with the birth control pill.
A reflection on the roots of the Montreal protests.Student debt burden goes further than dollars and cents.
Being an atheist is like fighting a battle that never ends. One is unceasingly inundated with religious speech from all directions. But the most infuriating thing is being told that your lack of belief in imaginary beings is “depressing.” It makes you want to scream. So I shouted out exactly why atheism is never depressing.
Also, racism sucks. I recently had a run in that reminded me just how much.
Oh, and that cartoon on the Axe bottle is so dumb.
Fundamentalism and sexuality project: http://clarissasblog.com/2012/06/03/fundamentalism-and-sexuality-project/
My definition of the term patriarchy: http://clarissasblog.com/2012/05/28/what-does-the-term-patriarchy-mean-to-me/
I reviewed Sandra Bernhard’s new show and learned to love her while I was at it.
I have another post for y’all. I decided to start a new feminist blog carnival, since the old one seems to have been discontinued for a while now. We’re now accepting submissions for the first edition, which is going to include posts on female friendships. Be sure to submit your posts by June 20 at 11:00PM Central time! Click here for information on the blog carnival.
One more – just wrote a short play: a feminist tragicomedy about reproductive rights.
This week I wrote about the third anniversary of Dr Tiller’s murder and what it meant to me at the time, and continues to mean to me. I also wrote a more creative piece about swimming and my competitive nature and a post about getting mocked by teenagers for wearing a helmet while I rode my bike and how I’m going to just embrace losing my edge.
I hope you all have a great week!
I’ve been standing in solidarity with the Trans community against the transphobic entry policies of Radfem 2012.
Blogs about Radfem 2012 – a fairly comprehensive, regularly updated list of articles about the problems with the conference. Stop here first if you’re new to the story!
Women born Women spaces – Transpeople in no sense make spaces unsafe for “born women”. I try and explain why.
Learning about Radical Feminism – I do some research into the movement, and learn some cool stuff and some stuff I disagree with.
Also: some regularly scheduled navel-gazing:
Should I come out? – I believe this can be answered in two questions. Do you agree with my system?
“I don’t see genders just people!” – this statement comes in for criticism. But why? This is how I feel!
Lots of feminist thoughts on the Mad Men season thus far . .
Notthing really aubstantial to offer this week, just some thoughts about finding community in feminism and some on attending the Brisbane SlutWalk, and how it felt for me.
This week, The Provider Project and the Abortion Gang co-hosted a special series honoring abortion provider George Tiller on the third anniversary of his death.
Lily also wrote about her thoughts on the anniversary of Tiller’s murder.
And Kelly wrote about the need for a truly inclusive vision for reproductive justice in “Beyond the ‘War on Women’: Towards Trans Inclusive Reproductive Justice.”
I publish zines about bicycling — Always feminist, usually posi, high production values, diverse perspectives.
The latest issue is right here. The rest (and some books I distribute/love) can be found here.
Thanks for the self-promotion opportunity and a chance to see all this other rad stuff.
Can a 4-hour program for couples prevent eating disorders in women?
New psychology research was just released in the last week seeking to answer that question.
Last week at Muslimah Media Watch:
I shared a picture of the latest addition to my family’s collection of ridiculous salt and pepper shakers (yes, it’s relevant to MMW).
Azra reviewed Alif the Unseen, a new book (that sounds amazing) by G. Willow Wilson.
Merium looked at race and gender issues in a recent series of sexual assaults in Rochdale, UK.
And we shared the video and transcript of the TEDxMogadishu talk by Ilwad Elman, a young Somali-Canadian woman.
Wherein I examine the requested last meals of death row inmates: http://theparkavepub.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-people-love-food.html
Didn’t work. Here’s the link again: http://theparkavepub.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-people-love-food.html
Is it really the first time white births have been outnumbered by non-white births?
Melissa Harris-Perry’s speech at Wellesley College’s graduation was awesome.
A recipe for an absolutely delicious lemon, quinoa, avocado, and chickpea salad. Make it tonight!
Things my mother was right about
Some new posts in The Last Name Project:
I am annoyed by New Atheism (again): You Self-Identify Wrong
An outpouring of jingoistic fervor on Facebook is cause for reflection on being a “third culture kid”: “Non-Belonging Is My Very Substance”
“Gender Trouble” by Judith Butler- Why I Could Not Finish It
And now for comedy and feminism! (Who says we are all too serious?)
After working for years in the entertainment industry and being disheartened at the same trite portrayals of women, we are starting a comedy web series called Girl Powerless. Many women are broke in this economy and having to move back in with parents, sleep in a car and other emasculating situations. Except we don’t get to use that word and don’t have an equivalent for when life beats us down. So this is a comedy about being femasculated.
We are funding our series via Kickstarter and our campaign video is fun 60s homage to The Telephone Hour from Bye, Bye Birdie.
We live in a time where people can create and program entertainment and don’t have to leave it all in the hands of corporations. It will be exciting to see what this does for storytelling and the portrayals of women.
Thanks for listening!
A couple things I did in the wake of a massive police brothel-raiding operation in Ireland: a commentary on a TV talk show discussing the raids, and a follow-up on an earlier post about human trafficking in Ireland.
This week I wrote about the inconsistent/depressing nature of women’s content in my preferred newspaper.
My friends and I started the a feminist collective blog this week called Foxjuice. There are about 12 of us contributing, and there’s already some cool stuff up there. Whether or not you use tumblr, check it out!
On my personal feminist blog, I reviewed Very Young Girls after going to a screening.
Governor Nikki Haley takes time out from posing for Vogue to campaign for Scott Walker:
Implosion of Bob Jones University continues:
Take a walk into the world of Massachusetts prehistory and stop to smell the flowers.
[Thanks for the offer]
Short interview with Sen. Whitehouse in which he extolls the virtues of Netroots Nation, appreciates the value of the Occupy Movement, and talks about his efforts to keep funding for wellness and health. He also talks about his phone conversation with President Obama following the Buffet Rule vote in the Senate, and how the fight is not over to change our tax policies to support the middle class. http://kmareka.com/2012/06/09/interview-with-sheldon-whitehouse-at-netroots-nation-2012/
Coverage of Netroots Nation! Diane Ravitch! http://kmareka.com/2012/06/08/diane-ravitch-talks-about-waking-up-the-town-to-face-the-war-on-public-education/
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