Do it up.
Shame in the Patriarchy – I write about the role of shame in maintaining the patriarchal social order, and why it needs to stop.
Where are all the women & girls? Report shows disheartening picture of female characters in movies & TV: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/where-are-all-women-girls-report-shows.html
Seven habits of highly empathic people: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/7-habits-of-highly-empathic-people.html
I am not a cockroach– what materialism is, and isn’t
I explored a traditional metaphor for the church from a feminist perspective: The Bride of Christ: a Feminist Reading.
Because a Pap test screens for abnormal cervical cells and because those cell changes can be associated with cervical cancer, being on the receiving end of an abnormal Pap test result can be frightening, intimidating, and confusing. And the codes they use to describe the results might sound like alphabet soup!
Luckily, our awesome blogger Tori wrote an excellent piece about how to interpret abnormal Pap test results.
I reviewed the wonderful ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower:’ http://film-nut.tumblr.com/post/37024659237/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-2012
picked 5 links of the week: http://film-nut.tumblr.com/post/37032802171/the-weekend-5
and last but not least…it was my blogiversary this week! answer this question and get a free DVD!! I mean it!!
Why the “Female Privilege List” is garbage: http://clarissasblog.com/2012/12/02/why-female-privilege-list-is-garbage/
Who gets custody? http://clarissasblog.com/2012/11/29/who-gets-custody/
“‘You Look Great’: What Do We Promote When We Compliment Weight Loss“: A trio of articles I read made me reflect on weight loss compliments. They may not be such a nice thing to say.
“Experiments in Teaching Grammar: Successes and Failure“: A grammar lesson I taught to my community college developmental students in one class went great, then it almost caused a fist fight in my second class. I did some thinking and tried a new approach.
“In Sickness and in Health, but Not in Monster Attacks“: My husband has been an amazing partner through unmedicated childbirth and a zombie attack, but when the real monsters came, he bailed on me.
On reclaiming the word “crazy”
On the sexiness of ladies with moustaches, Movember, and people you go to school with being idiots on Facebook
On properly attributing quotes from marginalised women (following the New Statesman plagiarising Flavia Dzodan)
Have a delightful Sunday Feministers!
10 Myths About Introverts: http://loveashley.net/2012/12/02/10-myths-about-introverts/
A lot of asana-related posts this week. (This is how you can tell it’s nearing the end of the semester: My brain is fried for all but the most concrete topics.)
Our latest Everyday Yoga photo post — lunges. And a current call for submissions of your chair pose pics.
One More Abductor Stretch, including my frustrations with it — “Which sort of boils down to: There seem to be modifications for people with more or less spinal flexibility, modifications for people with tighter outer hips, modifications for people who are pregnant (and for whom strong spinal rotation is therefore contraindicated) — but no modifications for people who are fat.”
And thinking about comment policies.
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Have a delightful Sunday Feministers
This week I wrote about the AP dropping the word homophobia from its style guide, and a short response to singer-songwriter Mike Doughty’s piece about the music industry’s inability to connect with older music fans.
This week I wrote about Republican platforms that oppose teaching thinking skills.
I also wrote about the piece on Fox News about the war on men and Venker’s non-apology for that piece. In particular, I look at the canard that claims feminism lied to women by promising us that we could have it all, as that canard appears in both Venker’s pieces.
I wrote two pieces about Canadian politics: the first discusses the court-ordered removal of Rob Ford as the Mayor of Toronto.
The second looks at student protest movements in Quebec and the rest of Canada by looking at the lyrics of two songs.
I posted a new recipe for Poached Pear Napoleons with Bourbon Caramel, Sweetened Mascarpone, and Toasted Pistachios.
I also posted a considerably less shmancy recipe for Sesame Chicken Salad.
This week I wrote about…
schools using homophobia as a punishment,
Willow Smith’s hair as a lesson for how we treat girls,
and working on anti-racism.
DSK Did Not Destroy the Maid He was the most powerful man in the world, and when she accused him of rape his lawyers said they would totally discredit her. But now he’s paying a settlement rumored in the millions. What did he not want revealed in court?
Do we use a different part of the brain for arithmetic than for calculus?
Calculus is almost over, and it’s been painfully fun:
I never thought I would have something in common with Mittens:
Sometimes, you just get through it:
I’ve had a difficult few days contemplating the mortality of someone very close to me. As an atheist, dealing with death and its finality is one of the hardest things.
Facing the holidays can seem a bit of a chore sometimes too. For many atheists, sometimes it really comes down to taking the path of least resistance. An Atheist and A Heretic Were Staring at a Christmas Tree.
In Breaking down, holding on, I have kind of a bad weekend for a few different reasons.
In So happy I could die, I bounce back and talk about cheery stuff, like death.
There will be more Fromage on the way. It’s pretty much all about music, specifically about a woman of a certain age making her way in the notoriously sexist music business. I imagine the music focus isn’t for everyone, but it’s my life. Thanks!
There was a lot going on this week! I wrote about:
–My #1 fa(t)shion rule: don’t assume
–The concept of “flaws” is flawed
–Fatshion: not inclusive enough
–And the ethics of fatshion get even more complicated… and a few other related posts, in response to Natalie Perkins’ post about the state of the fatshion blogosphere: Twitter takes on fatshion blogging, capitalism, and revolution, More on the advertising/activism divide, and why I’m not monetizing my blog, and an update on Ariel’s fatshion activism idea.
Poverty. Happiness. Nice things. A side of transphobia (of course). TW for classism and transphobia. An incident where a friend of mine is told that she can’t want nice things because she is broke.
Food. Clothes. Hijabs. New rules. Inspired by the AMAZING Captain Awkward, I have some rules on what we’re allowed to say about people’s clothes. These rules are to be followed, forever, by everyone.
Abortion, X and the Eighth Amendment: why legislation isn’t enough. TW for.. oh god, for rampant misogyny. Ireland is debating precisely what levels of risk to a pregnant person’s life justify allowing abortion. I say FUCK THAT. There is only one reason and ONE reason alone why someone should get an abortion in Ireland. Because ze asks for one. And for that, we’re going to have to scrap some of our constitution.
Pics from the pro-choice demo last night at Leinster House. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Leinster House, by the way, is where our government does its governing. The protest was incredible and powerful and moving and wonderful and angry as all hell.
Death, atheism and middle-of-the-night belief: being kind to ourselves. Skepticism is essential, and it’s also hard work. Sometimes things hurt too much to be a skeptic. Sometimes I can’t but allow a moment to the part of my brain that wants to believe comforting things. I think that’s okay.
That World AIDS Day Thing.
OMG! 200 posts! Landmark time!
Being a closeted queer is something that people understand- it’s something that’s gotten into the popular dialogue. We haven’t really caught on to the similar narratives about gender, though. Probably because transness is expected to be a thing that someone Always Knows. Trans people don’t get the same social pass that queers do to actually be uncertain and questioning, and yet affected by transphobia. So where you wouldn’t generally say that a queer person “lived as straight” until they came out, this charming person seems to think it’s okay to make a similar accusation to a trans person.
Which is a long-winded way of saying that going around referring to trans women as having been men for most of their lives is Seriously Fucked Up. Oh, and it’s also a silencing tactic that transphobes have been using against trans women for decades. If a trans woman actually speaks up for herself, takes up space or defends herself, you see, she gets accused of being aggressive and masculine. It’s the oldest- and one of the meaner- tricks in the book.
Thanks so much for this, Aoife. Well put. And one of the many things that it’s hard for trans women to say ourselves without being accused of defensiveness, delusion, and special pleading.
*sigh* Sometimes it seems like transmisogyny is made of so many double, triple, nth binds that the idea is that trans* women are neither allowed to speak or to be silent. It’s f*cking cruel.
this week I wrote a review of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) and determine that although it’s not necessarily a feminist text, many feminists should enjoy it for reasons.
Tempering Rape Fantasies – Triggering. Not even going to give a synopsis for it.
I decided to accept—for argument’s sake—that Suzanne Venker was right in thinking that women are less happy because of feminism:
This is a post where I look at some male-oriented movies I like, and show how there are women whose lives could be told in compelling stories similar to these male movies.
Gy-NO, or the time I had an assault flashback during an exam at the OB/GYN, and other fun tales at ginchy!
I’m getting married! And I’m writing about planning a wedding while feminist. You can read about it here and see my thoughts about engagements rings and budgets here and here.
I also wrote a short response to Venker’s delightful article.
Do you have to have an audience to be a good activist? Writing, Activism, and an Audience
The sixth Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival is up! Check out these awesome posts on Feminism and Activism.
Also, submissions for the seventh Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival are open! The deadline is December 20, and the theme is Women in Literature.
I FINALLY finished my Cloud Atlas review!
Racebending, Genderbending and a Film for Us
My reaction is full of joy and discomfort and a huge helping of ambivalence.
A wrote a short overview on some of the work that has been done to try and show a connection between smaller female brains and lower IQ.
I haven’t posted here in years, since I had a different blog.
Anyway, I wrote about being a highly medicated mentally ill person, and knowing that there are some things that meds will just never change about me.
More stories from the ground in Women Living Under Muslim Laws’ 16 days of activism against gender violence series:
Fighting back against sexual harassment in Egypt.
Moving forward from the trauma of war in Iraq.
And the rest…
Firstly I wrote about little girls and outer space; Where are the girls in rockets? Then I joined in a bloghop for the 16 Days of action against violence against women.
http://bankholidaytuesday.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/bullshit/ The fallacy of men being naturally funnier than women really ticks me off.
Equal comedy rights for all!
Thor is Definitely a Movie for Girls
I could even try putting the right link up for the first one!
I’m a little late coming to this kerfluffle, but here’s my response to recent anti-cosplay (specifically anti-female-cosplayers) rants by Tony Harris and other geeky professionals:
Costuming In Geekdom, or How Much Geekier Do I Have To Be?
In connection with my talk this week at the European Gender Summit, I posted a free eBook on my website, called:
6 steps to gender equality, and other essays on how universities can get more women to the top and why they should.
I hope you’ll download it, send it around, quote it, review it, tweet it, etc. But most of all, I hope you’ll find an idea or two in there that will help you in your organization!
I wrote about the Myth of the Angry Feminist, and other activist issues.
The time where I need to be planning the Week of Action (an event I talked about here a loong time ago) is upon me again, and I am looking for suggestions on what to do.
I also made a Tumblr. It doesn’t have any posts yet, but will serve as a collection of all the anti-choice nonsense we see and hear around us: All the Pro-Life Bullshit
This week was a big week for me! I celebrated my one year blogging anniversary, and I was nominated for a beautiful blogger award and nominated some other people in turn.
I also posted my feminist wishlist for the 55th edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival.
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