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  1. canbebitter
    canbebitter March 31, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    This week I wrote about a guilty pleasure of mine: Australian radio show “Love Song Dedications” and determine that maybe it’s not as guilty as it seems. Could it be one of the most women-friendly and queer-friendly shows on mainstream radio?

    http://canbebitter.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/is-love-song-dedications-the-queerest-place-on-mainstream-radio/

  2. Laura (dusty_rose)
    Laura (dusty_rose) March 31, 2013 at 9:05 am |

    I wrote about:
    -Back to the ’90s with Domino Dollhouse’s spring collection
    -Why climate justice matters to me
    -and my own links roundup, where people are welcome to self-promote as well!

  3. Thomas MacAulay Millar
    Thomas MacAulay Millar March 31, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    This week at the Yes Means Yes Blog:

    My letter to teenage boys about Steubenville: Hey Teenage Boys! Worries About Steubenville? Don’t Be.

    Also, sadly, Next Time Already Happened, in Torrington, Ct. Four football players, ages 17 and 18, and two thirteen year old girls.

  4. Kathy
    Kathy March 31, 2013 at 9:59 am |

    This week I wrote briefly about the lengths parents go to to get their children enrolled in gifted classes, plus my own high school experience during the dark days of “tracking.”

  5. Jem Bloomfield
    Jem Bloomfield March 31, 2013 at 10:01 am |

    I just reviewed Rhian E Jones’ book Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars On Class and Gender – fascinating stuff about her own experiences of rock music, our general cultural drift towards the right, the silencing of working class women’s voices, and intersectionality.

  6. Jennifer
    Jennifer March 31, 2013 at 10:20 am |

    I’ve created a series of YouTube videos on Test Prep without Corruption that may be of interest to parents and teachers who want to prepare students for state tests without sacrificing what is amazing and wonderful about learning. Video 3 talks about stereotype threat, which impacts girls on math and science tests.

  7. Aoife
    Aoife March 31, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    This week at the Tea Cosy:

    The difference between pity, compassion and empathy, and why those of us in social justice movements need to ditch the first and work our asses off on the others.

    AnOther Irish Abortion Abroad tells the story of one woman’s experiences travelling to the UK for an abortion. Because Irish abortions happen every day. They just don’t happen here.

    In Poly musings: on her others I get personal, and talk about how I feel about the other people my partner is in relationships with.

    I get furious for We Are Not Your Afterthought: responding to LGBT Soup. Ireland’s major LGBT publication posted a biphobic, transphobic piece by their deputy editor calling for all letters other than G to be removed from our acronym. I got angry.

    And finally, for the day that’s in it: Drink From Me And Live Forever: the case for Vampire Jesus is an analysis of the resurrection and a plea for greater understanding of our vampiric brethren. Tongue firmly in cheek.

  8. Victoria Gaile
    Victoria Gaile March 31, 2013 at 10:47 am |

    I posted a Holy Week potpourri of Lent Madness results, liturgical reflections, and Pope news, notably his inclusion of women in the footwashing rite on Holy Thursday and why that’s such a big deal in the Catholic church.

    I also want to give a shout-out to Dr. Free-Ride’s blogging on the Pycon incident involving Adria Richards. Her three posts on the incident and resultant debate over “naming and shaming” stood out among what I’ve been reading because they are written in the discourse/diction/register of the sciences, rather than the humanities register typical of most feminist writing. I think this gives them a good shot at reaching folks who are either unfamiliar with or dismissive of feminist analysis.

  9. Maria Smilios
    Maria Smilios March 31, 2013 at 11:10 am |

    This week I wrote a piece “Girls Don’t Drive” inspired by an incident at the park where a 6-year old boy began bullying my 2-year old daughter by continually screaming at her that Girl’s don’t Drive.

    In response to the Steubenville rape case, I wrote “Don’t Get Drunk or you Could Get Raped,” which explored the question of how we are supposed to raise girls in this “culture of rape.”

    1. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help March 31, 2013 at 9:42 pm |

      Maria, I tried to follow your first link but it came up broken – Firefox couldn’t find it. :(

  10. Balancing Jane
    Balancing Jane March 31, 2013 at 11:20 am |

    I’ve got an analysis of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new video for “Sacrilege” on its exploration of sin, sex, marriage, and hypocrisy.

    A short piece on why my students are not “customers” and you don’t want me to see them that way.

    A guest post from Amanda, an American who has lived in China for the past three years, on how the experience has shaped her sense of identity.

    1. Ashleigh
      Ashleigh April 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

      Loved the post on why students are not customers. Thanks!

  11. Melissa Huang
    Melissa Huang March 31, 2013 at 11:24 am |

    A post on Alma Thomas, an important member of the Washington Color School and the first black woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum (As well as being the first black woman to graduate from a US fine art program).

    An article on Victorian ceramics: how and why the craft was feminized and subsequently devalued.

  12. Tori
    Tori March 31, 2013 at 11:28 am |

    For the last day of Endometriosis Awareness Month, I wrote Awareness Isn’t Enough, on steps forward.

    From earlier this week, Endo Assumptions, on things not to assume about others living with the condition.

    Also, an informative piece on endo treatments at PPAZ’s blog.

    Finally, sometimes street harassment is just… odd.

  13. Dr. Free-Ride
    Dr. Free-Ride March 31, 2013 at 11:39 am |

    And now I’m noting that my super-slow tablet typing and linking means I’m promoting my posts that Victoria Gaile has already promoted above.

    Thanks, Victoria! (Curse you, slow fingers!)

  14. Marsha
    Marsha March 31, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  15. BigSis
    BigSis March 31, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    A bit of a departure this week as I look at how upsetting debating feminist issues can be with non-feminist friends, and how to move on and get back to your happy shiny feminist self again. (TW for references to rape culture.)

  16. Anna
    Anna March 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

    This being Passover week, I thought I’d add my own ending to the Song of Miriam. The Bible verse is in bold, followed by my verses:

    Sing ye to the LORD, for He is highly exalted:
    The horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.

    He has liberated us from Egypt, from slavery;
    We must now liberate ourselves from hatred.

    Sing ye to those who have died, sing a dirge in mourning.
    Sing for the Jews and the Egyptians.
    Mourn also the hatred which has brought us both here.

    Sing out against hatred, cry out against oppression,
    Ours and others;
    May the world never again see such.

    1. Anna
      Anna March 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

      I mean the Song of Miriam from the Bible (JPS version) is in bold, followed by the additional lines to it which I have written.

    2. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help March 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm |

      The dirge might include the animals that deity is so blase about wiping out, too …

      1. Anna
        Anna April 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

        Good idea. Here it is:

        Sing ye to the LORD, for He is highly exalted:
        The horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
        He has liberated us from Egypt, from slavery;
        We must now liberate ourselves from hatred.

        Sing ye to those who have died, sing a dirge in mourning.
        Sing for the humans and animals, the Jews and the Egyptians.
        Mourn also the hatred which has brought us both here.

        Sing out against hatred, cry out against oppression,
        Ours and others;
        May the world never again see such.

  17. Anna
    Anna March 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

    Also I found this cool Buddhist poem which I did not write but am sharing. It is by the nun Mutta, rendered as follows by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:

    So freed! So thoroughly freed am I! —
    from three crooked things set free:
    from mortar, pestle,
    & crooked old husband.
    Having uprooted the craving that leads to becoming,
    I’m set free from aging & death.

    Which could also be:

    So freed! So thoroughly freed am I! —
    from three crooked things set free:
    from mortar, pestle,
    and crooked old husband.
    Having uprooted the craving that leads to becoming,
    I’m set free from aging and death.

    Susan Murcott suggests that muttiyā could better be rendered as “freed by means of.” So then the poem would be:

    So freed! So thoroughly freed am I! —
    freed by means of three crooked things:
    freed by means of mortar, pestle,
    & crooked old husband.
    Having uprooted the craving that leads to becoming,
    I’m set free from aging & death.

    Or:

    So freed! So thoroughly freed am I! —
    freed by means of three crooked things:
    freed by means of mortar, pestle,
    and crooked old husband.
    Having uprooted the craving that leads to becoming,
    I’m set free from aging and death.

    1. Anna
      Anna March 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm |

      So if you go by Susan Murcott’s idea I think it means she was actually freed by realizing how lousy her husband and her life with him doing all the work with the mortar and pestle (probably cooking) was. So in a way she was actually inspired by him and the lousy division of housework to become enlightened, or “freed”, because that’s what convinced her to become a nun.

      This poem is number 11 in the Therigatha collection supposedly recited by early members of the Buddhist sangha in India around 600 BC. It has no title.

  18. Anna
    Anna March 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm |

    It’s the last day of Endometriosis Awareness Month! Learn about the many treatment strategies for endometriosis. There are both pharmaceutical and surgical options, each with their own side effects, advantages, and drawbacks.

    It’s also the last day of Women’s History Month! Meet Mary Peace Douglas, who fought for reproductive justice during a tumultuous time in Arizona’s and Planned Parenthood’s history, helping to bring abortion services to Southern Arizona.

  19. Maven Zelle
    Maven Zelle March 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    My boyfriend recently started a new blog, “The Atheist Database,” for the purpose of archiving everything one might want to know on the subject, from the different types of atheism to the most current rebuttals to theistic arguments for God.

    This week, as his blog just started, he focused on defining “atheism”.

    First, he explained the definition succinctly: https://atheistdatabase.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/a-succinct-definition-of-atheism/

    Then, he detailed and responded to the five most common misconceptions of atheists: https://atheistdatabase.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/common-misconceptions-about-atheists/

    Finally, he addressed four common objections to the definition (of “weak atheism”): https://atheistdatabase.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/common-objections-to-the-definition-and-their-responses/

  20. Vanessa
    Vanessa March 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

    I wrote about Easter as a UU here.
    and about talking to children about rape here.

  21. Lyndsay
    Lyndsay March 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

    I couldn’t swallow the horrendous economic breakdown made by Dr. Steven Landsburg on his blog, where he presents are argument that rape doesn’t include any real damage to a victim – using the Steubenville survivor as a specific and horrific example. Here is my response: http://ourfeministplayschool.ca/today-rape-history-landsburg-no-physical-damage/

  22. Stephanie Lord
    Stephanie Lord March 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

    I write this piece on some of the challenges faced by Irish women when trying to travel to access abortion services in England. It’s something that’s generally absent from the discourse around abortion in Ireland.

    Women with money have options, women with nothing have babies.

  23. lt
    lt March 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |

    My response to those awful teen pregnancy ads in NYC: http://goldennotebooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/on-being-problem.html

  24. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green March 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm |

    “We’re all Christians,” the men said. And that’s when I came out as a witch…
    Witnessing to the Jehovahs on Holy Saturday

  25. Logan
    Logan March 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm |

    This week on DDP:

    1. We continued our Survivor Pride month with two posts, Now Breathe and Can I Do Something?

    2. We called out Smith college for its recent transphobia

    3. We wrote a letter to street harassers

    4. And we debunked the myth of The One

  26. Holly
    Holly March 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

    I wrote this about using images to think critically about oppression and using words to allow readers to create their own images.

  27. Damiane
    Damiane March 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm |

    This week I reviewed Horizons, a mid-future sci-fi book. It’s got great worldbulding, particularly in its explanations of why the orbital stations want independence. It also does a good job of letting the protagonist’s sexual and romantic preferences be fluid and keyed to people rather than labels. That said, it can seem to skip from one plot to the next without letting things breathe and have an emotional impact.

    I also wrote a post about editing Kelpie, a middle-grade fantasy novel with a female protagonist and a full cast of characters who feel like, you know, actual people. :P

  28. Véronique
    Véronique March 31, 2013 at 7:23 pm |

    New Fromage, the cheesiest blog around!

    To do is to be is a music post about Hether Fortune of Wax Idols, doing stuff when you’re young, and still doing it anyway even though you’re no longer young.

    And for Easter, a post with church in it! I heart NY (a lot) is full of highlights of our recent trip — the Met, Park Slope shopping, theatre, Balaboosta, and more.

    1. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help April 1, 2013 at 3:36 am |

      I’d love to visit New York. Have done ever since reading Helene Hanff’s Apple of My Eye. The Met and Central Park would be my top spots.

      I think autocorrect was out to get you on the blog: it spelled Monet as Money! :)

  29. Jo
    Jo March 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm |

    This is actually from last week, but I thought I’d share anyway: a post on the victim-blaming culture that comes from the idea that ‘women need to be more careful’ and that somehow we can avoid being raped that way. There are some real flaws in that argument which mask two things: that women are God damn careful already, and that rape ‘prevention’ aimed at victims just doesn’t work. Alongside other things.

    When will women stop being told to be more careful?

  30. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
    The Kittehs' Unpaid Help March 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

    In a blissfully restful Easter break, I’ve done a new picture of Mr Kittehs from scratch. Nothing of importance to anyone but us, but hey, it is shameless self-promotion Sunday (well, over the dateline, anyway).

    Dedicated Whovians might recognise the leather jacket. ;)

    1. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help March 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm |

      This pic plus a portrait of him c. 1650 are now in my new blog post.

  31. Quicksilver
    Quicksilver March 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm |

    I have started to host biweekly discussions on the anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena: http://quicksilver-ink.dreamwidth.org/17554.html

    While there’s more LGBT representation on TV now (in both the US and Japan), this was the first TV show I saw that had overtly queer characters, and I would love to hear the views of other folks on this show!

  32. Julie
    Julie April 1, 2013 at 1:07 am |

    I write about how desperately parents need people without children to give them parenting advice:

    http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2013/03/31/parents-are-pretty-stupid-nowadays/

    1. EG
      EG April 1, 2013 at 11:11 am |

      I love that post. Thank you.

      It’s easy to say “I’d never.” I’d never put a kid younger than two in front of the TV. Except when, you know, I only got three hours of sleep because of a combination of him being up at four and my having insomnia, and my whole body aches, and he never, ever stops moving and I’m feeling older by the minute, but I can get old episodes of Sesame Street on Netflix, and he’ll sit on lap and watch those and I can check my email, and I guess I’m the worst auntie in the world, but that is just the way it is sometimes.

      1. Donna L
        Donna L April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm |

        I thought it was great too. Look at comment # 4 — it’s so perfectly typical of the responses to this kind of post that I’m tempted to believe somebody made it up.

        1. EG
          EG April 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

          Ah, that wasn’t there when I’d read it. Indeed, perfect of its kind–you brought your baby’s tongue-tie and your PPD on yourself through your own choices so why should I feel sorry for you! I so envy these people who can control perfectly the events of their lives through their expert decision-making and never require the compassion of strangers. It’s a shame I’ve never met one.

    2. Barnacle Strumpet
      Barnacle Strumpet April 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm |

      Your post reminds me of Xiaxue’s recent post on mothers being judged Motherhood, the biggest pissing contest of them all, although she talks more about judgement from other mothers.

  33. Jovan1984
    Jovan1984 April 1, 2013 at 4:20 am |

    I didn’t write a whole lot lately, but there were some big items I did write about.

    Remember when San Francisco’s Supervisors claimed that events were exempted from an exception to the nudity ban they passed last year? They lied, as nudity is not allowed at any event there this year, not even at protests like the one that took place on March 22. And not only did they lie about that, they also lied about not arresting people for breaking that ordinance. I branded them as professional liars.

    Because of this, I called on feminists to help fight ALL nudity bans such as this one – I have silenced my Twitter until further notice until more of us fight for nudists’ civil rights.

    Rape cases in Torrington, Conn. and Murfreesboro, Tenn. are rife with victim-blaming, just like Steubenville, Ohio.

    Rick Ross has a new song and it endorses rape. He failed in his attempt at PR Damage Control. I’ve also linked Ultraviolet’s petition to demand that Reebok drop him as a sponsor.

    In response to the name of Steubenville’s Jane Doe being leaked by the media 22 HOURS after the trial ended, I called on the current rape shield law to be renamed and expanded to shield the identity of ALL crime victims from the media and public.

    Here is something else people should thank feminists for: larger, more legible and brighter highway signs (including Proper Case Street Name signs); and the requirement of a Crossbuck assembly at passive grade railroad crossings – the former of which is a major assistance to people with a visual disability and the latter of which is a major assistance to people who have an auditory disability. The feminist community’s tireless work for the civil rights of disabled people was a major factor in the writing of the 2009 MUTCD, which has since had two minor revisions to it.

  34. Hannah
    Hannah April 1, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  35. Bianca James
    Bianca James April 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |

    Ms. Behaved is relaunching with a new editorial staff: http://msbehaved.com

    Also don’t miss our interview with Janet Hardy (co-author of The Ethical Slut!) http://msbehaved.com/2013/03/11/author-interview-janet-hardy-on-being-a-girlfag/

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