Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

These signal-boosting posts are a complement to our long-standing Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays, this thread is for recommending someone else‘s writings/events.

Especially welcome are links to those who are blogging on issues Feministe has not recently addressed (the links can be to older posts, just something you’ve found recently relevant).  Please save the self-promotion links for this Sunday – use this thread to let Feministe readers know about the other blogs you love to read, and activist/celebration events you long to attend, especially from those on the margins of the mainstream social justice communities, who tend to not get as much exposure as they should.


  1. Signal-boosting only here please (seconding/thirding etc is fine, but keep it short and sweet) ~ analytical discussions about various links belong on the Open Thread or Spillover.
  2. Include content notes/trigger warnings/NSFW alerts where needed as a courtesy to other readers.
  3. Keep this thread focussed on the linking – the idea is to make your comments on the other blogs being linked!  (adding relevant links for further related reading is always welcome)

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7 comments for “Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

  1. January 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I’m backing this Kickstarter campaign for new, fun shopping carts. Trust me when I say many, many women would find this helpful. It’s still behind on its goal and ends in only four days!

    FunCarts: Electronic Shopping Carts that make shopping fun!

    • TomSims
      January 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      It’s a great idea. I hope it gets going.

  2. Denise Winters
    January 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Article dealing with class-based marriage inequality:

    I will say I dislike the title as it reminds me of this being used as a reason why poor, especially black, women should get married and how we are harming ourselves if we decide not to. However, that line of shaming is addressed in the article itself.

    Homelessness in San Francisco:
    [second link uninvisibilised by mods]

    • Denise Winters
      January 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      One of these days I will remember to hit preview first or figure out how to actually post a link. But it will not be today.

    • Echo Zen
      January 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Don’t worry, I fixed it for thee.

  3. January 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Long read about fat-hatred, fat-shaming and splash-damage and how fat jokes about Chris Christie are harmful to folks who have no connection to him other than their body size – Chris Christie And Pulling The Red Handle:

    Here’s what I mean: A lot of people have a red handle installed deep in their person, where if somebody yanks on it, it hurts. For some people, it’s some terrible mistake they regret, and for some people, it’s something they’re always trying to get better at that hasn’t worked, or a relationship they can’t repair, or a weakness that makes them self-conscious, or a memory that’s sort of awful. I’m not any better or worse off than anybody else in having something like this in my nature/history; the only difference between mine and anybody else’s is that mine is on the outside.

    I mean, let’s say your red handle is that you have a busted relationship with your parents. You’re a happy person, but there’s this one thing that’s really hard, that you haven’t really figured out, that’s just … a thing you haven’t overcome. Imagine if you had to walk around with a big sign around your neck that said, “Once called my mother a terrible name and we haven’t spoken in 10 years.” So that everybody knew – strangers, friends, nice people, mean people, salespeople, people on the train, people who drove by you in their cars while you were walking. Eeeeeeverybody. This is what it’s like to have your red handle on the outside. It can feel a bit like you are at the mercy of literally everyone.

    Now, take note: Not everybody who looks like me considers this their red handle. Whether it is one depends largely on how much it hurts you. It would be a huge mistake to think you can look at a person and tell whether this particular thing makes him or her sad, just like you don’t know how people feel about anything else about their own history unless you know them personally.

  4. January 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I liked the idea of their kickstarter so much, I got in touch with and interviewed the creators of “Beat” a short film by two self-proclaimed feminists about “Nice Guys” and their creepy antics.

    Beat Kickstarter

    The interview

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