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.

Netiquette Guidelines:

  • Effective signal boosting names the article author(s) and/or organising bodies.
  • 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.
  • Include content notes/trigger warnings/NSFW alerts where needed as a courtesy to other readers.
  • 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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12 comments for “Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

  1. Alexandra
    January 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    “‘I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to spare another American the trauma of sexual assault,’ Obama said.

    “This includes setting up a task force, which will look at what colleges can do to better prevent assaults and putting pressure on those that aren’t doing a great job.

    “‘This is more than just laws that need to be complied with,” Valerie Jarett, aclose advisor to the president and head of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said. ‘This is changing a culture…what’s acceptable and what’s not.’

    From the whitehouse today. Makes me very happy!

    Over at NPR

  2. Denise Winters
    January 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Over at Black Girl Dangerous: Why the Term ‘Psychopath’ is Racist and Ableist

    When we commit to examining our language and ideas and deconstructing the ableism we find in them, we must make a full, not partial or half-hearted, commitment. When we stop using autistic, crippled, and retarded as insults, when we realize the urgent need to stop scapegoating violence on “mental illness” and “emotional instability or disturbance,” when we learn to stop referring to our political opponents as blind, deaf, or crippled in their ideologies, we must also critically re-examine our use of the psychopathy label.

    In radical communities working toward intersectional social justice, the figure of the psychopath is invoked all too often to characterize members of oppressive classes, especially when they are in a position of political power in addition to apolitical structural power.

  3. SaraC
    January 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    A fascinating article about Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding, and cultural expectations around proper feminine presentation, “artistry,” power, vulnerability, and class in women’s figure skating. Especially apropos since a new winter Olympics is about to begin. Trigger warning for discussion of abuse and rape.

  4. Angie unduplicated
    January 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

    This is a beautiful and overdue rant on body shaming. My “secret supplication of the heart” is that we could follow refusal to read body-shaming articles with a full-scale girlcott of advertisers who support this crap.

  5. khw
    January 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

    When a UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) politician stated that the recent spate of storms was due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage, Nicholas Pegg (of Doctor Who fame) did a wonderful parody of the shipping forecast:

    (for some more background information:

    Also worth a few moments perusal are:

  6. trees
    January 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Flavia Dzodan at Red Light Politics writes:
    Whiteness as social disease and ableism

    For me personally, Jack D. Forbes’ discussion of Wetiko has been really helpful. Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wétiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism

    • Donna L
      January 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Your second link doesn’t seem to work.

      • trees
        January 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        Oops. The link is to a page of that title at Google Books. Forbes spends pretty much the entire book explaining the term, but a few pages into the second chapter, he defines the term. Google books won’t allow me to copy and paste any part.

      • trees
        January 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

        I just came upon this short essay where Forbes says:

        CANNIBALS is focused upon my use of the Native American concept of the “Wetiko” psychosis, the disease of cannibalism. I believe that the exploitative consumption of the earth, the living creatures of the earth, and, above all, other human beings and their homelands, constitute actual, real, unmitigated cannibalism.


  7. January 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    My friend works for this company and I saw this on their website, I’ll be honest, I don’t even know what the actual content is because it’s too computer-y, but I thought this may be of interest to someone on here (or a friend…)

    $2,000 Scholarships For Women and Underrepresented Minority Participants Enrolling in Metis Ruby on Rails Bootcamp

  8. January 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    [CN: sexual assault, rape culture, minimisation]
    Brynn McDonnell, Co-Chair of the ACLU of Central Michigan University and a member of Students Advocating Gender Equality, writing for Feminist Campus about educating authorities on language that minimises the effects and pervasiveness of sexual assault:
    Activism 101: I Schooled My Campus Police on How to Talk About Sexual Assault

    January 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Porn’s influence is real. Sex education is the answer
    Online sexual fantasies are blurring into reality – young people need another narrative showing what a healthy relationship looks like
    Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
    The Guardian

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