Selfless Signal-Boosting (May)

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/fundraisers etc. Use this thread for ICYMI links and anything else you think other readers might find interesting.

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:

  1. Effective signal boosting names the article author(s) and/or organising bodies.
  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!  (seconding/thirding etc is fine, adding extra Content Notes for the benefit of other readers is a community service, linking further/related reading is always welcome, but keep it short and sweet)
  4. If you have Reasons to not leave a response on a recommended article, don’t just dump it on this thread  ~ analytical discussions about various links belong on the Open Thread or Spillover.

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11 comments for “Selfless Signal-Boosting (May)

  1. Sonia
    May 2, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I find it interesting that what a fictional character says about rape merits massive attention here whereas actual rape and sexual slavery for over 200 young black girls doesn’t even merit a passing mention. Anyway, blog post by Alexis Okeowo on Nigeria’s stolen girls. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/04/nigerias-stolen-girls.html

    • May 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

      I’ve got a post scheduled for 6am NYC time linking to that exact same post, Sonia. Thanks for boosting the link.

  2. May 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Women Destroy Science Fiction! — Table of Contents:

    Just one more month to go before we publish our Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue. To whet your appetite for destruction, here’s the table of contents.

    G.H. Hardy and Mrs. Ellis:

    We’ve lived for centuries in a culture that has discouraged women from focused achievement–and by “discouraged” I mean “actively prevented”–directing them towards unassuming mediocrity instead. We’ve lived in a culture that has propagated the stereotype of a woman as an all-round dilettante, while encouraging men possessed of any discernible talent to pursue it to distinction.

    These cliches are not even close to dead. Excessive achievement is still often considered “unladylike.” The single-minded focus described by Hardy is still discouraged in women, and rarely available to them in any case.

    Above links via Stephanie Zvan’s latest Reading List.

  3. May 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Written by new Blogger Ashley Warwick
    Its about the recent letter “To My Future Wife” and she brings up some great points about gender boxing in the letter

  4. May 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Soraya Chemaly in Role Reboot: 10 Simple Words Every Girl Should Learn

    Men interrupt women, speak over them, and discount their contributions to a discussion with surprising regularity. Here’s how women should respond.

    “Stop interrupting me.”

    “I just said that.”

    “No explanation needed.”

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Tabloid headlines without the sexism

      There’s no question that celebrity tabloids are awful. It’s essentially a whole industry held up by casual sexism. To hilariously point this out, Vagenda Magazine asked Twitter followers to re-write recent tabloid headlines, omitting the sexism.

      * * * * *
      Study Finds That Women Aren’t Run by Their Periods. Scientists Everywhere Are Confused (by Anita Hess)

      Last month, psychologists at the University of Southern California published a meta-analysis of 58 research experiments that tested whether a woman’s preferences for masculinity, dominance, symmetry, health, kindness, and testosterone levels in her male romantic partners actually fluctuate across her menstrual cycle. The answer: They do not.
      […]
      The researchers suspect that the drive to chart women’s choices on their fertility calendars reflects our desire to understand human behavior via rudimentary evolutionary explanations: “More modern evolutionary approaches,” they write, “recognize that social learning and innovation are central human adaptations that are enabled by biological processes” and that ”the evolution of the human brain did not stop with these ancient sensory, perceptual, and motivational systems.”

  5. Kerandria
    May 9, 2014 at 12:36 am

    bell hooks, Janet Mock, Shola Lynch, and Marci Blackman were interviewed by the New School recently. Here’s a link to the video titled:

    Are you Sill a Slave?

    I have so much that I’d like to say about this but finals and writing and, yeah. That stuff. Anyway, video!

    • Kerandria
      May 9, 2014 at 12:38 am

      Are you *still* a slave, GG me. :(

  6. May 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Miri at Brute Reason: “But a feminist was mean to me!”

    Every so often a man publishes some screed about why he’s no longer a feminist because feminists have been mean to him. Every very often, some white person opines that they’d be totally on board with this whole anti-racism thing except that people of color are just so damn rude to them all the time. Or a religious person says that atheism is wrong because atheists are condescending. Or a person who consumes animal products dismisses the idea of veganism because they, personally, found some vegan or other to be annoying.

    I have seen this happen enough times and with enough different beliefs and social groups that I’ve noticed it as a pattern.

  7. May 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Fed Up With Sexual Harassment: The Serial Harasser’s Playbook

    With this post, rather than publicly naming the (well-known) serial harassers in astronomy, I’ll instead publish their (combined) playbook.

    via the latest Geek Feminism Linkspam

  8. May 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hello! I’m working on a project to instill knowledge regarding rape culture into high school sex ed classes. I need some help spreading this petition. Thanks for your help!

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