Links of Great Interest: What a World.

“Just hookers.”

Book smugglers to the rescue!

Should black women stay single?

On chasing straight girls

Breeze Harper continues to be awesome.

Contraception is NOT controversial — but parts of this kinda bugged me. Where’s the analysis of resource abuse by rich nations, the discussion of class/culture/COLONIZATION, and the continued erosion of poor women, and women of color’s, rights to DECIDE what kind of BC they want (vs. being forcibly sterilized or experimented on)?

On calling women “crazy” — Ahem.

Who gets arrested for “stealing” a free education?

The most recent memoir of an acclaimed feminist talks about the moments when a woman’s body begins to fail.

Girls is written by a faux edgy hipster.

From Amy:

Here’s a website I’ve always enjoyed: Women Fighters in Reasonable
Armor

From Jenn:

US military women who report sexual assaults are told they weren’t raped, diagnosed with personality disorders and discharged. As the article explains, PDs develop in adolescence, so the military is clearly full of shit. Or perhaps they’d like us to believe all their psychological screening is completely worthless. Additionally, this serves as one more example of how women are over-diagnosed with psychiatric disorders because addressing our actual concerns would just be too inconvenient.

From Casey:

From The Hairpin, an interesting article discussing the myriad forms
of male birth control over the years and the excuses of why most men
refuse to take ‘em. It basically boils down to MEN ARE FUCKING BABIES
*rage-fume*

Go Archie!

…Wow. Feel free to speculate why the animals ate the pineapple in the comments.

Meet the mommy bloggers

DV in China

From Amy:

Acid Attacks of Pakistani Women

Radical Feminist Nuns?

IDK why there’s such surprise over this. There’s a long history of feminist nuns/sisters in Catholicism, particularly in the Sisters of St. Joseph. Some of the most feminist classrooms I have been in have been organized by SSJ women. They still inspire my work today.

From Casey:

Reblogged by Kevin Bolk, this Social Justice Warrior strawman
argument comic just pisses me off:

What a gorgeous looking book!

From IA Scott:

Reminds me of US Christian Privilege in a recent LOGI – here’s one
from the UK!
Best tidbit: Lord Carey’s annoyed about Christians being unable to
discriminate freely against gays. Which I’d say were beliefs against
the “public good” but I’m just a dirty atheist secularist bluh bluh

Seriously, it’s EASY to be a girl gamer.

Comments

  1. Red says

    I looked at the Women Fighters blog amd GOD.

    As a girl, I’ve always, ALWAYS fantisized myself as a warrior princess in armor, weilding a sword and kicking ass. And when I read about that real-live woman knight, I got teary-eyed, because THAT is what I. Have. ALWAYS. WANTED. TO. DO.

  2. Casey says

    I complained about this on Tumblr but I’ll just say it here too; it seriously bugs me that Inman only donated $1,000 to a women’s shelter just to prove how ~TOTES NOT SEXIST HE IS, YOU LAYDEE GAMERZZ~~!

  3. says

    “Just Hookers” makes me want to re-watch the seasons of Davinci’s Inquest that are on DVD. It kind of follows the reality of what happened there (except there’s a character who gives a damn about finding the character).

    Love the article on calling women crazy. If you can just pathologize people, then you don’t have to deal with their legit complaints, right? Only you have to have the support of the community to make it real. Try calling a mind-bogglingly selfish dude “a narcissist” sometime, and watch the chorus spring forth with arias in his defense. But call a woman the same thing, and the chorus is right with you.

  4. says

    The article about stealing free education – women just can’t get it right, can we? Particularly black women.

    I think what this woman did is awesome. I thought it was awesome when my mother arranged a transfer for me from the shitty school our affordable neighborhood was assigned to the posh public school all the rich kids went to. I thought it was awesome when I kept up my grades so the school wouldn’t revoke that transfer. I thought it was awesome when I learned the research and writing skills from that posh school that have served me well in adult life. I thought it was awesome that the school never once said boo about it.

    What’s the difference? My mother and I were white, and we had a home address. That’s it.

  5. Cloudtigress says

    That story with the talking pineapple should have been used as part of a regular classroom discussion, where the students could talk about the fruit’s motivation for challenging the hare to a race when it had no way of moving, and the other animals’ reactions to the situation. Ambiguous stories like that should not be used on a standardized test that’s being used to determine the fates of Life, the Universe, and Everything, forever and ever, world without end, amen. Or at the very least, the two questions about which animal was the wisest and why the pineapple was eaten should have been left off the test, since those didn’t have a clear cut right/wrong answer like the ones about the story’s structure did.

    • Maria says

      I agree. Like, I feel like even as a 10 year old, my answer would have been “the pineapple had to be punished for having a dream…” and I strongly suspect that is not the correct answer.

  6. Lindsey says

    Casey,

    I don’t think the Oatmeal guy meant the donation to show how totes not sexist he is–he felt that simply making a public apology was insufficient, and so added in the donation to beef up his sincerity. The comic was dumb and I was surprised to see such a thing from that cartoonist, but he owned up to it when corrected, which is so heartbreakingly rare when misogyny is confronted.

  7. Raeka says

    The thing that drives me nuts about the homeless woman getting arrested for sending her son to school is that, technically, ANY school she sends her son to would be illegal. I thought free public education was, like, a core belief of this country, yet no one has every thought ‘gee, some kids don’t have a home address. Maybe we should work this into the system’.

    Ideally, I’d want to see every school -including the richer ones- required to take on at least x number of homeless students, but that will probably never happen.

  8. Casey says

    Lindsey,

    Oh, that’s how it went? Aside from reblogs of the comment with commentary, I wasn’t aware of how the donation really came about, I must admit I was biased due to becoming aware of this thing after the fact on Tom Preston’s DA, where he (and Oatmeal guy’s defenders) came off like “HE DONATED TO A WIMMINZ SHELTER, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?! BAWW”

    Preston said something along the lines of, “I didn’t see any gender-related offense in the comic, people just love misinterpreting things” to which I replied “Of course you didn’t see any gender-related offense, you’re a guy. You’re blinded by male privilege.”

    Preston: “That may be true but I tend to err on the side of the women in these situations.”

    I wanted to ask “Well if you tend to err on women’s side, then why not THIS TIME since a whole lot of us are saying this comic is sexist bullshit?” but I’m a coward and didn’t want to start an ~internet fight~ so I just didn’t bother to respond.

  9. says

    Maria, LOL, sadly, it’s a good answer. It feels creepily like a parable about disabled people trying to interact in normal society, and that they will be consumed for their trangression.

    Raeka, I’ve been trying to figure that out, too. If she couldn’t send her child to school in a district where she has no home address, and she has no home address anywhere, then she must violate the law by keeping the kid OUT of school. Talk about a catch-22.

    If the boy is entitled to public schooling – and I thought some form of schooling was not only an entitlement but a requirement for kids in the US – then this is not theft. She had no address to be used in determining where he should attend. Did the school have any established method for working that out? I would really like to hear what the school contends she should have done, because this is bullshit. It’s a clerical error at best. It is not equivalent to middle class white people lying and sneaking their kids into a “better” school without proper paperwork, and I knew a few who did that and got away with it.

  10. says

    Maria, yes, that’s very true. And yet, when I was in a well-funded public city school, and the schools out in the county were suffering, somehow the county pressured the city to merge the districts, so the county schools could improve while our school… didn’t get a new gym floor every single year anymore (in other words, we didn’t feel the crunch at all). So, even without changing the tax structure, there’s a lot we could do if more people were simply willing to do it. I’m concerned the real problem may be that people just don’t want to give up *anything* they perceive as theirs, and they’re getting more entitled by the minute.

    That said, I’ve been reading lately about how many states allow large companies to keep or get refunded the state income tax they collect from employees. So that tax base is being depleted in the guise of “keeping jobs” or “creating jobs”, and similar deals have been made with property taxes and sales tax, too. I’m actually not dead against tax breaks for businesses, if they’re rewards AFTER the fact of a business doing something truly beneficial for the state. But these deals are mostly giving the states little to no return on investment. Meanwhile, the services those taxes funded do without.

    Press: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/big-companies-state-taxes-workers_n_1419582.html?ref=mostpopular,goldman-sachs

    Actual study and all that goes with it: http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/taxestotheboss

  11. Cloudtigress says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    I didn’t read an anti-disabled message into that story originally, though that is a legitimate interpretation. My interpretation was more along the lines of ‘don’t try to go beyond your station in life, or else’. I suspect, though, the intended moral of the story was ‘sometimes things really are as they seem’, or else ‘it’s foolish to expect something that clearly can’t move to do so even when it says it can’.

    The real problem with the pineapple story, though, is that the writer tried to emulate Aesop’s fables without understanding how those were usually put together to fulfill their moral. Under Aesop, the pineapple would have done SOMETHING to have merited its fate, or at the very least Aesop would have given a reason why the pineapple didn’t move during the race (perhaps its concealed rocket-powered sled didn’t work as planned?). The test writer couldn’t be bothered to supply either a motive for anyone’s actions nor any sort of a plan for the pineapple to go mobile, so his story gets subjected to some very disturbing interpretations that he never intended to include in it.

  12. says

    Cloudtigress: My interpretation was more along the lines of ‘don’t try to go beyond your station in life, or else’.

    I agree with that – ableism was just the first possible variation on that theme that came to mind for me.

    You’re very right that an Aesop pineapple would have deserved to be eaten. I wonder if the author thinks they told a story about a pineapple getting punished for lying about itself? If that was the intent, I don’t think it was very clear at all. That’s just the best possible spin I can come up with for it.

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