Links of Great Interest: Waka Waka eh eh

Piglet of WisCon is taking links and suggestions re: MoonFail. Also, NJK’s got a reaction up. Here’s another link round-up.

From MC:

Michigan High school strips transgender teen of homecoming king title
because he’s still registered as a girl.

Raeka sends the below:

Some UK study was done showing a correlation between mothers getting jobs and childhood obesity. It mostly pissed me off because it made it sound like the mothers’ faults for going out working (why can’t the dads stay home and cook?) and didn’t seem to draw any lines between ‘mother working because poor, therefore mother unable to afford decent quality food or sports/extracurricular activities’.

From Dom Camus: The Network for Surviving Stalking is collecting information on cyber-stalking.

From NijiReiki: Tracy Anderson’s got a buttload of opinions on making your booty teeny-tiny.

From Firebird: :headtilt: Cell phones and face lotion?? NO! Not for dudes!

…The FBI searched the homes of antiwar activists because of their terrorist associations.

Aaron Pallas breaks down Waiting for Superman, a documentary about school reform in DC.

This commercial made me cry. :-/ Not only does domestic violence not stop, but you never unlearn that flinch.

ANYWAYS, here’s what’s left of HP Lovecraft’s commercial work for the delicious Whitman’s samplers.

From Nicky P.:

Monster High is a line of fashion dolls/merchandise aimed at children, with the gimmick beingthat each of the characters is the offspring of a famous movie monster, i.e. there’s a character called Frankie Stein, a werewolf girl, a mummy girl, and so on.

Despite this, in my opinion, interesting and somewhat original
premise, the animated shorts produced for these characters are
well…Please take a look:

When I first saw this, before I was acquainted with the series’
legitimacy, I was under the impression that this short was a parody of
all things wrong and ridiculous about entertainment media aimed at

But this is totally for real…

DUDE! THAT SUCKS. But these dolls? They rule. <3

Uhhhhhhhhhh wtf, over? Oh, right, history doesn’t matter if it’s about brown people. My b.

Latina has an article up about brownface.

Hey, geeky girls perusing this site! Give yourselves a big pat on the back. You’ve taken an all important first step in bagging yourself a geeky dude.

MI Assistant Attorney General targets/harasses gay college student using…. the internet. Cyberbullying: not just for high-schoolers anymore.

Seriously, though, the conservative movement in the US needs to think about who’s representing it and what kind of childish, immature, and just WOW tactics they think are a good idea. The group that took down ACORN wanted to attack a CNN reporter using boats, sex toys, and lies. I mean come on! CNN and you are on the same side!

CONGRATS TO JESSIE LITTLE DOE BAIRD!!! She got a MacArthur fellowship to fund her work reviving the Wampanoag language.

The real impact of the food stamp cuts — no pasta, canned veggies, or joy for you! :-/ Seriously, though? I thought we were trying to end hunger not overload the poor with low quantities of shitty food.

Does anyone know anything about Monsters, the new SF/horror movie? Looks like it’ll fail the Bechdel but might have some interesting things to say about aliens and immigration.

Bullying now knows no geographic boundary: the sad case of Tyler Clementi.

The We Got Your Back project makes central the voices of queer POC


  1. The Other Patrick says

    I know this isn’t a political site, but the Republican party has gone insane in the last year. And don’t say ableism, I actually mean insane.

    Re: the UK study – I have done a study that shows a correlation between the number of cell phones and childhood obesity ,as well as correlating internet speed and expenditures in the War on Terror.

    • Robin says

      Nice rebuttal, TOP. As one of my favorite imaginary people likes to say, “Correlation does not equal causation, children.” :)

      I love** how people come out with these self-serving, narrowly focused “studies” all the time. At least the Reuters article calls them on the fact that they just ignore relevant data that doesn’t conform to their (apparent) desired conclusions.

      I also have to wonder if the study used the same standards for obesity in the 60s and in 1991, or if they used the standards of each time period. If the latter, the parameters for “obesity” changed pretty drastically over that time. My high school gym teacher (in the late 90s) tried to tell me I was overweight just because I was above “normal” weight for my height due to muscle mass gained in physical activities.

      ** And by “love” I mean “can’t stand”.

          • Sabrina says

            The BMI is older than you think. It was invented somewhen in the mid 19th century by Adolphe Quetelet. It’s interesting to note that the threshold between “normal”, “overweight”/”obese” have been set at different points during the last decades. Wiki notes that
            “Between 1980 and 2000 the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have defined overweight at a variety of levels ranging from a BMI of 24.9 to 27.1. In 1985 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus conference recommended that overweight BMI be set at a BMI of 27.8 for men and 27.3 for women. In the 1990s the World Health Organization (WHO) decided that a BMI of 25 to 29 should be considered overweight and a BMI over 30 is obese. In 1988 a NIH report concluded that a BMI over 25 is overweight and a BMI over 30 is obese, the same standards WHO established. This became the definitive guide for determining if someone is overweight.”
            It’s pretty much set at a fancy number without any good reasons.

            Fun fact: “Psychological well-being is also at risk in the overweight individual due to social discrimination.” (Wiki again) Yeah, why do you think that is? Well, maybe labelling people with a perfectly healthy body as not normal and selling it as a scientific fact might have something to do with it?! /faceplam

    • Casey says

      It’s a shame, the TV commercials for it have really fluid animation, and I like the concept of essentially, Halloween-themed Bratz, but that cartoon was ATROCIOUS! BOOOOO!

      (I like Super Dollfies and MomokoDolls instead)

  2. Jenny Islander says

    I tried to read the comments about the SNAP cut and gave up after the “Welll, he bought Eggland’s Best, so OBVIOUSLY he doesn’t understand how MUCH food he could get with that money if he would just lower his standards a little bit.” What if EB is all the store sells? Or what if you can’t buy even stale-tasting store-brand eggs for less than when EB costs in other shopping areas? Or what if, dammit, you want the extra nutrition that is supposed to be provided by the way EB produces eggs?

    The food he had to cut out represents a pot of soup that could be dinner for two adults and two children for a couple of days at least.

    • Robin says

      It’s heartbreaking that the already meager rations supplied by the SNAP program are being reduced. I could probably get by on what the reduced benefit provides, but by the end of the week I’d be so bored by eating the same things over and over that it wouldn’t be appetizing anymore. At least the current amount allows for a little variety in meals. I also notice that there aren’t any beverages in that pile, so unless they leave out some of the solid food, people can’t give their kids milk or juice either.

      I managed to get through the comments but there was some major trollishness in the middle there that I had to skim over. I applaud the mom who’s planting a garden with her kids so that they can afford to have the fresh vegetables that the kids are asking for.

      …I need to remember to thank my mom for never letting us know how tight our budget was when I was a kid, because she and my dad made sure we always had good food to eat, even if we were growing half of it ourselves, and buying manager’s special meats and canned goods from the dent-and-day-old rack.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *