Links of Great Interest 10/2/09

TroubleInChina has a great post up on disability issues.

A mixed race star in China is getting a lot of flack because of her parentage. Way to be racist, internets. Way to court controversy, reality TV. This link has excerpts from the reality show she’s on, which seem like a variant on the Idol series.

You probably don’t recognize this contortionist, but you’ve probably seen her in Men in Black II, The Minority Report, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, or The Burrowers.

This blogger’s outrage over the Lambda Awards tastes like privilege with a side of stupid. There’s actually a link round-up of posts related to this here. UnusualMusic comments here.

I’m not really sure why calling a member of the Hawaiian royal family a barbarian is “ironic,” but hey.

Bacardi thinks your ugly girlfriend (which you of course have, amirite??) is driving you to drink.

Here‘s a little more about the death of Derrion Albert.

This is a great review of Tanith Lee’s Birthgrave.

This is a photo gallery on the attempts in ATL to eliminate child prostitution.

BTW There’s “rape” and then there’s “rape-rape.” Trufax, internets. Join the discussion of Polanski’s arrest at THL here or here.

This is an interesting job application, in light of the “Would you let your daughter do porn?” post highlighted last week.

Surviving domestic violence is a pre-existing condition your insurance may not cover.

If Beyonce seriously has the lead in For Colored Girls... I will stab myself with the script of Obsessed. I’m already ANGRY MARIA over this Tyler Perry BS.

WIC is expanding to cover whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

James Parriot defends Defying Gravity as a pro-choice show. I’m having a cool debate about this here in an earlier Hathor post.

A South African strip club is keeping it classy by using Caster Semanya’s ordeal as a punchline.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m sorry, are people actually giving Lou Jing crap because of her parents’ behavior? Am I understanding this properly?

    The insurance thing – I just *knew* someone would argue that it might encourage women to leave their abusers. I am so encouraged that another commenter rebuts this with: “Did you know that 85% of murders in marriages on the rocks due to domestic abuse occur AFTER the abused spouse has left or attempted to leave?

    The rhetoric of “she should leave” is thinly disguised victim-blaming, and you didn’t bother to disguise it at all. Leaving increases their risks of escalated violence and poverty and, as we now find out, actually being treated for injuries rising out of domestic abuse can result in you being denied medical coverage for the rest of your life.”

    The privilege involved in thinking, “If she doesn’t like it, why doesn’t she just leave?” is astounding. People who beat up on their own family members are psychos. Psychos are unpredictable and willing to do whatever it takes to get their way. That’s why some people don’t dare leave.

  2. Maria V. says

    Yes, the victim-blaming is strong in this political moment.

    Did you hear that abortion support is going down?

  3. says

    Jennifer Kesler: Yes. YES they are. In Chinese family philosophy, what you do will reflect onto your family. So a parent’s crime will affect the child – whether it means the child will be haunted by the ghost of the parent’s crime, or will do the same thing continuing the line. Either way, as a child, if your parents do something bad, then you’re tainted. Goes both ways too – I was given a ton of crap for behaving badly because it would “reflect badly on my parents” and make it look like they’d done some shit to deserve the karma of having a horrible child the rest of society couldn’t approve of.

  4. says

    Jha, thanks for that information. It reminds me of the stigmatism that “bastards” were stuck with until the last few decades in the US. It’s always struck me as a very non-pragmatic way of thinking: if you deliberately hamper an individual’s “value” to their nation/state/world, how can they possibly contribute the most they are capable of? And shouldn’t nations/states/the world want people contributing all they can?

    Maria, I have heard a bit of what you’re talking about in regards to abortion, but haven’t pursued it because it’s so depressing.

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