Links of Great Interest: Wooooooooo! 2011 is almost here

Have you ever wondered about the double life of an undocumented student?

Online classes are often not accessible to students with disabilities.

Kate Harding has a boss analysis of rape culture and Julian Assange.

From Scarlett:

“Drunk Driver Rapes 10 y/o, Gets Suspended.” Title pretty much sums it up. Did a quick google on the judge, there’s at least one other case where he gave a child molester a suspended sentence. Ugh.

Also from Scarlett: A cop had sex with mentally ill woman. Google the name is you want to see what a douchey career looks like.

ALSO from Scarlett: Amber Heard comes out!

From Morag: A rapist cop faces no penalties.

Head’s up: your panty liner could get you searched.

This seller really missed the point of the “I Love My Hair” Sesame Street bit.

Ever get unsolicited advice at the gym? Totally! Particularly since I’m chubby and really, really busty. Guys especially assume that my hot ass doesn’t know what its doing. BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS, I actually get HIT ON a lot at the gym which is even MORE annoying, because it’s normally when I’m trying to something on my back that, y’know, involves concentrating.

NK Jemisin offers a character study of Enefa, the mother goddess in the 100K Kingdoms world.

Eryn looks SUPER cute in her hijab. Her mama might be pretty great too.

Why Jay Electronica can go choke on it.

Why do we jail girls for men’s crimes?

This is the gluten free recipe I’d be baking if I’d remembered to go to the grocery store. :(

Want to pay a woman to adore you for an hour?

Want some bluesy, sad Christmas songs? NPR’s got you covered.

Updating My Little Ponies: fail on multiple levels. I’ve been re-watching the original series (…you do these things when you are taking comprehensive exams) and I have to say: body shaming is a MUCH bigger issue in the original series than anything else. EVERY villainess is sloppy, fat, and brags about how pretty she is.

Ponyo is a not-so-feminist fish-out-of-water tale.

WTF Switzerland? Dress codes gone crazy.

Why Sookie Stackhouse SUCKS in comparison to Buffy.

Sooo… rapists can be charming!

There’s a growing number of female Catholic priests. <3

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Comments

  1. Casey says

    In the Maid Cafe article, they write “Lubbu-Lubbu” but I think they mean “Rabu-Rabu”, so that irritated me. Also, this article is supposedly written by a woman but it comes off a little creepy like a (semi-oblivious) guy wrote it…I’d like to see an article on Butler Cafes one of these days, though…I thought a lot about if I were to ever go to Japan, I’d like to go to both a Butler Cafe and a Maid Cafe, for shits and giggles (and kawaii-ness) but after thinking about it, I just felt pathetic. :|

    I have my qualms with Ponyo, in that I didn’t find it nearly as meaty as Miyazaki’s prior works and that it focused a lot on teh menz (at least a lot in comparison to most of his movies), then I realized/remembered that:
    A.) this was a children’s film so it was kinda “dumbed down”/simplified
    B.) this was a retelling of The Little Mermaid and that story is super problematic already and
    C.) this was a movie Miyazaki made as an “I’m Sorry”/arm-chair therapy due to his son Goro’s resentment towards him for being basically an absentee parent.
    When I left the movies after seeing Ponyo, I thought to myself “If my favorite character is Fujimoto, the henpecked father, then I think we might have a problem”.

    I’m not trying to make excuses or rationalize why Ponyo wasn’t up to snuff, however. And this fucking troll in the Ponyo review comments is a fucking asshole: “You’re an oversensitive, radical feminist who sees some notions of patriarchy in just about everything possible.”

    • says

      Yeah, I found myself disagreeing with her in a lot of ways, but I did have issues with the movie. (Not the least of which was having to see it at my theater in english with that horrible song at the end and the awful, awful English voices. I cannot stand Liam Neesom’s voice, or the voices of the kids.)

      However, as is true in all Miyazaki films, the world was populated by a lot of women. If the mothers in the story were thin, it’s not because Miyazaki adheres to that across the board–in this case for me, context is important, and Miyazaki has a history of diverse body types.

      I left feeling unsatisfied, and I agree with the blogger that it’s…not quite up to the feminist par. It was fun reading a snarky, angry review, though. I usually write those, so it’s great when I get to read when other people get their rant on!

      • Lindsey says

        I haven’t seen Ponyo though I keep meaning to–I just have a small comment about thin mothers.

        Japan has a much lower rate of overweight-ness/obesity than the US does. This is due to a number of factors including the traditional Japanese diet, which is very low-fat, and a civil infrastructure that requires a fair bit of walking in daily life.

        Even if the movie was set in the US or elsewhere, that kind of detail is easy to miss–though yeah, Miyazaki has represented other kinds of womens’ bodies in the past.

        • says

          And considering just how prevalent very VERY thin girls are in most anime, the fact that he does create such diversity in body types is awesome, IMO, and they tend to be more “realistically” and “athletically” thin as opposed to the sexually thin girls we get with Disney.

          • Casey says

            Yeah, I wanted to mention in the comments section of that review that the only reason most of the female characters are thin and generically attractive is because there are less fat people in Japan and animu is kind of infamous for generic cuteness, but they STILL were pretty normal/realistic looking by those standards.

            And I second the hate on the English voice-actors. I really couldn’t stand Tina Fey’s voice either, she sounded like she was being rushed, trying to cram in too many words in a sentance like a bad fan-dub.

  2. Jazhara7 says

    The My Little Pony link had me think of something I had observed a while ago. You see, as a kid I used to watch “He-Man” all the time. I was rather neutral about She-Ra, and never really watched it, except the introductory movie (made up of the first few episodes), which my mother had recorded at one point.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed the show, though I don’t remember much about it. But as fate wills it, we still have one specific episode on Video. “The Rainbow Warrior” it is called. You see, in most episodes He-Man is the main character (as far as I remember). Sure, there are female characters too…all three of them. There’s Teela, who is quite outspoken and kicks ass, the sorceress (whose outfit I really liked) and who was kind of an advisor to the people of Eternia and He-Man, and then there’s Queen Marlena, who…is queen and all. I always thought she had had not much of a role in the series, mostly being mother and giving good advice to her son. But like I said, I didn’t remember much of the series these days. Then I watched “The Rainbow Warrior”, which shows a completely different perspective on the character. You see, Queen Marlena is not just queen. She’s an astronaut who crash landed in her space fighter on Eternia and is originally from Earth. And in this episode she basically saves *everyone* and kicks skeletor’s ass with no more than a small rearguard of soldiers on flying jetskies.

    Sadly, I got the impression that the newer series released a few years ago had her take much more of a back seat, though I just read on Wikipedia that at one point again she is depicted as a fighter defending herself against snake men. Still, I doubt it comes close to the Episode “Rainbow Warrior”, where she doesn’t just defend herself, but kicks major butt.

    Looking back, I notice that the series did have rather equal male and female characters when it comes to strength and all. Maybe that’s why I liked it.

    Also, on a side note, ever notice that He-Man wore a much more revealing outfit than She-Ra? ;) Sure, she wears a mini-dress. But He-Man wears even less, with only a furry panty, some boots and some expanders. As one of my favourite comic authors once commented: “He-Man and She-Ra for Clothing Equality in Fantasy stories”.

  3. The Other Patrick says

    Sorry, not related to your links, but in reading how evil Time disregarded the poll to make Assange person of the year, I looked at the poll and also at the list of previous persons, and I wonder how few women are on both lists. I mean, in the poll we have Lady Gaga (3), Sarah Palin (12), Nancy Pelosi (17), and Elizabeth Warren, Mary Schapiro and Sheila Bair (together at 20) – that’s 4 of 25. And the last woman to be names explicitly was Corazon Aquino in 1986, before that the American Women in 1975 (all of them), and before that fricking Elizabeth II in 1952! What the?

  4. DM says

    Yeah, I had issues with the Ponyo movie, too. What was female-positive about the heroine – Ponyo’s frankly awesome determination to be free to make her own choices, the love and support of her sisters in doing this – was kind of ruined by Ponyo’s act of defiance having nothing but negative consequences for everyone until her parents step in to make arrangements for her that are dependent on Sosuke’s actions, like saying that nothing can go right as long as Ponyo is in control.

    Even in the original tale, the mermaid is a more independent entity than Ponyo: she saves the prince, she chooses to go to the sea-witch and make an informed sacrifice, she decides to spare the prince at the end. In Ponyo, the boy saves Ponyo (several times), his blood triggers her transformation, and he has to spare her in the end. Ponyo is less a hero than her original template is – so was Ariel. And it kind of amazes me that these two modern adaptations of The Little Mermaid actually manage to take an already problematic story (give up everything, including your own body, voice, and freedom from pain, for a man you don’t know who doesn’t know you!) and make it less feminist.

    Casey’s comment above about this movie being intended for Miyazaki’s son sheds some light on why the movie isn’t so much about a little mermaid as it is about flawed fathers and a little boy’s adventures, but aren’t there enough stories out there about boys with co-opting the ones about girls?

    I liked the female characters in general (especially the old ladies and Ponyo’s sisters), but this is a fairytale I keep waiting to see someone re-imagine well in my eyes. Has yet to happen.

    • says

      Maybe I’ll take up that challenge. I have been wanting to reimagine a fairy tale of some sort. I kind of think this could make a great scifi adventure steam-punk graphic novel. And I’ve been meaning to try one of those.

      I’m thinking it’s not a prince, it’s a princess, and they are lesbians and they have to set out on an adventure together to save their kingdoms from a terrible sea titan, and I’ll work out how their transformations happen (I’m thinking they’ll both turn human and merperson at times, not just one becoming the other), and I need to figure out a way for them not to have to choose between one life or the other (It’ll be, perhaps, that their marriage at the end unites the sea and land kingdoms and both princesses change from human to mermaid when they enter or leave the ocean after they use science (!) magicy sci-fi coolness to counteract the original curse/spell/thingie. Maybe. Would that appeal to anyone????!!!! Because now I really really kind of want to do this.

      • DM says

        That would appeal to me greatly! Especially the switching of sexes (I’ve wanted to see the mermaid as male or the prince as female for awhile), and the mermaid thinking of her kingdom instead of disregarding it altogether (a princess with a priorities besides marrying someone – madness!)

        • says

          And I HAVE just finished my latest stress inducing project that stole all of my time. I am in the need of a new one! I did an animation. (On paper, with markers–never, ever do that. It was the worst idea I ever had. I should have used crayons.)

          Anyone have an ideas as to who their parents should be? I don’t want the absentee parent Prince Eric had, nor the father and unmentioned mother Ariel had in the Disney version (though I do think massive amounts of sisters is still going to happen).

          • SunlessNick says

            I go with industrialists for the land-originated girl (or woman; I’m just assuming girl because it’s a fairy tale). Despite the common perception of Queen Victoria, shen didn’t have any more actual power than Queen Elizabeth II does now; the royalty was already symbolic. The rulership was with Parliament, which doesn’t have hereditary access to a place in it.

            On the other hand, industry could be both powerful and hereditary, and could be for this story’s girl, if only her family could refrain from pidgeonholing her on account of her gender (no wonder she has to go off and make her own mark on the world). And industry fits with steampunk.

          • says

            I’m totally gonna have to do this. I went to a film screening for the capstone film class at CU (a surprisingly good bunch of films, too! Though some very…er…troubling ones as well), and all I could do was start character designs.

            Soo far, mermaid girl has short black hair, her family will look to be of Polynesian descent, I think, and be half shark of some sort–perhaps thresher, perhaps tiger, but definitely one of the more aggressive/powerful ones, and she will have many sisters, all with shark halves. She’s got a biting wit and a bone to pick with the polluting, overfishing kingdom on the land which is adversely affecting her own kingdom, and perhaps it is a toxic waste accidents that transforms her into a human…or something. Or her parents appoint her an ambassador or diplomat to try to negotiate. The industrialist princess girl will be black, and her mer-half will be some form of whale or porpoise, and I’m thinking she’ll be more playful of the two, but shouldering a lot of responsibility being the only child of three rulers. They both have all their parents (and I’m playing with polyamory for one of them, with multiple husbands for a Queen ho holds more power than either of them), and will each have a few side-kicky friends.

            Industrialists is an awesome idea. Goin’ with it, definitely. Both kingdoms will be, I think, diverse in a melting pot sort of way. I don’t really want to base them off of specific cultures or peoples, so I’m thinking it’ll just be really diverse. I may add a third kingdom, who base most of their industry on flying machines, and whose cast component is a sidekick prince who has no romantic entanglements with any other main cast member, but that’s mostly because I’ve been thinking Earth, Water….AIR! and that’s stuck with me. We’ll see. XD

            LOL. Totally just…thinking “out loud” here.

          • DM says

            I did like the mermaid’s grandmother of the original tale, so perhaps she could play a role in your story, maybe closer to the mermaid than her very busy royal parents. I especially like the idea of her as an ambassador. Is it the land queen who’s polyandrous? Is the line of succession matrilineal, as well?

            Earth, Water, and Air…that’s a nice a balance. Will the sea titan try to start a war between the three or something like that?

            This idea is sounding more and more amazing. I hope you can see it through! (And if you do, I’d love to read it).

    • Casey says

      “Casey’s comment above about this movie being intended for Miyazaki’s son sheds some light on why the movie isn’t so much about a little mermaid as it is about flawed fathers and a little boy’s adventures, but aren’t there enough stories out there about boys with co-opting the ones about girls?”

      Something else that bothered me in the comments section is that someone said “HAY MIYAZAKI IS A TOTES HARD-LINE FEMINIST/MARXIST WHO HAD NOTHING BUT WEAK MALE CHARACTERS IN ALL HIS OTHER MOVIES SO HE GETS A MISOGYNY PASS THIS TIEM LOLZ!!”
      Not only is that a blatant LIE, because he’s had plenty of strong male characters like Pazu and Haku and Prince Ashitaka and maybe Howl, but because they seem to believe that just because the female characters were strong/stronger/just as strong as the males and in the forefront that automatically makes teh menz wimps. I fucking HATE a person who thinks that you have to smash others in order to elevate another.

      • DM says

        That is amazing. You’d have to, you know, not watch the movies to believe any of the male characters were sidelined or weak. In order for that to happen, they’d have to have been reduced to nothing but wallpaper and plot devices like female characters often are.

        I fucking HATE a person who thinks that you have to smash others in order to elevate another.

        Ditto. And worse when they don’t think of it as smashing to elevate to begin with, because it’s seemingly unnatural to them that female characters talk to each other and save the day as a matter of rote.

  5. says

    Thought you might be interested in the article about women and domestic violence and the spike in violence around the holiday season. http://www.watoday.com.au/opinion/politics/for-many-women-tis-the-season-of-fear-not-joy-20101221-193lb.html?from=smh_ft

    The comments OMG. Looks like the male commenters got organised and decided to fight for their civil liberties because look, women have shelters to save themselves and their children from men, and will nobody think about the male victims or the stain that is being inflicted upon men who are violent? (Yes, I acknowledge that men can be victims of domestic violence also and their needs should be met.)

  6. Casey says

    I finally read that review on My Little Pony and the rebuttal of the creator, and as much as I agree with HER, I do think the backlash of the original post was irritating as fuck, it was that whole “SHRILL HARPIES LIKE YOU ARE MAKING US FEMINISTS LOOK BAD, YOU’RE TRYING TOO HARD TO BE OFFENDED!!”

      • Casey says

        What pisses me off is that we’re getting fucking comments like that on a BIG FEMINIST WEBSITE!
        I wish the mods on Ms. were as strict/rigorous as the ones on The Hathor Legacy. *thumbs up*[/cheap pop] :D ;)

        • says

          *two more thumbs up.*

          It’s really nice to have a place where, if I say something awful, I trust people here to point that out in a way that will make me rethink and I don’t have to read mudslides of suckitude in comments sections. This is just…a really nice place that I am so happy exists.

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