Seriously. Who would look at a newborn’s clit and decide to cut off a chunk of it? Also, just as an FYI: Independent women will be cut.
Ashelia reflects on when trolls go real. DJ Bell sent me a link on the fury caused when someone’s entitlement is challenged that resonates with Ashelia’s points. Sounds like something similar went on surrounding Wiscon. More, from KTempest.
…and why you should question the casting of Cleopatra.
In last week’s Thursday Interruption, I included Rihanna’s “Te Amo,” which I am starting to dig. Here’s a review. I like that they’re doing capoiara in part of it, and that I think they’re doing something more complicated than what’s going in Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” Like, I think that if KP was all OMG I KISSED A GIRL FOR ATTENTION!!! then this is all OMG I KISSED A GIRL I’M A LITTLE CONFUSED AND HOLY SHIT I DIDN’T MEAN TO LEAD YOU ON. One’s drama, one’s consequences. The video is also all Beauty and the Beast — I think the song is from the Beast’s perspective regarding love, violence, and sincere affection. Plus, my roomie, who is a hottie with a really big brain, is pointing out that in the mythos of Rihanna (DV survivor, etc etc) that the “I think it means ‘I love you’” could be more about her being unsure about what love means in general. Your thoughts?
This photography project wants to complicate hierarchy. Dear everyone: Pat Hill Collins wants you to re-read Black Feminist Politics.
KLB reflects on homosexuality and religion.
Angela Davis discusses Judith Butler, racism, and homophobia. More here.
From Charles RB:
Margaret Hartmann on Jezebel talks about how vital the cartoon Daria was during her teenage years – it gave her the courage to risk “social suicide” instead of abandoning an unpopular friend – because it gave her a character she could truly relate to. She laments “there weren’t (and still aren’t) too many smart female characters in pop culture that painfully geeky girls can relate to… there are more geeky, ostensibly unattractive women on TV… but they’re all still hoping to earn the admiration of their peers”.
Personally, I was more of an Elisa fan.
This is an article about Julia Gillard, who just became Australia’s first Prime Minister. Try here for a more feminist slant. I’m not surprised that the first woman PM got there ‘cos the party got sick of the guy people voted in; I’m more surprised that they gave her the spot at all. (The way our political system works, the people vote for the party and the party choosen the PM; so even though Gillard was deputy PM, the Labour party could have chosen anyone who held a seat in the lower house.) My guess would be that there’s an election coming up and Labour’s quite shaky, and it’s generally a career death-knell to be the person at the helm when your party loses an election; better to give that honour to a woman, eh?
The broadcast news have been all over the ‘Fashions of Julia Gillard’ slant, although I couldn’t find anything on that in print.
Residential schools EXPOSED
From Charles RB:
BBC report on prostitution in Bradford, with an interview with a former prostitute who works for a support charity: “Tolerating
prostitution on the basis that it is inevitable is not an option, she says, arguing that society would never accept child abuse. You need to make the people who prop up this system responsible - the drug dealers, pimps, those who wait outside school gates to lure girls into slavery,” she says. “At the moment, support for women is all about vaginas and veins - not the heart and soul.“
(It also comes up that former sex workers, if they’ve been arrested, find it hard to leave sex work because of their criminal records)
A novel about Anne Frank and Peter’s sexual relationship is getting some bad press. I’m a little confused as to why — wasn’t there totally a part in the Diary where she asks her mom about masturbation and another part where she talks about kissing girls? She was awesome because she was a vital, hopeful, exuberant girl, not because she was like… Pollyanna.