Signal Boosting: Hmmmm. A book about food for the younger foodie? Don’t mind if I do!
Signal Boosting: Operation SAFE would like a tweet a day.
Signal Boosting: From Shari:
Wrestler Mick Foley is matching donations made to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) during the month of April. The catch is that those donations need to be made through his page on the RAINN website in order to qualify for the matching donation.
To promote Mick’s effort, fantasy author Jim C. Hines is holding a raffle/drawing on his blog. If anyone wants to be included in Jim’s raffle, they can just email him to let him know they’ve donated to RAINN, and they’ll be eligible to win a signed novel, a cameo role in a new book, or an as-yet-unannounced prize. (He keeps adding a new prize with every $500 in documented donations, so the more donations he hears about, the more prizes there will be.)
Signal Boosting: Catholics for Choice will match donations to the DC Abortion Fund because DC was the city hardest hit in the right’s attack on women’s rights.
“Funerals for the living:” Monica Coleman talks about grief and depression.
Planned Parenthood and transmen: updating the accessible healthcare movement is a beautiful thing.
Here’s the link I was talking about a few weeks ago, about Paul WS Anderson talking about female action leads. The relevant paragraph is after the photo of the two women with guns.
FB disapproves of men kissing.
BLACK VALEDICTORIAN FINALLY RECOGNIZED.
Again, it sucks to be a female gamer.
One community college demands students budget for school and loans.
Santorum (unwittingly?) quotes Langston Hughes, a black LGBT and union activist.
Great article written in response to the Australian Defence Force scandal going on right now in Australia. Really refreshing critique of the representation of woman in the media and the trash we are forced to digest. They even mention the Bechdel Movie Test!
I was having a good time laughing at stuff posted on FuckYeahWrestlingConfessions (even though it mostly consists of bashing fan-girls and their obsessions…and believe me fandom has a LOT of problems but after a while it just seems unnecessarily cruel)and I found this.
You know you’ve got some shit on your hands when somebody starts a long-ass post with “This is why I hate women”.
There’s a lot of resentful Nice Guy-isms in here and when he says guys don’t operate on the level of cutting down a guy girls find attractive for whatever reason? BULL-FUCKING-SHIT. I’ve had guys say stuff like “Edge’s face looks like a pair of testicles, I don’t see how anyone could find him attractive” right after I’ve expressed my fondness for him…just a load of fail all around.
From Sylvia Sybil:
I’ve argued before that the romance genre as a whole is feminist, because it places women’s desires and sexuality first and claims that these are important. I’ve also argued that the rapetastic tropes of romance were products of the last generation’s society. The Flame and the Flower, the rape-her-til-she-loves-it founder of the modern romance genre, was published 40 years ago. I thought we had moved on. Until I came across this article at Dear Author, one of if not the most popular romance blogs around. Jane Litte argues that a fictional rape should be judged by the same metric as fictional vigilantism. Reading the comments defending this position, as if women losing control and being victimized was on the same level as someone taking control and becoming a victimizer, made me feel physically sick and worse, unsafe, in a community of romance readers, reviewers and authors I thought valued women. (That’s not getting into all the layers of privilege in claiming that the law enforcement system generally works.) The follow up article by an anonymous guest writer, was more balanced and considered the question of rape culture – but in closing she still said that rape romance is the same as gay, interracial and BDSM romances. As if people who choose to torture others are a marginalized group whose rights need to be protected by society. I’m not trying to judge other people for their fantasies. You can read whatever you want. But claiming that stories that glorify the victimization of women should
be accepted and respected, else you’re close-minded and intolerant? That is contributing to rape culture.
Gah. Made me think of an early post of mine on Gor.
Wonkette keeps it classy by MOCKING A DISABLED CHILD. It feels weird to be positioned with conservatives on this, but seriously, they said he couldn’t dream because he’s retarded, joked that he was “somewhat alive,” and imply that he’s the product of incest.
Wanted to get this some attention…Australian case where an 11 year old girl is called the “sexual aggressor” when she had sex with her stepfather. Who was a 42-yo with a previous sex crime conviction.
Woman brutally beaten during child support case.