Links of Great Interest: RIP Elisabeth Sladen

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.

From Anemone:

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.


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.

From Audra:

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!

See, this is why I rarely go to cons. Also: women hate fantasy.

From Casey:

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 MC:

Elisabeth Sladen (aka Sarah Jane Smith) has passed away. :'(

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.

From Spartakos:

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.


  1. Sarah says

    I don’t know if anyone can find it cached but the Wonkette article has already been pulled. The page now reads that the rude post was pulled by the editor and the author apoligizes. They say it was meant to be Palin satire based on her using her children as political props.

  2. sbg says

    I think I should always read these links when I have a cat snuggling on my lap. It makes the bad ones so much easier to bear. 😉

    PS, did no one understand Nabokov’s Lolita at ALL?

  3. Attackfish says


    Don’t you remember,

    Woman molests girl – Not real (there is no penis)
    Woman molests boy – Lucky kid!
    Man molests girl – Slut seduced him.
    Man molests boy – Kill the pedophile!
    Rapist outside the gender binary molests a kid inside it – Sick freak, and it’s all because of the perverted gender expression.
    Rapist inside the gender binary molests a kid outside it – Sick freak got what’s coming to ’em.
    Adult outside the gender binary molests a kid outside the binary – Haha! Odd news page!

    He’s a man, she’s a girl, obviously the slut seduced him.

    Right now I hate the world again.

  4. Lilith says


    And the saddest part is people /still/ tell me they don’t think Rape Culture exists (or that it’s a crime treated with just as fairly as the others…), and I want to hope they just somehow miss these stories that place /small children/ as ‘sexual aggressors’/sluts who make men rape them. Ugh.

  5. Casey says


    I recall reading an article on Sankaku Complex a couple years ago (ugh) about an army guy committing statutory rape with a 15-year-old girl and the judge (who the article emphasized was a woman) threw out the case because “she seduced him so no biggie he doesn’t deserve to go to jail”…I just HATED how all the commenters were like, “ZOMG A WOMAN JUDGE WITH COMMON SENSE!!?!?” >_>V

  6. says

    I don’t know if anyone can find it cached but the Wonkette article has already been pulled.The page now reads that the rude post was pulled by the editor and the author apoligizes.They say it was meant to be Palin satire based on her using her children as political props.

    Yep, Google still has it cached:


    UPDATE: I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.

    –Jack Stuef

    BY JACK STUEF — That strange man yelling unintelligibly at Sarah Palin? He’s merely a lowly shepherd proclaiming the birth of our savior. Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.) It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history.

    This morning, Team Sarah posted a happy-birthday message at the exact time of his birth. This is a poem “Lynda” wrote for Trig:

    Sweet Angel Boy…

    Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
    Candy canes and mom’s sweet hugs

    Oh, sweet baby boy what are you dreaming about
    Play cars…trains…planes and a daddy’s strong hands as he lifts you high and makes you laugh…oh, how safe you feel in those hands

    Oh, little boy what are dreaming about
    Sisters who play with you…and teach you new words

    Oh, as you sleep little boy what are you dreaming about
    A big bother that carries you on his shoulders…as he shows you the blue sky

    Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
    A mother’s soft lullaby…the soft touch of her hand…the soft sound of her voice as she says “I Love You”
    Dream on little boy as the Angels stand guard

    What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.

    Here are a couple of excellent YouTube tributes to the magic intellectually disabled baby prop, presented by Glenn Beck:

    Here’s Piper licking her hand and rubbing it all over Trig’s head for some reason:

    Here’s Trig returning the favor, meeting another Down syndrome baby and immediately trying to lick it:

    And finally, Louis C.K.’s verdict on the kid:

    “Why just celebrate tax day today, April 18th? It’s also Trig Paxson Van Palin’s 3rd birthday. His mom went to a lot of trouble to leak amniotic fluid over 8 states to make sure that he arrived in this world somewhat alive,” writes Wonkette operative “Barbara_i,” reminding us of the occasion. “Sarah went to a whole lot of trouble to name him ‘Van Palin,’ a ‘Van Halen’ reference he will never get.” Indeed.

    Enjoy yourself today, Trig. Have fun! Get drunk (on purpose this time)! We can hardly wait for 15 years from now, when you will finally be able to vote and will be sent off by your mother’s junta to fight the Union in the Great Alaska War. It’ll be quite a loss. You’re the smartest one in that family.

  7. Casey says

    It’s really great that Mick’s work for RAINN is being highlighted here. It reminds me that I read that he was having problems getting wrestling fans to donate to the cause, and considering how many Nice Guys(tm), MRAs, and straight-up misogynists, classists and racists there are in wrestling fandom who don’t know how rape works I’m sadly not surprised. :(

  8. says

    Stored a PDF of it here: Palin Article. I give the author kudos for realizing and publicly acknowledging the mistake (and for removing the post), but I’m keeping this because there’s more the author needs to realize:

    In addition to what’s already been observed about what’s so wrong with this, JOKES ABOUT PARENT-CHILD INCEST NEED TO STOP ALREADY, PERIOD. DO YOU NON-THINKERS NOT REALIZE YOU ARE JOKING ABOUT CHILD MOLESTATION? Fuck off already, assholes! Hurtful shitty excuses for human beings never think what such a remark might sound like to the many women whose fathers or step-fathers thought they were convenient things to fuck when they were too young to consent, if not too young to even understand what was happening to them.

  9. says

    I am so very bummed about Elisabeth Sladen’s death. I’ve been meaning to review The SJA for a while now, and now there won’t be anymore. She brought surprising depth and dignity to a character that could’ve been cookie cutter, and she just seemed like a lovely person in all the DVD extras.

  10. Robin says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    I was absolutely stunned. As was most of the fandom. Apparently, she hadn’t even told some of her closest friends she’d been fighting cancer. :(

    Sarah Jane was one of my childhood heroes and remains one of my favorite Doctor Who companions of all time. I’m glad that her feisty spirit will continue to inspire girls and women through new and classic Who and SJA on DVD.

    There’s a beautiful tribute from Tom Baker on his blog.

  11. Patrick McGraw says


    When I first came across the term “rape culture,” I went and looked it up. I’m still not sure what disturbed me more – how perfectly it describes our culture, or the number of people insisting that it does not.

  12. says

    Oh for goodness sakes! I was reading the ‘two men kissing’ link, and I thumbed it up on Stumbleupon. Being a curious being, I then looked at it’s info to see if it was a really popular article yet.

    … and noticed that it had been listed in ‘pornography’ which is where things on Stumbleupon go if they’re marked ‘not safe for work’. Two men kissing is apparently porn now. Ugh. I clicked the link saying it’s not supposed to be in that category, so hopefully it’ll be changed. But somehow I doubt it. :( Because if someone at work was looking at two guys kissing, they might get in trouble. Even though they shouldn’t be on stumbleupon at work anyway.

    I’m now pissed off.

  13. SunlessNick says

    The first episode of the new Doctor Who series was dedicated to Elizabeth Sladen’s memory.

    Re the Paul Anderson link: There was a kind of law that I heard kind of reiterated many times in Hollywood, is that female-led action movies don’t work, and I think we’ve proved that wrong time and time again.

    How many times must a phenomenon recur before it’s no longer dismissed as non-recurring?

  14. Patrick McGraw says

    I liked the Paul W.S. Anderson interview. He’s one of those directors like Stephen Sommers who gets dismissed as a hack despite putting out “popcorn” movies far better than the Hollywood standard. And both Anderson and Sommers clearly show a lot of thought put into their work, yet are constantly compared to the likes of Michael Bay. Like Joel Schumacher, I think they’re some of the most underrated male directors working in Hollywood.

  15. Casey says

    Patrick McGraw,
    I’m going to have to try and reconcile the new-found respect I have for him via that interview with the fact that I STILL FUCKING HATE his Resident Evil movies. >_>V

  16. Patrick McGraw says


    I really like the first one. The second and third (which Anderson wrote, but did not direct) are among his worst writing efforts. Haven’t seen the fourth (which he again directed as well as wrote).

  17. Casey says

    Patrick McGraw,

    I thought the first one was okay for what it was, I love/hated the second one ‘cuz it’s got JILL, AND CARLOS AND THE NEMESIS AND S.T.A.R.S. SQUEE and took place in RACCOON CITY but everything else I abhorred. Once it turned into some post-apocalyptic desert shit and SQUILLIONS OF ALICE CLONES I just didn’t bother anymore.

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