Links of Great Interest: <3 Catelyn Stark <3

Anyways: is a black superhero team contrived?

Teen fakes pregnancy as social experiment. <3

Fandom hates Catelyn Stark. Other fans respond.

Victim-blaming for crimes other than rape.

Bristol Palin is going to be a reality STAR!

From Notebook: A Question Club response about make-up.

Homeless woman disproportionately penalized for sending child to school.

From Gabbie:

Following link about the underrepresentation of fenale characters in literature – usually no more than 35% of the central roles.

More on the cheerleader forced to cheer for her rapist.

From Shaun:

So. This is old, but it’s new to me, and I found it pretty awesome. It’s about bisexuality not reinforcing the gender binary and the biphobia of excluding/attacking “bisexual” on this basis but ignoring the more privileged categories of “homosexual” and “heterosexual.”

And then this is the first report by a government agency on the invisibility of bisexuals. It’s chock full of interesting facts, like how bisexual women make less money than lesbians, and bisexual men make less money than all categories, yet bisexual women are more likely to live in poverty than any other studied gender & orientaton (bisexual women must have less resources available to them, or more monetary demands, than bisexual men?)

It also talks about the unwillingness of many LGBT organizations to cater to the needs of the bisexual community, and the stigma attached in both the gay and straight communities, despite the number of self-identified bisexuals slightly exceeding the number of homosexuals.

Obama’s racial identity still a problem for Fox.

Some thoughts on SlutWalk and “fun feminism.”

…America’s history needs correction.

A reminder that black women were also lynched.

DADT and the military remain a convoluted political issue.

FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT.

Oh my god, now the right thinks Jill Scott’s a racist. What the fuck.

Disabled Londoners march against cuts

Wikileaks founder running a business.

Student penalized for encouraging other students to provide appropriate documentation when talking to administrators.

Comments

  1. oneiriad says

    About Catelyn Stark.

    What I like about her is that she is a strong woman willing to take any risk for those she loves – mostly her children. Unfortunately, it’s that very same motherly love – a love going so far beyond madness it’s downright terrifying – that makes me dislike her, because she is also so, so very easy to manipulate by her enemies, and it makes her do unforgivable things like how she treats Jon Snow (seriously, woman – so your husband has a bastard, that’s hardly the boy’s fault, and strictly speaking whatever love-triangle that happened, Cat was the other woman in it – imagine growing up in a household with that cold disapproval directed towards you your entire life) and Tyrion Lannister – and having so far read three books with Catelyn pov chapters and she has yet to even admit that her actions were less than acceptable. She’s strong and willing to do whatever it takes.

    And she scares me.

  2. says

    I really liked that article deconstructing the biphobia behind claiming bisexuality reinforces a gender binary. Especially this quote:

    a discussion focusing around bisexuality solely in relation to transgender politics performs structural bisexual erasure, as it prioritizes transgender politics over bisexual politics in a discussion about bisexual identity.

    since I’ve never understood how my orientation could be oppressing to other people. I also thought it was interesting that when the author identified as bisexual, s/he was treated as cisgendered – as if bisexual and transgender are inherently incompatible.

  3. Attackfish says

    Sylvia Sybil: I also thought it was interesting that when the author identified as bisexual, s/he was treated as cisgendered – as if bisexual and transgender are inherently incompatible.

    This. My best friend is a bisexual trans man. I’m a bisexual cis woman. The trans and cis doesn’t affect that bisexual part.

  4. Shaun says

    I love the mother-judging in the 2nd Catelyn link, but I *actually* love how the 3rd link took those same facts and presented them in a different light. It’s kind of amazing how no matter what actions Catelyn takes she can be judged as a bad mother!

    Not going to comment on the others here as they’re so spoilery and this is not a GoT thread, except to say the first poster is completely ridiculous and evidently hasn’t been reading the same series I have. Yeah, how dare she take any actions at all when as a woman in a patriarchal society she “doesn’t have the authority.”

  5. says

    So what’s wrong with a story being contrived? Every slightly-altered repetition of a formula (“It’s like Other Story That Made Big Money, except instead of people with fast cars, it’s aliens in fast spaceships!”) is a contrivance, but that’s okay as long as… what? I’m afraid I have to agree with Son of Baldwin: “contrivances and agendas only exist when the undesirables believe they deserve equal representation.”

    Re: the homeless woman who sent her child to a school. Sounds like everyone else who got caught doing it was just trying to fraudulently obtain a better education for their kids. This lady was just after ANY education for her child, since being homeless doesn’t put you in district for any school. People are so focused on worrying that someone somewhere is “getting away with” something that they don’t see the big picture: kids getting left out of the school system is not going to enhance the world we all have to live in.

    I’m disgusted by this focus on Obama’s birth/parent’s marriage. It’s desperately racist. I’m also pissed at the implication IF your parent is “shady”, you should be ashamed of having people find out about your past. I don’t care if someone’s parent was a child molester or human trafficker, let alone someone who broke a racist law preventing interracial marriage. None of these things are any indicator what the child will grow up to be.

    Re: Jill Scott. Now that’s pathetic. They have to resort to taking a quote totally out of context (which is of examining one’s gut reactions unflinchingly) to come up with some facsimile of racism. Was there NOTHING happening for the news that day? Srsly??

  6. says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    let alone someone who broke a racist law preventing interracial marriage

    Of course, Fox and others who point out that Obama’s parents married “at a time when interracial marriages were still illegal in many parts of the U.S.” conveniently omit the fact that they weren’t married in one of those states. They were married in Hawaii, which never had an anti-miscegenation law. And during their marriage, when they weren’t in Hawaii, his mother lived in Washington, which repealed its anti-miscegenation law in 1868, and his father in Massachusetts, which repealed its anti-miscegenation law in 1843. They were not breaking any such laws, as best I can tell.

  7. Jaynie says

    I haven’t read through all of these yet (sometimes I need to take a break so that I am not overwhelmed with righteous anger!) but I found it interesting that of the three teachers the pretend-pregnant teenager revealed herself to, only the man reacted by noting that he felt lied to. I’m sure he meant well and seems to have actually been concerned for the future of a bright student, but I do think it says a lot that both of the women teachers were simply relieved. Perhaps they have more awareness of just what kind of damage teenage pregnancy can do to a young person’s life? Obviously the male teacher was aware of this as well, but still had the tendency to immediately think about how the revelation effected *him*. (Overall, I’m very impressed with how supportive the faculty at her school seemed — as well as her dedication to her research. She will go far, I think.)

  8. oneiriad says

    Shaun,

    I thought that was the entire point of discussing books – the fact that we all read somewhat different books because about 50% of it takes place in the mind of each individual reader? I mean, if we all read completely identical books, what would be the point of discussing them? :-)

  9. says

    Jaynie,

    That IS a really thought-provoking point. I suspect you’re right. I can’t imagine the women didn’t also feel lied to, it’s just that that feeling got beaten out by the relief feeling. I like how you analyzed that.

  10. says

    Skemono: They were not breaking any such laws, as best I can tell.

    Right, and I didn’t mean to imply they had. I just meant that even IF they had broken such a law, it wouldn’t suggest anything about their son’s ability to be a good president.

    When I commented earlier, I was too pissed off to articulate just why this whole thing is so racist, but now I just keep wondering where this vitriol was when Clinton was running? His family history was dysfunctional and could easily be spun into something scandalous, and he was a Democrat and therefore the devil to Fox news, and yet… I don’t recall them flinging mud about his origins or his parents. What’s the difference, there?

  11. firebird says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    I didn’t see any quotes from the female teachers, and the male teacher just got longer to talk. They presented him as being really impressed with her experiment as his first reaction and admitting to feeling lied to as what sounded like in my reading as his emotional reaction (“the human part of me”). If it was me doing it, I might be happier with the teacher whose first reaction is approval of the value of why I did it, rather than relief it wasn’t true. And the women didn’t get a chance to say anything in the article – maybe when they were interviewed they said that too, and the reporter didn’t report it.

    We may be seeing the reporter’s bias in telling the story, but I am not sure we can say the feeling-lied-to part was any different between the teachers from how the article was written.

  12. Tristan J says

    Jennifer Kesler: So what’s wrong with a story being contrived? Every slightly-altered repetition of a formula (“It’s like Other Story That Made Big Money, except instead of people with fast cars, it’s aliens in fast spaceships!”) is a contrivance, but that’s okay as long as… what? I’m afraid I have to agree with Son of Baldwin: “contrivances and agendas only exist when the undesirables believe they deserve equal representation.”

    I pretty much came here to say this. If I can handle a teenage boy developing huge muscles from a spider bite, people randomly developing mutant powers, and an alien who happens to look exactly like an attractive white dude who gets awesome superpowers because of the sun, I’m pretty sure I can handle a group of black guys who fight crime together.

  13. Korva says

    Jennifer Kesler:
    I’m afraid I have to agree with Son of Baldwin: “contrivances and agendas only exist when the undesirables believe they deserve equal representation.”

    Amen. For one, the entire genre isn’t ludicrously contrived to begin with. And on top of that, straight white men are NOT the majority of humanity yet we are to expected to happy believe every hero is some lily-white wonder boy? My bloody arse.

    Some of the replies to the victim-blaming post made my blood boil. Same old crap, same old lies, same old hate. There is a big difference between giving sensible advice on how to REDUCE the risk of becoming the victim of crime, and acting as if it was possible to ELIMINATE that risk and blaming the victim for “obviously” inviting the crime by “failing” to do so. People who want to hurt others WILL do it, and it is always, always their fault alone. I think the shadow of victim-blaming is sometimes there for other crimes as well (likely more in private than in public), but crimes against women ARE unique in that it is not a shadow then, but an avalanche. Anyone denying that needs a reality check or ten. And a privilege check.

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