Links of Great Interest 6/19/09

Bored at work? Check out these links of great interest! 😉

_Ocelott_ has a delicious rant up about “strong female characters.” Like her style? Check out LKH_Lashouts, which is filled with some hilarious lampooning of everyone’s favorite vampire hunter, Anita Blake.

YAY! There’s another doctor coming to take Dr. Tiller’s place! Also in news of the resistance, Yelosan’s got a faboo post on men and sexual assault, and what it means to be part of a rape culture, which is in response to CoffeeandInk’s reflection piece, which is itself a response to Cerata’s discussion of rape, men, and cultural silencing. Etana has resposted an article on domestic violence, which tells such truths it hurts. Hermionesviolin has a great link-dump of all kinds of goodies talking about some of these issues.

Obama is anti-gay marriage even though he’s interested in addressing benefit disparities. What the heck? Who knew love could rip apart the very fragment of the country? Speaking of Loving Day, me and my hot-ass BF checked out one of Swirl‘s Loving Day events. It was totally fab. Props to Jen Chau for having funded such a hot organization. We need more innovative thinkers like that, now that folks are flipping out over the end of white America.

The ladies of Verb Noire continue to bring it. This fen of color publishing house has its first e-book out — River’s Daughter by Tasha Campbell. Congrats, VN!

If you’re looking for some socially aware comicky goodness, check out Darryl Cunningham’s “Tall Guy Investigates,” where he talks about his time working in a psych ward. I especially liked this and this. Please keep in mind that it’s just just mental health issues that are underserved in the US — Native communities here are really feeling the brunt of the feds’ false promises [article removed].

Paul Taylor (interviewed here for 20 on the 20th) calls out the sports world for paying more attention to boobs than skill. What do you think? Is elective surgery related to boobs the same as taking steroids?

Also? The Second Asian Women Blog Carnival is now live! What what. :)

Finally, Tales of an Urban Indian looks like it’ll be a reality soon!


  1. says

    Loved the rant by _Ocelott_. I think a lot of male writers are afraid if they write a woman as less than perfect, it will anger women viewers. This comes from… well, a failure to communicate. They’re hearing “I’m sick of damsels in distress” and “why are there no smart women” and they’re addressing those things. But they’re trading out one cardboard cutout for another: instead of the damsel in distress, we get the woman who can kick anyone’s ass in the world. Instead of the dumb blonde, we get blondes with Einstein IQs who are never wrong (even when they are).

    And possibly one of the most hurtful stock female characters to emerge since the 80s was the woman who can take care of her family, her job and her community single-handedly without ever chipping her manicure. Because I think women have more than enough feeling that they’re expected to be that capable already.

  2. SarahSyna says

    I love the Ocelott rant myself. I especially liked it because I’m actually hoping to be an author and I have a few ”strong’ female characters’, though hopefully I’ve been successful on putting the emphasis on strength of character, not strength of body.

    Great line-up of quotes! \o/

  3. says

    Maria, in another thread, you asked me what I thought of the link about the Simona Halep breast reduction controversy. Figured I’d respond here.

    First, I don’t see it as anything like steroids. To me, it’s like saying an athlete can’t get an operation for a congenital heart problem because that might enhance her performance.

    Second… these breasts are hers. I have a really big problem with anyone ever telling a woman what to do with her breasts, as if they’re public property (btw, some of the comments on that article sounded just like that – it was sickening). Even another large-breasted athlete (however well-intentioned) is not qualified to know what THIS woman’s breasts feel like on her body. While I like the idea of sending girls the message that their bodies are okay as they are, and not sending the message that you need to alter your body to do sports, I cannot hold any individual celebrity responsible for that. That’s just too much to ask of a person.

    Third and finally, the comments on that article really bothered me a lot, as I mentioned. One commenter insisted she should give everyone a night to play with them first. Another said she should at least do a topless photo session first. If she were a small-breasted woman looking to augment, these assholes would not be calling out, “No, don’t change a thing, we love her how she is!” There would be no controversy, because augmentation would be the right way to go, according to these breast fetishists. She’s daring to buck the “bigger is better” obsession and daring to put her comfort ahead of people’s opinions about her looks. That’s what bothers them. Whereas Alena Schurkova is at least making valid points, even if I dispute her authority on someone else’s physical abilities.

  4. MaggieCat says

    I’m trying to resist the urge to track down the commenters in that one thread and punch them in the nose. Bonus: since they’ll most likely be staring at my chest, they probably won’t even see it coming!

    As someone who would probably have the same surgery in a heartbeat if I could afford it, it’s also really bothering me how many people (even well intentioned ones) feel free to claim that she’s planning on having unnecessary surgery and simply needs a more supportive bra. It’s not like this is a conclusion you come to lightly. There are so many variations and physical differences between every human being out there that it really isn’t anyone’s place to make such assumptions when they don’t even know the woman involved or the specifics of her situation.

    No one’s going to refer to me as an athlete at this point without giggling, but right around the time genetics decided to rear their ugly head I participated in several and it was nothing but a huge pain (literally). I’d been riding for a year or so when it started to become clear that I was not going to be small busted, and do you have any idea how painful it is to sit a trot when you’re a 12 year old who’s already hitting a C-cup? And not from improper technique the way that most riders end up in pain (butt slamming into the saddle) but from simple momentum? Over the years, through the riding and my time on the school softball team (solid center fielder, never did manage a swing that could draw my right arm across my chest) and just trying to live in general I have been on a constant search for a sports bra that will help, but there is only so much that elastic and spandex can do, and it seems that controlling the jiggle factor while still allowing me to breathe is beyond their capabilities. I’d rather not even discuss anything that requires running.

    Fuck, I still have a scar under my right arm from when I was struck in the chest with a soccer ball during a gym class at juuust the wrong angle and juuust the right speed to snap the underwire in ONE OF the bras I was wearing and stab me in the side. Which doesn’t even begin to address the back pain, the migraines triggered by the back pain, the arthritis in my neck that’s exacerbated by the back pain, having to shell out nearly three figures for an underwire bra with structural engineering that rivals the average suspension bridge, and the high blood pressure induced by not walking over and smacking those two guys debating whether or not my breasts are real.

    On the plus side… um, most of the cats I’ve had have enjoyed having enough room to to stretch out on the shelf directly beneath my chin, so I guess there’s that?

  5. MaggieCat says

    Okay, clearly I have some issues with this topic. Apologies for the novella and possible overshare up there.

  6. The OTHER Maria says

    haha, MaggieCat, it totally wasn’t an overshare. I’m pretty busty myself, and really thought hard about getting a reduction about 3 yrs ago. I ended up not, for two reasons.

    1. My insurance company insisted I was obese — I wouldn’t qualify for a reduction unless I got my BMI to a 25 or lower… which is hard to do when you’re an L cup. It’s like, yeah, of course my BMI is wacky — I’m totally disproportionate!

    2. I got into weights and stuff in a big way — getting better at physical fitness really, really helped.

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