Links of Great Interest: Lots of reader submitted links this week! :)

Signal Boost: Oh snap, Kandilla looks great.


Don’t blame us for rape

Anti-choice protesters poised to harass a child

Go gamers! Gaming and inclusivity. <— love!

A review of Game of Thrones. There is not enough Sansa-love, but that’s fine.

Liked the Strange Horizons links? Pay them some money.

From Nialla:

The Conservative Christian Rumor Mill ™ is now alleging Girl
Scouts have a Radical Feminist Lesbian Agenda, among other things.

From Gabbie:

Not sure this is precisely relevant to Hathor, but I found it interesting. It’s about the use of able-bodied actors playing those with disabilities. It’s specifically about a cerebal-palsy character in Aus show Packed to the Rafters but I can think of other shows that are guilty of it – Glee, for one.

From Casey:

I got this from Shakesville, Melissa McEwan goes over two of the new
woman-centric sitcoms on CBS and NBC and an episode of Laverne and
Shirley just to show the more things change, the more they stay the
same (massive trigger warning for rape/rape culture).

From MC:

“Girls tend to feel fine about themselves when they’re 8, 9, 10 years
old, but they hit adolescence and they hit a war.”

 Holy crap, what a awesome series of lectures.

From Jenn:

“Girls are urged not to “give away pieces of their hearts” by becoming emotionally entangled with boys their age. Every teenage crush becomes suspect and dangerous. Dating is out of the question, as it is considered to be “practice for divorce.” Instead, daughters of Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull find husbands through parent-guided courtships, trusting their father’s guidance and obeying his leadership. Marriage is seen as a transfer of authority from the daughter’s father to her husband.”

From Soren:

This I found interesting, if brief.

Whedon’s haphazard (to say the least) portrayal of mental illnesses
has been discussed previously on Hathor; this article considers
examples throughout Whedon’s works.

Twenty tweets on Troy Davis. :-/


  1. says

    I found Bitch’s point about how in Whedonverse madness is something that other people do to you very interesting, because almost all of my personal experiences with mental illnesses have been with survivors of rape and/or domestic violence. The survivors developed depression and anxiety/panic disorders (basically, your body has been exposed to violence for so long that it has no idea if this situation is ordinary or extraordinary, and semi-randomly shoots you full of adrenaline. Fun times.) as a direct result of the stressors under which they were placed. So I never noticed anything unusual about the madness in Whedon’s work.

    Although I’ll grant you that none of my friends have ever muttered cryptic prophecies or gone kung fu on me. Muttered to themselves, yes, but rational things like, “I need to get out of here.” Flailed around and hurt me, yes, but not on purpose. So maybe the problem in these cases is how it magically grants you superpowers, and how that’s just another example of the trope where women gain power unwillingly through men forcing it upon them.

    But I will say, now that it’s been pointed out to me, that it’s problematic this is almost the only version of mental illness he portrays. Plenty of people have different versions of mental illness, and they deserve (and society needs) to see stories where that’s not something to be magically cured or to get you locked up with no hope, but something where it can be managed and lived with and you can have a happily-ever-after, too.

  2. Red says

    I read Jenn’s post and… wow.

    It NEVER ceases to shock me how cut-off from the world these groups are.

    What always strikes me is the words used. Things like ‘protected’ and ‘safe’. it suggest that those who live that way are afraid and live in fear of anything different from what they know. One thing I have learned is that, fear keeps you from learning and expanding, growing as a person. That can be debilitating.

    You do not live in the world by hiding from it.

  3. Chai Latte says

    I heart Sansa all the way to infinity and back. I don’t care what anybody says–this girl is going to take the world by storm. My suggestion? Pledge your sword to the Queen in the North, cause before too long it will be PARTY UP IN WINTERFELL BITCHEZ.

  4. Robin says

    The article about the Girl Scouts makes a lot of good points. Having spent 10 years as a scout*, I can tell you that they are definitely a feminist organization, in that they promote self-sufficiency and equality. I wouldn’t call them radical, though, especially not the troop I was in. There was a lot of focus on domestic skills and practical life skills — cooking, arts and crafts, music, simple mechanics that allow you to maintain a bike or put together Ikea furniture — as well as an emphasis on the values of friendship and family, cooperation, and mutual support. We did a lot less camping and hiking than my brother’s Boy Scout troop, which was disappointing for me. There wasn’t as much blatant Christianity in the Girl Scout literature (becoming an Eagle Scout in the BSA specifically involves a pledge to God and country), though I do recall it seeming to have an underlying assumption that the girls would practice some organized religion or other. The fact that they are now proactively promoting healthy body images and sexual health makes me really happy.

    [ * I left the GSA in high school because the weekly meetings conflicted with my dance classes, which were of greater interest by that time, but I mostly enjoyed my years as a scout while they lasted.]

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