Links of Great Interest: I got your pun right here.

Another internet miracle!

If the Expendables were women…

Some thoughts on the Vampire Diaries.

What pisses me off about this reviewer is that he seems to be assuming that it’s OKAY that a white author would be focusing her work on white people… Like, what, “smart African American readers” are such a rarity that they don’t need to be considered as potential audience members? It’s “good,” in the same way Crash was good?

Some thoughts on the Ship Who Sang series.

Why the burqa ban is anti-Muslim

From UnusualMusic: More on the fashions inspired by maquiladoras. “There is nothing beautiful about murder.

Kids protesting racist casting

A WOW_Ladies guide to being a good guildie

A surprisingly good mpreg SG fic

How are the VS models feeling?

Oh, be quiet Maureen Dowd.

The “Who Do You Write Like” meme hasn’t any POC on it. It’s also a scam.

Abortion providers go underground to protect themselves and a woman’s right to choose.

Picking apart racial signifiers in anime

Thank GOD someone else thought this dude was fucking RACIST and WEIRD

A new economics is not only possible but necessary

OMFG Halle Berry in a Katori Hall play? FRIKKING INCREDIBLE.

From Palaverer: 16 sexy scientists.I’m not a sexist, but… Some more responses here.

Holy fuck, David Eddings is dead? What the hell was I doing that I didn’t notice?

Jezebel zaps some burqa ban puns.

OMFG THE LEGEND OF KORRA WILL BE AMAZING. Here’s a re-post on the science behind air-bending.

Palestinian man charged with rape after having consensual sex with a Jewish woman.Yes, in German or Afrikaans, this disgraceful verdict would sound much worse.” In other news: an Arab man is beaten for talking to a young Jewish woman. Yes, this IS about keeping “our women” pure.

Some thoughts on mental health and pastoral support

What’s going on with the CBC? [ETA: WRONG LINK!!! Punks need not apply and Grandma shanking abound in US political shenanigans)

Geek Feminism’s got a post on appearance standards in geekdom

Cyndi Lauper starting homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth

Dear Lord, save us from your followers: Fred Phelps is going to Comicon.

Some love for Janelle Monae!

Why we SHOULDN’T call servicemen and women heroes.


  1. says

    Even though I’d wanted to see some other women in there, too, I get that the “Expendables for Women” set out to specifically replace the actors that are there. And you know what? Not only would I love to see that film, I bet loads of people would.

    However, I would strongly, strongly, strongly disagree that “we should hate the burqa ban more than the burqa”. I am against banning the burqa, by the way: it impinges on freedom of choice – in theory, women should be allowed to wear what they want – without benefit. Well, the benefit is cosmetic, since instead of going out not being forced to wear a burqa, the women will then stay at home and we won’t have to see them. And I agree that at least a portion of the people advocating it are motivated by both not wanting to see it anymore (out of sight, out of mind) and by islamophobia.

    But the post is an example of the typical left-wing attitude that enrages me to no end – there’s a position of cultural relativism and the fear of appearing to take a stand against something someone else holds dear or even, literally, sacred.

    Because the burqa is not Islam. And the theoretical freedom to wear the burqa is, in reality, almost universally turned into being forced to wear one. The burqa is, at least at the moment, anti-women and anti-freedom and anti-sex and even anti-communication because it’s hard to interpret facial cues when you can’t see them. It is also anti-men because men are raised to regard women as foreign objects and don’t learn to deal with them as people, but of course the women being delegated to foreign object have it much harder.

    And one must be able to say these things. One must be able to say that keeping women at home or in a burqa runs counter to our freedoms and our ideals. That it is harmful to both individuals and society. Such a discussion is hard enough when believers make it about their faith instead, and cowardly or clueless leftists agreeing with that doesn’t make that easier.

    • Maria says

      I don’t see cultural relativism there? Particularly since they’re attacking something (nationalism) that a lot of people DO hold sacred.

      Anyways, the thing about the burqa ban that bothers me is that I feel like in the West, women’s empowerment is highlighted by the ability to be displayed in a way the state approves of — I’m thinking of the case a few years ago where a bus driver wouldn’t let a woman ride when she was in her burqa, and basically said she had to show him her body, as though being displayable and female are signs of modernity. I read about that case in Politics of the Veil (, but can’t find a link. Plus, in France, I think there’s a long history of equating the veil with sedition, and a much shorter history of equating with with women’s oppression, since wasn’t being veiled/burqa’d a way of hiding weapons in the Algerian Revolution? And isn’t the insistence that the Oriental Other unveil herself a major theme in France’s relationship to its colonies? Like, in the Colonial Harem ( Malek Alloula argues that the idea that colonizer has the power to unveil a female Other is a concept so fetishized in the West that it’s a major theme in postcards from colonized states.

      • says

        …and still, women are forced to wear the burqa if they want to go out on the street at all, they are forced to hide not only their bodies, but themselves – it’s not like there’s only an alternative between burqa and bikini. I’m not saying that nationalism doesn’t play a role, especially in France with its history, but arguing that being against the burqa is an anti-muslim statement is simply misunderstood liberalism.

        Because you know what? Even *if* being anti-burqa meant being anti-Islam, what would not make the burqa okay. It would make the parts of Islam that are pro-burqa wrong. Hating the burqa ban because it’s anti-muslim relies on the implication that you cannot be against Islam or specific muslim beliefs on reasonable grounds.

        I will defend every woman’s right to wear the burqa if she so desires – just as much as I will defend her right NOT to wear it. The choice is not between ordering women to unveil their bodies, or to hide their bodies so completely you can’t help but feel alienated at first glance – there’s a third choice in letting the woman decide.

        However, that is absolutely not the argument being discussed almost anywhere when the burqa’s in place. It’s only about either forbidding women to wear the burqa or forcing them to wear it, with the women still the object in the discussion.

        I don’t object that there are many reasons why people are against the burqa, and some of them ugly, I only object to the people that make me feel alienated with the left (in addition to those who love pseudoscience), i.e. the people arguing that there can only be a racist or islamophobic sentiment behind it. I share the feelings of Ayaan Hirsi Ali that instead of being a great ally for oppressed women as they’re supposed to be, the left in the West is kowtowing to the oppressors for fear of being called racist.

        • Brand Robins says

          This is one of those difficult, complicated, tricky moral issues that I’ve none the less found a flip way of expressing my stance about:

          If you tell a woman she must wear a burka, I will speak against you. If you tell a woman she cannot wear a burka, I will speak against you.


          You do not grant freedom through forcing women to adhere to your standards, whatever those standards may be.

    • says

      The burqa ban isn’t anti-Islamic. It’s just anti-choice and still bloody anti-woman. The problems with the burqa don’t stem with the ideology behind it, or even what the burqa is “at the moment” – it stems with the misogyny surrounding it. Banning the burqa doesn’t make the misogyny go away. It’ll just find some other manifestation.

      When white liberals tell Muslim women that the burqa SHOULD be banned, because the burqa is in itself oppressive, it’s part of a pattern of white people telling brown people they can’t think for themselves and need to be saved from themselves and their oppressive customs.

      Banning the burqa doesn’t solve anything. If anything, it’ll just make things worse for Muslim women who are already forced to wear it.

  2. says

    I’m confused at the CBC link and I think this is because I’ve missed something important. It’s from 2008, and it doesn’t appear to actually be about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, but it doesn’t actually tell me what it is about. Is this a US thing that I’m really missing context for?

  3. Maria says

    Haha the CBC is the Congressional Black Caucus… but that’s not actually the article I meant to link to! The poster is a friend of mine, and she had a great write up on the Sherrod thing whut is going on now and Obama’s willingness to toss a WOC politician under the bus… a post that appears to have vanished.

    I’ll email her for the link.

  4. Robin says

    I would definitely go see the all-female Expendables. :)

    Funny how the Good Guildie Guide could easily be adapted into a Good Real-World Person Guide. Talking about conflict with a designated mediator? Not hitting on strangers just because they happen to be your preferred gender? What will they think of next?! It’s stories like these that have kept me far far away from

    I’ve often been confused by how tired, pissed off, or disdainful underwear models seem to be when they’re aiming for sexy. Then again, if half of the model-diet stories are true, they have every right to be cranky.

  5. Patrick McGraw says

    I will greatly miss David and Leigh Eddings. I’ve read their works again and again. I know some people complain about the formulaic plots, but really the plots are only there so that the characters can interact with each other.

    • Maria says

      Yeah, they’re like the Farhfad and Grey Mouser stories or Conan — you’re not reading them for dramatic or clever plots. You’re in it for the world-building.

  6. says

    I bawled like a baby when I found out Eddings died. Then I cuddled with Redemption of Althalus. There’re so many problematic elements in his books, but omg always so fun to read.

    • Maria says

      I know what you mean — I loved Polgara and Ce’nedra even though once they had babies they became moms instead of characters.

    • Patrick McGraw says

      Agreed about the problematic elements – there’s a LOT of gender essentialism in the Eddings’ books – but I still love them, too.

  7. Elee says

    Wow, the cast for female “Expendables” sounds just great, even though I would change a name here and there. I mean, they thought of Cynthia Rothrock!!! *squeeeing and fangirling* On a serious note, the articles on burqas and Islam gave me some thought-fodder. I really love it, when I find something in the links that makes me think “Holy shit! My privilege is showing and I’ve never even seen it.”

  8. napthia9 says

    I’ve decided not to see The Expendables unless forced precisely because it appears to have cast 100% dudes in order to glorify machismo, so imagining a 100% female Expendables cast was sort of soothing.

    However, sentences like “major butt-kicking ladies who not only get the job done, but do it looking sexy as hell” and “all these women knew how to whoop some major rear while still being completely feminine” intruded harshly upon that fantasy.

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