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Signal Boost: Student Loan Forgiveness Act: It’s a thing!

An analysis of #ididnotreport MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING

From Casey:

From Shakesville, a chart showing that 55% of all USian
reproductive-aged women are living in states hostile to abortion
rights.

From Katz:

I did a little analysis of male/female ratios in films of the 2000s
and thought your readership might be interested. I could certainly use
some intelligent commenters.

From SunlessNick:

A Republican Congressman believes that the credit for the current economic upturn should go a future Republican president rather than the current Democrat one -

From Amy:

Are Women People?

and

Men have Sex too

More on Elizabeth Moon

Anyone heard anything about the Starship Troopers reboot?

Fandom MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!!!!

From Casey:

From the Southern Poverty Law Center, they lay down the bare facts
that smash misogynist claims by MRAs that women lie about rape and men
are abused more.

Thoughts on Big Bang Theory and gamer girls.

More on ANTM and native issues.

Rush Limbaugh to get a shrine.

From Jenn:

Sandra Fluke will not be silenced by slurs.

From SunlessNick:

There’s a series of six Doonesbury cartoons lampooning the current spate of ultrasound laws  – may be a distressing read, given how little a gap there is between parody and reality.

From Casey:

After reading the latest LOGI link about Americans hating children, I
stumbled upon this LJ post from Ginmar.
I’m friends with her but this made me REALLY uncomfortable, and I’m
child-free by choice.

What the…? 11 year old raped, but it’s cool cuz she… looked 14?

At least she wasn’t arrested

From Casey:

From ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, Todd in the Shadows unloads on Chris
Brown for being awful instead of reviewing his latest single.

From SunlessNick:

Emboldened, I guess, by that agricultural panel passing anti-abortion legislation, a Georgia representative has gone on to directly compare women to livestock – and advocate denying abortion even if the foetus is already dead.  NOW do we get to say that this shit is about controlling women, not protecting tinypreciouslife?

Abortion –> good life decision!

From Nuri: A comic about negging.

From CloudTigress:

According to various news sources, the lawsuit actress Junie Hoang
filed against the Internet Movie DataBase will have repercussions well
beyond just them revealing her real name (Huong Hoang) and birthdate
against her will, since IMDb apparently used a data mining service to
get that info. Info she thought was supposed to be private when she
gave it to other people.

From Casey:

From SF_Drama, a ~delightful~ LJ group called Booju_Newju condemns a
girl for slapping a boy who made a sexist remark to her at school; the
SF_D commentariat highlight how sometimes violence IS the answer (in
certain contexts) and going to an authority figure for help won’t do
shit (note: the comment section kinda implodes in on itself on the
second page).

From Ara:

Three links on Christian Privilege.
And the comments are actually mostly safe to read for once–
well-reasoned and everything.

A guide to being friends with parents.

“I was Jar Jar Binks.”

Comments

  1. says

    I see what Katz means about intelligent commenters! Research (including my own) has consistently found that 2/3 – 3/4 of credited parts go to males rather than females (ignoring other credits like animals). That is an employment problem as much as it is a representation problem. And female actors have it better than producers, who have it much better than directors and writers. But there doesn’t seem to be any economic reason for it. And no one should have to explain why girls and women might want to see more girls and women on screen. (Though a lot of representation problems could be solved if the girls and women who are already there were written better. More of what we have now would not necessarily be an improvement. Want to know how to increase female representation? Set the story in a brothel!!! grrr.)

  2. says

    It’s good to see hard data on how women are seriously under-represented in film. Unfortunately, her comments section is filled with people who don’t understand how this is a bad thing. *facepalm* But really, the data speaks for itself.
    ~~~
    Elizabeth Moon continues to be full of fail – no surprise there. (She’s the author who said one couldn’t be Muslim and a good citizen at the same time.) But I am glad to see the essay by Rose Lemberg, considering I am right now working on an article about why Strong Female Characters ™ are actually pretty anti-female.

  3. says

    Amy’s links are fantastic. And a bonus? The comments must be modded, because all the commenters who are repeating BS from the Republicans that they honestly believe are getting corrected by, like, three better-informed people. There are very few comments there that we wouldn’t allow here (and we are STRICT).

    Shouldn’t Elizabeth Moon just shut up already? I mean, really, can she not taste the foot she’s jammed down her throat by now?

    The Southern Poverty Law Center link is awesome – totally bookmarking that as a place to send people who believe the BS that men are (sexually) assaulted as much as women. It’s ironic that the people intent on making this out to be a huge problem are not actually doing fuck-all about it – it’s just their way of saying, “Women, hush already.”

  4. says

    It’s really depressing that the Doonesbury strips are being run on the OP Ed page instead of comics pages. It’s the same usual political commentary Doonesbury has always been about.

  5. Dani says

    Re Christian privilege: My friend and I were having a conversation about this tonight, specifically about how Christians (specifically conservative evangelical Christians, since we both were raised in that culture) feel perfectly comfortable randomly asking somebody (whether stranger or friend) if they are a Christian while being COMPLETELY unaware of the discomfort or even triggers they might be causing with that question.

  6. Amy McCabe says

    Dani,

    While living in PA we’d constantly be asked what church we went to. When we replied we didn’t…no, not to any one of them. The random previously friendly individually would either try to convert us or slowly back away and refuse to continue conversation.

  7. sbg says

    Dani,

    And let’s not even talk about that Christians-only online dating service. Every time I see the ad for it, I scratch my head. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just strikes me as bizarre, like they think they’re an endangered species.

  8. says

    sbg,

    I haven’t seen the commercial, but many Christians DO think of Christians as an endangered species, or at least a persecuted group. Many don’t, so I’m not sure where the idea comes from. It’s narcissism to think you’re being persecuted when you’re not, especially to the degree where you think anyone who disagrees with you or suggests you might compromise with your fellow beings just a tad is mistreating you horrifically.

  9. Amy McCabe says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    See, I don’t think most Christians do. I think the majority of Christians are moderate Christians who either don’t feel Christianity is under attack or have the vague sense it is (because they’ve heard so much about it) but lack any specific incidents when they’ve felt it themselves.

    However, the much more vocal voice these days is the extreme-I’m going to go ahead and call them radical-radical Christians. Their faith calls them to embrace the Bibles and the tenants of their beliefs as absolutes in their lives, not just in the private sphere of family and church, but also in the grander sphere of public life and, yes, government. They openly view government that fails to confirm to the basic beliefs of their religion as hostile to them. A society and a government that does not fall into line with their beliefs is a threat. And one of those key beliefs is to convert as many people as possible to Christ. So a society that doesn’t follow THEIR religion is bound to introduce new ideas to relatives and church members. It goes against the call to convert all. To make things worse, they look to the book of Revelations as confirmation to (eventual/current) prosecution.

    I hear my son stirring so I’ve got to go. I think the basic is that times are changing to a point where a certain kind of Christianity isn’t always welcome, just the way radical militant Islam isn’t either. It isn’t a bad thing.

  10. Dani says

    Amy: I live in PA, and my non-Christian friends who wear something to show their religion will either hide or go without those symbols depending on what part of the state they are in. They also have stories similar to yours :/

    sbg:
    Dani,

    And let’s not even talk about that Christians-only online dating service. Every time I see the ad for it, I scratch my head. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just strikes me as bizarre, like they think they’re an endangered species.

    ahaha that commercial always cracks me up. It’s part of the “Let’s make “Christian” versions of everything!” trend that has been going on for…who knows how long (and they’re usually terrible, and most of the time based in bad theology. Plus, when Christianity (or any faith, really), becomes an industry, it’s a bad, bad thing.). I don’t really understand why, if a Christian wants to try online dating, they can’t just go onto eHarmony and look for another Christian there.

    The line “You may be waiting on God to make the next move, when God is telling you it’s your time to act! [And by God, I mean this commercial.]” gets me every time. I am MASSIVELY skeptical when someone claims “God is telling you to sign up for my website/give me money, etc.!” It’s so, so manipulative, because the implication is that if you disagree with what that person wants you to do, you’re disagreeing with God, too.

  11. Casey says

    Jennifer Kesler: It’s narcissism to think you’re being persecuted when you’re not, especially to the degree where you think anyone who disagrees with you or suggests you might compromise with your fellow beings just a tad is mistreating you horrifically.

    This is an aside, but the fact that the dominant groups think marginalized people act this way (IE, they’re narcissistic and/or paranoid and totes not persecuted and just over-react to every perceived slight) just frustrates me to no end.

  12. SunlessNick says

    Some of this same sense of persecution happens in Britain too. Most visibly in cases where a general rule against dangling jewellery (like pendants) doesn’t make an exception for crosses worn by Christians. Also we have our own version of the War on Christmas – there’s no TV station that pushes it, but every year, there are cries that the “PC Brigade” will have banned by the next year – no matter how many times they’re wrong, they start it up again the next. Though I’d say that in Britain, a larger percentage of it is intertwined with racism rather than pure religious narcissism.

  13. Amy McCabe says

    I guess the points that I was trying to make are these:

    Not all Christian groups are the same. Some are actually quite sane and tolerant but usually these people are also the quieter Christians. You don’t read about them in the paper. They aren’t interesting. (Blah!)

    Among the evangelical/radical/fundamentalist Christians – their world is changing and radically. They belong to a world that is white, patriarchal, heteronormative. If you look not too far back into history, homosexuality was a sin, the majority was by far white and women belonged in the house (or at least, there was the general myth that they did-how much actually stayed at home is debatable).

    Now we have a rising “minority” with a different tint skin that is likely to become the majority. Homosexuality isn’t unlawful and, heck, they’re getting married now! And women? We haven’t hit equality yet, but we are much less accepted in the world of business and public spheres.

    For those that are fundamentalists, this isn’t progress, this is a direct threat to their lifestyle. And those who weren’t, I think are being called to that last bastion of of the 50s American stereotype: Religion.

    And, their intolerance is getting pushed back at every turn in ways subtle and not. I remember my mother getting upset while hiking with me because she saw two men hold hands. She argued that they shouldn’t have “flaunted” their homosexuality in front of her like that because it upset her religion sensibilities. The very way she phrased that-it makes it sound like she thinks they purposefully held hands to upset her. Hell, we came up from behind them so they couldn’t even know we were there for a while. But it says a lot that she would think this way. The hand holding had nothing to do with her, but the fact that it is socially allowed now? That has changed over the years. I think they see the amount of people that are willing to put up with their intolerance shrinking, and that’s the real threat.

    Certainly not a bad thing.

  14. says

    I never said MOST Christians feel persecuted, so I’m not sure why the last several comments happened. Here is what I said:

    Jennifer Kesler: many Christians DO think of Christians as an endangered species, or at least a persecuted group. Many don’t, so I’m not sure where the idea comes from.

    “Many” was a purposely vague choice. I’ve talked to loads who feel persecuted and loads who don’t. I don’t know which is the majority, and wasn’t willing to speculate.

  15. Amy McCabe says

    Woah! I never said that I thought you thought that all Christians were that way. I don’t know why you thought that. I didn’t post that as a response to your post.

  16. says

    Amy McCabe,

    No worries! I was genuinely confused because you posted it as a reply to my reply that I quoted above, and I thought the constructions of “See…” was introducing a contradiction to what I’d said. If my response a few minutes ago sounded harsh or defensive, I didn’t mean it to – I was just scratching my head and not sure why things went off in that direction. It’s okay, though!

  17. The Other Anne says

    RE: Christian supremacy, when I went to Zambia we met some locals who asked what church we went to in the States, and I didn’t want to offend or alienate myself so even though I’m atheist I said I was Catholic (raised Catholic, here). They looked at me and said, “Oh. Sorry.” And we all had a good laugh. Later my traveling companion who was much more familiar with Zambia, having lived there a few years, told me they don’t care if you don’t have religion, so I felt a bit silly. Here I’ve been pressured to be religious, there they’ll assume you are but don’t care if you aren’t. It was pretty interesting.

  18. Amy McCabe says

    Don’t worry about it. It is so hard to get tone or intent online. Looking it over a second time, I can see where you got that from, even though it was never my intent.

    My mother’s side of the family is fundamentalist Christian. I grew up with a lot of this and discussions like this provokes great thinky thoughts in me. I think I kind of lectured about it in my head, then on the screen. I probably could have started my post more considerate of the fact that I’m on the message board where others have discussed before me.

  19. MaggieCat says

    Dani:
    The line “You may be waiting on God to make the next move, when God is telling you it’s your time to act![And by God, I mean this commercial.]”

    I…. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my life about never having seen a commercial. Of course having said that it shall immediately be summoned; I just know it.

    This suddenly feels relevant. (source.)

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