Links of Great Interest: Justice for Trayvon!

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!!!!!! What does justice look like?

Don’t cut the McNair Program!!!!

Support these budding botanists.

What the fuck, A&F?

…That’s not OCCUPY. :eyeroll:

Post-racial means… EXTRA white.

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

From Cloudtigress:

A discussion on Smart Bitches Trashy Books about the differences
between Romance, Erotica, and Porn, and whether it’s possible for
women to enjoy them without sniggering condescension.

Is it coercion if an employer -or potential employer- asks you to
voluntarily give them your Facebook/Twitter/other social media
password(s) so they can see what you’ve posted in private? Well,
Lucille, it depends if you’ve got four hungry children and a crop in
the field to deal with at home if you do it or not.

From SunlessNick:

A doctor speaks out, albeit anonymously, on transvaginal ultrasounds.   [In another email to me, Sabrina adds:

… in which a doctor argues the appalling silence of his colleagues
in the wake of those bills that’ll requite transvaginal ultrasounds
and comes up with ways to protest them.]

Sickening shit in Fox News comments on the Trayvon Martin story:

More on the transvaginal ultrasound thing from Ara.

I hate The Walking Dead.

Am I an angry asshole?

On having a cute kid.

From Manatee:

I found the following short story through a post on SylviaSybil’s
tumblr. It’s an outlook on what the near future might look like if one
takes the current trend of anti-women legislation to a logical (and
terrifying, well even more terrifying than now) conclusion.
I think this story should get as many reads as possible.
A warning for the comments – most are supportive but there also seems
to be the occasional fundamental Christian who is more than happy to
excuse what’s currently happening.

The new war on teachers

From Casey:

From SF_Drama, please report this 40-flirf-year-old Johnny’s
band-loving pedophile from profiting off his sick fuckery; links to
report him to GoogleAdPlus, PayPal and GoDaddy are provided in the

This will break your heart: The right not to know.

What an interesting sounding review!

From Ara:

I like how it’s not treated as okay for the boy to have kissed her–
his whole character shtick is that he’s an annoying pain.

From Jenn:

Girls learn the need for disordered eating earlier than ever now.

Chart that puts US “weight problem” into perspective.

Pro eating disorder social networking:  not sure I agree with the attempt to put it all off on Facebook, and kind of feel it’s just an attempt to get the article more attention, but the description of social networking encouraging unhealthy behavior makes sense

Do not read the comments. CNN commenters are mainly assholes.

 More on the Southern Miss chant.

Why anti-authoritarians are more likely to get diagnosed as mentally ill.


  1. Casey says

    I don’t know about you, but most of the comments on the Angry Asshole piece are making me feel pretty angry and asshole-ish.

  2. Daydreamer says

    “[Angel] Rodriguez said Friday, ‘I heard it. I don’t pay attention to that nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, so we don’t need no type of papers.'”


  3. says

    Something I wanted to mention: the reason I dedicated an article to Trayvon Martin, even though this is a site about gender relations, is that the conditions he lived under as a black boy are very similar to what we live in as women. Just by being born female, you have a significantly higher risk of experiencing rape, murder or battery than your male counterpart. Similarly, just by being born black and male, you have a higher risk of experiencing violence and unsound incarceration than your white counterparts. Maybe if people are finally getting outraged over something that’s been allowed to happen in various ways many times before, they’ll eventually also recognize that just because women are raped, battered and murdered every day does not make it normal or unavoidable. We just have to start giving a shit, and look what happens.

    The abortion story is so sad. I think a lot of people actually are ignorant of the fact that a person can be born not with a disability, but with a condition that condemns them to constant, pointless pain. They try to argue an ironically anti-ableist POV – medical advancements are happening all the time! You can’t be sure the doctors are right! While there’s truth to that, and no one should ever feel the need to abort over a condition that people have lived happy, fulfilling lives with, there are medical conditions that are just pure and utter hell, that we can’t fix, and I think what these parents did was very humane and loving, and I’m sorry THE MOTHER was put through any of it. I’m glad the father was spared the torture, but that just highlights another blood-boiling problem with this law: the irresponsible men and rapists who impregnate many of the women seeking abortions aren’t hearing a thing about the fetuses they’ve spawned. They’re not suffering. They’re not learning. They’re out getting somebody else pregnant while she’s going through all that bullshit. Because Republicans don’t hate sex or unwanted pregnancy or any of that: they just. Hate. Women. Really. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

  4. says

    Re: Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up? I LOL’d until I couldn’t breathe.

    Re: Doctor speaking out about TVU’s. FUCK YES. I applaud this gentleman’s comments, and urge all physicians to take his advice.

    Re: The Walking Dead. Wow, is Carl in the show really so brainless and helpless? Because in the comic, his dad gave him a gun and he saved some lives, including his dad’s. Yes, having a little kid shoot zombies (and people) is disturbing as hell, but it strikes me as a little less stupid.

    Re: On Having a Cute Kid. That broke my heart, a little. As a father of 4 white kids, I can only try to put myself in her place and understand how she feels, but I agree wholeheartedly with her sentiment that whether or not I personally have to worry about this kind of thing, it isn’t right that anyone should.

    Re: The Right Not to Know. I think that last paragraph is very powerful.

  5. eldritchMortician says

    It’s late so I haven’t read all the links but I had to comment on a couple things…

    My facebook profile is private for a reason. I only let people I actually acknowledge as friends on it, and as such, it has information such as my orientation and religion. My employers currently aren’t bad, but I don’t exactly want them snooping around and finding out I’m non-mainstream in both areas, and then possibly looking for a way to fire me. I’m not naive enough to believe that wouldn’t happen. Ugh. Gives me the willies.

    And…the short story…scary, powerful, and depressing. Mainly because it’s all too plausible. The worst is when I hear other women supporting people that are trying to take away bodily integrity. I just don’t get it at all, and it terrifies me.

  6. Patrick McGraw says

    ILU-486 was heartbreaking in just how plausible it felt. (With the exception of the “free natal care” program. That would never happen under a forced-birth regime, because they don’t actually give a crap about Teh Babeez except as a way of controlling women.)

  7. SunlessNick says


    Doctor speaking out about TVU’s. FUCK YES. I applaud this gentleman’s comments, and urge all physicians to take his advice.

    I wish the comments were still open, otherwise I would have added some advice I saw on Feministe. Well, not advice precisely, but a poster there declared that if ahe ever wanted an abortion and had to look at one of these shame-porn ultrasounds, she’d take one look and start screaming “Oh my God, get it out, getitout, getitoutofme!”

    So the advice would be to add that reaction to the write-up of the procedure. And if someone who supports these laws objects, point out that the new information provided by the ultrasound reinforced the woman’s decision, why aren’t you celebrating this apparent vindication?

  8. manatee says

    Patrick McGraw, You’ve got a good point there, Patrick. They really, really don’t because otherwise those people that are so “concerned” about the sanctity of life would be busy working for better child care/better education/better chances for all children/care for the elders/better accessibility for people with disabilities and so on.
    The article about anti-authoritarians is spot-on (speaking from personal experience). I’ve always had and still have a hard time with undeserved authority/people in position of authority who don’t have the first f…ing clue what they are doing and expect me to respect them just so. And yeah, depression… .
    @Jennifer, I do get your point, but, well – you could say the same about an article highlighting the abuse disabled, queer or otherwise marginalized people have to deal with – it just doesn’t work this way (referring to the equation of black men and white women, because you only spoke about white women here, or at least it’s implied), so I second what Maria wrote.

  9. manatee says

    I’m completely baffled by the whole password-thingie. Why is this even considered/discussed as something reasonable?
    Do employees have to agree to bibs during lunch next (it seems just as sensible to me)? Your employer is not your parent and you are obviously not a child, meaning, it’s up to you when, how and with whom you socially interact.
    Or shorter: the f***?

  10. says

    Maria, sorry, you’re right. I started to mention something to that effect, but felt I might not speak accurately to what black women go through. I should’ve at least made some kind of aside to acknowledge it.

    Re: FB logins. I get requiring employees not to say nasty things about their company on FB. That’s like a non-disclosure agreement, fine. But wanting to snoop through their personal info on FB is just not okay. I presume they’re looking for indications you party or have ever tried drugs (they say it’s more prevalent in law enforcement jobs), but they need to settle for your public record. Employers are really getting some warped entitlement going on.

    Re: authoritarians and psychiatry. THIS is great, because I’ve been working on the NPD series, and in one post I discuss why I believe the old stats suggestiong that most NPDs are men, and in fact suspect most are white men. It’s largely that I think diagnoses of other groups would be inflated, since a white woman or person of color merely rejecting the role of helpmate to the white dudes can be seen as unbearably selfish, and white men who are sickeningly self-centered have a hundred excuses laid out like rose petals everywhere they walk. Another good support for my view is that article from last week or so about privilege breeding dishonorable behavior. People tend to do what they think they can get away with. The more you let a group away with stuff, the worse they (as a group, not every individual) will get. Privileged people are, by definition, allowed to get away with the most.

  11. says

    Patrick McGraw,

    I interpreted the natal care program as a way for the government to conveniently monitor pregnancies and investigate “accidental” miscarriages. I agree that free healthcare doesn’t fit the dystopian feel, but I read a more Big Brother vibe into it.


    In the comments someone had pictures of a pro-choice rally where people were wearing red armbands. From what I can tell, they look fairly uniform, so I’m guessing most of them were distributed by the same person/people. I think it would be amazing to make some up and distribute them like that.

  12. Patrick McGraw says

    There are now ILU-486 t-shirts available from Zazzle. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. The t-shirts feature the heart cutout with typed text: “HELLO THERE. WE HEARD U NEEDED THIS. DON’T WORRY. WE LOVE YOU. EVERY PART OF YOU BELONGS TO YOU.”

  13. Ara says

    About the angry-asshole article: My initial, instinctive reaction to the concept of a book of black vegan stories was “There are enough black vegans for her to want to write a book?” Veganism has always registered to me (a sheltered upper-middle-class white girl attending a pretentious mostly-white college) as a pretentious rich white kid thing. I’ve always perceived it as having race bound up in it, because I always perceived it as something only extremely privileged people did– usually privileged people who had no awareness that getting back to nature by going and living a commune of other ultraliberal college-educated hippies was not remotely approximating poorness. Though now I think some of that might be sample bias; *most* of the people here are privileged ultraliberal people who have no idea of their privilege.

  14. Maria says


    Probably it’s sample bias. I’ve always associated politically relevant veganism as having a lot to do with the Black nationalism movement in the US, or coming out of the Black Israeli tradition.

  15. says


    I think most of the “vegangelicals”(such as those in Obnoxious Vegan Bingo) are White, rich, etc. because whenever I see veg*ns (vegans + vegetarians) in conflict with meat-eaters it’s almost always someone who’s blatantly unaware that their privileges of health, access, and financial stability don’t extend to everyone.

    So, hypothesis one: since conflict generates more discussion than agreement, it’s more likely to stick in your mind. Hypothesis two: veg*ns with privilege override the voices of veg*ns without privilege, as Harper discussed in the article, so people walk away with the impression that there are fewer veg*ans of color because they didn’t hear their voices as much.


    I’ve never heard of either of those movements. Cool.

  16. Amy McCabe says

    I’m suddenly feeling very proud for purchasing Sistah Vegan for my library as one of the earliest purchasing decisions I made when taking over Collection Development. I know that’s totally not the point though…

  17. says

    Ara, I think the dominant media image of vegans in the US is, not surprisingly, white hipster liberals making a lifestyle choice. And of all the vegans out there, who would feel most comfortable talking about their “weird” lifestyle choice? Why, privileged white middle class folk. So if you are white and have always lived in the Americas, your privilege is most likely going to keep you ignorant about other expressions of veganism until you run into them somehow. So I had a similar reaction to Sistah Vegan when Maria first started linking her.

    And when someone pointed out to me some years ago that in most parts of the world, meat is more expensive than produce, so vegetarianism (and in some cases veganism) isn’t even a choice.

    The thing about privilege: you always feel like, in hindsight, you should’ve realized how things really were. But that’s one of the major functions of privilege: by keeping the privileged unaware of their privilege, you ensure they won’t side with the underprivileged and mess up this cozy little pyramid system.

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