link-a-little (4/6-4/12)

add your favorite links o’ the week!
(here’s a few of mine…)

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where have all the strong women gone? they’re dumbing themselves down, of course! and btw, what is the point of constantly reminding me that as a woman the smarter i get the less likely i am to find a man? is this supposed to make me buck up and accept my spinster state or make me want to go huff some glue? decisions decisions…
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lest we forget, misogyny hurts men as well as women and gender roles harm us all. so barack can’t bowl? that somehow makes him less of a man? i’m sorry, when did it become 1950 again?

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no article made me more upset this week than this one: an op-ed in the LA times detailing the scary reality that “women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq.”

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minnesotans want comprehensive sex education in our schools, so why the hell aren’t legislators doing anything about it? i’m mean, even addison montgomery gets it, teaching abstinence-only doesn’t freaking working!!

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if i talk about when i lost it you’d know exactly what “it” i was talking about, right? an interesting look at the verbiage behind virginity.

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male violence against women often front page news, especially if the chick is like, ya know, hot. if you’re an anglophile like me you’ve noticed the constant barrage of stories on the cover of bbc news detailing the high profile murders of woman after woman after woman. i’m often upset by the misogyny of the ways in which women are repeatedly blamed for male violence , and yet i’d never heard of the word femicide until i read this.

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one of my favorite books will always be the second shift, and the good ol researchers over at the university of michigain must like it too because they’ve done some studies (click on “time, money, and who does the laundry” to open a short pdf on the topic.) “the amount of housework men do has also changed. instead of doing about 3.5 hours a week, they’re now up to about 7 hours a week. but that’s still less than a third of the time working women spend.” iron my shirts!!

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8 responses to “link-a-little (4/6-4/12)

  1. “Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a University of Michigan study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families.

    For men, the picture is very different: A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week.”

    Does that mean men are seven times more efficient at housework than women?

  2. “On Prisons, Borders, Safety, and Privilege: An Open Letter to White Feminists”
    http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/81260/?page=entire

    I just got done reading this article and am still trying to digest it, but I’m curious if anyone has any thoughts/comments/critiques. As the daughter of a prison guard, criticizing the prison-industrial complex truly is biting the hand that feeds/fed me, but I think it’s vitally important to identify and dismantle the ways that system upholds white privilege and, often, blatant racism. How can white feminists be a part of this struggle and the struggle to ensure just, safe immigration experiences– instead of buying into the assimilationist power and privilege that Hoffman claims we hide behind– in intentional, compassionate, non-condescending ways?

  3. This might be old hat:
    Give it up already and settle for less-than-awesome.

    (fingers crossed for correct html…)

  4. yesss, the most kick-ass article of the week! a boy plays a flute? huzzahwhaaaa? a girl plays the tuba? bahhhh? why don’t girls play guitar? discusses how we genderize musical instruments and how, seriously, come on now, that’s ridiculous.

  5. this is a question for the men out there… when society uses gender stereotypes against you, such as these (albeit fake) manly jelly bean flavors, does it bother you too?

  6. buckingthewave

    hannah–sorry, for some reason your comment was flagged as spam! hopefully that problem is completely corrected…

  7. In the second half of the hour of World, Have Your Say today was about whether or not women are taken seriously in politics. It was at times really interesting, really appalling, and depressing. Talked about Sylvio Berlusconi, Chris Matthews, and some other stuff. If you have a half hour, check it out.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/worldservice/meta/tx/world_hys?nbram=1&nbwm=1&size=au&lang=en-ws&bgc=003399&ls=p1240

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