sir links a lot 5/4-5/10

i don’t know about you all, but i love sharing the articles i enjoy every week and i love reading what you have to share too! either this means i appreciate being aware of what’s out there…or i have too much free time on my hands. (come on, you know you look for something to read at work to kill time…)

here’s what’s kept me reading this week:

this article about alice and rebecca walker in the london times today really piqued my interest because i’m a fan of both of their work. i thought it was also especially poignant for our discussion this week on second and third wave feminism. i was particularly intrigued when rebecca said “I keep telling people feminism is an experiment. And just like in science, you have to assess the outcome of the experiment and adjust according to your results, but my mother and her friends, they see it as truth; they don’t see it as an experiment.” i found that description…awesome.
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i know i seem to always post about my dislike for abstinence-only teaching in high schools, but i couldn’t resist linking to this: the daily show takes on the global war in your pants.
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this weekend i got into a rather heated (although slightly inebriated) debate with a (male) friend about grand theft auto and the game’s treatment of female prostitutes. lots of blogs have discussed the debate and come to different conclusions (those are just two drops in the bucket.) i’m not a gamer, so i will never play the game, but just knowing that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year and it contains such violence against women, it’s unsettling.
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although this from an older post from jezebel, i loved it– a letter to the editors of women’s magazines discussing their promotion of a beauty that is, for most, genetically impossible. impossible! stop telling me i should look like that!! (also check out the many tagged articles that go along with this post)
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now that i’ve just said that magazines and their ads are the devil, i’ll contradict myself by stating that i was rather pleased that italian vogue plans a whole issue using only black models. that’s great that they’re expanding their concept of model/fashion beauty to non-white models, but you’ve gotta wonder if this will also expand more girl’s negative body image issues. le sigh.
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we’ve all seen the miley cyrus pictures and we’ve all read all sorts of commentary on it. but this article was by far my favorite of the hundreds written because it’s from germaine greer. “We train female children to be manipulative and to exploit their sex. From the time she is tiny, a girl in our society is taught to flirt.” sad. sad sad sad. but true.
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i know that the london mirror isn’t the most reliable source, but seriously gwyneth paltrow, if you’ve broken your toes 30 times why the hell are you continuing to wear 7 inch heels. jeeeeeez.
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i’ll admit it–i’m not a cuddler. i don’t like sharing my bed, no matter how much i love you. so the idea of separate bedrooms sounds like the perfect situation for me if i ever chose to cohabitate. no, i’m not stuck in the 1950s, i just don’t want you rolling into me at 4 am.
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after years of feminist readings, i had never come across the word kyriarchy as it’s described here, but i totally understand and respect the more all-encompassing term that takes multiple layers of oppression into consideration. and i want to learn more.
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not gonna lie, there’s no way in hell i would go and see “made of honor,” no matter how much i like the eye candy of mcdreamy. yet i wonder why movie critics have such an unabashed hatred for movies aimed for the female demographic. as if all movies for the male demographic are oscar-worthy and cliche-free. i’m sorry, but this douchebag writer is so “that guy” in this article.
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once a minute, somewhere in the world, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. this isn’t a disease, it isn’t a trend, childbirth is natural–and it shouldn’t be so deadly.
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racism still unfortunately exists within the women’s movement, and we need to face and combat it to overcome it. this amazingly wonderful post has stuck in my mind all week. “The question is not what makes the issue feminist, but has a feminist perspective been applied to the issue? ”

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it’s always great to combat the exploitation of women in myanmar, but treating them like children is not the answer.
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to follow up on the previous post about women in movies, the new york times wrote a brilliant piece on women actors and directors. get! more women! in hollywood!
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okay, that’s good for now. once again for fun, the tv show i’m watching, the book i’m reading, and the lolcat on my wallpaper.

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2 responses to “sir links a lot 5/4-5/10

  1. “I keep telling people feminism is an experiment. And just like in science, you have to assess the outcome of the experiment and adjust according to your results, but my mother and her friends, they see it as truth; they don’t see it as an experiment.” i found that description…awesome.
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    and applicable and relevant to the discussion of our current book…..nice one mayhem!

  2. Two interesting links of note for you guys:

    1) A long and in-depth New Yorker Article about human trafficking. Notable statistic: “between one and two per cent of all Moldovan migrants may find themselves trafficked at some point.” Very disturbing, very fascinating. And as always with The New Yorker – flawlessly well written.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/05/080505fa_fact_finnegan

    2) The polar opposite of the link I put up last week, this article is entitled “How to be a Man” and is so chock-a-block with ridiculousness that I honestly didn’t realize it was serious until most of the way through. Some of my favorite quotes:

    “A man who claims his #1 commitment in life is his relationship partner (or his family) is either too dishonest or too weak to be trusted. His loyalties are misplaced.”

    “A man is an active giver of love, not a passive receiver. A man is the first to initiate a conversation, the first to ask for what’s needed, and the first to say “I love you.” Waiting for someone else to make the first move is unbecoming of him.”

    “A man doesn’t hide his sexuality. If others shrink from him because he’s too masculine, he allows them to have their reaction. There’s no need for him to lower his energy just to avoid frightening the timid.”

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/05/how-to-be-a-man/

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