won’t you take me to linkytown (8/10-8/16)

After a brief absence, the weekly link post is back! Like I said earlier, I’ve been a bit preoccupied and for that I apologize. (It’s summer, come on…) How are (are?) people getting along reading Pope Joan? I’ve been reading like a fiend, and I’m looking forward to a discussion. Here’s a few stories from the past few weeks, after the jump.

1. The issue of marriage for feminists has always been a tricky one (should we buy in to a patriarchal construct that only recognizes heterosexual love), but one feminist skeptic has been rethinking marriage as more of her friends in same-sex relationships are excited now that they can get married.

2. Oh Time magazine, don’t fall for purity balls. How is this not creepy Victorian-era backstepping?

They gave her a charm for her bracelet–a lock in the shape of a heart. Her father has the key. “On my wedding day, he’ll give it to my husband,” she explains. “It’s a symbol of my father giving up the covering of my heart, protecting me, since it means my husband is now the protector. He becomes like the shield to my heart, to love me as I’m supposed to be loved.”

I am all for father-daughter bonding, but not when it centers around telling young girls that their value lies between their legs, there is something wrong with this.

3. Perhaps daddy should buy his daughter an abstinence thong complete with the tag line “earn your right to wear white.” And no, I’m not kidding.

4. I am still not sure where I stand with feminism and porn, but here’s a great collection of links to pro-sex blogs and books.

5. If I choose to give birth, I will most definitely be doing it at home.

6. Take that, Barbie! Girls’ math skills are equal to boys’ math skills, a new study finds. Because the vadge doesn’t get in the way of understanding the Pythagorean theorem.

7. I was never a fan of Keira Knightly until she rocked it in Pride & Prejudice. Now this news– Keira refuses digital breast enhancement in promotional pictures for her new film, The Dutchess. Previously, for King Arthur, they had digitally enhanced her small boobs and she was ticked. I like her even more for saying you know what, I’ve got small boobs. Deal with it. Bravo!

8. I am so freaking sick of the machismo commercials. You’re a disgrace to the man race for speed walking? Quit your jibber jabber, Mr. T!

9. Generally I am thrilled that Disney is finally going to have a black princess, and yet after seeing the trailer I’m going to agree with feministe and pray that the movie isn’t offensive.

10. Hells bells, by making a computer pink it doesn’t mean females will flock to it. “Gee, I love that gadget…if only it were in pink, then I’d buy it. Alas, black will not do!”

11. Congress held a hearing on sexual assault in the military. I was shocked and horrified to learn 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. Something needs to be done.

12. A must-read with a catchy title: McSexist takes on McCain’s record with women’s rights. “To vote for McCain, a feminist would have to be insane.” Agree? Disagree?

13. Oh my god. In Russia a judge ruled that sexual harassment is okay because it ensures the survival of the human race. Men should hit on women as their duty to the human race. “If we didn’t have sexual harassment, we would have no children.” Wow.

14. Remember Kyle Payne, the so-called feminist who was charged with rape? Here’s an update on his ‘situation.’

15. The staff at the Family Research Council is absolutely horrified and “revolted” and left “visibly shaken” after viewing a commercial that they claim is “highly inappropriate for adults.” What’s the commercial allude to? Female masturbation. FAINT!

16. Speaking of Disney movies, here’s a video analysis of the construction of masculinity according to Disney. Just think–Gaston vs. the Beast. You know you want to watch it.

17. Is a hookup culture such a bad thing? Do we have to adhere to virgin/whore dichotomies?

18. Apparently the ladybug is the valley girl of the animal kingdom–things are so much easier when you’re pretty!

19. Why do we continue to wait for male birth control advances? But if they were available, would men use them?

20. The college I went to strongly emphasized global thinking and global awareness, so I always try to bring a global perspective to my feminism. Yet sometimes I am hesitant (who am I, little Miss White American Feminist) to “interfere.” I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks about whether or not we have a global responsibility.

21. With Kit Kittredge and Laura Ingalls Wilder becoming more popular, are young girls looking for a more pure role model?

Finally, the empowering video I’ve watched about two dozen times this week, the lolcat on my desktop, the tv show I really miss, and the event I wish I had gone to.

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3 responses to “won’t you take me to linkytown (8/10-8/16)

  1. Hoo-ah for home birth! (Remember, y’all, to make sure you’re close enough to a hospital just-in-case.)

    Purity balls are fucking creepy. Dad holds the key to his daughter’s vagina? Um. That’s. Creepy.

  2. Thanks for the link to Sally’s piece – how to act when it comes to global issues is a really tricky question. I’m still thinking about that one…

  3. And also, this: http://mediamatters.org/items/200808120009

    Rush Limbaugh: “…It just seems to me that Edwards might be attracted to a woman whose mouth did something other than talk.”

    Wow.

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