Femmostroppo Reader – May 5, 2009

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. Please add interesting links of your own in the comments.

  • Adventures in baby magazines
  • May 5, 2009 – oh dear

  • Meanwhile, in Pakistan
  • May 5, 2009 – Quote: “Note that crimes like these remind other women what might happen to them if they rebel against the fundamentalist norms of the area. A hate crime? Hmm.”

  • Feminist vs. Feminist
  • May 5, 2009 – Naomi Wolf disappoints

  • Stephen Fry's letter to his 16-year-old self | Media | The Guardian
  • May 4, 2009 – Many of you may have already seen this, but if you haven’t it’s a wry, affectionate piece about Fry’s good fortune (relatively) in coping with his emerging sexuality and how others are still not so lucky decades later

  • Robot Explorers: Welcome to the 101st Carnival of Space!
  • May 4, 2009 – geek it up!

  • Rejecting The Gender Binary In Fashion
  • May 4, 2009 – Quote: “The images also reveal a kind of sexism: androcentrism, or the valuing of things masculine over things feminine. As Kasmaneo mentions, girls can wear guys’ clothes without drawing much attention to themselves. This is because we value masculine things over feminine things and aren’t surprised when women want to do them. Nor are we disgusted by their participation because participation in masculine things does not, by and large, say something bad about you. Girls and women are, in fact, encouraged to do all kinds of masculine things: watch or play sports, become a doctor or lawyer, etc. But boys and men are largely discouraged from doing feminine things. Learning to knit, wanting to be a stay-at-home parent, becoming a nurse, and wearing make up or women’s clothes will, often, get boys and men teased, ostracized, or even attacked.”

  • Women in tech: the GoGaRuCo incident
  • May 4, 2009 – non-apologies abound

  • Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • May 4, 2009 – Great links from Renee.

  • Cis Supremacy, Feminism and Women’s Shelters
  • May 4, 2009 – uote: “The difference between my position though, and the position of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter? That I believe all women are women regardless of trans history or lack there of. Because, you know, they are.”



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  1. This is not of the calibre of above, but my usual blogging life (music) rarely directly overlaps with my femostroppo interests so its cool when it does. I was looking into Gretchen Peters who released a very good folk/country album this year with one of my favourite singer/songwriters. Didn’t know anything about her but I recognised the big hit she wrote “Independence Day” (for Martina McBride, who is a big time American country star). The lyrics are to do with domestic violence but the Republicans started using the chorus to introduce Sarah Palin at rallies before the election, which Peters put a stop to but also in response donated all the royalties from the song from then to the election to Planned Parenthood. She also made donations to Pflag, ACLU and others when horrible Sean Hannity started using it in his show. The post is here, nothing special but it just makes me happy when I discover cool crossovers in my sometimes compartmentalised interests!
    There is a video there of her at a Planned Parenthood function which says PP raised more than $1 million USD in Sarah Palin’s name. I knew at the time there was general movement to donate in her name as a protest, but hadn’t seen the final results, so it was good to see that it amounted to such a figure.

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