Femmostroppo Reader – October 12, 2009

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • “Race Mixing Is Communism”
  • – and so is, apparently, anything that dismantles established privilege of any kind

  • “Having Sex,” Part Two
  • – Drugging and forcing sex upon a protesting teen is not “having sex” with her.

  • Dispensing morality
  • – Yet another pharmacist who enjoys govt regulatory protection of his trade has decided to not supply legal drugs that people want – i.e. contraceptives

  • Emily Bazelon Reviews Lise Eliot#39;s #39;Pink Brain, Blue Brain#39; – washingtonpost.com
  • – “Eliot’s contribution in “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” is to explain, clearly and authoritatively, what the research on brain-based sex difference actually shows, and to offer helpful suggestions about how we can erase the small gaps for our children instead of turning them into larger ones. “How can we help boys express their feelings, learn to read and write better, and feel at home in the school classroom?” she asks. “How can we help girls stay confident in math, learn how to read a map, and embrace technology and competition?” If you are interested in the latest smart thinking about these crucial topics, Eliot, a neuroscientist at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, will be your new favorite expert.”

  • Fifth Carnival Of Feminist Parenting « Mothers For Women’s Lib
  • – Lots of good reading

  • The health care ‘fat tax’ comes to NC
  • – “What’s most disingenuous is that it is being framed as your employer being “concerned about your health” when it is really about reducing costs quickly”

  • Such Fun With Religion
  • – “his new project is — wait for this — rewriting the Bible to better match with today’s wingnuttery”

  • A New Sex Offender Site
  • – ” law’s supporters claim they want this information to be made public so it can be used for “academic research,” but according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, its collection method makes it useless for that purpose. “

  • Conservatives angle to exploit rape of 13-year-old to score points
  • – “The real lesson of this Polanski thing is that rape apologism flows from people who identify with the rapist, and since the “liberal elite” are not immune to raping someone, nor are they immune to defending one of their own who does it. “

  • Sixth graders in Sweden file complaint against Toys R Us for gender stereotyping
  • – “Just when I think the world really sucks, it’s always a sharp group of kids to totally brighten my day”

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8 replies

  1. I am so! steaming! angry! about that pharmacist. Even more so, I’m angry at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for dismissing the whole thing, saying that “there’s other pharmacies in Griffith.” Well, fine. Why, then do pharmacists differ from checkout staff? Why *shouldn’t* pharmacies be owned by supermarkets, if they’re just the same as any other business, with no need for ethics or consideration of health and welfare of patients, no need for government funding, no need for government protectionism and no requirments other than the owner’s whim? Rather undermines the whole idea that pharmacies are special healthcare environments, doesn’t it?

  2. On the “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” thing some may find this interesting.
    http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~lds/sexsci/
    Here is the abstract:
    “This report considers three prominent claims that boys and men have greater natural aptitude for high-level careers in mathematics and science. According to the first claim, males are more focused on objects and mechanical systems from the beginning of life. According to the second claim, males have a profile of spatial and numerical abilities that predisposes them to greater aptitude in mathematics. According to the third claim, males show greater variability in mathematical aptitude, yielding a preponderance of males at the upper end of the distribution of mathematical talent. Research on cognitive development in human infants and preschool children, and research on cognitive performance by students at all levels, provides evidence against these claims. Mathematical and scientific reasoning develop from a set of biologically based capacities that males and females share. From these capacities, men and women appear to develop equal talent for mathematics and science.”
    The last 3 sentences are the important ones.

  3. Again on “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” (which it seems I must get a copy of), the reviewer’s only criticism is of the title, but I rather think that’s a deliberate ploy to draw in those expecting another book telling us that all the differences we see are natural and “hard-wired” (yeech, how I hate that term). Subversion! We haz it!

  4. Argh, arrrgh, I just googled the Swedish schoolkids story (work had blocked the link above for some reason) and then made the mistake of reading this article (“scolded”, ugh) and the comments, which almost made my head explode “Boys and girls are different and the teacher is trying to force a politically correct agenda on them”/”Swedes are all stupid”)
    But the kids themselves = made of WIN!

  5. My friend K8y has allowed me to publish at crazybrave her unsent reply to Crikey’s stupid where are the wimminz! from a little while ago. She writes beautifully and is hilarious, and I am trying to encourage her to blog.

  6. Don’t read the comments on the otherwise fabulous Toys R Us article in “The Local.”
    http://www.thelocal.se/22504/20091006/
    Three down, someone makes a fatphobic comment–because of course, one should never miss an opportunity to complain about fat people.
    In fact, I think that’s why they invented the internet.
    Sigh.

  7. That post, Zoe, is made of WIN, and K8y should *definitely* be blogging. I love the summary of “women’s issues” as defined by “journalists”:
    “Look out for pedophiles! Look out for preservatives! Have more sex with your husband! Spend time on yourself! Discipline your child! Use sun block! Don’t eat cheese! Satin blouse! Julie Bishop! Babies in microwaves! Buy this! Lose that!”

  8. WRT the Pink Brain, Blue Brain article, I wrote an article a while ago which suggested that, since the brain is plastic, we are actually programming these differences into our children ourselves. Because we subconsciously think they are true, we give girls and boys different stimuli, and so actually shape their brains in the way we think they should be.
    Definitely buying that book! It confirms what I was trying to say!

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