Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed-reader. What did I miss? Please share what you’ve been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
- More Ratings Controversy – Made in Dagenham
- links for 2010-11-04
- Fat Ladies UK
- Tweeting your abortion
- Stephen Colbert Weighs in on the “Man Up” Chide
- Kotex Sells Tampons by Making Fun of Selling Tampons
- What Guides To Interacting With Police Leave Out
- RIP Democracy
- Toy Story 3 on DVD–More Jessie, Please?
- Recommended Reading for Wednesday, November 3
- Aww, but they made us do it
- Daily Telegraph spruiks to suckers
- Not what we meant by a feminine mystique
- Next time you’re thinking John Howard was the Meanness of Spirit King …
- “There is no way you can ever convince me that Made in Dagenham deserves the same rating as Saw 3-D and an higher rating than Red and The Social Network. No way. Mutilating, shooting, stabbing, and drug use and underage drinking is ok for kids, but using the f word makes your film not acceptable for those under 17. This is so wrong.”
- roundup from Racialicious
- “But on Law & Order: UK, fat women are just another part of the population. Across four episodes, I’ve seen a fat female cop, a fat female witness, a fat female attorney, and a fat female forensics analyst (and possibly some I’m forgetting), all of whom were fat for no other reason than because Fat People Exist.”
- “It seems silly to argue over whether tweeting about your abortion is provocative; of course it is, and the point is to make it less so. The real question is whether or not the #ihadanabortion thread is an effective step in that direction.”
- Well done, Mister Colbert.
- “Let’s not forget, however, that as truly hilarious and inventive as the Old Spice Guy commercials are, their hyperviral popularity was the best thing that ever happened to Old Spice. Likewise, as insightful as this Kotex campaign is, in the end the main goal is to sell you tampons”
- “How many cases of ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ do there need to be before we acknowledge that the ‘communication breakdown’ here is not on the side of people with disabilities, but on the side of law enforcement?”
- “Meanwhile, most USians probably can’t tell you what the fuck the Fairness Doctrine or Citizens United even are, despite their being the two key turning-points in turning this flawed-but-great democratic republic into a giant sweatshop to line the pockets of Garbage Corp.”
- “Media is our lens on the world, our socially constructing and norm-producing mirror, and when it becomes normalized for boys (whether they be toys, monsters, cars, bugs, or humans) to always be the most important characters, this lens is not only reflecting but perpetuating gender inequality.”
- Bloggers on Autistics Speaking Day
- “Sure, that’s a pretty shitty way to spend a couple of weeks, but why go along with it? Why let the people you are reporting on dictate the way you report? Why not just say, ‘no, we’re not going to cover the election like that’?”
- Shameless advertorialising.
- “Now obviously it was very naughty of him to presume to comment on matters of which he is profoundly ignorant.* And of course we can’t expect him to know any better, the dear over-excited puppy.
Hang on one fucking minute.
We’re women, not tablets of Linear fucking B. Our vaginas [for those of us who have vaginas] aren’t Rubik’s Cubes and our boobs [for those of us who have boobs] aren’t the Grand Unified Theory.
And when we fuck, if we fuck, we fuck just like normal human beings.”
- “Given the published reaction of some of the selfish, short-sighted, mean-spirited citizens of Woodside (and I bet there are plenty of Woodside citizens who don’t fit that description, but did they make the papers? Oh my wordy lordy no they did not)…”