Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments. Shameless self-promotion entirely welcome!
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- Autism and Empathy
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Charlie Sheen, Prince Harry and disposable women
- Avatar as a Tired Colonialist Trope
- links for 2011-06-30
- When stupid rules the news world
- The best of the rest of the internet
- Links of Great Interest: So. Much. Fail.
- What It’s Like To Watch People You Like Demean Women
- Quick Hit: DSK Case & Rape Culture Reporting
- Steampunk, Tech, and TARDISes: A Cosplay Tale
- Social, Fiscal Conservatives In GOP Split On New York’s Marriage Equality
- On the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case And Its Tentacles
- Harrods and make-up: women’s faces aren’t good enough
- So simple, your mother could do it, photo-style!
- Federer releases Let it Be
- Abortion changes to be snuck in without a vote
– “One thing about that post that gets me is the quote from Simon Baron-Cohen in which he dismisses autistic criticisms of his work by saying that the people who criticize it are simply not autistic enough to be representative. This is fairly typical of many researchers, who find it more important to impose their own models on autistic thought and behavior, and ignore what autistic people have to say about their thought and behavior.”
– “Our culture has decided which women count and which women don’t count, and I don’t know what to do about that. But I do know that the language that journalists use to refer to women influences the way we think about those women. It isn’t about taking a strident, pro-woman stance in the way you use language, but about asking yourself why you would mention a woman’s previous relationship before you mentioned her name.”
– “Avatar was heralded as a break-through movie for its technological achievements, but its theme is tired. With the aim of pointing to how Avatar simply regurgitated a strong history of white, Western self-congratulation, Craig Saddlemire and Ryan Conrad re-mixed the movie with other similar movies, including Blind Side, Dancing with Wolves, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Out of Africa, Stargate, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
– Racialicious linkfarm
– “The news editors in the UK and Australia who ran this story are responsible for damaging relationships within this family, all so their audiences can have a bit of a giggle. There is a very big difference between something the public may be interested in, and something that’s in the public interest.”
– “This week’s best reads on feminism, politics, class and popular culture – chopped up, roasted and served to you on a platter.”
– Hathor Legacy’s linkfarm
– “an apology is a first step, not a solution or an end. The next step is to quit acting like a sexist asshole, even for a minute, even if you think it’s for fun and jokes, and stop saying sexist things and perpetuating sexist ideas like, for example, the notion that women are not valuable unless you think they are sexy, whatever that means. Because if that happens over time, I can believe that good hearted people just make mistakes and can learn from them.
If it doesn’t happen over time, I’ll continue to see these folks out at bars and shows, and I’ll remember their thumbs-upping of sexist comments, and their gleeful skewering of a woman who they feel isn’t pretty enough to have thoughts or opinions, and I’ll think less of people I once knew and liked.”
– “I think this is a writ-in-neon-lights example of how a culture in which sexual assault is not taken seriously unless its victims are virginal white girls, how a culture that holds women who enjoy or have ever consented to sex in any context can never be raped, how a culture that has a “boys will be boys” attitude toward male perpetrators of sexual violence does come home in a practical sense within our criminal justice system, no matter what laws we have on the books. Because regardless of laws against rape that are race/class/nationality/etc. blind … some individuals will be given the support of those laws to gain protection and/or recompense, while others will not. Because as a culture we support inequal justice.”
– This post combines so many of my favourite things I had to read it in stages so that the squee would not overwhelm me.
– “The battle for the GOP’s priorities is heating up and the American Taliban is enduring some hits.”
– “It isn’t that I want her to be freed of the concept of credibility. But her background, the desperation of people applying for the right to live in the United States and the possible power dynamics that might exist between her and her boyfriend/fiancee could matter here in a way which the simple interpretation of legal credibility fail to pay attention to.”
– “This is clear sexist discrimination: men’s bare faces are acceptable, women’s are not. Legally, case law apparently supports “the right of employers to impose dress codes with different requirements for women and men provided there were ‘equivalent’ requirements”, but I fail to see any equivalence here.”
– “You have a fortnight, until comments close, to post a link to a photo of a mother doing something decidedly not simple, with her child (of any age) in the shot. In a fortnight, assuming we get some, I’ll do a second post with selected photos.”
– Grog’s Gamut leaves politics behind for an excursion through performance brilliance
– “We’ve seen this all before in the US. Anti-choice campaigners wear away at one thing after another, till we’re left in a situation where women who miscarry and have stillbirths are being tried for murder…”