Femmostroppo Reader August 28, 2011

It’s been a busy non-writing weekend, but I have caught up with some reading. 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!
n.b. Comments threads have not necessarily been read. Some may be NSFW or triggering, so please report back any problems you encounter so the post can be marked.

  • Reflex Activism
  • – Take the ethical paper pledge.

  • Mr Big
  • – “According to Ms Worsley, people in this day and age throw the term ‘Byronic looks’ around without even knowing what they are truly alluding to. Apparently we think that ‘Byronic’ means sexy/handsome but this just proves we don’t know what we are talking about because there is no way Byron could be considered sexy/handsome, he was FAT remember. And we all know fat can’t possibly be sexy.”

  • “Geek girls” and the problem of self-objectification
  • – “Because geek cultures often think of themselves as countercultural, they don’t usually believe they are tainted by the sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, ad naseum that infect popular culture. And there are entire blogs that prove that nonsense untrue.”

  • Metacrap
  • – A 10-year-old essay from Cory Doctorow that makes for interesting rereading.

  • Enter Ye Myne Mystic World of Gayng-Raype: What the “R” Stands for in “George R.R. Martin”
  • – “I could try to look at the positives, before I get to the criticism. But you know what? I’m still going to criticize the books. And if these are your toys, you’re going to be mad no matter what, because criticism of your favorite things exists. On the INTERNET, no less! SCANDAL!

    So why don’t we just cut to the chase, here? George R. R. Martin is creepy. He is creepy because he writes racist shit. He is creepy because he writes sexist shit. He is creepy, primarily, because of his TWENTY THOUSAND MILLION GRATUITOUS RAPE AND/OR MOLESTATION AND/OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SCENES. And I could write a post about those, to be sure. But you know what would be easier? I could just count them. One by one by one.”

  • Rape Culture 101
  • – “Imagine how unsafe you’d feel. Imagine how angry you’d feel. And then imagine that it’s not a room you can leave.”

  • Because, links
  • – links from bluemilk

  • Travelling Feminist: Women on Boards
  • – “Aagoth Storvik and Mari Teigen, both senior researchers at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, released a study that argued that without both the compulsory quotas and the accompanying sanctions for non-compliance, it would be next to impossible to increase the number of female board members. This articlein Der Spiegel quotes from the study, and the researcher, pointing out that 7 years after the concept was introduced, nobody in Oslo is worried about it any more.

    “But after the reform went into force almost nobody seemed to object, hardly anybody is writing about it in the newspapers any more or telling us about negative experiences.””

  • I may be some little time …
  • – “Given a change of leader, and if they aren’t forced to an election early, I think Labor still has a good chance.”

  • Australia’s ten shittest branded flash mobs
  • – cringingly awful

  • This is rape culture, and everyone is laughing
  • – Trigger warning for sexual assault and rape talk

  • Best books on raising strong girls
  • – good stuff

Disclaimer/SotBO: a link here is not necessarily an endorsement of all opinions of the post author(s) either in the particular post or of their writing in general.


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4 replies

  1. Ah, but you just know that somehow, somewhere there is a person sitting in a food court in a Shoppingtown in regional Australia who has not yet heard the Hallelujah Chorus as sung by the People’s Author of Manangatang. Until that day, Flash Mobs still have work to do.

  2. … by the People’s ORCHESTRA of Manangatang.
    Don’t you just love it when your own attempt at smart-arsery blows up in your face? I know I do. :)

  3. Wow – just read the posts on that ‘stand up’ routine. :(

  4. There’s some fun stuff going on at Sady’s place at the moment. It’s worth reading the comments for her further elaboration on both the mechanics of mansplaining and on being the girl who stays on the boys’ good side.

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