There’s been a bit of the annual Twitter discussion recently about Santa Claus. Specifically about how to handle the “Is he real?” questions, and the personal and social ramifications of same.
With Katniss and Merida currently ruling our movie screens, this is a great year for women with a flair for archery. Certainly time, then, to give some love to the prototype arrow-wielding woman, the Greek goddess Artemis.
In 1968, some activists demonstrated against the Miss America beauty pageant and threw objects of “female oppression” – bras, high-heeled shoes, girdles, curlers – into a trash can. They were arguing about liberation – there was never any bra-burning – but the myth of the feminist as a bra-burner was created by the western media. There was also a crucial word missed in the description of the trashed bras.
I have little to add to these quoted comments below from Paul Norton’s Anzac Day post at LP, which focuses on the militaristic myth side of Anzac Day. As usual, there are some illiterates objecting to the use of the word “myth” as if the word means “untrue in its entirety”. The usage of “myth” when discussing recent history always, of course, nearly always refers to the meanings 2b and 2c below:
If I were a less skeptical blogger I would be much more excited about what I saw high in the clouds this morning. I only saw a glimpse, but it was cigar shaped and glowing, and if I were the suggestible type and someone showed me an image like this, then I could well end up saying “yes, that’s exactly… Read more →
[image source] “Mummy, what are ‘gods’?”. I was caught a little by surprise, but I think we did ok in the end. After a moment’s thought, I explained that they were figures invented by people. That different human civilisations share stories about pretend “gods” who have all sorts of different powers – stuff like creating living things and planets, knowing… Read more →
A draft I’ve had hanging around since last month: I’m trying to get these things out for some discussion even if I haven’t been able to wrap a bow around them to my entire satisfaction. Via Samara at The F-word Blog, comes a book extract in the Guardian by Deborah Cameron taking on the Mars-Venus gender essentialists and their ilk,… Read more →
I’m going to address a comment here that I found elsewhere, and as I’m pretty sure it will have been moderated and deleted as vexatious by now, I’m not going to link to it. However, I do want to address the spirit of this argument, which I come across in various forums quite often, and which displays a highly selective… Read more →
This comment, thankfully caught by the spaminator over at Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog, went on for 22(!) pagedowns, and kept on repeating this paragraph: I know this sucks, for this is a complex topic, but these are tools they utilize strategically, and I think I explain things quite accurately in the above paragraphs. You should see that trying to… Read more →
I’ve been stewing up an FAQ for FF101 for a while, and it hasn’t come together as well as I’d like. I want to take on EvPsych, basically, and look at some of the crap on offer that claims that somehow evolution has forced men to be attracted to (totally coincidentally highly physically vulnerable) young waifs in the pursuit of… Read more →
The next time I go to the UK and France I’d rather like to do a tour of various stone circles, menhirs, dolmens – any megaliths really – of Britain and Brittany.
Mary Badham as Scout Finch in the 1964 film of To Kill A Mockingbird I only read TKAM last year, after having had it on my “must read” list for yonks. I thought Scout was utterly fabulous, totally relating to her wish to stick to clothes she could climb a tree in, and there’s a gazillion other aspects of the… Read more →
(Now crossposted at Feministe – I’m guest-blogging there this week. Thanks, Jill!) 10 points to Indian journalist Saira Kurup for debunking the myth of bra-burning feminists as part of a column about the history of the bra. -100 points for not getting the larger point, although Kurup is far from the only one who missed out on a crucial word… Read more →
aka When is a museum actually a theme park? Here it is: the Ken Ham’s Creation “Museum” post that Hoyden had to have, made much easier by the recent spate of LOLCreationists online. Image Credit: Dancing Spring PZ Myers put together a Creation Museum roundup of poor media coverage and the best blogging detailing not only the theme park’s scientific… Read more →