Take Back the Blog was a blogswarm aimed at encouraging discussion of the rights of women to full participation in online discussions. Check out the collection of posts at Crablaw’s place. Lauredhel put up a belated post addressing the way that passive versus active language used to describe gender interactions, especially those involving sexual violence, shapes perceptions. Please read it,… Read more →
Hot on the heels of the murdered-gaunt-women-are-sexxxay spread from Top Model comes this “fashion spread”. Racist and sexist objectification all rolled into one odious airbrushed slavery-porn package. See it and froth. Share this post? Related posts: Shame file: Haven Backpackers Resort Hostel, Alice Springs “I don’t even recognise this country any more” Sorry Matters, and Assimilation Grrrr.
I’m a day late, but here I am Taking Back the Blog. Today’s rant: the passive voice. When it comes to reports of men abusing and oppressing women, the passive voice prevails. Women are discriminated against Women are paid less Women are objectified Women are groped Women are sexually harrassed Women are exploited Women are threatened Women are assaulted Women… Read more →
Kate Harding has a wonderful post, “Happy Yogaversary to Me“, on reclaiming her self as an embodied subject: Like just about all girls in this culture, I was always taught that my body was primarily something for other people to experience externally, not something I actually inhabited. By the time I was 20, without even trying, I became an expert… Read more →
Buy a pair of monobloc class-A valve amplifiers and matching pre-amp for your iPod. Watch them writhe. Or possibly confess that they can’t actually hear any difference. Share this post? No related posts.
Austin, TX. Shorter World Media: For some reason, terrorism doesn’t count if it’s directed against women and their health care providers. From zuzu. Share this post? Related posts: Friday Feminism on the run: Nice Guys (TM) redux and what makes an ideal husband and father Sing it, sister Maybe they need Bruce Willis for the voiceover Sometimes the Onion really… Read more →
My son is officially addicted to I Can Has Cheezburger?, with all those cats-with-slogans postcards that are now generically known as lolcats. He keeps sending me his favourites, which do make me laugh, and is now beginning to ask for things using the lolcats syntax, which makes me laugh less. As a pendant of long standing, I prefer my lolcats… Read more →
I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn’t know what our neighbors were- we didn’t care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward. Our lives revolve around it now…. Read more →
Ilyka’s been a tad busy, and not had much time for blogging this month. She’s been paying attention though, and is not best impressed. Share this post? Related posts: More outrage over sex ed for youngsters: The Hormone Factory Linkoree Sing it, sister Grrrr.
I’ve been making some soap. It’s like magic, cold process soapmaking. Take one jug of super-concentrated lye solution, about the most corrosive, dangerous chemical ordinary people can buy, though in some areas it’s becoming scarce as part of the War Against Drugs. Add lyewater to one huge pot of grease. I use all vegetable oils, and superfat to around 5-8%… Read more →
Shorter Camille Paglia: young women who “hookup” for sex are degrading themselves terribly and should be less slutty, and if only one of those silly sluts had given the VTech shooter a mercy fuck then they wouldn’t be dead, which serves them right. It doesn’t really surprise me that Paglia would say something so self-contradictory as she beats her favourite… Read more →
Just over 3 years ago I had breast reduction mammoplasty surgery. At the time I clunkily coded my own webpage detailing the events pre and post op. (some of my invisible listserv friends said “you should blog this” and I said “what is blog” silly me) Anyway, here’s the gory story. Anyone considering such surgery themselves, please feel free to… Read more →
Hoyden was down for a few hours yesterday, and because we’re cheapskates we chose a webhost without 24/7 tech support, so we couldn’t contact them on our public holiday. Normally the webhost lets us know if they’ve scheduled server outages on public holidays etc, but not a peep from them this time, so I dunno. Sorry if you missed a… Read more →
We will remember them. Lest We Forget. The Dawn Service observed on ANZAC Day has its origins in an operational routine which is still observed by the Australian Army today. The half-light of dawn plays tricks with soldiers’ eyes and from the earliest times the half-hour or so before dawn, with all its grey, misty shadows, became one of the… Read more →