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W. H. Auden
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By blue milk on June 17, 2012
Look at Dolly Parton in her Mad Men era, isn’t she beautiful? Parton is famous for her sly winking ‘dumb blonde’ routine but she is obviously incredibly talented as a recognised and award-winning singer-songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, actor and philanthropist – she’s donated huge amounts of money to literacy programs in the USA. She has composed […]
By tigtog on June 17, 2012
This particular nugget comes from Pharyngula, where a post from PZ addressing rape culture led to a predictable influx of the usual victim-blaming rape myths as if they were commensense truths, leading to a predictably forceful pushback from the Pharyngulites, who do not let that crap stand. If readers would like to add their own favourite links addressing rape myths/culture in comments, I’d really like to see them.
Posted in ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, language, parenting, relationships, violence | Tagged abuse, nuggets of awesome, rape apologism, rape culture, rape myths, sexual assault | 10 Responses
By Mindy on June 15, 2012
Guess what word gets you banned from participating in a debate on an abortion bill in Michigan.
By Helen on June 13, 2012
Helen Razer doesn’t even like Lingerie Football League. She makes that clear in this article. But she goes to the wall to defend it against “feminist” (Boo!) critics. Somehow I feel compelled to reply, although it’s about as tempting as stripping nearly naked in Melbourne winter weather and running around on soggy grass. Other writers […]
By tigtog on June 13, 2012
Every time women on the internet point out how routine it is for a woman’s mere presence on the internet to provoke squadrons of flying he-man-she-hater monkeys to post floods of vile abuse, someone reckons that it’s not really that bad and women should just get thicker skins/lighten up/stop whining etc.
By Mindy on June 9, 2012
Just when you think you have got it right, you find out how wrong you are.
By tigtog on June 9, 2012
I know this is everywhere at the moment, but I’ve put up this post to assist bookmarking this delightful video for future deployment against infestations of sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic, cowardly, illiterate, wastes of human skin: Thank You Hater by Isabel Fay
By tigtog on June 4, 2012
…when they see skimpily covered attractive flesh? Then why do we never hear of summer sun-seekers being attacked by rapists in the middle of large sunlit crowds at public squares and parks and beaches? The skimpily covered attractive flesh is there in maximum abundance, but somehow the attacks just don’t happen when there are plenty of surrounding eyewitnesses and CC-TV?
By blue milk on June 4, 2012
Reading Clementine Ford’s piece in Daily Life on teenage sexuality something struck me about the young girls she was describing. The arrival of One Direction certainly took Australia by storm – mostly because nobody outside of the 12-17 year old teen girl bracket and a handful of their mothers had ever heard of them. But […]
By blue milk on June 4, 2012
I have chosen the Pulitzer-prize winning writer, Jennifer Egan for this Sunday because she has just published a short story/poem on Twitter and the writing is brilliant and the medium is perfect. As others have noted, it is kind of refreshing to see a big serious writer embrace Twitter, too: Some authors have a dismissive […]
By tigtog on June 3, 2012
Rebecca Watson won’t be going to TAM this year, and I think she’s absolutely right to take this stand after DJ Grothe’s statements.
By blue milk on June 2, 2012
Here at BBC News is that typical ‘women are their own worst enemy’ article. It is conveniently titled, “Are women their own worst enemy when it comes to the top job?” Research compiled by BBC News shows women are under-represented in many of Britain’s top jobs – from the boardroom and the courtroom, to politics […]
By tigtog on June 1, 2012
From The F-Word Blog by Philippa Willitts – a comprehensive outline of common accessibility issues that ought to be considered by those running any social justice event.