Femmostroppo Reader – June 24, 2009

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Original ABWs: Harriet Tubman
  • – “I needed this role model, as a young black girl. Despite all my exposure to Afrocentric history, I got the same treatment as most other black girls whenever I showed my anger: the people around me tried their damnedest to suppress it.”

  • Deep Thought Of The Day
  • – “Feminism really turns into something very different depending on what your basic definition might be, even if you are unaware of that basic definition”

  • Media Coverage of Uighurs in Bermuda
  • – “Indeed. These are men who were falsely imprisoned as a supposed threat and then remained at Guantamo for years since they were declared innocent and no threat to the U.S. Why are images of them enjoying themselves and living in a nice house and eating ice cream so problematic and offensive?”

  • an exercise in non sequitur thinking
  • – “It’s offensive enough that she’s even provided with paid writing work but you’d think the woman would be forced to actually follow the basic tenets of opinion writing. Namely, have one.”

  • "All the mothers want forgiveness; all the fathers want applause"
  • – “In 1880, 70 percent of people lived in households with children under the age of fifteen; by 1920, that number had fallen to 55 percent.” By 1990 those numbers had fallen by roughly the same amount; the number of people living in households with children went down to about a third, making the number of adults actively parenting children “a statistical minority” today.”

  • Wouldn’t A Wife Be Great!?
  • – “First, the business relies on and reproduces the very idea of “wife.” As the website makes clear, wives are people who (a) make your life more pleasurable by taking care of details and daily life-maintenance (such as running errands), (b) organize special events in your life (such as holidays), and (c) deal with work-intensive home-related burdens (such as moving), all in while perfectly coiffed and in high heels!

    Second, the business only makes sense in a world where “real” wives are obsolete.”

  • Yes, We're Gay
  • – Just watch the video/read the transcript

  • The Narcissism of John McCain
  • – “I have yet to hear what possible good it would do for the President of the United States to encourage the protesters, except to give the Iranian regime a better excuse for killing more of them. McCain’s bleatings are either for domestic political consumption or self-satisfaction, a form of hip-shooting onanism that demonstrates why he would have been a foreign policy disaster had he been elected.”

  • Who Is This "Hard Left" Of Whom You Speak?
  • – “none of the people I have known, in a long life of knowing leftists, has been “fine with dictatorship”. None of them has the slightest interest in the “suppression of freedom”, or “intrusiveness in all aspects of life”. Like most people, they would prefer that the policies they think are best get adopted, but none of them would want to impose those policies by force if they lost the political argument. “

  • (title unknown)
  • – “This is how it’s done. The right wing stages a hissy fit accusing the so-called liberal media of being in the tank for Obama. And the so-called liberal media, which is more afraid of being called the liberal media than being seen as corporate whores, stooges or fools, bends over backwards to ensure that every right wing talking point is aired with the authority of Zeus.” from digby

  • New York Times Frames Sex Selection As Culturally “Asian”
  • – “The article explains the preference for boy children as “cultural,” as if Chinese, Indian, and Korean cultures, alone, expressed a desire to have at least one boy child. Since white and black Americans do not show a n unlikely disproportion of boy children, the implication is that a preference for boys is not a cultural trait of the U.S.

    Actually, it is: […]”

  • Queen Latifah speaks out on sexual abuse
  • – “I have been a fan of Queen Latifah for…well, forever. And I think it’s wonderful that she’s talking about her experience in a way that recognizes just how common sexual abuse is. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that 15-33% of females and 13-16% of males were sexually abused as children.”

  • Salon’s wingnut explains why straight guys get to have Teh Sexx, but not anyone else
  • – “(And how do you like the idea that family, hard work and honesty are “center right” values? How is the relentless lying about sex, politics, and foreign policy—everything, really—from conservatives “honesty”? How is the routine valuing of straight white men over women and minorities who work their asses off valuing hard work? And let’s not even get into the idea that “family” is a value—that really shows how much conservatives really don’t value families, that families, which are something most people have and are composed of living human beings, are more of a political “value” than a real thing.)”

  • And then I screamed, and they knew what part we were at
  • – “Guess what! I just watched Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned or whatever the Christmas Special with the Titanic was. Let me ruin the plot for you:

    There’s this guy, in a wheelchair, …”

  • What We Missed
  • – links from Feministing

  • Feminism meets Father's Day
  • – “Stories about girls learning their place in the world are typically reserved for Mother’s Day — because, heck, what’s a father have to do with womanhood or femininity?

    Looking at Clio’s story, the answer should be clear: A whole heckuva lot. “In that moment, I knew that my father did not respect me,” she writes. “My brothers would go through the world as men, while I was supposed to go through the world for men. Men were full people, and I was not. What’s more, I was supposed to embrace that role, and any rejection of it was a problem with me, not with the world.” Some women successfully fight against that kind of nasty paternal influence, others internalize it, and many, maybe most, struggle somewhere in between those two extremes. I don’t bring this up ahead of Father’s Day to say: Pssh, dads suck, they don’t even deserve their own day! I bring it up to point out just how profoundly important they are.”

  • Texas strip club sues kidnapped 14-year-old forced to work as a stripper
  • – “A strip club hired a fourteen-year-old girl as a stripper. She h
    ad been kidnapped, assaulted, and was forced to work as a stripper. Now the club is suing her, as well as her kidnapper. They claim she lied about being 22, blah blah, legal problems.

    Do people even think about this shit any more? Are they nuts?”

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