Femmostroppo Reader – July 5, 2009

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

  • Palin does a Latham
  • – Probably inscrutable to non-Aussies (nb. one disappointing line in there that I’ve challenged him on in comments)

  • Christians and "Civility"
  • – “But leaving aside the question of whether it’s possible to be “uncivil” to someone who isn’t even part of the conversation, there is another strain of argument we hear all the time: that disagreeing with Christians, criticizing or even examining their beliefs and finding them wanting, is in some way inherently “uncivil.”

    I contend that it isn’t, for a lot of reasons. “

  • The Supposedly Liberal Doods Are STILL Odiously Hypersexualizing Sarah Palin
  • – A short and valid point.

  • Barracuda
  • – “I do not believe for a moment that this is about taking time off to prepare for 2012. Nothing I know about Sarah Palin leads me to believe that she would give up power voluntarily, let alone for something that is such a long shot, and in such a transparently self-destructive way. “

  • Semantics, Gender, and 'Cis' [Speaker for the Diodes]
  • – Great 101 on trans/cis terminology

  • Thoughts on disability and respectful language
  • – Bookmark this one for a clear outline on the competing models of disability and the language used to describe disability

  • Profound insight of the day
  • – “When a man falls for a bitchy but good looking woman, they don’t say men like bitchy women. They say men like cute women.

    When a woman falls for a good looking asshole, they don’t say women like attractive guys. They say women like assholes.

    Double standard much?”



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7 replies

  1. Hey Tigtog,
    I’m going to be posting about this in my space when I get back from my wee trip, but y’all have a bigger soap box than me, and I think such info needs to be shared:
    Baen Books offers free e-books (their entire catalogue) to ppl with reading disabilities, either visual problems or problems holding books.

  2. @ Anna:
    I’ve liked Baen for years, and this just makes me like them more. How about we crosspost your post when it’s ready for publication?

  3. Having read the CIS-101 article back to back with the one on disability description, I’m wondering if we should be referring to the temporarily able-bodied as cis-abled. I know it’s not meant as an insult, but I always feel slightly spiteful when I call someone a TAB.

  4. I quite like the acronym TAB, Deus; it’s a bit of appealing, gently-mocking black humour as well as a descriptive term. It recall’s Tyler Durden’s “on a long enough timeline, everyone’s survival rate drops to zero”.
    In the cis-101 article I also like the idea of identifying as “bio-man”, but I think I’d need a suit, a cape, and a catchy theme.

  5. I don’t think it’s necessarily spiteful DEM. Maybe you could think of it as The Able Bodied?
    For me cis is starting to have connotations of gender identity, so for me to say cis-abled is othering people who might be trans-abled (if that makes sense) etc.

  6. For me, “cis-abled” just doesn’t make sense – unless you think “cis” means “normal” in some way?
    “Cis-abled” would mean that someone’s own mind map of their abilities matches their body’s abilities. By that definition, I’m cis-abled.
    The term “trans-abled” or transabled has been used by people whose mindmap doesn’t match; for example, people who feel they need certain limb amputations in order to feel comfortable in their body.

  7. Thanks Lauredhel, that makes a lot more sense than I was making.

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