Femmostroppo Reader – July 13, 2009

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

  • One guilty radio station and a bunch of Guilty Women (with one bloke)
  • – “The criticism of Triple-J is warranted. There is a sense of betrayal as many of us feasted on Triple-J in our 20s and early 30s. They seemed hip and above the usual sexual politics of the industry. But Triple-J is mainstream now (no matter how hip they think they are) and I don’t care what the mainstream thinks. It doesn’t cater for my tastes and I’m not interested in my favourite musicians being validated by a poll.

    If you are upset folks then leave Triple-J behind. The wonders of the internet will allow you to discover many more artists than commercial radio will allow. “

    Shauna then recommends a whole bunch of awesome musical women (and one bloke). Watch the video.

  • Cheney Hid CIA Program From Congress
  • – “The CIA withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress during the Bush administration on direct orders from then-Vice President Dick Cheney, current CIA director Leon Panetta told members of Congress, a knowledgeable source confirmed to CNN. “

  • An Unwanted Hand On Your Thigh
  • – Echidne asks good questions

  • Transphobic Assault on a Woman in Queens
  • – “When Carmella announced that she was calling the police, her attackers responded that “the police don’t care about you, they won’t do anything to us.” The sad fact is that in most circumstances they would have been correct. So good for the police for proving them wrong for once by seemingly doing their jobs.”

  • Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • – Renee’s weekly linkfest

  • I am not Bruno
  • – “Some members of our community will not be offended by this film. Others, like those of us at GLAAD, find it frustrating and discouraging to be confronted with a movie that wants to increase America’s discomfort with homophobia, but which for much of America, seems likely to decrease its comfort with gay people.”

    A gay American man of Germanic descent has just heard himself described as “a Bruno” for the first time. Thanks, Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Ad Nauseum: Masterchef and fear of food
  • – cognitive dissonance galore

  • Gender (I)
  • – “…Judith Butler discussing the meaning of gender. She gives one simple example and it has stayed with me. What is about gender that is so powerful that people get killed for transgressing gender boundaries?”

  • Listen Up, Al Gore
  • – “I can’t conceive of a more colossally stupid thing to say than the people who object to Brüno don’t “get that Cohen’s playing on stereotypes,” given that the major complaint from its detractors is the very fact that he’s playing on stereotypes. Yeesh.”



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