Femmostroppo Reader – January 15, 2010

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

  • How Dare You Question Me
  • – “I’m continually amazed that anyone can consider Pat Robertson a man of compassion and love.”

  • Swedish Court Decides Sexual Assault is Not a Crime
  • – “Sexual predators have a tendency to enact their violence in ways they think they are most likely to get away with, and take cues from social attitudes and the judicial system in terms of which victims are seen to be the least sympathetic, most marginalized, and most unrapeable — so thinking that no sexual predator will read of this decision and start acting accordingly is naive at best.”

  • Killing an Abortion Doctor Might Be Voluntary Manslaughter, Not Murder
  • – “Watch out women of Kansas who want an abortion — you could be the next victim of voluntary manslaughter (not murder). After all, if stopping the doctor from performing the abortion is justified, then so would stopping the woman who is seeking it, right?”

  • The girlfriend equation
  • – “In his paper, “Why I don’t have a girlfriend,” the Ph.D. candidate in economics employs an equation typically used to estimate the number of highly evolved alien life forms in our galaxy. I would make a crack about his single status having a little something to do with his thinking about women as “alien life forms,” but, truth is, the paper is so clever and comically self-deprecating that it is utterly endearing. I mean, reading it made me whimper like I’d seen a speckled pup.”

  • Fridays are link-tacular
  • Carnival Against Sexual Violence 86
  • Admit Two: Australian Companion Card scheme up and running
  • – “Before the scheme came into being, people who had service animals could legally take them anywhere without extra payment, but people who had human carers had to pay extra. How did that make sense?”

  • My New Job
  • – “This is a thing to keep in mind whenever you read about a new law taking shape or being passed. If the new law does not explicitly identify standards and procedures, and if it does not explicitly identify service providers, and if those service providers do not actually exist in your community, you now have a pretty good idea of the intentions of the lawmakers. Passing a law that is undefined and inaccessible is passing a law you don’t want to see enforced.”

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