Femmostroppo Reader – January 27, 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.

  • The Dangerous Desire to Adopt Haitian Babies
  • – “Adoptee bloggers who also study adoption academically — among them Harlow’s Monkey and A Birth Project — are deeply concerned about the parallels to massive child extraction events like Operation Babylift. These were not shining humanitarian moments. Many of the adopted children found out later that they had parents and siblings left behind who wanted them, or even relatives in the United States who were searching for them.”

  • Women of Steel honoured at last
  • – “Ruby Gascoigne, 87, Dorothy Slingsby and Kathleen Roberts, both 88, and Kit Sollitt, 90, all worked traditional male roles for half the men’s pay packet during the war, only to be sacked with a few hours’ notice when the men returned. They had received no official recognition for their work until now.”

  • Rainbow Brite Receives a Makeover
  • – “I’m tired of the idea that, as Anna puts it, “there’s something wrong with being a round-faced child that’s all child-shaped.” I’m tired of the fact that girls specifically aren’t allowed to look like kids. I’m tired of the idea that it’s not enough for female heroes to just be badasses, but they also have to be all primped up and mindful of their weight.”

  • Less focus on the scale, more on the muscle?
  • – “I will say that this survey’s results does explain the cultural horror and fascination with Michelle Obama’s arms. Who knew that so many people are wigged out by even the mildest evidence of strength? “

  • Can Andrew Bolt walk and chew gum at the same time?
  • – “the idea that an individual, or a government, might work to deal with multiple issues simultaneously doesn’t seem to hold water with the Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt, as he has leapt back into the fray this week.”

  • More stripes
  • – “This is the second in what I predict will be a not so very occasional series about Tony Abbott.”

  • did woollies buy Australia Day?
  • – “The one area that once seemed to be typically Australian, our inclination to not to take ourselves too seriously, is not often seen.”

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2 replies

  1. Thanks for the link, tigtog. I continued to be flabbergasted by the things Father Abbott comes out with.

  2. Looking at pictures of Haitian babies makes me want to save them all as well. But I realise that the best way to do that is to support the people looking after them in their own country, because that way Haiti has a future too.

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