Femmostroppo Reader – February 8, 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.

  • Misogyny in Music: Art vs Science
  • – “Generally what happens is this: I’m driving along, listening to a new song, usually enjoying it – maybe even for the first few times I hear it. And then I really listen to the lyrics, and there’s a grunching moment. There’s rape culture, right there on my radio, right there in the songs crowds are rocking out to at this years’ festivals. Right there in the words being joyfully screamed out from moshpits everywhere. And it’s bloody depressing.”

  • Islam And Feminism | Muslim Feminists
  • – “This patronising discourse arrogantly assumes the way to overcome patriarchy is to abandon Islam and adopt ”Western values”. How can a constructive effort to improve the situation of women begin when the conversation is so unsophisticated, demeaning and primitive?”

  • Battlestar Galactica: Disability In Space
  • – “Despite the fact that some people turn up their noses at science fiction and all it stands for, it is often the most striking television in terms of depicting equality;”

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5 replies

  1. I Am Not Cake hits the nail on the head with her post about song lyrics.

  2. In my RSS feed at Gavin Robinson’s Investigation at a Dog is his noting of what he and we know is common: men do things, women have things happen to them…
    “Lady Brilliana Harley is famous for taking charge of the defence of her home when it was besieged by the king’s soldiers. This was something she did. She wasn’t a passive object that things just happened to.”
    Now it is possible that the enquirer whose search led to his post wanted to know about Lady Brilliana Harley after the Civil War, but it’s still a fair point.
    I note that in reports of motorcycle crashes, motorcyclists lose control or hit cars, but when it’s a car crash, it’s the car doing these things, not the driver. I’m not sure what this says about minorities and responsibility compared to the do/happen that Gavin points out.

  3. Don’t read the comments on the SMH article about Islamic Feminism…they are (as to be expected from SMH commentors) obnoxious and infuriating. Just finished having a rant about it at my place.
    .-= fuckpoliteness´s last blog ..First take the plank out of your own eye… =-.

  4. Oooh, no comment reading! I know that much. But it’s an eloquent piece on how religion and women’s rights do not have to be mutually excusive, and how the idea that women must give up Islam to be equal is not only childishly simplistic, but insulting. I agree; the idea is an ugly offshoot of colonialism and the idea that only Westeners (America, the UK in the last centuries) can bring “civilization”.
    When I look at the religious right in the US and how they desire to severely curtail women’s rights, I don’t understand how they can claim that Christian “values” are better with a straight face. The hypocrisy, it burns.

  5. On science fiction and disability: (I read the linked entry.) I read (on audio cassette due to print disabled = asthma from print) a lot of science fiction, including the magazine the US Library of Congress reading service for disabled (called NLS), Asimov’s Science Fiction. Yet, disability in science fiction both mirrors the same stereotypes as in the mainstream media and at the same time, almost no fiction has improved on wheelchairs! One example in a recent short story was use of “assisted suicide”, which I oppose (see http://www.notdeadyet.org)(it’s the website that linked to lauredhel on here). I read two or three English online news (and sometimes the Sidney Morning Herald) and have noticed the wave of “assisted suicide” propaganda. Having CFS/ME, I have had a strong reaction to the murder of a young woman with ME in England. It makes me laugh, more wry than happy, that a piece of fiction just took a character hundreds of years into the future, and into a wheelchair exactly like the one I use to exit my home (due to CFS/ME). Egads.

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