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.
- Gizmodo: "Baby's First Cubicle: The Most Depressing Toy Ever?"
- Stupid can’t be cured with a degree
- Tina Fey and What She Means to Women
- The Men of True Blood?
- racism, humour and the perception filter
- On Triggers, Continued
- The Importance of Consent in Everyday Situations
- Today in Rape Culture
- Tell 'Em, JK!
- But Was She Wearing High Heels?
- The Work of Making Femininity Look Effortless
– one for the WTF file
– “What’s forgotten in all this is that most college-educated people don’t get degrees in journalism, philosophy, literature, or public policy and then go on to have careers in media or law. Anyone who’s worked at a college can tell that half the students at any given time are business majors. And then you have computer science and all those other majors with a direct career path laid out for you. And guess what! People with those degrees start making more money right out of the gate. According to this article, the most lucrative degrees are engineering, computer science, and business, and the least are all on the liberal arts end of the scale. The “liberal elite” are poorer than the people sneering at them.”
– “I think we need to be careful when we take out our anger at pop culture for how it portrays women on the women who are doing the portrayals. “
– Renee examines a magazine photospread and wonders what happened to Lafayette?
– Shiny’s take on @NickSowden’s #obama730 tweets
– “A trigger warning does not promise to protect readers of potentially triggering material, but provide them with the opportunity to decide whether they need to protect themselves”
– “It’s wrong to take a person’s consent to one activity as consent to all related activities. And while those of us in anti-violence work already recognize this, it’s more than time to extend the principle beyond sex.
Many feminists and disability rights activists have made the argument long before I have, but I think it’s worth a repeat and a revisit. What if we didn’t assume our right to touch in everyday, non-sexual situations? What if we didn’t just take for granted that a certain touch will be okay?”
– “The fact that someone bought this horse, and when tasked with coming up with a name for her, landed on No Means Yes, can only further speak to just how pervasive rape culture is.
I’m further disappointed because I’m privy to the knowledge that people by and large take naming their horses very, very, seriously. It’s almost a discipline all its own, coming up with the perfect name for a horse. Sometimes that name is some combination of the horse’s parents, sometimes it’s a touching tribute to someone else, other times it’s an inside joke. That’s why it’s even more upsetting, because when given the opportunity to name this runner and give her a moniker that she’d race with for all of her days, the idea that consent is a constant that is also given through use of the word “no” was the best this owner could do. “
– “JK Rowling writes an awesome column (“The Single Mother’s Manifesto”) explaining why she doesn’t vote conservative, despite having becoming incredibly wealthy—and although it’s specifically about British politics, it is, as you’d expect, widely applicable:”
– “What is clear from this thread and others is that there is a very real pro-rape lobby. They talk the language of disbelieving, but when push comes to shove . . . these trolls really do understand that women get raped when they are most vulnerable—but they are in favor of it. Whether they are actually men who hate women, or are women who hate other women, we can’t know. There are a number of possible motives for these sentiments. But they’re not really in denial—that’s a facade they drop when pressed. In fact, they’re just pro-rape. They think it ought to be open-season for predators on certain women in certain circumstances.”
– “Origins aside, the list reminded me of a debate that’s been raised on this blog about the modern performance of femininity: Does our culture value femininity that obviously requires work, or that which appears effortless?”