Femmostroppo Reader – April 20, 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.

  • Snowflakes and the Meme
  • – “In any case, I just thought it was quite amazing to consider how every human generation prior to Bentley did not know about the snowflake and, today, because of the advantage that human culture gives each new generation, nearly every child learns to appreciates their beauty.”

  • This Terrifies Me
  • – “In one instance, popular opinion and the business community are telling PWDs to go away or be invisible. In the other instance, the state government is telling immigrants to go away or be invisible. Both are premised on the acceptance of the idea that it’s ok to look at a minority group of people and reject them, as a group.”

  • Where did all the angry young women go?
  • – “Keenan’s surprise at the numbers of youthful anti-choice activists should not have made her shake her head at the passivity of those on her side, but to consider instead that her ideological foes have apparently found a way to respect the next generation and perhaps to harness its power.”

  • We Need More Right-Wing Television
  • – “This casts serious doubt on the idea, the old-and-smudged-and-ripped idea that the media is left-wing. Actually, Americans wouldn’t recognize a left wing if it flapped right in their faces, given all the comments about Obama being a socialist and such.”

  • Farewell, Bridget Jones
  • – “I’ve harped on this plenty, but it bears repeating. Society treats women as though it’s our highest calling to make a man want to marry us—even if that requires giving up on education, career and financial security. It’s never his responsibility to drop everything to find the right woman, or to accept her for who she is. Nor does anyone expect him to be tormented by the possibility of winding up alooooone. The stereotype of the desperate singleton with the empty wine glass and cats and a pint of ice cream is reserved only for the despised single female.”

  • Trouble
  • – “[Arundhati Roy]’s persistent forensic examination of so much that prefers not to be seen or revealed has ensured she has become the Pin-up Hate Girl for an array of Hindu ultra-nationalists, self-interested corrupt politicians and their equally corrupt parties, petty industrialists and members of India’s political castes.”

  • Men are too picky about dating
  • – “…men imagine themselves less picky about looks because they don’t even see the women they reject.”

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