Femmostroppo Reader April 13, 2011

Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
n.b. Comments threads have not necessarily been read. Some may be NSFW or triggering, so please report back any problems you encounter so the post can be marked.

  • What The Office Does Right That 30 Rock Does Not [TV Correspondent Tryout]
  • – “I began to realize why it made me so uncomfortable; it’s in fact the show’s greatest strength. The Office, unlike other shows that deal with this topic on a regular basis, is not interested in teaching white viewers lessons about race and racism. It is interested in providing its POC viewers with a catharsis, a chance to see their daily experiences validated by mainstream media.”

  • Feminism makes boners sad.
  • – “Why are so many women sexually unsatisfied? Romance novels, definitely. ”

  • helen kelly on the hobbit dispute
  • – “peter jackson and his “camp” have been responsible for a huge attack on workers rights and got another massive handout out from nz taxpayers on top of that. i’m not sure how these people sleep at night, but i guess an additional $30 million would help quite a bit.”

  • There Is No Gender Wage Gap, Silly Women. Part 1.
  • – Echidne dissects some resurrected wage gap myths.

  • There Is No Gender Wage Gap, Silly Women. Part 2.
  • – Echidne debunks the latest round of wage gap myths

  • Bob Ellis is a sexist dinosaur
  • – “He’s using the Bible and some long-gone sitcoms to justify perving at women in the shower or having sex? Seriously? And someone at the ABC thought it was ok to publish this rubbish?”

  • #thingsfatpeoplearetold: Suggested Readings
  • – So go read!

  • Hey, let’s start the food craziness as young as we can.
  • – “A school in Chicago is actually banning homemade lunches (unless a kid has allergies).”

  • Sheehan’s mental meandering
  • – “tell me, Sheehan, you know this how? I don’t know any woman who thinks shoes give her power.”

  • Montana State Rep calls for gays that ‘recruit’ go to jail for 10 years
  • – arrrrgggghhhh

  • Rape is so rock and roll
  • – “So I decided to finally read The Dirt the Mötley Crüe bio.

    I got to this chapter (by Nikki Sixx) and I thought I’d share it with you all:

    *TRIGGER WARNING THE FOLLOWING IS A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF RAPE*”

  • indefensible: With respect, this is how that tweet…
  • – “Spoken like someone who has not experienced the Melbourne comedy scene from the inside.”

  • Ableism in Comedy, Ableism in “Support”
  • – “This singular sentence is the one part of the whole issue that most insults me. This is an organisation designed to help people like me become more independent over time. It’s an organisation that I was hoping to use to help me gain some of the skills that I’ve not been taught in growing up. But apparently, it’s an organisation that thinks that I don’t exist. According to its CEO, people with “mild Aspergers” are incapable of defending themselves. People who can defend themselves can’t possibly be autistic. Or adult. Or an independent member of society.”

  • Disney Princess Grapes?
  • – “it wasn’t the branding of food that interested me. But there is something unfamiliar to me about the associating of grapes with Disney. ”

  • Sydney Morning Herald: Racist? Angry? The answer may be in a pill
  • – “Is moral behavior so hard to achieve that we need to drug people up in order to achieve it? What does that say about Western culture?”

  • Adipositivity 475: Dude Week!
  • – “Self-explanatory. A week. Of dudes. They’re fat. Adipose: Of or relating to fat. Positivity: Characterized by or displaying acceptance or affirmation. MISSION: The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that’s normally unseen. The hope is to widen definitions of physical beauty.”

  • links for 2011-04-11
  • – “We can’t ignore ‘the little stuff,’ because that’s It—that’s the stuff, that’s the fertile soil in which everything else takes root and from whence everything else springs, that’s the way that the fundamental idea of inequality is conveyed over and over and over again.”

  • Eyes Tightly Shut. More on the Brazilian School Killings and Media
  • – “Guess what? The press outside Brazil firmly refuses to notice that ten of the twelve killed were girls, with the exception of the British Guardian…”

  • Hollywood Hates Saying Goodbye
  • – They also hate having to look for parking spots – MAGIC GAPS JUST APPEAR!

  • Weekly Roundup and Open Thread [April 11th 2011]
  • – 33 links of interest

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4 replies

  1. Bob Ellis is truly a disgusting individual.

  2. thanx so much for the linky love. i really hope people will read the full account by helen kelly. personally, i love “the hobbit” but there is no way peter jackson will ever get another cent out of me. like others have said, i’m just going to sit it out until the films screen on free-to-air tv.

    • @orlando, I deliberately waited to read Bob Ellis’ article until just before I was heading off for my shower. I knew I’d need it.
      @stargazer, the actions of the hobbit production company are classic bullying-boss exploitation, and it’s shameful the way governments everywhere are cowering and capitulating to corporatist propaganda about how the economy will suffer if they aren’t allowed to act like feudal overlords.
      @Boganette. the thing that struck me hardest about that incident is exactly how, as you said, he could confess a rape, named as exactly that by himself, in a book and have it not make headlines. Just what rockers do, eh?

  3. Thanks for including me! Great round-up I can’t wait to read everything on here. Cheers.

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