Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments. Shameless self-promotion entirely welcome!
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- The TV show that had ALL the complex and strong female characters: Battlestar Galactica
- Acting Queer: Dis-jointed Thoughts on “Playing Gay”
- I Had The Time of My Life–Dirty Dancing, Remakes, and Battles We’re Still Fighting
- Why Variance Matters: Race, Education, and Income
- Reader question #93: I want to move away. My boyfriend is holding me back. What do I do?
- Down Under Feminists’ Carnival XL – submissions open!
- The artist behind “What if male superheroes dressed like Wonder Woman?”
- links for 2011-08-12
- On Making Diabetics the Demons
– “It’s been almost two and a half years since the last episode of Battlestar Galactica aired. It’s been two and a half years since we’ve had a show where a diverse group of women played a central role in a major sci-fi production. Am I the only one who misses not only the show but the possibilities that the show presented?”
– “It’s two slightly different situations, but with fundamentally the same questions being asked: when someone (assumed to be straight) play-acts at being (in some way not-straight), to what extent is that acting appropriating the sexual desires of actual non-straight individuals, and to what extent are they perhaps acknowledging their own fluidity or ambiguity of desire. And does it matter on a political or cultural level that these incidents happen? It it does, then how so?”
– Not just a romantic movie, a deeply political movie
– “in modern American culture, sex is practically the only sin there is. When’s the last time a Christian kid got thrown out of the house because they coveted others’ possessions or they made fun of a homeless person? When’s the last time a Christian lawmaker made hyperbolic, slightly-unhinged-sounding promises to a church group to fight the sin of avarice? When’s the last time churches protested a movie because it depicted violence?”
– great illustration of why just looking at averages doesn’t give one enough information
– Putting your own needs first is OK, really.
– Queen of Thorns will be hosting the next carnival
– Some great thoughts here
– from Racialicious
– “What I want to talk about in this context is Ms Weiner’s demonisation of diabetes, especially as using it as a death threat.”