Femmostroppo Reader August 22, 2011

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!
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.

– “In order to avoid having the same three conversations over and over again, I present to you the Corpulent Declaration.”

– “Why? Because girl, and girls lie to get attention. Because disabled, and disabled people lie because… well, we don’t know why, but it has to be true, right? And because who would rape one of them, right? Because administration, and avoiding legal liability is more important than protecting a girl from repeated attacks by one of her classmates.”

– “I’m apparently what they call “high-functioning,” but I don’t like the term very much; the division feels artificial and the inherent value judgement is off-putting. I’m not less autistic, it’s really just that I communicate in a way allistic people seem to understand most of the time.”

– “Additionally, these surgeries require lots of follow up from medical professionals permanently. Blood tests are needed to check for malnourishment, supplements need to be calculated to fit those needs, complications need immediate medical intervention and may arise years after the surgery, etc. In the US women need a degree of economic privilege in order to get health insurance, so they may be dependent upon husbands or corporations which exploit them for life as a result of the one time decision to have WLS. Younger people are being encouraged to have the surgery, including some teenagers, who don’t have the means as adults to monitor their post-surgery health.”

– “The deployment of “African” in African history tends to coalesce into obscurantist constructions of identities that allow scholars, for instance, to subtly call into question the humanity of “all” Africans. Whenever Asante rulers sold non-Asantes into slavery, they did not construct it in terms of Africans selling fellow Africans.

They saw the victims for what they were, for instance, as Akuapems, without categorizing them as fellow Africans. Equally, when Christian Scandinavians and Russians sold war captives to the Islamic people of the Abbasid Empire, they didn’t think that they were placing fellow Europeans into slavery.”

– “Unfortunately, the idiots and shysters demanding destructive revenge aren’t just damaging their own country – they’re wrecking the country for everyone. Worse, and with more long-term damage, than the rioters.”

– “Stefano Puntoni and his colleagues found that when women were exposed to gender cues, like the color pink, they were less likely than women who had not been primed with a gender cue to think that they might someday get breast cancer and to say that they’d be willing to donate to the cause. Pink, in other words, decreased both their willingness to fund research and the seriousness with which women took the disease.”

– “Numerous studies show that it would be more cost effective to administer a universal single payer health system in the United States. As a utilitarian at heart, I don’t understand why we are not doing this, but Tristan pointed out the error in my ways. ‘You,’ he said, ‘are thinking about what is most cost effective, beneficial for public health, and also socially responsible.’ Silly me.

Because much of the resistance to the provision of health services in this country is actually about moral panic.”

– “If you think it might be interesting for women to make Bess more than a “plot device,” as Audra McDonald puts it, or to have African Americans rework a story about African Americans, originally written by white men, then tell others about this embattled show.”

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7 replies

  1. Is this place new? Because I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before.

  2. I also liked this post from An Onymous Lefty: London Riots caused by people doing that thing I don’t like.

  3. Hee – I also liked Ben Pobjie’s London Riots piece: http://newmatilda.com/2011/08/18/we-need-tough-love-keep-peace

  4. Yes, we’re kinda new. Launched in June. Re: nav-menu organisation it’s a freaking nightmare, doesn’t matter which way we set them, it buggers up on someones computer, so we’ve gone for the option which looks best on most comps, clearly yours doesn’t fit into that category!
    Always looking for contributions so please do contact us if you haven’t anything to say.

    • feminaust – perhaps you need to create a second custom-menu for some of those pages, and stick it in the sidebar? Then you could take those pages out of the top-nav, and have it much less cluttered.

  5. Hmmmm, good point. Will explore!

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