Femmostroppo Reader September 25, 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.

  • Aboriginal DNA dates Australian arrival
  • – “DNA sequencing of a 100-year-old lock of hair has established Aboriginal Australians have had a longer continuous association with the land than any other race of people…Sequencing of a West Australian Aboriginal man’s hair shows he was directly descended from a migration out of Africa into Asia that took place about 70,000 years ago.”

  • Dear Facebook: Rape Is No Joke
  • – “According to Facebook’s terms of service, users are not permitted to post content that is hateful, threatening or incites violence. But it appears that, in the minds of the Facebook powers-that-be, pages that encourage rape don’t violate that rule.”

  • – “all about the tragedy of a father discovering his son had been taught about … the clitoris. Why, the class went so far as to insinuate that playing with a person’s clitoris can be a fun thing for both parties!”

  • Energy for Men, Dieting for Women
  • – and how different exactly are those ingredients, do you think?

  • "Oh my god. You're that nurse from Casualty!", and other things that should never be said during a smear test
  • – srsly

  • Linkspam shattered on impact (19th September, 2011)
  • – selected links from geekfeminism

  • The best of the rest of the internet
  • – link collection from Rachel Hills

  • Your startup is inferior to that guy with the mobile app for golfers
  • – "The best use of a woman’s “time & skills,” it’s implied, is non-girly stuff. Commerce, parenting–these things are women’s concerns, frivolous and meaningless. We’re held to the standard of world-changing."

  • Above reproach: why do we never question fidelity?
  • – “Needless to say, I understand the need to establish paternity and inheritance rights and how much these are bound by fidelity but still, we have questioned almost every aspect of the foundations of traditional family ties, but we seem to take the idea of fidelity for granted.”

  • Zombie Creep
  • – I endorse this righteous pedantry regarding zombies.

  • OMG, Ponies! (Or… my love affair with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • – “I think Friendship is Magic has really got something special going here. Not only does it show the kind of role models I wish I’d had on TV as a little girl, but it’s also show that flies in the face of the common wisdom that boys (and even full-grown men) won’t watch anything where women or girls are the primary characters. You know, maybe the problem was just that we needed more good stuff for girls?”

  • Challenged Book: Nickel and Dimed
  • – “Many people in the United States have very set, specific ideas about poverty and what it is like to be poor. This book turns those ideas on their head and forces people to confront some of their own attitudes about poverty.”

  • We Should Talk About This
  • – “To point out what I think is obvious, the disinterest society shows towards these crimes is both a cause and symptom of the violence.”

Disclaimer/SotBO: a link here is not necessarily an endorsement of all opinions of the post author(s) either in the particular post or of their writing in general.

Categories: linkfest


2 replies

  1. The Reddit story makes me seethe.

  2. Rebecca Watson is still getting shit over Elevatorgate, and sounds like she needs good vibes.

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