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  • “Abigail’s age has been raised.”

    A young woman of mixed race, in Puritan costume, clasps her hands and looks up.

    Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has meant so much to so many people. As a parable about state control, or without its political dimension, as an examination of the power dynamics within a closed society, or of an individual working through guilt to find something valuable in themselves. In fictionalising the lives of the real people involved, however, Miller raised Abigail’s age from eleven to seventeen. It may be time to think about his motives and the implications of the changes he made.

  • Utopia Girls: I’m disappointed

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    Guest Blogger Alex “Skud” Bayley reviews a documentary aired on the ABC about women’s suffrage in Australia, Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote.

  • Quick Hit: this is definitely the droid you are looking for


    For the sheer delight of it (and a bit especially for Chally) – Yarn R2-D2 | The Mary Sue.

  • Arctic Sea Ice: that 75% decline data

    A cartoon of a globe with a burner at the bottom and an ostrich putting its head in the sand at the top

    Tamino gives us a Sea Ice Update: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the strongest evidences of global warming is the dramatic loss of sea ice in the Arctic.

  • Sunday Singalong: Björk


    Björk possesses a soprano vocal range, apparently. She released her first solo album at the age of 11. But we all got to know her in Australia when she was in The Sugarcubes, which was pretty much the first Icelandic… Read More ›

  • Feed the Blogroll


    It’s been a while since we updated the blogroll. Please suggest any of your must-read places that we’ve somehow missed so far, so that we can share the lovely linkjuice.

  • The real reason why you should be careful in your discussions about mothers


    I really like Feministe, I think the site produces some amazing writing, and I appreciate Mamamia for seeking to incorporate feminism in a mainstream, commercial motherhood site because that isn’t easy, but oh my god… We’re surprised, as feminists, that some of you are not more suspicious of lines of debate designed to isolate us and make us defensive.

  • Why women can’t have it all, how they’re not to blame, and how we can make it better


    This is a great piece at The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter – long and jam-packed with excellent points; it is a sophisticated discussion of women’s lives and the problems we encounter balancing work and family.. and you almost never see a nuanced discussion like this in the public arena.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • The social mosaic and how we change it

    Another comment nugget of awesome found in YATOD, this one in the Penny Arcade forums, on a thread discussing sexism/misogyny in the wake of the hatefest directed against Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter on Tropes vs Women in gaming.


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