[Post contains spoilers for Dollhouse episode 4, unrelated to the serial plot. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN COMMENTS.] Hey Joss Whedon, Mr Feminist Icon dude, can I have a word in your shell-like? There are fields of endeavour in which the… Read More ›
Kate Harding dissects Germaine’s latest blithering (Germs doesn’t always blither, but I cannot think of a better description for this particular effort) in Salon. Great job.
The Tenth Edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is fast approaching! The deadline for submissions is the end of the month, so get your posts in before midnight Saturday. SUBMIT YOUR POSTS HERE. This edition will be hosted by… Read More ›
What the media isn’t asking about that private hospital birth study (or, Bayes’ Theorem for Dummies)
Have peer review committees just given up on actually including a statistician these days? or do the statisticians need to do more sociology classes?
OK, a selection from the last week of memorable and topical posts. There’s quite a few links, so I’m putting them behind a cut so as not to clutter up the front page of the blog. Add your own links to posts you recommend in comments:
Hollywood heroines are being increasingly portrayed as neurotic, idiotic and obsessed by men, weight and weddings, a professor at Oxford University has claimed.
Dr Diane Purkiss, who is a fellow at Keble College, argued that over the past five decades the film industry has made its female characters “dumber and dumber”. The latest slew of chick-flicks, including He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, fall prey to the “worst kind of regressive, pre-feminist stereotype of misogynistic cliche,” she added.
A couple of weeks ago, I was intrigued by an article in The Guardian, by columnist Libby Brooks, which discusses recent publications of erotic fiction written for and by women, focusing particularly on In Bed With, an anthology edited by Kathy Lette, boasting contributions from a number of well-known women (who nonetheless hide behind a “nom de porn”—name of first pet followed by name of first street).
Brooks’ article has a definite feminist slant to it, and she speculates that Lette’s project (and others like it) could be used to counter the “raunch culture”