Sonic Youth: "Teenage Riot"
[Content Note: Rape culture; hostility to consent.]There is a lot of outrage regarding this story being reported by the AP today, about a 6-year-old boy in Denver who has been suspended for school for sexual harassment after kissingShow More Summary
California is getting serious with efforts to end the scourge known as "revenge porn," in which men who want to hurt women (usually as "revenge" for dumping them) post naked photos of the women online and then encourage their community of fellow misogynists to harass them. Show More Summary
Richard Parker is thinking about Tony. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
Wed December 11, 2013 Tween Girls May Be in Trouble, and Media Gender Roles are to Blame VITAMIN W Staff Even when female TV characters on tween shows are represented doing the same thing as their male counterparts, they still have to...Show More Summary
I just moved to New York City three months ago. I love it here. It sounds trite, cliché, corny and all that stuff to say, but it’s true: it’s everything I imagined it to be and more. I like that there’s always something going on and it’s never more than train ride away. That’s something [...]
Wed December 11, 2013 NuvaRing Deadly? Thousands of Lawsuits and Sales as High as $623M VITAMIN W Staff NuvaRing is in the news again with a scathing investigative piece from Vanity Fair writer-at-large Marie Brenner. The popular birth control could be causing blood clots in thousands of woman who use it—and has allegedly resulted in deaths. Show More Summary
Here is some stuff in the news today!The NSA is using Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking, because of course they are.In their continuing bid to remain a viable party without actually changing any of their disastrous garbage...Show More Summary
LA Times:Some people are adding President Obama to the list of people with poor selfie judgment after the leader of the free world posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson...Show More Summary
President Obama was caught smiling at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Apparently, this is cause for outrage. Impeach him! But wait, there’s more. First Lady Michelle Obama was so mad at him for… smiling. I think. I’m not entirely sure what the fuss is about. I guess people really don’t like the idea of [...]
[Content Note: Christian Supremacy; misogyny; disablism; clergy abuse; class warfare; homophobia; war on agency.]Time has chosen Pope Francis as their 2013 Person of the Year. A few thoughts:One: Time has not selected an individual woman as its "X of the Year" since then-president of the Philippines Corazon Aquino was named Woman of the Year in 1986. Show More Summary
And this about sums it up: "House and Senate budget negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a budget deal that would raise military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts to other programs...Show More Summary
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Welcome back, Academic Feminists! This month I’m taking a break from interviewing to provide you with a glimpse inside my pilgrimage to the academic feminist mecca: the annual NWSA conference! Whether you came to feminism through a gender studies class or not, many of you will appreciate the “special relationship” between feminist activist/online work and WGSS [...]
Suggested by Shaker masculine_lady: "What's your ideal day off?"Having no obligations. Not even looking at the internet. Spending time with people I love. Cooking a nice meal.
Tue December 10, 2013 Can You Code? Give an Hour and Join the Movement VITAMIN W Staff It's computer science education week. Do your kids (or maybe even you) have an hour to spare? Colleges and K-12 schools are offering computer coding...Show More Summary
Of course:Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life [as well as Xbox Live], conducting surveillance and scooping up data in...Show More Summary
Pantene has unfurled a new, feminist-themed ad campaign in the Philippines, and it smells really nice. A video rolled out on Monday features men and women facing a workplace double standard. The guy in the crisp suit is called a boss, but the woman in the black dress is bossy. Show More Summary
By Maya and Katie An ode to women who are difficult to love. RogerEbert.com is running pieces by women writers this week. “Critically, black feminism is championing a more nuanced understanding of how oppression and privilege operate.” In the US, adult, white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends–and it’s not because they don’t want them. Viagra [...]
Our open thread this week is hosted by a sunset over Port Philip bay in Melbourne, Australia. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions