NS October 8th, 2010
Blog posts of note in my RSS reader this week.
Mad Women, or Life on Venus by Paris Ankara Express. Why we love to hate women on TV.
Poverty, Mayor Bloomberg and Coca-Cola at Jen’s Den of Iniquity. Why barring those on food stamps from buying soda is hypocritical, unrealistic and just plain ridiculous.
Dad Who Writes on gender and Sewing.
A conversation about birth rape at The Feminist Agenda.
Also on birth rape, my new feature for The F-Word, which was a response to a slew of articles refuting the term (quoting a piece I originally wrote in March 2008, also for The F-Word) and another article at Salon criticising my response to the criticism. Is that a confusing enough cluster fuck for ya? The only other prominent feminist blogger who had defended use of the term is Cara at The Curvature, who writes about it eloquently and intelligently in her post: On Birth Rape, Definitions and Language Policing.
Spilt Milk on why hating bullies doesn’t have to mean hating children.
Blue Milk addresses a survey done on mothers in the UK which found them more likely to label their sons as “cheeky” and “loving” and their daughters as “stroppy” and “serious.” I could hear her exasperated sighs all the way from Australia; I was sighing right along with her.
The Singing Doula on Reasons to Birth in Water.
And from the US newspaper round-up:
Candidate for governor of California recorded having a conversation about his female rival with an aide who suggested calling her “a whore” as part of their strategy. Oy vey.
No more ‘marriage gap’ for college-educated [white] women, according to the Washington Post.
No big surprise here: High school principal blocks transgender student’s bid for homecoming queen. At least the article used the student’s preferred pronouns, if there is one tiny silver lining to be found.