Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday Reading

Fun Fact! Even Awful Women Don’t Deserve Rape Threats
by Jamie Bernstein
Let’s step back for a second though to go into all the drama that’s been happening with the Food Babe. By now, you probably know about Vani Hari, the Food Babe, the woman who has been using the internet to spread fear, misinformation and pseudoscience about food. We have written about her many times here at Skepchick  and on our sister blog Grounded Parents. NPR posted a great article in the Salt this week implying that Food Babe is a fearmonger, in which they quoted our own Kavin Senapathy from Grounded Parents. Food Babe has now responded to that article with the ridiculous claim that Kavin and others who were quoted in the article are part of “hate groups” among other things.
Read More at Skepchick

“Crazy” Women Run in the Family in ‘Rocks in My Pockets’
by Ren Jender
We have had few if any first-person accounts from “crazy” women filmmakers about how they see their own lives and minds.  Animator and artist Signe Baumane’s first feature, Rocks in My Pockets, seeks to change that situation. Baumane (who also wrote the screenplay) focuses on five women’s stories of mental illness in two different generations of her Latvian family: her grandmother, Anna; and three of her cousins–Miranda, the artist; beautiful, studious Linda;  music teacher Irbe; and finally, Baumane herself.
Read More at Bitch Flicks

5 Studies That Prove Racism Is Still Way Worse Than We Think
There is a bitter debate over racism these days -- specifically, whether or not it still exists in a way that actually matters. The argument against goes something like, "Sure, there are neo-Nazis and KKK and YouTube comment sections out there, but we've got a black president, for Christ's sake! Racism has been banished to the craziest fringes of society." 
But science says that's just not true -- the prejudice persists, we're just less aware of it, and there's tons of proof...
Read more at Cracked

Absurd Cake Toppers
by The Feminist Bride
[T]he traditional bride and groom topper in a gown and tux are everywhere, but nowadays they reflect a certain crude humor to them or a homogenous use of imagination. First we should point out that these toppers will most likely feature white heterosexuals (good luck everyone else) and will either be brandishing a gun, fishing rod or electronic device or representing only the groom’s outside interests. True some are romantic, but many others usually feature someone trying to run away from their impending nuptials like they were forced to be there. When I first saw these later ones, I thought it was kind of funny; then it dawned on me how horribly sad they are. What does it say about a couple’s future when the quintessential wedding tchotchke is of one person is represented as NOT WANTING TO BE THERE? There’s even one that looks like a violent domestic dispute… What are modern cake toppers trying to say about marriage and the individual couple? Seriously, why are men still shown as people who don’t desire marriage, when, as tradition would have it they are the ones who usually propose? Why cake tops; why spoil the cake with your outdated gender roles and off-color humor?
Read More at The Feminist Bride

On Not Breathing Due To Failures of Democracy
by Latoya Peterson
The terse answer comes back: No one is supposed to know, and it just got confirmed, but my driver needs to pick up Eric Garner’s daughter as well. All the carefully crafted sound bytes exited my mind – what was I supposed to say to her?
Read More at Racialicious

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