Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday Reading

Sometimes I’m crazy…
by Coco Femme Fontaine
So what does it mean to live with a personality disorder? Well it means that sometimes I’m crazy, I struggle with affective dysregulation – I often express big, painful and intense reactions to stimuli that would not typically in non-sufferers cause so much internal and external upheaval.
Read More at Confession of a Drag Queen


Happy New Year Indeed
by Rabia Chaudry
I never thought it would actually happen. That Jay Wilds would give an interview. When I saw his Facebook post last week, the one that quickly disappeared, I thought either someone would advise him to not to talk or the DA’s office in Maryland would make sure he didn’t.
Read More at Split the Moon


On Nerd Entitlement
by Laurie Penny
These are curious times. Gender and privilege and power and technology are changing and changing each other. We've also had a major and specific reversal of social fortunes in the past 30 years. Two generations of boys who grew up at the lower end of the violent hierarchy of toxic masculinity - the losers, the nerds, the ones who were afraid of being creeps - have reached adulthood and found the polarity reversed. Suddenly they're the ones with the power and the social status. Science is a way that shy, nerdy men pull themselves out of the horror of their teenage years. That is true. That is so. But shy, nerdy women have to try to pull themselves out of that same horror into a world that hates, fears and resents them because they are women, and to a certain otherwise very intelligent sub-set of nerdy men, the category "woman" is defined primarily as "person who might or might not deny me sex, love and affection".
Read More at The New Statesman


The Truth About Alcohol Flushing, or “Asian Glow”
by Joyce
Like many an Asian out there, I turn pretty darn red when I drink. Not just a cute “oh she has a lot of blush on” kind of way. I mean, I sometimes get red and splotchy all over my entire body. It always starts in the face and then slowly spreads down, and before I know it, I’m as red as the nose on Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Everyone around me tries to take my drinks away, thinking I’m far drunker than I really am, and I end up having to use the black and white filter on all my pics. Bummer. 
Read More at Tea With MD


Jazz Bagpiper Rufus Harley: A man who really did go his own way
by David Futrelle
[T]oday I present you a man who truly did go his own way: Jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley, who played a kind of music that was truly his own. (The folks on I’ve Got a Secret certainly couldn’t figure him out.) He also seems to have been a pretty decent guy, to boot.
Read More at We Hunted the Mammoth


Rufus Harley - Sunny



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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday Reading

Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies At 107
by Rebecca Hersher
In order to get the numbers small enough, new hires were taught to do something called "lip pointing." After painting each number, they were to put the tip of the paintbrush between their lips to sharpen it. 
Twelve numbers per watch, upwards of 200 watches per day — and with every digit, the girls swallowed a little bit of radium.
Read More at NPR


But For Video: Why Would He Lie? Edition
By Scott H. Greenfield
There was nothing unusual about the defense arguing that a police officer fabricated a claim of whole cloth, a complete lie. The prosecutor’s response was invariably the same: Why would the cop lie? 
And indeed, the judge would peer over his spectacles, look down his nose at the defendant and counsel, and admonish them both for their attempt to smear some fine, upstanding defender of truth, honor and law with their scurrilous claims.  Because why would the cop lie?
Read More at Simple Justice


Amelia Earhart: Early Pioneer in the Age of Technology
By Neil Gehrels

In 1928, a year after Lindberg's transatlantic flight, she was asked to join a team with two men with the purpose of her becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic.  They flew that year and she gained fame from the accomplishment.  However, she wasn't satisfied since a man did the flying and she was only a co-pilot.  She later complained that she "was just baggage, like a sack of potatoes".  That was never to happen again.


What it means to be a bridesmaid these days has run amuck. Once upon an ancient to Victorian time, a bridesmaid’s main job was to dress like the bride as a divergence to evil demons who wished to dispel bad luck on the bride (think how Pippa Middleton diverted everyone’s attention). Nowadays, the duties of a bridesmaid are endless. It includes being a shoulder to cry on, party planner, envelope licker, penis paraphernalia collector, moral compass, yes-woman, Mother of the Bride interference runner, 24/7 on-call support, mind reader, errand girl, attention giver and wine supplier at every occasion. And to boot bridesmaids get to buy their boss multiple presents, spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on travel and buy their own work uniform that they will wear once.


By Mona Concepcion
I’ve had a life long battle with my eyebrows. I started shaping them when I was in the seventh grade, before I knew what I was doing and wanted to hack at my body hair so the girls in my class would stop calling me a werewolf. A werewolf! (And where are you now, werewolf-shamers? Reaching high levels on Candy Crush?! If so, can you tell me what I’m doing wrong because I haven’t passed level 200.)





Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Reading

‘American Mary’: The Amoral Final Girl
Directed by the Soska sisters, American Mary features a complicated female protagonist who starts out as a likable badass but ends up as an amoral psycho. The film celebrates the power of bodily autonomy and depicts the horror of taking it away.
Read More at Vagina Dentwata


Things Left Unsaid
by Heather L. Seggel
I have a special circumstance. It’s called being poor.
Talking about this is always a difficult negotiation. If you only know me based on my work, you might assume I’m very much like yourself. If you meet me through someone who is a peer to you, it’s likely you’ll take me for a peer as well. And I strive to be bland enough to include on that level, because I don’t want you to feel bad for me, or like you need to hide your house or apologize for it. In a position such as the one I’m in now, where I need to ask for help from people who can’t conceive why I’d need it, much less so urgently, I no longer know what to do.
Read More at Donkeywork


Age of innocence
by Avy Stanford
Christmas at Henry's sister's, it's his cute idea of a neutral ground. I come unarmed but slightly intoxicated, just enough to get me through the night. In spite of her gray Protestant demeanor she generously makes sure our glasses are never empty (but only drinks red wine herself). Sanguinis Christi.
Read More at My Mother Fucked Mick Jagger


Korrasami Didn't Start with a Kiss & That's Okay
by Heina Dadabhoy
Of course, there was something else about the ending that got people talking: The protagonist of the show, Korra, walking off into the Spirit Realm hand-in-hand with another female character, Asami. From my first viewing of the finale, I saw the ending for what it ended up confirmed to be. After a season full of moments of closeness and frank tenderness between the two young women, it seemed unsurprising to me that Korrasami is canon.
Read More at XOJane


14 Things That Muslims Have Been Up To In 2014
by Rubab Zaidi
All year round, the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram have been hard at work trying to give Muslims a bad name. We’re a homogenous mass see… While concern is high that young Muslims and/or like in this hoax of a story young white teenagers are being radicalized and running away to Syria, there have been other significant goings on in the Muslim world, some as a direct result of these terror groups. Unless you’ve been living under a rock and/or hibernating, you’ll know that Muslims have been in the spotlight for various reasons, some good, some…not so much. Young Muslims in particular, have been having quite the 2014.
Read More at Media Diversified


Saint Motel - My Type (Official Video)



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Friday, December 26, 2014

(True Crime) Friday Reading

It's a frame-up: Frankie & Johnny
By Paul Slade
Less than 24 hours after Frankie Baker pulled that trigger, a ballad telling her story was already being sold on the city's street corners. Allen wasn't even dead yet - he didn't finally succumb to his wounds until October 19 - but already the balladeers had him six feet under. The song's been in constant circulation ever since. 


by Don Haines
But this marker is not a tombstone. Three natural stones that could have been plucked from Celo Knob, hovering in the distance, have that distinction. Because Charlie Silver wasn’t buried all at once. There are many words that could be used to describe the Charlie and Frankie Silver story. Bizarre, gruesome and puzzling will do for starters. That Frankie killed Charlie one cold December night in 1831 in Kona, N.C. is not disputed. But beyond that it’s difficult to tell where truth ends and myth begins.


There were five other murders that Christmas night in St Louis, but this was the one that counted. Work songs, field chants and folktales describing how Lee 'Stack Lee' Shelton killed Billy Lyons started to spring up almost immediately. The earliest written lyrics we have date back to 1903, and the first discs to 1923. There have been well over 200 versions of Stack's story released on record since then, giving him a list of biographers which includes some of the biggest names in popular music. Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown have all recorded the song at one time or another, as have Wilson Pickett, The Clash, Bob Dylan, Dr John and Nick Cave. Even Elvis Presley had a stab at it in a 1970 rehearsal session which later surfaced as a bootleg CD. 


by Jeanie Russell Kasindorf
It was the end of the second week of chasing the story of the mummy in the dead drag queen's closet, and I was finally about to hear the story of exactly how the body had been found.

The Hatfields and McCoys, America's most infamous feuding families, have had new life breathed into the bitter rivalry thanks to the discovery of one of their most legendary battle sites.  
An archaeological dig has shed light on the New Year's Day Massacre of 1888 which culminated with  the last in a long list of deaths on both sides and brought bloodshed to an end. 
Artifacts have been unearthed where the home of patriarch Randall McCoy once stood, in the rural lands of Hardy, Kentucky on the 125th anniversary of the massacre.





Thursday, December 25, 2014

White (Supremacist) Christmas

The song "White Christmas" is a holiday tradition in America. It's impossible to go more than a few days without hearing it somewhere: on the radio, in a department store, at every street corner.
Because I grew up in the North East, and Christmas is a "winter" holiday I had always taken the "White" mentioned in the title to mean snow. However, after finally seeing the movie Holiday Inn, where the song originated, I began to have some doubts:

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See, Holiday Inn is a movie about a white entertainer who is tired of the fast paced life of New York City and retires to a farm so he can experience life as it used to be. Instead, he starts a club that is only open on holidays and services a mostly white clientele. Most of the club staff is also white, although they do have some help:

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Just before Bing Crosby breaks out his big number, he welcomes to his "Holiday Inn" a new talent (played by Marjorie Reynolds). She asks for a job at the Inn, and he says he can't pay her. She begs for a job anyway, they sing White Christmas. Bing is now her boss.

Skip ahead to Lincoln's Birthday, one of the holidays for which the Inn is open. That's when Bing helps Marjorie "black up" for their big number "Abraham". He sings in blackface:

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And they get Louise Beavers (who plays a character called Mamie), to sing part of the song with her children:
When black folks lived in slavery
Who was it set the darkie free?
Abraham, Abraham
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But it's not just Bing, the band and the wait staff all put on blackface to really sell the number:

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As does Marjorie:

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Marjorie is the club's real talent, and Bing spends the middle act of the movie keeping her away from Hollywood talent scouts. First, out of fear that they'll steal his best employee, but it later turns out that he also loves her. So not only was he preventing his unpaid employee from leaving because of her financial value to HIS club, he was also isolating her in the hope that she would realize how much effort he was putting in to controlling her loved her.

It only works for so long, because Marjorie eventually gets a big recording contract and finds a man of her own to marry. This puts Bing in such a funk that he barely touches the huge Thanksgiving dinner Louise prepares for only him:

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Despite Marjorie's newfound success as a movie star, Louise tells Bing to go to Hollywood and emotionally manipulate her into coming back to the Holiday Inn. He does, and they live racistly ever after:

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Snow is never mentioned in the lyrics . Sure, "tree tops glisten" but that could be from rain, and while it does mention "sleigh bells in the snow" it also says that "children listen to hear" them, it's never confirmed whether they do or not. It's also safe to assume that the sleigh bells for which the children are listening belong to Santa's sleigh, and since Santa is not real, then nary a sleigh bell is heard in all of White Christmas-dom.

"White Christmas" was written by Irving Berlin and won the Academy Award in 1943 for Best Original Song. Berlin got his start on Tin Pan Alley, writing Ragtime songs and introducing them to white audiences in the teens and twenties. Ragtime originated in the predominantly black red-light districts of southern cities like St. Louis and New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century right about the same time that white America launched a campaign of homicidal violence against prosperous Black communities in those areas. As a result, millions of Black Americans left the south and moved to Northern cities in an exodus known as The Great Migration. It was there that urban songwriters like Irving Berlin heard their music, and sold it as their own.

A lesser known aspect of Berlin's oeuvre are the composer's "Coon Songs" which were highly popular in the minstrel shows at the time Irving started composing.

With white people upset that their neighborhoods were being gentrified, the demographic shift kicked off the trend known as "white flight" in which the predominantly white northern cities were abandoned by its former residents for rural and suburban homes. By the 1950s, almost a million white people a year were fleeing the cities, looking for a return to the "old-fashioned" lives they read about in history books.

The film Holiday Inn was released in 1942, almost a decade before white flight became official government policy, but it foretold the changes that would shape America over the next half century. The ethos of which is best summed up by another song, "Lazy," that appears on the film's soundtrack, the chorus of which goes as follows:
Lazy
I want to be lazy
I want to be out in the sun
With no work to be done
Under that awning
They call the sky
Stretching and yawning
And let the world go drifting by
I want to peep
Through the deep
Tangled wildwood
Counting sheep
til I sleep
Like a child would
With a great big valise full
Of books to read where its peaceful
While im
Killing time
Being lazy
The next time you hear "White Christmas" this holiday season (or next, or the one after... it's been going strong for 70+ years) remember that it's not about snow, or Santa, or even Christmas. It's about white people being too lazy to work and thinking they shouldn't have to live next to Black people unless it's to exploit their labor.

Happy Holidays.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday Reading

But, Do #BLACKLIVESMATTER in Academia?
I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have publicly written about the (recent media attention to the) crisis of police violence against Black men and boys in the United States. Why have I remained silent for months? From August onward, different reasons have come to mind to explain (or justify?) my self-imposed silence...
Read More at ConditionallyAccepted


Safe as Houses
Last night I locked my front door. 
If you’ve read this blog for a minute, you know that I don’t lock my door. I do lock the big iron gate in front of my door, but not the door itself. This is part laziness, part habit from when the lock wasn’t working properly, part foolish, Pollyanna-ish insistence that I don’t need to lock it. 
But then sometimes I do.
Read More at GirlGriot


We need a new Christmas Carol story
by Orlando
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he had a very specific goal of awakening people’s hearts to a belief in the virtue of abundance and of sharing. He knew his audience, but he was working to the scale of his time, a smaller population, a more restricted but conversely more impactful circle of influence. Dickens’ seminal story of realisation and repentance has ceased to be the right curative myth for our society. Scrooge’s failing is in being disconnected from the people around him. The failure of today’s Scrooges is the belief that connecting with the people around them is enough.
Read More at Hoyden about Town


Implications of the FDA Blood Donation Policy
by Jeana Jorgensen
Since 1977, the FDA has not allowed blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). However, the FDA has just announced that it’s considering lifting the ban, and making an exception for men who have sex with men who’ve been celibate for one year. 
On the one hand, it’s estimated that this will increase the U.S. blood supply by 2-4% annually. On the other hand, this policy sends a sex-negative, stigmatizing, and inaccurate message about sexual safety, sexual practices, and sexual orientation.
Read More at Sex Ed with Dr. Jeana


Fairytale of Saint-Denis
by Avy Stanford
For a moment I forget about the walls and the voids between us, alone in a Tuesday frenzy looking for material things to please him with.
Read More at My Mother Fucked Mick Jagger


Cleo Ice Queen - Addicted [Official Video]



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday Reading

Did Serial‘s Racialized Archetypes Work Against It?
by Akhila Ananth and Vivek Mittal
In Aditya Desai’s recent piece in The Aerogram (Did Serial Fail South Asian Americans?), he argues that the main problem with the reporting in Serial is that Sarah Koenig belabors the split cultural worlds Adnan Syed lives in as a South Asian American living in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Millions of hyphenated youth in America live the same experience. Instead of getting to the more complex issues of race at play in the story, why does she fixate on Adnan’s American attitude and South Asian Muslim upbringing, in pursuit of a resolution to this whodunnit?
Read More at The Aerogram


Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy
by Andrea Smith
Many scholars in Native studies have argued that the field has been co-opted by broader discourses, such as ethnic studies or post-colonial studies.1 Their contention is that ethnic studies elide Native claims to sovereignty by rendering Native peoples as ethnic groups suffering racial discrimination rather than as nations who are undergoing colonisation. These scholars and activists rightly point to the neglect within ethnic studies and within broader racial-justice struggles of the unique legal position Native peoples have in the United States. At the same time, because of this intellectual and political divide, there is insufficient exchange that would help us understand how white supremacy and settler colonialism intersect, particularly within the United States. In this paper, I will examine how the lack of attention to settler colonialism hinders the analysis of race and white supremacy developed by scholars who focus on race and racial formation. I will then examine how the lack of attention to race and white supremacy within Native studies and Native struggles hinders the development of a decolonial framework.
Read More at the Centre for World Dialogue


When White Men Love Black Women on TV
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Has post-racial dating finally trickled down to black women? Are younger   people less hung-up on race and more accepting of interracial couples in media? Has powerhouse Shonda Rhimes single-handedly flipped the script on the natural superiority of white women?
Read More at TressieMc.com


What I Learned About Tech and Business From Tyler Perry
by Latoya Peterson
When I tell people I used to work for Tyler Perry there are overwhelmingly two reactions. The first is the number of people around the world who haven’t ever heard of him or his work. The second reaction is laughter or condescension.
Read More at Racialicious


Mortgage tax deductions and gentrification
by Cathy O'Neil
So far so good? Now let’s add one more layer of complexity, namely that, actually, neighborhoods are not statically “upper middle class” or “lower middle class.” As a group neighborhoods, and their associated classes, represent a dynamical system, where certain kinds of neighborhoods expand or contract. Colloquially we refer to this as gentrification or going to hell, depending on which direction it is. Let’s explore the effect of the mortgage tax deduction on how that dynamical system operates.
Read More at MathBabe.org


Do You Sext? Ft. Melissa Villasenor (and Julie Andrews)



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Reading

So You’ve Just Invited My Family to a Party
by Mona Concepcion
Hi friend!  Did you just invite my family to a party!  Did you send me a facebook invitation to your holiday soiree and when I followed up with, “Can my kids come?  It’s okay if they can’t.  Actually, I would prefer it if you said no right at this very moment,” and you were very eager to respond with, “Oh bring the kids!”


by Batty Mamzelle
Beyoncé has been Beyoncé-ing for over a year now and you're still questioning her feminist credentials because her praxis doesn't match yours. Nicki Minaj has been vocal about her feminism for years but you revoked her credentials because she made a video about her exquisitely crafted rear end and rapped about the men who want to fuck her. To me, all that debate sounded a lot like judgement of other women for the way they chose to express their sexuality. This really confuses me because I thought that sexual agency was a cornerstone of contemporary feminist thought. After all, a woman's body is her own, and what she chooses to do with it or how she chooses to exercise and experience her sexuality is up to her alone.
Except, apparently, if you're black.


by Joanna Rowse
Probably the two biggest stories of 2014 concerning the naked and famous female body hit headlines this autumn: the celebrity photo-leak of September (also known by the unsavoury moniker “the fappening”), with victims including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kaley Cuoco, and, secondly, Paper magazine’s attempts to #breaktheinternet in November with nude photographs of Kim Kardashian. Both stories were ‘born’ online, and thus garnered a predictably passionate response from social media users.


by Danny Haiphong
The LRAD is just one of many weapons the US sells around the world to loyal regimes of imperialism. One of the largest buyers, Israel, is US imperialism's top ally. The Zionist state receives billions in American-made military equipment to expand its settler regime. The US also possesses over 900 military bases in 156 countries. Bloody proxy wars and drone strikes in Africa and the Middle East are a product of US imperialism's global military and intelligence operations. Although US imperialism's primary goal as a system is to enrich the profits and wealth of the capitalist ruling class, this has become increasingly difficult to maintain without the investment of trillions of dollars in the war machine. 


by Ravishly
For many women, sexual harassment is (sadly) common. Those of us who experience it frequently are all too familiar with its negative effects… to the extent that it’s hard to understand how anyone could possibly not understand such impacts.
The truth is, though, that many persist in believing harassment doesn’t really do harm; that, to use the oft-quoted phrase, it “isn’t that bad.” For those people, we now have a study to prove them wrong.





Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spoiler Alert: Serial with Sarah Koenig



Wednesday Reading

On Being a Transgender Astronomer
by Jessica Mink
Each human being has a gender identity. Most of us don't think about it much because it usually matches our biological sex, but sometimes it doesn't, and then we fall into the broad category of trans* people. Even though we are grouped with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people under LGBT. and its variants, our category is not tied to our sexual orientation, so many of our issues are different. It appears that gender identity is usually innate, even when it does not match our biological sex. That means that many trans* people might not appear any different than their knowledge of their biological sex (how a person's genes express in their physical appearance) would lead you to believe, while others may take hormones, have surgery, or simply change their wardrobe and appearance to match the gender which they feel themselves to be. Thus gender presentation or expression is a separate thing from gender identity, though it is often related. It should also be noted that while trans* people have many similar experiences, my view from the male-to-female side is not the same as that of my friends transitioning from female to male, nor is it identical to anyone going the same way I am.
Read More at Women in Astronomy


Finally, the girls are centre stage
by Kate Bonynge
Now about to come to the end of its third series, Some Girls, written by sitcom stalwart Bernadette Davis, is a hidden gem among the current plethora of male-dominated comedies. For those used to the familiar toxic entertainment formula, where female characters are pigeon-holed into the role of doting wife, 'slutty' mistress, ditzy 'airhead', romantic interest for the male leads or all of the above, this BBC3 show is a well-timed antidote.
Read More at The F Word


Feminism 101: Helpful Hints for Dudes, Part 10
by Melissa McEwan
Here is something that has happened to me countless times in the ten years I've been blogging: I share something about my lived experience reflecting some part of my individual experience of womanhood, and a dude who I don't know and with whom I've never interacted before but who assures me he is A Feminist Ally will pop up in comments, or on Twitter, or in my email in order to "discuss" it with me. 
Read More at Shakesville


What I Fear As A Black Woman: Broadening the Conversation About Violence
by Tessara Dudley
It’s true that many women go through their days with a constant fear of violence, but it looks different for Black women, especially Black queer women. Gendered violence is compounded by racial violence is compounded by anti-queer violence. The worst part? No one is talking about it.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Remember Invisible Children?
by Sean Jacobs & Elliot Ross
Remember “Invisible Children” ? We don’t either. Yesterday they announced they’re winding up. Time to recall some highlights from the bullshit files. They were, frankly, full of it. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, if you gave Invisible Children an enema, they’d be buried in a match-box.
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Harpeth Rising - "Stairway To Heaven"



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Reading

Tight Fist Tip #52: The Supermarket Bulk Produce Scam
Which one should you get? (Note that these are both store brand, so probably literally came out of the same field.) Well, without looking at the prices, any reasonable person would probably think that if you want to eat a lot of carrots, you should buy the bagged one, since buying in bulk is generally cheaper (my last post not withstanding). And if you don't want a lot, it's probably better to buy the loose ones, so you don't waste money on spoiled carrots. But let's take a look at the prices: the loose carrots cost $.79/lb, and the bag of carrots costs $1.69 for a bag. And the bag weighs...1 pound.
Read More at The Tight Fist


5 Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Packed Lunches for Grown Ups!
Lunch is such a pain of a meal to plan. I think it’s actually worse to pack my own lunch than Charlie’s. I do my best to make a good one for myself, but I still slip up. I went through a phase that I bought several gluten free microwave meals because it was so hard to find time to make my lunch in addition to the kids’ in the morning. When my tummy wasn’t happy with those meals, I had to revise my time-saving strategy.
Read More at Fed Up With Lunch


Opening Up, Closing Down
by Miri Mogilevsky
I hate talking about myself, whether it’s positive or negative. I hate feeling like I need someone’s help to deal with emotions. I hate wanting someone’s help to deal with emotions even when I know I don’t need it. I hate the first time I tell someone I love them and I hate many of the subsequent times too. I hate it when people know that I miss them. I hate being visibly upset around someone, which means that if it’s at all possible to leave, I leave. I hate expressing any emotion besides joy and anger (which I rarely feel) to anyone. I hate it when someone says things to me in an attempt to build intimacy but I don’t know what to do so I say nothing. I hate when people notice emotions I didn’t intend to share. I hate when they tell me this as though it’s going to somehow endear them to me. I hate that there’s nowhere I can cry without being seen or heard by someone.
Read More at Brute Reason


Moron NTE
obviously, i think it is, and that it is from that place of understanding that one must speak of NTE/NTHE (near term extinction/near term human extinction) and this is where i speak from now.  to their credit, NTE “activists” arent really activating for/toward anything, believing that it has been too late to DO SOMETHING for decades now — this is the foundation of their belief system in fact, that self-reinforcing feedback loops have been set in motion and cannot be stopped, and that the changes happening now are not linear but exponential.
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The Insufficiency of Cock
Tuesday’s lover fucks me forever. Slaps my tits too hard, like in the movies made to be watched and not repeated, not necessarily, not without the foreplay they DIDN’T show in that movie, but he doesn’t know better, or maybe he does, but he’s in a hurry. He won’t come. Not this way. I could fuck him til tomorrow. I could fuck him all week long and he wouldn’t come this way. He won’t come from my mouth, either, and I’m not encouraging someone with this kind of staying power to go anywhere near my ass. He thinks it’s great, for me. We go, and we go, and he’s never satisfied, never able to let go, get off, cuddle. I get bored of thrusting. My legs get tired, we switch, he sweats on me, we switch, it stops feeling good if it ever really did, and he looks at me the whole time, gauging pleasure, clawing for validation. I moan. Of course I do, but I’m apathetic about it. He’s giving nothing of himself but his prick, so caught up in his head. Later, he’ll think or he’ll say that it must’ve been the fuck of my life. I must’ve been wowed. I mean… he lasted two full hours. My skin will sting from having too much of someone else all over it for too long, and from friction and from sweat in quantities I can’t imagine producing, and my cunt will be raw and I will look at him with a cynical eye and say sweetly, “Yes, god yes, of course,” because what else is there to say that wouldn’t just make it worse?
Read More at Little Miss Obdurate


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Reading

The Feminisms of ‘Born in Flames’
by Heather Brown
What is the role of difference in feminism? When in doubt, ask Audre Lorde.  In 1980, she delivered a lecture entitled “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” (later published in Sister Outsider) in which she states, “There is a pretense to homogeneity of experience covered by the word sisterhood that does not in fact exist.” It’s no coincidence to me that three years later Lizzie Borden would direct Born in Flames, a film that depicts a collection of different feminist voices all aligned in a common goal of resisting what bell hooks terms the white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy.
Read More at Bitch Flicks

Domestic Abuse: Not Caught on Camera
by Rubab Zaidi
She woke up next to him every morning with a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach, dreading what the day would bring. He would wake up every morning making every effort to not even look in her direction. She’d watch him with his back towards her and wonder what she had done wrong. It was always the same. There was no reason and yet, there was always a reason. There was always a reason for him to be mad at her or to belittle her or to try and deny her existence entirely. Nothing was ever good enough, everything she did was wrong. But why… what did she do wrong? Why couldn’t anyone just give her the damned answer, one reason, one explanation, anything to make her understand what it was. But no answer ever came and it never would. Eventually she realised that it wasn’t her, and to this day she doesn’t know what it was that made her think that, where  she got the strength, the determination. But it was the fear, fear for her life and fear of losing her baby. That fear made her walk out of there and never look back. But what if she hadn’t been pregnant, would she still have walked out? It’s something she dares not think about.
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On Negative Self-Talk
Every time I tell you that I’m so stupid, I’m a failure, everything is my fault and so on and so forth forever into eternity, you must think that what I’m really doing is asking a question, namely: Do you agree that these things are true?
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Lisbeth's Body and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The reason why all of us are all befuddled about Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish movie and Rooney Mara in the American) is deceptively simple. Basically, she appears to be the feminist, kickass heroine of a book/movie series where she fights against institutionalized racism, sexism, and the abuse of power. She's a vigilante for women in need, a cyberpunk savior. So in that sense, she's everything we've been waiting for. 
But she is also defined primarily through her relationship with the much more milquetoast Mikael Blomkvist, a reporter who happens to be hired on to investigate a cold case. Mikael, who is played by Michael Nyqvist (Swedish films) and Daniel Craig (American film), is a nice guy, but not actually all that interesting in and of himself. He's a moderately attractive, middle-aged, decently intelligent reporter whose one solid attribute is his ability to find trouble.


by Farai Mudzingwa
When I say, to a black person, “that place” or “that person” is racist, they know what I mean. The same statement to a white person requires qualification. It has to be quantified and placed in context. It has to “make sense”. I have to justify how I feel and convince them my feelings are valid. If I fail, well … 
I have always struggled to explain to a white person how a particular place is racist – and these are liberal, well-meaning white people. The discussion over what I find racist about Cape Town or Durban in South Africa is always laced with hints of “but you did not live through the apartheid atrocities” or “but you do not live in the township.” 
Once again, measurable evidence of this racism is required.




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?
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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?
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Rocks In My Pockets Official Trailer



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Reading

My Uncertainty About Banning Grand Theft Auto
I’ve long advocated against censorship on this blog. I’ve stood up for the idea that “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend your right to say it” many times. I have to take this stance because I make porn, something that many people would like to see censored and banned. It doesn’t matter that my porn is relatively “tame” – in some people’s eyes it is offensive and obscene and they think no-one else should be allowed to see it. So I’m naturally pro-freedom of speech. 
Yet I’m currently finding myself uncertain and uncomfortable after the game Grand Theft Auto 5 was removed from Australian Target and KMart stores after a popular petition called for its banning. The November 14 release of the game features an ability to engage in first-person sex with sex workers (all female). The gamer then has the ability to beat or kill the woman to get his money back. This is on top of a popular hack that allows the gamer to rape people within the game.
Read More at Ms Naughty's Porn for Women Blog


The Dangerous Line of Respect
By Scott H. Greenfield
Aside from the truly hardcore stupid, one thing has grown out of the failure to indict the police who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, coming atop the  killing of Tamir Rice and Akai Gurley.  People who usually exercise their mind by watching the latest episode of Real Housewives of Somewhere are starting to question whether maybe, just maybe, we have a problem with cops.
Read More at Simple Justice


"Menstrual Hygiene" Explored: Capturing the Wider Context
by Chris Bobel
This summer, I bought a new camera. I needed it to snap pictures during a research trip to India where I explored diverse approaches to what’s called in the development sector, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). I chose a sleek, high tech device with a powerful, intuitive zoom.
Read More at Society for Menstrual Research


Sleepy Hollow Delivers Where Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder Fail
by Erika Turner
Unlike Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, and Professor Annalise Keating, played by Viola Davis, Abbie Mills is not a Feared and Revered Successful Professional Woman. She is a small town cop – albeit a lieutenant – and a far more interesting and sustainable character.
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Decolonizing my spirit
by Mermaid Rising
As a Peruvian-American, my blood literally tells the story of my people’s colonization. For some time, I have wanted to know what my DNA could tell me about my ancestors, so I ordered a DNA analysis through Ancestry.com. I wanted to know mainly for spiritual reasons, so that I could honor my ancestors properly with specially constructed altars. Not surprisingly , I found out I am mostly (half) Native American of the Americas, part Iberian Peninsulan (land of the conquistadors), part West African and part Greek/Roman. I even have a touch of Irish. When I saw that makeup in writing, my heart ached for my native female ancestors who were raped by the conquistadors;  I know that is how I was made. That, sadly, is the case for all of us mestizo’s. This is the overt colonization to which I refer.
Read More at Mermaid Rising


Totally Biased Web Exclusive with Hari Kondabolu: Mindy Kaling's New Show



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday Reading

5 Ignorant Jokes From the Last Comedians You'd Expect
by Jason Iannone
Lazy hack comedy, sadly, has its audience. Men and women being different, hospital food sucking, fat people fatting, cats doing anything, een sawveeyet Rahshah, and shit yelled through a bullhorn will never not be yuk-yuk nirvana for comedy fans who hear "two-drink minimum" and interpret it as "all-drink maximum." 
That's why, when a comic actually pushes the envelope with smart, thought-out, witty, edgy, progressive material, I both drop to my knees in appreciation and curse them out for writing those awesome jokes before I could. The problem with comedians who embody everything I just wrote and am too lazy to copy-paste is that when they fuck up and write ignorant, sub-intellectual humor, they actually look dumber than the people who write that swill full-time. If Babe Ruth swings at a batting tee, misses the ball, slips on dirt, and lands on his ass, that's way worse than when a scrawny, unathletic toddler does it. 
And now to hurt the ones I love. Sorry, Comic Ruths, but you're the ones who wrote this crap. You had it coming.
Read more at Cracked


Filipinos are underrepresented at most selective of UC campuses | #BlockBlum #IAmNotYourWedge
is there an effect of affirmative action when Asian Americans are disaggregated by ethnic group? Specifically, does race-conscious affirmative action produce an observable benefit to Southeast Asian American enrollment for example? Conversely, does the absence of race-conscious affirmative action hurt Southeast Asian American applicants?
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Sweden’s love affair with Pippi Longstocking and “definitions” of racism
by Katarina Hedrén
Despite Pippi’s creator, Astrid Lindgren, confessing in a 1970 interview that she should have called Ephraim Longstocking (who, unable to carve out an existence for himself in Sweden, ventured to the Pacific’s, where he immediately became the ruler of a silly-named island populated by brown people) something else, the intervention caused a backlash among Swedes. Many felt their human rights had been trampled on. The word ‘censorship’ was mentioned, and many swore they would never watch the Pippi-series again. Others vowed to only show their children the original version of the series.
Read More at Africa is a Country


On Sindh Culture Day
by Bina Shah
The most obvious symbol of Sindhi culture is the Sindhi topi (cap) and ajrak, a multipurpose block-printed cotton cloth with a distinctive red, black, indigo and white colour scheme. We give gifts of topi and ajrak to our guests to honour them, and to tell them that they are welcome in Sindh, hospitality being one of our foremost values.


by Jeana Jorgensen
A friend recently shared The 12 Pillars of Polyamory (by Kenneth R. Haslam, MD) with me, and I thought, gosh, these ideas are just too good to keep to myself. No matter what kind of relationship(s) you’re in, you will benefit from pondering these principles and figuring out how they apply to your life. I’ll list each of the 12 pillars with some of my own commentary, focusing on making them applicable for everyone, no matter whether you’re single, dating around, happily monogamously married to your high school sweetheart, consensually maintaining a harem, or something in between.


Shopping for that special feminist someone in your life? Or maybe just looking to gift something to yourself because no one else is going to get you what you really want? Or maybe you’re just looking to support some awesome indie artists this holiday season. Whatever it is you’re here for, we’ve got you covered!





Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Reading

The Day Reappropriate Broke
Sometime around midnight last night, a post that I wrote ten months ago about the police brutality case of Kang Wong — an 84 year old man who was beaten bloody by New York City police for jaywalking — went viral. And, I mean viral. I mean like it was viewed more more in a single 12 hour period than the number of visitors I typically get in a month. 
Which is great! 
Except that it cause my shared server to stall, my (former) hosting service to suspend my website (which I understand), and me to tear my hair out in frustration.
Read More at Reappropriate


#DeconstructingFerguson and lessons for black South Africa in black America
by T.O. Molefe
As I listened to people at the teach-in seated in circles of eight to ten people speak from experience and research of racial stereotyping, police brutality and the US justice system, my mind turned to Barrett and his black OSU teammates. The circle I was in had mostly black undergraduates, mere babies who each had a personal story to tell of their distrust of the police, experience of police brutality and lack of faith in the criminal justice system.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


Reproductive choice on waves
by Liz Smith
[Women on Waves] opens with the... campaign [by Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts to provide access to safe abortion for women in countries where the procedure is illegal, by means of a ship with a customised clinic], showing Dr. Gomperts and her colleagues facing the press and an angrily vociferous, mostly male crowd of demonstrators. In fact, based on the coverage of all the ship's landings, the vast majority of the anti-abortion lobby appears to be male. Perhaps the central question the film asks is: why is it so threatening when women take control over their own bodies?
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If You're Not About Justice I Want Nothing To Do With You
by Danielle
If you're not outraged about police brutality against Black Americans then I want nothing to do with you. 
Maybe that's blunt. But let me go further.
Read More at 1 Black Girl. Many Words


Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women... 
Last year I was asked to contribute an essay to an anthology focusing on stories of the “breakup” of friendships between women.  We all know and talk about male/female breakups and the grieving process (or not) of those.  I am honored to be a part of this project. 
I wrote a piece about being betrayed by a friend because of my involvement in the Steubenville case.  There were others who turned their backs on me for whatever reasons, but this particular person was one that to this day I don’t understand, and honestly don’t think I ever will understand it
Read More at Prinniefied


Chandu The Magician (1932) Bela Lugosi Full Movie



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Reading

Risky Date
by Robot Hugs
It is STUPID and AWFUL that we are expected to constantly be smart, aware, strong, reactive, proactive, and sober enough to prevent our own assaults. It is STUPID and AWFUL that if we do anything, ANYTHING, like have a glass of wine, or walk home, or smile at someone, or not smile at someone, that we are somehow in that way shouldering responsibility for someone deliberately, maliciously harming us.
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The primary object
by Sometimes It's Just a Cigar
In 1829 Sir Richard Mayne, one of the first Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police and a good answer in a pub quiz (because some people will always say Robert Peel, rather than Mayne and Rowan) wrote ‘The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts of police must be directed. The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime, will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained.’
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Remaining Episodes of Selfie Available on Hulu
by Angry Asian Man
If you were bummed about ABC's premature cancellation of Selfie after just seven episodes -- whether you're a fan or simply never got around to watching it -- you'll be happy to know that the remaining six unaired episodes of the show, starring John Cho and Karen Gillan, will be available for streaming on Hulu. 
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Jealousy and Language
by Jeana Jorgensen
Since I have the good fortune to be a relatively un-jealous person, friends often come to me for advice about how to handle jealousy issues. A lot of the time, our conversations revolve around communication and language. First, I think it’s important to learn about the concept of compersion, which is the opposite of jealousy in that you learn to be happy that your loved ones are having fuller experiences, rather than sad or angry at being left out.
Read More at Sex Ed with Dr. Jeana


5 Stories That Prove Police Are Just as Terrifying in Canada
by Adam Tod Brown
That police in Saskatoon would routinely take First Nation people picked up for being drunk and disorderly to the outskirts of town, often during the winter, and tell them to sober up on the walk home was common knowledge in the area. The act of doing that actually has a name. It's called a "Midnight Blue Tour" or "Starlight Tour", and that it was commonplace in Saskatoon was more like a legend at the time, but one based on the fact that, over the years, several First Nation people in Saskatoon turned up dead of hypothermia on the edge of town, for reasons that no one could ever really explain.
Read more at Cracked


Sister Rosetta Tharpe - This Train



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday Reading

Teen pop fandom: an adolescent rebellion
by Bridget Coulter
It is curious that during adolescence - a period fraught with contradictions and constraints - teen girls often engage in intense pop fandom (the term 'fandom' refers to the state of being a fan and the behaviour of fans). Stereotypically, female pop fans scream, faint and mob their favourite stars in the street. They also openly desire their heartthrobs, doing everything they can to get close to them. It would appear that fan behaviour provides a socially-sanctioned break from the pressure to be perfect and allows girls the opportunity to engage in 'unfeminine' behaviour.
Read More at The F Word


Thanksgiving is the Expression of the Colonizer, Then and Now
by Danny Haiphong
At this stage of history, most people outside of the US know that the dominant narrative of Thanksgiving is a pack of lies. But in the US, this is not the case. White supremacy and imperialism shape all aspects of life, making Thanksgiving day a politically useful tool for the ruling system. Every November, the ruling class greases its misinformation machine to erase its history of genocide and colonialism from historical memory in place of the myth of white benevolence. President Lincoln started the process by making Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 to revive white racial solidarity in the midst of the Civil War that threatened to tear apart the nation. Ever since, white America and broad sections of the oppressed have sat down to a meal once a year to "celebrate" the supposedly peaceful dinner between the Wampanoags of New England and the English settlers in 1621. 
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Tropes vs. Princes: Sexism-in-Drag in Modern Disney Princess Films
by Brigit McCone
Since the Disney Princess film is almost as male-dominated as video games (Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee was the first female director of a Disney feature), this appears less a genuine reversal than a clumsy “sexism-in-drag” aimed at empowering young girls. But it offers a golden opportunity for female viewers to interrogate our response: do these tropes empower us when reversed? Do we recognize them as sexist? Would they still be dehumanizing if applied equally to male and female characters?
Read More at Bitch Flicks


Pathologizing Trans Identities: Beyond the DSM
by Barbie
As one of our readers helpfully pointed out in reply to Kate’s awesome post and the resulting discussion on the future of feminism, there has been some question about whether or not being trans is still considered to be a mental disorder by the DSM.  In the DSM 5, the current version of the diagnostic and statistical manual that mental health clinicians use in the United States and elsewhere to diagnose their patients, the answer is no, though understanding why requires understanding DSM diagnostic procedures beyond the main criteria.  However, the updated diagnosis, now re-named “Gender dysphoria,” is not without its problems.  And unfortunately, the institutional pathologizing of Trans people and identities does not end with the DSM.
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Obama and his Ferguson Problem
by Ajamu Baraka
Facebook in particular became a forum in which the fissures of race colored how people saw the decision and the interpretation of the reactions from the community. So while many legitimately criticize the sometimes endless, and what they would claim are irrelevant “Facebook battles,” I fine that medium a valuable instrument for assessing shifting opinions and perceptions of the public on various topics. And judging by the amount of time that many “special interests” groups spend on social media to shape public perception and opinion, I don’t think paying attention to this medium is a waste of time.
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Darren Jackson - MIDWESTSIDE ft. Chris Grindz



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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday Reading

Cheerleaders For Christ
by Jia Tolentino
For twelve years, I attended a well-mannered Texas private school whose rules reflected the values of the Baptist megachurch it was attached to. You could be expelled for getting drunk, getting pregnant or being gay, among other spiritual offenses. Even what they called “free dress” was strict: no visible shoulders, no skirts above the knee.  
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The Secret History of Maleficent: Murder, Rape, and Woman-Hating in Sleeping Beauty
by Sivan
Like many of us, I grew up with the haunting voice and sinfully delicious image of Disney's iconic Maleficent, and have been enchanted by her ever since. When Angelina Jolie took on the role this year I was thrilled to find a feminist reclamation of the archetype of the wicked stepmother. Enthralled by her spirit and her costuming alike, I decided to pay homage to Maleficent for Halloween. But, good herstorian that I am, I did not just dress the part; I also sought out Maleficent's history. What I found was a world where women's power was a threat punishable by death, where the image of the passive, youthful woman was revered while that of the strong, older woman was despised, and where a seemingly innocent kiss, once upon a time, was an act of rape.
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This is Not Steve Aoki. Everybody Just Thinks He Is.
by Angry Asian Man
Jarrad Seng is a photographer who works in the music industry. He is Asian and rocks long hair, and thus has been mistaken for popular electronic musician Steve Aoki on a regular basis for the past five years. On the street, at festivals, in bars, etc. So he affixed a beard to his face and brought a camera along to see what happened while he walked around the Australian music festival Stereosonic, where Aoki was headlining. 
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Think of the Children! Tuesday: Newsies and Labor Politics
by Kiss My Wonder Woman
Newsies is based on actual real life historical events, but it detours rather strongly from them. The story focuses on the 1898 newsboy strike, when a huge contingent of New York's child labor went on strike in order to form a union and demand better working conditions from their capitalist overlords. The best remembered part of the strike was that of the nascent Newsboy's Union, which mostly picketed Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World. 
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Black Actresses Are the Best Thing About ‘Get On Up’
by Ren Jender
I read film reviews, so I wasn’t expecting great art out of Get On Up,  but I also wasn’t expecting a film that frequently had me asking myself why it had been made. I know all the good reasons for making a James Brown bio-pic. He was a musical genius (I don’t use that word lightly) whose innovations, for a less talented (or less business-savvy) artist, would have led to a nice little corner of the avant-garde. Instead, Brown and his band produced chart-making hits for 30 years (in itself an unprecedented accomplishment: his career lasted for 50 years) that lured people onto the dance floor who sat out every other song (and his work is sampled in many other artists’ hits as well). He also had a dramatic personal life; he was in prison both before he was famous and after the peak of his fame had passed, had many children by many different women (some of whom he married, some he did not) and, through the years, had a slew of domestic violence charges filed against him. They, of course, were not the reason he went to prison.
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25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male



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