Thursday, October 28, 2010

Obama on The Daily Show

Just posting this interview of President Obama by John Stewart in case anyone hasn't had the chance to see it. I just watched it and I actually thought it was pretty good.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Marie Claire offers up some Fat Hate

This article was linked in my tumblr and it's jsut precious. Precious I tell you. It is written by a Marie Claire blogger named Maura Kelly and it is about the new television show Mike & Molly:

The other day, my editor asked me, "Think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?"

Because I can be kind of clueless — I'm not much of a TV person — I had no idea what she was talking about, so she steered me to this CNN article, about the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. As CNN explains, "the show centers around a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group [and] has drawn complaints for its abundance of fat jokes [as well as] cries from some viewers who aren't comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors."

My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.

So anyway, yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I'd find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.

Now, don't go getting the wrong impression: I have a few friends who could be called plump. I'm not some size-ist jerk. And I also know how tough it can be for truly heavy people to psych themselves up for the long process of slimming down. (For instance, the overweight maintenance guy at my gym has talked to me a little bit about how it seems worthless for him to even try working out, because he's been heavy for as long as he can remember.)

But ... I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It's something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.
First of all, notice how the author keeps talking about "them?" She obviously has no clue what it's like to struggle with weight problems (at least in this way) and I have a bit of a hard time having a thin person tell me how I should feel about my body. It's kind of like when straight people think they know more about being gay than gay people do or when white people try to tell black people how they should feel about being black. Here's a tip - if you haven't had to live through it then you should probably stfu. Of course this doesn't mean you're not allowed to have any thoughts on anything you haven't experienced first hand, but you probably shouldn't be writing articles for Marie Claire. Just saying.

Also, I loooove how Kelly (I hate that we have the same last name) equates a fat person walking across the room with drunks and heroin addicts. Cause they're like exactly the same! (And of course this is saying nothing of the idea that people with drug problems aren't worthy of any sympathy.) Didn't you know that being fat is just like making a spectacle of yourself? That's right. Just existing is disgusting. But don't worry you poor disgusting fatties, Kelly knows exactly how hard it can be to psych yourself up for the long process of slimming down. Cause she's got like at least pudgy friend! But she's only a little pudgy. More like pleasantly plumped. Not like those disgusting obese fatties on this television show. Cause that would just be totally gross you know?

And if you have no clue on how to be less disgusting, rest assured that Kelly here has got your back. She's got tons of tips to help you. Yeah, she hasn't had to actually go through the long and often pointless process of actually losing weight, but she's read at least a dozen magazine article about it. Plus she's thin! And thin people always know best.

And as if Kelly's glaring insensitivity and overall asshole-ish ways weren't enough, the fact she thinks airing a show where fat characters actually exist and fall in love is "implicitly promoting obesity" is just the cherry on this shit pie. Guess what, having fat characters that are more than just punch lines or disgusting losers is not promoting obesity. Anyone who thinks the media actually promotes obesity when they talk about the giant horde of fat people that is ruining our country is obviously an idiot. And not fat. I can tell you that for damn sure. This show is not going to make people run out and stuff their faces with Twinkies (or whatever it is thin people think us fatties do).

What a fucking joke.

Rand Paul Supporter Stomps Head of Woman

Wow. This is pretty intense:

What pisses me off the most, is the bland and indifferent statement Rand Paul's campaign issued:
We understand that there was an altercation outside of the debate between supporters of both sides and that is incredibly unfortunate. Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election. We are relieved to hear that the woman in question was not injured.
Mark Riddle, a senior adviser for the Conway campaign (Paul's challenger) is much more eloquent:
Everyone is hoping she is okay and I don't think anybody believes this sort of behavior is tolerable. We can disagree on issues and be passionate about them but I don't think there is any room for someone throwing a young lady to the ground and stomping her on the head no matter how much they disagree with her.
Apaprently the police are trying to identify the man in the video, but as of now they aren't sure who he is. What a piece of shit. You can read more here.

Update: The man has been identified as Tim Profitt and apparently he would like an apology. I am not joking. 

LGBT Elders go back into the closet to survive

This is a trailer for the documentary Gen Silent. It speaks for itself.

This is heartbreaking and it isn't a LGBT issue alone either. Seniors often go unnoticed and that just adds to their vulnerability. We're all guilty of this I think, but it's not too late to make it right. Sometimes privilege is just the ability to be seen and have your story heard. Everyone deserves that.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quote: Men and Feminism

“Feminism expects a man to be ethical, emotionally present, and accountable to his values in his actions with women — as well as with other men. Feminism loves men enough to expect them to act more honorably and actually believes them capable of doing so.” -Michael S. Kimmel

“A Dress of Fire” by Dahlia Ravikovitch

I had decided that I wasn't going to post any more poetry from my classes, but I thought this one was particularly interesting. The poem mentions the Greek tragedy Medea, but the overall point is that Medea was a witch who ended sending the woman her lover, Jason, left her for a poisoned dress and a crown that burnt the flesh from her bones. The whole story is interesting, but this is really all you need for this particular poem (though that is a horrible summation of the play).

A DRESS OF FIRE by Dahlia Ravikovitch

You know, she said, they made you
a dress of fire.
Remember how Jason's wife burned in her dress?
It was Medea, she said, Medea did that to her.
You've got to be careful, she said,
they made you a dress glowing like an ember,
burning like coals.

Are you going to wear it, she said, don't wear it.
It's not the wind whistling, it's the poison
You're not even a princess, what could you do to Medea?
Can't you tell one sound from another, she said,
it's not the wind whistling.

Remember, I told her, that time when I was six?
They shampooed my hair and I rushed out into the street.
That shampooing
trailed its scent after me like a cloud.
Then I got sick from the wind and the rain.
I didn't yet know how to read Greek tragedies,
but the scent of the perfume spread
and I was very sick.
Now I can see it was an unnatural perfume.

What will become of you, she said,
they made you a burning dress.
They made me a burning dress, I said. I know.
So why are you just standing around, she said,
you've got to be careful.
You know what a burning dress is, don't you?

I know, I said, but not about
being careful.
One whiff of that perfume and I'm all confused.
I said to her, No one has to agree with me,
I don't trust Greek tragedies.

But the dress, she said, the dress is on fire.
What are you saying, I shouted,
what are you saying?
I'm not wearing a dress at all,
what's burning is me.
This poem mixes the tragedy of Medea with Ravikovitch's own life (apparently she had exposed nerves and was sickened by perfume as a child), but it also makes the reader think of betrayal. Our teacher asked us to think of the burning dress as the expectations we put on women to be certain ways and I thought it was interesting.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Zombie Week at Sunshine and Bones

I have decided to have Zombie Week over at Sunshine and Bones this week and I thought I'd let you guys know over here in case any of you are as zombie obsessed as I am.

You can expect quite a few book reviews, some zombie art, and even some zombie inspired food. My goal is mainly just to have a good time and I hope you'll join along. Head on over to Sunshine and Bones to get the goods.

-Photo by wvs

Senate is Antidemocratic

I was reading my political science textbook and I thought this statement was interesting (keep in mind that senators used to be appointed by state legislators until the 17rh amendment):
The founders saw the Senate as a bulwark against unruly democratic majorities. As Richard Rosenfeld summed up the situation, “the United States Senate stands today as a grotesque monument to that antidemocratic legacy; it remains largely a preserve of wealthy white male aristocrats drawn from an entirely different economic class than the people they purport to represent.” Today, however, the situation is even worse. For example, at the time of the founding the most populous state, Virginia, had ten times more people than Delaware, the least populous state. Now, California is the most populous state, and it has 69 times more people than Wyoming, and yet Wyoming has the same voting power as California in the U.S. Senate.
It's ironic how people revere the founding fathers, but completely ignore the fact that many of the founding father's beliefs are incompatible with the way we like to think of ourselves and/or our government.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Anderson Cooper Schools Christine O'Donnell

Added to the list of reasons why I love Anderson Copper.

Oh snap.

Women Voters Deserting Democrats?

I had Chris Matthews on in the background as I got ready for class yesterday, and this clip about women voters leaving the Democratic party caught my eye. At first I was a bit flabbergasted. All I could think was "how is this possible?"

I read one article that claims taxes are the reason there are more women joining in politics on the right. Women are now the breadwinners in almost 40 percent of family households, so it makes sense that economic factors are going to be important. But the idea that taxes are the reason women are turning away from the Democratic party has my scratching my head since we know the taxes have fallen under President Obama. If this is as important of an issue that people want us to believe, then shouldn't Democrats be gaining women voters with that fact?

There are certainly more women candidates running as Republicans then ever before. But what those "Year of the Republican Woman" articles don't mention is that though there were more Republican women running in House primaries this year, more lost than in 2004. Don't get me wrong, the numbers are still pretty impressive.

From The Center for American Women and Politics (pdf):
Senate: The 36 women (19D, 17R) who filed for U.S. Senate seats exceeded the previous record of 29 (22D, 7R) set in 1992. Fifteen (9D, 6R*) women are running in the general election for the Senate in 14 states, and increase over the record of 12 (8D, 4R) set in 2006.

*Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost her primary, but is running as a write-in candidate in the general election.

House of Representatives: A record-shattering 262 women (134D, 128R) filed and ran in primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, far surpassing the 1992 peak of 222 (140D, 82R). But many were defeated in primaries, leaving 138 women (91D, 47R) as general election candidates. There are currently 73 women (56D, 17R) in the House, along with 3 (3D) delegates from the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Governor: A total of 26 women (12D, 14R) filed for governor, and a record-tying 10 (5D, 5R) are general election candidates in 8 states. In two states, New Mexico and Oklahoma, both major party gubernatorial candidates are women; each state will elect its first woman governor. The ten candidates running this year match the numbers in 2006 (5D, 5R) and 1994 (6D, 3R, 1 ACP†). No woman of color has ever served as governor of a state, but two are candidates this year.
Unfortunately it seems to come down to the fact that even though women voters generally favor Democrats over Republicans, they are also more likely to be evenly split between both parties during periods of economic unrest. There's no big upheaval going on among women voters or anti-Obama plot going on. Women are just tired of struggling in this economy as much as everyone else. The fact the Republicans get to benefit from that unhappiness, is just a consequence of only having two options. Talk of how women relate to the spirit of the outsider the Tea Party represents is ridiculous.

In the end we can't forget that not all women are pro-women. So if we're going to look to the Sarah Palin's and the Michele Bachmann's of the world for any kind of support or representation, then we're only deluding ourselves. But as much as it pains me to say it, if the Republicans gain some votes because the Democrats haven't been able to get their shit together, well then they deserve them. The Republican part will have to make some definite changes to their party if they have any hope of holding on to women voters. And I don't see anything wrong with that.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Levi Johnston’s Blues

I was organizing my New Music Thursday posts over and Sunshine and Bones when I realized this should be posted here. By Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, this song is definitely interesting.

Woke up this morning, what do I see?
Three thousand cameras, pointing at me
Dude says, You Levi? I'm like, Yes that's me, sir!
"Well, you've knocked up the VP nominee's daughter"
So I tell him, No, you got it wrong, mister
Already with a girl, and her name's Bristol
They all laugh and say, Where you been, sonny?
Your mother-in-law's a heartbeat from the presidency
I say, Mother-in-law? No, we ain't getting married
They say, You will be soon, boy, she just announced it
I get on my dirt bike, ride to my girl's home
I'm gonna lay down the law, tell her what's going on

I'm a fuckin' redneck, I live to hang out with the boys
Play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose
I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin', I guess
Ya fuck with me and I'll kick your ass

So we talk and it turns out we don't believe in abortion
And sex outside marriage is against our religion
And when I try to tell them I'm eighteen years old
They say, Levi, it's too late, you gotta do as you're told

Wow. I don't even know what else to say.

MSNBC Lean Forward Campaign

Have you guys seen MSNBC’s new marketing campaign "Lean Forward?" The ads are directed by Spike Lee and there are quite a few of them.

This video is a great explanation of the tagline and what went on:

Out of all of the ads, I think Rachel Maddow's and Keith Olbermann's are my favorite.

First of all, Olbermann sure can type fast with one hand. Second, seeing Maddow's ad makes me realize that I would be happy being one of the people in the background. I usually tell people I want to be a journalist, but that's kind of inaccurate. I just want to be involved with politics and media in some way. I want a job where facts are important and this made me realize that there are a lot of different ways to do that. So who knows?

You can see Chris Matthew's here, Ed Schultz's here, and Morning Joe's here. There is also a general ad that is good, if not a bit corny.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

When Parents Fail

This is a video that I saw on tumblr, and I couldn't resist re-posting it. The parents in this video are incredibly insensitive, but not too surprising.


Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Johnny Weir receives the HRC Visibility Award

You'd think it would be impossible to love Johnny Weir any more, but apparently the depth of his awesomeness knows no bounds.

A Roundup of Things that Rock

I thought I'd do a roundup of some interesting things that have tickled my fancy lately. Even though I don't always blog, I am pretty addicted to the internet. (Ryan finds it terribly annoying.)

1. Wear purple on Wednesday in memory of gay teen suicides. I think this idea is great. From the site:
After a spate of suicides among LGBT US teenagers, people across the world will wear purple tomorrow to honour their memory. More than 1.3 million people have pledged on Facebook to mark ‘Spirit Day’, which was created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan.

Ms McMillan wrote on the Facebook page: “It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in memory of the recent gay suicides.

“Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this.Purple represents spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality.

"Please wear purple on October 20th to remember all the lives of LGBTQ youth that have been lost due to homophobia. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbours and schools.”
2. Take Action. End Fat Talk. The goal of this site is to get people to stop talking "fat talk" about their bodies for this week. According to the site, 10 million women are dealing with eating disorders in this country and their hope is to set a more positive tone to the conversation. Very cool.

3. I thought this Sesame Street video was full of win:

4. I love this quote by Cynthia Nixon:

“Gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the vote they did not redefine voting. When African-Americans got the right to sit at a lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table…We have no desire to change marriage. We want to be entitled to not only the same privileges, but the same responsibilities as straight people.”
5. Get catcalled? Why not get some cat-calling cards? With gems like "Fuck off" and "You will die bitter and alone," it kind of makes this gal wish she had some use for them.

6. I forgot about this video of Michel Martin pwning Dr Laura, but I thought it was still worth a post. Seriously, Michel Martin is my new girl crush.

I have a tendency to get carried away so I think that's a nice place to stop. Hope you guys like the links! I'm off to pick up my monster from school.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Sex Talk"

Some more random things to entertain you with, here is a comic about sex and consent entitled "Sex Talk." Click on the photo for a larger version.

This is a three part series and the other two can be found here. All and all I have to say I am definitely on board. Any thing that brings consent to the forefront of the conversation is a win in my book. Check them out.

Another Classy Wingnut Billboard

This particular gem is apparently in Colorado:

From Pink News:
A billboard poster of President Obama which depicts him as a gay man, a Mexican bandit, a gangster and a suicide bomber has been accused of racism and homophobia.

The poster was put up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and was designed by artist Paul Snover, who has refused to say who commissioned the work.

It has the headline "Vote DemocRAT" and shows four cartoon versions of the president gambling with the military and the US Constitution.

The version of Mr Obama as a gay man lives up to stereotypes, with a gold earring and tight purple top.

Both Democrats and Republicans have attacked the billboard.

Mesa County Democrat chairwoman Martelle Daniels said: "It’s beyond disrespectful. You would like to think that we all would show respect for our commander-in-chief, but this is just beyond that. It’s racist, it’s homophobic, and it’s really cowardly."

Chuck Pabst, the chairman of the local Republican Party, told the Grand Junction Sentinel: "It's reprehensible and disrespectful, and that's not what any honorable person would put forth. To ridicule somebody in this manner is juvenile."

Local reports say that the parking lot where the billboard is has been packed with people trying to get a closer look at it.
It's pretty insane that people have the gall to do things like this. Not everyone has to like him, but this is just crazy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bosnia revokes filming permission for Jolie film after Women War Victims Protest

I just read a surprising story about the Bosnian government revoking Angelina Jolie's permission to shoot a film in their country because the story apparently centers on a love affair between a rapist and his victim.

From AFP:
Bosnian authorities on Wednesday revoked permission for US star Angelina Jolie to shoot part of her directorial debut film there after complaints from a women war victims group, Bosnian radio reported. Gavrilo Grahovac, the Culture Minister of the Muslim-Croat federation -- one of the two entities in post-war Bosnia -- revoked permission to shoot scenes in Sarajevo and the central town Zenica, he said on Bosnian radio.

Hollywood trade daily Variety reported that the film will tell the story of a Serbian man and Bosnian woman who fall in love in the middle of the war, but are driven to take different paths. However Bosnian press reported the movie would be a love story between a Muslim victim and her rapist, a Serb, causing outrage among victims' groups.

"They no longer have the authorisation to shoot in Bosnia. They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it," Grahovac told the radio.

The culture minister said that while he could not stop the film from being shot somewhere else, revoking the filming license was a way to "express our disapproval for the shooting of a movie which does not tell the truth and hurts a large number of victims". According to Bosnian actress Zana Marjanovic, who has landed the lead in the movie, the film is "an epic drama against the backdrop of the 1992-92 Bosnian war".

But women war victims groups were up in arms over the film's reported subject of a rapist and his victim falling in love. "This is misleading history. Among thousands of testimonies by women raped during the war, there is not a single one that tells of a love story between a victim and her rapist," Bakira Hasecic, the head of the "Women victims of war" association in Sarajevo, told AFP. "We will not allow anyone to falsify our pain," she added.
That's pretty intense to read. I'm really glad that these women stood up for this and that the Culture Minister listened. Love stories between rapists and their victims always make me nauseous. This isn't to say that this sort of thing never happens of course. I just don't think we need to romanticize it in film and literature.

Update: I just want to add that Jolie has said this is a understanding. From another AFP article: "A representative of the company was confident they would get their filming license reinstated and insisted that the film was not a rape love story." So we'll see what happens.

Wordless Wednesday

New Angle Attack Ad Against Harry Reid is "Delusional"

 Well isn't this new attack ad by Sharon Angle just peachy?

The worst part, is that Sharon Angle has said that it wouldn't be her job as senator to create jobs. So basically Reid is at fault for not creating more employment, but Angle doesn't think it's a senators job to create employment. Makes zero sense.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Judge orders military to stop enforcing don't ask, don't tell

It only an injunction, but I think it's still pretty great.

From CNN:
A federal judge ordered that the U.S. military stop enforcing the don't ask, don't tell policy on Tuesday.

Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"." The judge had previously ruled that the policy regarding gays serving in the military violated service members Fifth Amendment rights but delayed issuing the injunction. The military was sued by Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group.

An appeal by the Department of Justice is anticipated.
I think this song is pretty appropriate:


Federal Judge Rules That Health Reform Law Is Constitutional

You know how a bunch of Attorney Generals went crazy about "Obamacare" and decided to challenge the government about it? Well, the first ruling has been decided and it turns out that being crazy isn't enough to get what you want.

The Washington Post:
A federal judge in Michigan ruled Thursday that the new health-care overhaul law is constitutional, rejecting an argument that Congress lacked the power to create the legislation's "individual mandate," which requires virtually all Americans to purchase health insurance.

Other federal courts have already dismissed some challenges to the law on technical grounds - ruling, for instance, that the plaintiffs lacked standing. However, the decision issued Thursday by Judge George Caram Steeh of the Eastern District of Michigan is the first to reject a claim based on the merits, marking a notable victory for the Obama administration.

The plaintiffs, three people and the Thomas More Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm in Ann Arbor, had objected to being compelled to choose between buying health coverage that they do not want or paying a tax penalty that, they argued, would go into the nation's general fund and could end up paying for abortions.

They further argued that because the decision not to buy insurance is a form of inactivity rather than an economic activity, it is not covered by the clause of the Constitution that grants Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.

However, Steeh found that "far from 'inactivity,' by choosing to forgo insurance, plaintiffs are making an economic decision to try to pay for health-care services later, out of pocket, rather than now through the purchase of insurance, collectively shifting billions of dollars . . . onto other market participants." Therefore, Steeh ruled, regulating this decision falls well within the scope of Congress's authority to regulate the health insurance market.

The judge also echoed the administration's contention that unless young and healthy people are required to purchase coverage, the pool of those who are insured would be skewed toward the sick, making it impossible for insurers to comply with protections such as the law's prohibition on discriminating against those with preexisting conditions.

"The court found that the minimum coverage provision of the statute was a reasonable means for Congress to take in reforming our health-care system," said Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department. "The department will continue to vigorously defend this law in ongoing litigation."
It really does always come down to abortion doesn't it? These people are such broken records.

Anyways, while this ruling has no bearing on the other cases (though Judge Steeh's opinion will be considered) but it still sets a good precedent.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Eminem on 60 Minutes

I think there is something seriously wrong with me when it comes to homework (and quite a few other things but I don't want to bore you). I could have done my homework yesterday, but that would have made just too much damn sense wouldn't it? Instead I decided to spend the last few hours trying to cram it all in and now I have no time for other things. Like blogging. You know, the really important stuff. So I apologize that my blog has been lacking a bit, but keep in mind I'm taking Math, Physics, English, Political Science, and International Literature. In other words, please pity me.

I really want to talk about how Eminem seems to evoke a certain amount of anger in people that other rappers don't always elicit, but I don't really have the time. I can say that I think Jezebel dropped the ball once again and turned what could of been a genuine conversation about race and misogyny in hip hop into another excuse to make cheap jokes. We all know Eminem is an asshole, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a point. Also, white people are allowed to talk about their race as well. I know we like to turn us pigmently challenged into some monolithic group, but that doesn't mean white people don't have anything to contribute to race conversations.

While I wouldn't go as far to say Eminem was "attacked" because of his race, I do think he brings up a point that deserves a more thoughtful response. There is no denying that Eminem has been singled out time and time again. This isn't to say that no other hip hop artists have ever been criticized (way to make a straw man argument Jezebel), but Eminem is like the Marylin Manson of hip hop. Is it because of his race? Is it because a lot of his fans are white and society is more concerned with white teenagers than black? Is it because he's just really popular? I don't think there is no denying that white people are more comfortable calling out other white people then they are people of color. It could be any of these reasons or a combination of all of them and jokes about having a baby out of wedlock just isn't cutting it for me.

I'm going to look for some more articles and posts that talk about this thing, but I don't have the time right now (off to shower and cook dinner before class). I do want to leave you with this comment though that really resonated with me.

I know this might not be popular but I took a Rap, Hip Hop and Feminism course this summer and there is a book called "Hip Hop Feminism" and the author states that she feels misogynist lyrics in a black artists song aren't going to be criticized as harshly as a white artist. The author states it is because most feminism is a 'white' thing and that white feminists aren't comfortable calling out a black artist and so they leave it to the black feminist. She then states that black feminists (mostly) don't do anything because black women are brought up to defend their brothers. These are NOT my statements, just what the author had to say. It was either Gwen Pough or Joan Morgan who wrote it, I don't have the article with me. It was a very interesting class, though.
Definitely interesting to think about. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Touched Myself Instead of Voting for Christine O'Donnell

Best campaign button ever:

In case you aren't sure what this button is referencing, O'Donnell once said that masturbating was essentially a form of adultery and that people should abstain from it. This was in the 90's, but it's still fun to mock.

Wordless Wednesday

I am loving Bloggers new photo upload options! These are so much better larger.