Cognitive Dissonance Archives

Peggy Orenstein urges us to “think about pink”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Last month, I posted a video of Infomania’s Erin Gibson taking on the pinkification of America that occurs every year in the name of breast cancer awareness. In Saturday’s New York Times, author Peggy Orenstein echoes Gibson’s concerns, particularly those about who breast cancer awareness is marketed to younger women.

Emerging female playwrights told that none are deserving of Wasserstein Award

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Wasserstein Award is an annual award given to an emerging female playwright who has yet to receive recognition for their work. Nominations were solicited for the award, but this year, the committee rejected all of the nominees because, in their words, none were “truly outstanding.”

Interview with TNTT: Covering ‘Closer’

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Argentinian electro-pop-rock duo TNTT are the latest in a string of acts to cover of NIN's classic hit 'Closer'. Due out on 15 November, you can listen to a preview on the band's MySpace or download the HouseHood remix here.

Smart People Into Kicking Emmer

From: discoverfeminism.com |

SPIKE! Can you dig it? If you can come up with a better acronym, let me know. Tom Emmer must go down in flames come November.

Unreality and the politics of experience

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Have you ever been in this situation? You share something that happened to you, something that affected you, something that you can’t get off your mind, and the person you’re telling your story to sits back with a pensive expression. And you start to feel a minor dread. And then… ‘are you sure they meant it like that? It wasn’t a misunderstanding? Are you sure that’s what happened?’ Or, even if they believe you, ‘was it really that bad?’

Petition to Replace the Disgrace known as Columbus Day with a National/International Holiday Honoring American Indians

From: discoverfeminism.com |

To:  All people of the world Congress of the United States Senate of the United States President of the United States We the undersigned come together before you to request that each of these governing bodies take all necessary action to bring about a Federal Holiday for Native American Elected Leaders, To include Congressional hearings on the racial exclusion of Native Americans in movies, television, sports advertising, music companies, etc.

Remembering Columbus Dismembering Indians: For THIS a holiday? SHAME on the U.S. Government!

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In 1492, Columbus Sailed Stained The Ocean Blue Red.
The video that follows is horrific in its honest portrayal of what savage men from Europe did when they came to this land. It conveys blood-thirsty, ruthless Christian European men torturing and slaughtering people: babies, children, and adults--female and male. The people being slaughtered savagely, barbarically, are not Christian Europeans.

Fundamentalists Ruin Everything.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Basil, a restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is a kosher joint that seeks to bridge the gap between the neighborhood’s very divided Jewish and black populations. And it sounds pretty great!

Dharun Ravi and anti-gay sentiments in the South Asian community.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I was surprised last night when my mom said they should put Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei in jail for what they did to Tyler Clementi, a young man who took his life last week after Ravi and Wei spread video of him engaging sexually with another man on the internet. I shouldn’t be too shocked, she always treated my gay friends as her own, but she’s also always been a little bit homophobic.

Why Ines Sainz Wasn’t Asking For It

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As you've no doubt heard by now, Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz was catcalled last week in the New York Jets locker room while she was working on a story. As is all too common when attractive women deviate from their desired roles as society's blow-up dolls, the former Miss Spain was immediately blamed for the incident despite Tweeting "I die of embarrassment" (in Spanish) and telling a rather dismissive, hostile Joy Behar on CNN that she did nothing to provoke the players.

One of my favourite bits of cognitive dissonance

From: discoverfeminism.com |

There’s something that always gets me about white people who want to restrict immigration so as to preserve their cultural and racial dominance, which is supposedly under threat, in a given country. Who want to ban, for instance, Muslim women from wearing clothing of religious, cultural and social importance because they feel uncomfortable encountering the Other in their own backyard.

Is America getting more ignorant?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Novelist Porochista Khakpour had a powerful and affecting op-ed in this weekend\’s New York Times about the evolution of her identity and its political significance over the last nine years. Essentially, she reflects back and argues that the climate for people of color, particularly those of any Middle Eastern descent, has actually gotten more dangerous, more dehumanizing, more disturbing, since Obama took office.