Voices Archives

Arguing with strawmen

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Certain arguments in comments on feminist blogs are as predictable as the rising of the sun, the passage of time, or Dorries being evil. I'm sick of explaining them repeatedly, so decided to compile a handy list:

Progressive Women’s Voices: The Takeaway

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Last week, I had the privilege of being one of fifteen women selected for the second class of 2011 of Progressive Women’s Voices. PWV is a media training program run by Women’s Media Center. Now in its third year, PWV has trained Feministing’s own Jessica, Samhita, and Courtney.

CHRONICLES OF MANSPLAINING: Professor Feminism and the Deleted Comments of Doom

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It all started because I deleted some link spam. Let me explain. On this site, we sometimes get comments that are designed for no other purpose but to promote a certain blog, website, or blog post. “Spam,” these comments are called. Sometimes, these comments are nobly motivated, yet clearly robotic; a blog post about, say, domestic violence gets found by Google and we get a comment along the lines of “Domestic violence harms many women and children! Visit www.CauseWebsite.com to learn more!” Since this is spam, albeit of a well-motivated nature, it gets deleted so that our non-robot commenters don’t have to wade through it. Sometimes, it’s actual people looking to promote their own blog posts by hitching a ride on ours: “Nice post about Doctor Who! I also wrote about Doctor Who one time! My post is here at www.myblog.com/doctorwhopost!” Also spam, also gets deleted. My, what interesting facts about basic comment moderation these must be for you!

 

Going Off Birth Control Pills: My Story

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We all know the benefits of birth control pills: they’re safe, effective, regulate your period (hello, cramps and flow!), help fight acne, and when taken properly, prevent pregnancy. Your hormones are under control, the sun is shining and birds are chirping your favorite song. But what happens when you go OFF hormonal birth control pills

Fuck Gratitude

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  To me, the concept of gratitude is inextricably linked with the Christian sect I abandoned years ago. As part of our religious practice, I was compelled to write a list each week of the things for which I was grateful. At the time we were poor, periodically homeless in a rural stretch of the bible belt. I was young living with untreated asthma and chronic bronchitis.

When dads hollaback

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On Wednesday of this week, a man – we’ll call him Shmobert, to protect his anonymity – was returning walking through downtown Sydney on his way back from his lunch break. On the corner of a street, he came across a gaggle of young women handing out promotional fliers to passing pedestrians. Across the road was a construction site, where scaffolding had been put up around the outside of a building. About a storey off the ground, the scaffolding formed a walkway, and along the walkway stood about six construction workers, lined up and facing the street making obscene gestures at the women across the street.

Tatiana’s Story: Trafficked into Israel

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Tatiana was looking for work.  She needed to save money for law school. During her job hunt she responded to an advertisement in a local newspaper looking for girls to work abroad as cleaners and servers.  After a brief interview with the agency Tatiana was selected to be a waitress in Israel.  She was thrilled.

Mamie Till’s Memorial

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she wanted the world to see what they had done to her baby, Emmett. so as we quickly approach the day Emmett was violently violated and killed (August 28), i want to consider again the religious ethics that prompted his mother’s — Mamie Till-Bradley — desire for the world to experience the death of her son. of course, we already know that death is anything but uncommon. it is but a part of what we call life, it is the culmination of such lived experience and behavior. death is not unique of itself, so we must know that Till-Bradley was not celebrating the death of her son. thus when she declared that she wanted the world to see, it was not death itself, but a particular aesthetic, a specific mode of violence in which she and her son lived, that she wanted to display for the world.

God, Dogs, and Self-Care – Balancing Social Justice and the Self

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A lot of my screwed up sexist programing came from the Christian Sect I was raised in for the first several years of my life. Some of it I was able to defeat with shear cussedness, some with reason, some with empathy, but some of it lingers in my psyche and worms its way out from time to time. This is particularly true of the culture of giving. It’s something I’m not sure that non-Christians or more progressive Christians are familiar with. The phrase “give till it hurts” was common. The minister often spoke eloquently of how Christ gave away all of his possessions and how everything we gave would come back to us “10-fold” (ahem…of course the minister was “receiving” these gifts).

Men, MILFs, and the Madonna-Whore Complex

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Eira and I are home from our trip to Israel (I’ll try to write something about that soon). We’re off to Montana on Sunday, so the summer travels aren’t entirely concluded. I do have a quick piece up at Good Men Project today: The Real Meaning of MILFs. Excerpt:

Voices for Clean Air National Week of Action: August 15-19

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This week, August 15-19, Moms Clean Air Force is promoting a “Voices for Clean Air National Week of Action.”  Following an extremely successful three days at the national BlogHer conference, the MCAF team was reaffirmed in their conviction that parents are a vital—and often untapped—constituency for advocating on behalf of non-toxic air and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Certainty and Social Justice

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As you may know from the numerous threads in which I’ve gone about it ad nauseum, I’m a skeptic (an fallibilist, existentialist …sort of). Without boring you to death, here’s the short version. I don’t think you can know things. I mean know them, know them. Not feel them, not experience them…but KNOW them. We (humans) cannot (probably) be absolutely certain of anything.

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