Okay, I know that this has been going on in the Geek girl world but honestly I didn’t realize that it was this Starfire who was being sexed up. Until now…. [Important: read the links, please] I loved watching Teen Titans when it came out, but why sextify Starfire? Oh yea, I forgot DC owns Starfire so all that she is going to do is sit on the beach and wave her hair all around and ask for sex. Nice role model.
In October 1936 200 men from the North East town of Jarrow marched, along with their MP Ellen Wilkinson, to London in protest against mass unemployment and extreme poverty. 75 years later, the youth group Youth Fight For Jobs are re-creating the Jarrow march to protest about youth unemployment. One of the speakers at the opening event was Lizi Gray, great grand daughter of one of the original 1936 marchers, who will be walking parts of the route inbetween studying at college.
The whole of the internet is abuzz with the news that Steve Jobs passed away today, and I also feel strangely sad about his death. Hitting a little closer to home, I found out via Twitter that Derrick Bell also passed today. Bell was a leader in the development and teaching of Critical Race Theory, and one of the most interesting legal thinkers I’ve ever come across. He shaped not only my legal studies and my work, but American law and ideas about race in this country. You should be reading his writing generally, but this section of the Wikipedia entry about his career is worth pointing to:
CALL FOR PAPERS Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) MOTHERING AND REPRODUCTION featuring an embedded conference on the topic of MOTHERING, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY October 18-20, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada
The case surrounding the horrific murder of Meredith Kercher and subsequent reporting on the convicted (now acquitted) killers is well-troddenground in terms of feminist critique. I've tended to avoid comment or speculation myself on the basis that I have personally found it very difficult to judge the complexdetails of the case itself when it has always been apparent that -guilty or not- Amanda Knox has been subject to an uncomfortably sexualised and irrelevant scrutiny by the media. It has often seemed as if some people would have had her thrown in jail for apparent crimes against female modesty.
Whilst it can in no way be considered a weekly round up, the intermittent music paste up post, of which I've done, er, one so far I think, could be considered to be related. Think of it as the messy, erratic, frequently fairly frivolous younger sibling to said round ups.
Such a great post by Jessica on breastfeeding supremacists. Breastfeeding is great — and the corporate push for formula-feeding, without any regard for women’s health, is totally and entirely fucked up and unconscionable. But not all women are able to breastfeed, and new moms have a lot to balance. Yes, breastfeeding should be promoted and taught, and there should be resources in hospitals and communities to assist women. But also, pregnant women and new moms are criticized for basically everything they do, from drinking coffee to eating a bite of fish to using the wrong kind of stroller (and women who aren’t white and aren’t wealthy are criticized a whole lot more).
Because they seem to have only one song in their repertoire, GOP legislators are at it yet again. I just issued a warning about this kind of thing, and lo! The anti-choice Republican lawmakers were already rearing to go with an anti-women, anti-family agenda! This persistent bunch is trying, yet again, to eliminate Title X funding. Title X funding provides birth control and preventive health care to more than 5 million low-income Americans every year.
On Monday, the NY Times reported on a new study which appears to show that the most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa may double the risk of HIV infection. In addition, when it is used by HIV-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception at all.