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The Name of the Magazine is Actually “Where”

Via.

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What Happens When Members of Historically Disadvantaged Groups Talk About Equality

Derailment Bingo is the the creative brainchild of piranha @ Dreamwidth, here. -Bridget Crawford

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Law Prof Riff on Chescaleigh’s “No Homo” Substitutes

The very funny Franchesca Ramsey (nom de video blog= Chescaleigh) pokes fun at the phrase “no homo,” a verbal addendum following a compliment, designed to distance the speaker from any implication that the speaker is gay or lesbian. You can … Continue reading

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Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler on Being a Black Male Feminist

Over at blac(k)ademic v.2, Dr. K. Ryan Ziegler writes (here) about how his past “as a black woman informs [his] black male feminist perspective today.  Here is an excerpt: For some transmen, their female past conjures up memories of pain … Continue reading

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If Anne-Marie Slaughter is a Dropout, We’re Chopped Liver

Over here at The American Prospect, E.J. Graff (Brandeis, Women’s Studies) has a great analysis of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article Why Women Still Can’t Have It All from the July/August issue of The Atlantic.  Graff responds to the italicized portions of … Continue reading

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What is in a Name?

Via Tech Crunch (here), this chart: -Bridget Crawford

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“Like Saul on the Road to Damascus”: One Man’s ‘Conversion’ to Feminism

The whole “conversion” narrative is a bit awkward, but I read with interest this opinion piece from the Ottowa Citizen by David Moscrop, a PhD at the University of British Columbia.  Here is an excerpt: I became a feminist gradually … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Beholder?

From CNN: a discussion of the impact of documentaries such as Miss Representation and America the Beautiful on today’s youth. If you still wonder whether the image of women and gender in pop culture is still relevant, take a look … Continue reading

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The World’s Worst Sperm Donor

Over at The AWL, a fabulously NYC-centric blog, I found writer Jack Stuef’s clever-funny-sad-ironic essay, I Am the World’s Worst Sperm Donor.  Here is an excerpt: In the end… Grant and Lee signed the treaty. It was over. I realized I … Continue reading

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Barbara Walters Says Santorum is Correct About “Radical Feminism”

Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View.  In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Cupcake Feminism?

image source www.cupcakedelights.com Over at the on-line music publication The Quietus, UK-based writer Meryl Trussler reacts to what she perceives as a “counter-campaign” to make feminism palatable to the mainstream media (at worst) or “cool again” (at best): This move is not deliberate … Continue reading

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When Pink Became a “Girl” Color

Jo B. Paoletti (American Studies, Maryland) tells the history in Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America, published last month by Indiana University Press.  The book’s webpage has a slide show of greeting cards from 1960, … Continue reading

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Feminist Research Resource at Barnard

The Barnard College Library has a large collection of feminist ‘zines.  The Barnard Zine Library has its own webpage (here), with finding guides (see here), bibliographies (see here) and teaching resources (here).  The teaching guides could be adapted easily for … Continue reading

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Coming to Social Consciousness Through Hip-Hop

Over at Rhymes and Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop, Chicago-based community organizer Jasson Perez talks about one song’s influence on his intellectual and emotional development: I picked Tupac, “Keep Ya Head Up,” mainly because, well,  it’s a great song, and its … Continue reading

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Franchesca Ramsey on “What Happens When You’re a Black Girl on the Internet”

Franchesca Ramsey is the creator and featured performer in the short video “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” (itself a spoof on the viral”Sh*it Girls Say…” video).  Ms. Ramsey has her own blog (here) and a You Tube channel (here).  In … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Woman To Pay Alimony, Legal Fees, To Ex-Spouse Convicting Of Attacking Her

A San Diego judge has told an ex-wife  to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and be ready to pay him alimony should he make the request once he leaves prison. Judge Geoffrey Pollack noted that he had discretion in the … Continue reading

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New Documentary: “The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women”

The Media Education Foundation has released a new documentary film, “The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women.”  Here is a clip: The movie is based on Jessica Valenti’s book The Purity Myth. She shares writing credit on the … Continue reading

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Human High Heels

This image creeps me out.  Luckily, it’s an artistic creation a la Photoshop (not an actual foot!) by Richard Darell at Bit Rebels.  Lots of interesting art/social commentary at that site; definitely worth a look. -Bridget Crawford image source: Richard … Continue reading

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“Enviro-Toons” in Cultural and Historical Contexts: “That’s All Folks?” by Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann

From the FLP mailbox comes a notice of a new book by Robin L. Murray (English, Eastern Illinois University) and Joseph K. Heumann (Emeritus, Eastern Illinois University).  Here‘s the publisher’s description of That’s All Folks? (Univ. Nebraska Press 2011): Although … Continue reading

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Documentary “Miss Representation” Tonight on OWN

One of the hits of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival takes to the small screen tonight.  The Oprah Winfrey Network will show the documentary film Miss Representation at 9:00 p.m. (eastern).  Here is a description of the film: Like drawing … Continue reading

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The Feminist “Generation Wars” Continue

First we had the “wave” wars.  Now it’s feminists who were there (read: politically aware) at the time of the Clarence Thomas hearings versus everyone else.  That’s how I read Vivia Chen’s reflections over at the Careerist (here) about last weekend’s … Continue reading

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Is it Feminism “Fault” that Women are Single?

The November, 2011 edition of The Atlantic features a young, single writer and the headline “What Me, Marry?” with the subtitle, “In today’s economy, men are falling apart.  What that means for sex and marriage.”  That sounds like an interesting … Continue reading

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“From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Exploring Feminism in Film & Media”

The 14th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival will take place this coming weekend in Brooklyn, New York.  Here’s an overview: Reel Sisters Film Festival will screen more than 25 films directed, produced or written by women of … Continue reading

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“SlutWalkNYC: A Video Diary”

Therese Shechter of Trixie Films has posted her video footage from SlutWalkNYC.  Here it is: Slutwalk NYC 2011 from Trixie Films on Vimeo. Ms. Shechter has more commentary and links here. -Bridget Crawford

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Gender-Differentiated Halloween Costumes for Toddlers

An internet vendor of baby and children’s goods (diapers.com) recently sent out a promotional email advertising “up to 50% off halloween.”  Look at the circled part of the ad above.  The site classifies toddler costumes “for girls” separately from those … Continue reading

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How Bad is “The Playboy Club”?

Pretty bad, according to Gail Dines (Wheelock College).  Here’s her take: There were so many surreal scenes in the pilot of NBC’s The Playboy Club that it is difficult to pick out the most eye-popping . . . . I … Continue reading

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Their Eyes Were Watching God as a “Legal” Novel

The discussion on Dee Perry’s Around Noon [on September 19, 2011] was Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.   You can hear all of the show at the link above. The book is  a timeless classic that, in broad brush summary, is … Continue reading

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Hope Solo and Billie Jean King Both Dancing With Stars

Hope Solo will appear on Dancing with the Stars and Billie Jean King will appear in a series of ads by the Arthritis Foundation endorsing exercise as a treatment for arthritis. Earlier this week, reps from Solo’s pro team, the … Continue reading

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Dangerous Random Stereotypes of Presumed Difference and Sameness

Can people really not see that it might be racist to assert “free choice” to avoid sitting next to a black person on a public bus who, besides skin color, is much like the other riders, but it might not … Continue reading

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What’s Missing from “Sensitive-Soul” Hip Hop? Misogyny and …?

Here’s Mychal Denzel Smith’s take on the Canadian performer Drake: I can appreciate his attempts to disrupt the narrative of hyper-masculine posturing in hip-hop that often expresses itself in violent, sexist, and homophobic ways. But I make this concession on … Continue reading

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“Brilliant” vs. “Beautiful” Babies: Guess Which Card is for the Girl?

Via Adriana Gardella (here) who conveys an apt critique in less than 140 characters: “Insidious greeting cards re: boys/girls.” -Bridget Crawford

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Stanford/Ms. Magazine Essay Contest on Iconic Covers

From the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University: Over the past forty years, Ms. Magazine has offered feminist reporting and perspectives on topics ranging from Marilyn Monroe to childbirth, from breast cancer to domestic violence. When the first … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and Miami Human Rights Clinic Win Big Women’s Rights Case Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

From Froomkinland: U. Miami lawyers from our new Human Rights Clinic won a major moral victory for their client Jessica Lenahan (formerly formerly Jessica Gonzales) in a decision announcedtoday July 21, 2011 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United … Continue reading

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Rachel Lloyd on Policing Fashion and Derogating Subjugated Women

Her essay is available here. An excerpt: Fashion Police has a recurring segment called “Starlet or Streetwalker,” which is exactly what it sounds like. The panel, made up of George Kotsiopoulos, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, are shown pictures of … Continue reading

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Hollywood, Historical Accuracy and the Civil Rights Era

Writer Martha Southgate reviews the novel-now-movie The Help for EW.com.  Here is an excerpt: Implicit in The Help and a number of other popular works that deal with the civil rights era is the notion that a white character is … Continue reading

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Masturbation and Female Empowerment in Photos (and the Law?)

In The New Republic Ruth Franklin asks, Is Female Masturbation Really the Last Sexual Taboo? That’s the title of her review of a book of photographs by Will Santillo called La Petite Morte: Female Masturbation, Fantasies and Orgasm (Taschen 2011). Open any … Continue reading

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Spindelman on “Sexual Freedom’s Shadows”

Marc Spindelman (Ohio State) has published his essay Sexual Freedom’s Shadows, 23 Yale J.L. & Feminism 179 (2011).  It is both review of a book by Tim Dean called Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (UChicago Press, 2009), … Continue reading

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“Dangerously Straight”

The preferred shampoo of the religious right? -Bridget Crawford

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“Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging”

Overview here, below is an except: Arab and Arab American Feminisms, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, is a book I wish every feminist/womanist would pick up. Though it is mostly academic in nature, the book is … Continue reading

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“Female Armor Sucks”

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Janell Hobson on Rihanna’s New Video

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, Janell Hobson writes about the reaction to Rihanna’s video for her new song, “Man Down.”  Here is an excerpt from Professor Hobson’s commentary: While certain groups may be shocked at the image of yet … Continue reading

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“Run the World (Girls)”? Not So Much

I want to like Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls),” but I don’t (and girls don’t … run the world, that is).  Here’s one commentator’s response to the slogan — not the song: The video’s creator explains (here): This video is … Continue reading

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“Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets”

Hey, Shorty! is pitched as a resource for parents, teachers and community leaders who want to take action against bullying and sexual harassment in their communities. Learn more here.

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David Fagundes, “Talk Derby to Me: Emergent Intellectual Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms”

Here is the abstract: “Some groups use endemic social norms rather than formal law to regulate their intellectual property (IP). This qualitative empirical study extends and critiques existing work on this topic by examining how roller derby skaters guarantee exclusive … Continue reading

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Second Shift Redux: New Study on Working Women’s Minimal Leisure Time

The Journal of Family Psychology wasn’t on my summer reading list until yesterday.  The LA Times reported (here) on a new Journal of Family Psychology study about the comparative leisure time of men and women in 2-career families with at … Continue reading

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“How to Be a Black Male Feminist”

The Renaissance Male Project Inc. has released a short video on “Feminism and Masculinity: How to Be a Black Male Feminist.” Here it is: The video’s title over-promises, but it is still worth a watch.  It is primarily a presentation … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony’s Handbag

  The Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, New York is selling the “Ms. Anthony,” a faux alligator handbag inspired by the one that Susan B. Anthony used to carry her speeches and other items while traveling.  The bag has … Continue reading

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Word Clouds: Gender and the Vocabulary of Advertisements for Toys

From here, where the author of the linked post did all the work, and explains the data!

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The New Wonder Woman?

There is a NBC pilot in the works for a new “Wonder Woman” television series.  Judging by the costume preview (here, at EW.com), I predict the show never gets picked up. Apparently, the costume designer did not use the lasso … Continue reading

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