Hanna found this awesome fanvid celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. There were tears in our household, so consider yourself warned.
Sarah Seltzer @ AlterNet | The Bloody, Twisted, Inverted World of Twilight. The subtitle of this piece is “Violent Vampire Sex, Demon-Babies and Overwhelming Female Desire.” I just finished an advance review copy of a forthcoming anthology on the Twilight phenomenon (review coming soon), and I was surprised Seltzer didn’t have a piece in it. Her analysis is as incisive as always.
Jessica Valenti @ A feminist work in progress | Why the Washington Post’s new lady blog is wrong for women. “I’m all for WaPo featuring more women covering politics, but why oh why can’t they just – I don’t know – feature more women covering politics on the main site or pages?”
Danika @ The Lesbrary | Danika reviews Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman. “If I could guarantee one thing, it’s that at least one entry in this collection will piss you off.”
On the Media @ NPR | Movie Riffing in the Age of the Internet. With Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
katyah @ The F-Wod | Can’t You Take a Joke? Ever been told you’ve taken something “too seriously” but couldn’t quite formulate what was wrong with the comment? Katyah breaks it down.
blue milk offers a good round-up of the important posts related to the Hugo Schwyzer-as-feminist affair, with the the comment that “You always see some crapola behaviour in a big Internet fight but when it happens in feminism you also get to learn a lot from it because some of the meatier stuff about our movement and philosophy gets discussed and seriously debated.”
Joseph Tychonievich @ Greensparrow Gardens | Not a doctor. My friend Joseph writes about his decision to walk away from his PhD after successfully defending his dissertation this fall.
Melissa Bollow Tempel @ Together For Jackson County Kids | One teacher’s approach to preventing gender bullying in the classroom. (via Minerva). I really like the way in which this post gets concrete about the daily interactions in children’s spaces, and how adults can meaningfully intervene to help children be more open-minded and accepting.
Amanda Hess @ GOOD | Pornography, Condoms, and You. “The condom issue speaks to the strange cultural space the porn industry occupies: It is for the mainstream, but not of it. Publicly, we view porn as a danger to itself—and to us. But privately, well, we view porn.”
Hanna and I woke up on Friday to Nathan Hoskins’s riveting contribution to the Storycorps oral history project on NPR’s Morning Edition | Threats and Lies and ‘Who I’m Supposed To Be’. Be warned, this story is about a parent being emotionally abusive to their child, and threatening physical violence, when she finds out he’s gay. My mother said it made her so angry she cried when she heard it. But I’m linking it anyway, because it’s a powerful story, and because I’m glad Mr. Hoskins grew up and away from that hate.
Craig Hallenstein @ Role/Reboot | If Your Child Says He’s Gay, He Just Might Be Right. “Get ready, parents. When your kids tell you what excites them, be prepared to celebrate their joyful discoveries . . . whatever they happen to be.”
fannie @ Alas, a Blog | A Freshly-Hatched Tone Argument. Fannie of Fannie’s Room has recently joined the roster of writers at Alas, a Blog (yay!). Here’s a post she wrote on men, feminist rage, and the blog No Seriously, What About Teh Menz.
Jill @ Feministe | Feministe Feedback: Polygamy and Feminism. A reader submitted a question about feminist perspectives on polygamy and discussion ensued in comments. As someone who gets immediately frustrated by the “polygamy = patriarchy” position, I was pleased to see so many folks breaking it down in a more nuanced fashion.
And finally,the updates at Boston College Subpoena News. As an oral historian, I’ve been following the story of Boston College’s legal battle to protect the privacy of those interview as part of their Belfast Project.You can read the short version here. This blog collects a wealth of media coverage from both sides of the pond for those interested in the outcome.
What have you been reading and/or writing Harpies? Share your links and thoughts in the comment thread.