Any Midwestern Harpies interested in feminism and library science? “Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks” : Feminism and LIS : the Unconference : March 9-11, 2012 in Milwaukee is registering participants. If you attend, or know someone who does, please send them my way ’cause I’d love to have a guest-post about the event at the feminist librarian.
Kelsey Wallace & Co. @ Bitch Media | Bitch Radio: This Land is Girl Land. For those who get emotional satisfaction from people picking apart the lazy thinking of anti-feminist Caitlin Flanagan, here’s a half-hour podcast for you!
Maya @ Feministing | Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: queer family models. [Video] “They see that our bookcase is merged, and they see that we have a system and we are orderly – we share family – but were still able to have separate lovers and separate lives. It adds to the community, it adds to my family life, it adds to our friends and their family lives.”
Anne @ Quizzical Mama | good arguing is good for the family. Anne Sabo reflects on the process of learning good, productive arguing in contrast to the emotional-verbal bullying she experienced in childhood.
Angus Johnston @ Student Activism | On Kids in the College Classroom, and Academic Etiquette More Generally. Apart from the specific topic at hand (about which I have Feelings, some of which I shared in comments) I think Johnston makes a great point about how whining that other people don’t share your perceptions of proper etiquette doesn’t get you nearly as far as simply explaining what your expectations for use of space you oversee (i.e. a classroom in which you teach) will be.
Charlie @ Charlie Glickman | Nudity, Sexuality, and Censorship. “What there is more of in this picture is sex, or at least, implied sex. I’m certainly not denying that. But there’s nothing in the list of reasons given that says anything about sexual expression or activity. It says ‘nudity’.”
musinggypsy @ Persephone Magazine | Is There a Growing Trend in Internet Fatigue?. I’m a little bit fascinated by this meme because I don’t understand why people feel so burdened by the Internets … when we all have the power to walk away from (non-work-related) online activity if we so choose. It’s not like we’re in some Fahrenheit 451 culture where the evil overlords are forcing us to socialize virtually or not at all.
Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel have written a book titled The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. The companion website can be found here. Kaufman was interviewed by Amanda Marcotte on RhRealityCheck’s podcast here.
Holly @ Geek Feminism | The Geek Social Fallacies of Sex. Complete with xkcd cartoon to illustrate.
Amy Schalet @ The Huffington Post | The New ABCDs of Talking About Sex With Teenagers. I just finished reading Schalet’s new book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex (review forthcoming) and this is the “takeaway” version of Schalet’s thesis.
Sally Lawton @ Persephone Magazine | Badass Ladie of History: bell hooks. “She also so badass, we call her a Badass Lady of History even though she’s still making history!”
Kate M. @ The FBomb | What Happens After You Lose Weight. “I thought losing weight would make me happier. Even though I should’ve know better (and maybe even do know better), I guess a part of me really did buy into all that media crap. I thought Skinny Me would feel carefree and happier somehow. I essentially thought the ability to wear a bikini without shame would transform my life. I was wrong.”
Miriam @ RadicalDoula | Why it’s time for us to reclaim “values”. “I’ve got my own version of family values—helping people build the families they want to create, however they define family, in the most loving and supportive environment possible.”
Erika Christakis @ AlterNet | Is It Time for Fair Trade Porn?. This article would have been much more interesting to discuss at the debate about pornography I attended last week than the film, The Price of Pleasure, that we screened.
Kaz @ Feministe | An Asexual Map for Sex-Positive Feminism. My friend Minerva, who’s guest-posted here at Harpyness before, got some link-love in this post, which sparked a half-thoughtful, half-frustrating conversation in the comment thread. Check out the original post if you’re interested in resources on asexuality; ignore the comments if that kind of thing makes your blood pressure climb!
Noah Brand @ Role/Reboot | Born This Way: Black Box Sexuality. “How did a person come to be a serially monogamous cisgendered lesbian who likes her hair pulled? How did this other fellow end up as a straight male top with a taste for leather? We don’t know. They just came out that way, and you should be polite to them.”
Urocyon @ Urocyon’s Maunderings | Oh noes! A bisexual kid with a disability!!!. Great post on our tendency to treat non-normative experiences and identities as a zero-sum game (either you’re autistic or bisexual, but you can’t be both! and if you are, the bisexuality must be a “symptom” of the autism).
blue milk @ blue milk | Secret and Truthful. My librarian-archivist heart is so pleased to hear that the blog blue milk is being archived and preserved by the National Library of Australia’s Pandora Archive project. blue milk muses about how it feels to have your work, however human and flawed, protected for access by future generations: “My biggest fear is that someone will find them after I have died and wrongly assume that I kept my poetry because I was so proud of it.”
Download a copy of my friend Kate Angell’s zine, My Feminist Friends, digitized and preserved by the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP).
What have you been reading and writing, Harpies? Create your own link love in comments!