Creative Destruction

July 22, 2006

Link Farm and Open Thread #31

Filed under: Link Farms — Ampersand @ 11:15 pm

You folks know the drill… go ahead and use the comments to post whatever you want, including links to your own stuff that we should see. Meanwhile, here’s some of what I’ve been reading:

Figure presents: The 19th Carnival of the Feminists!

NY Review of Books: Excellent Primer on Global Warming
Readable even for us non-science types, but without insulting readers’ intelligence. Curtsy: Majikthise.

Slant Truth: The Politics of Hair

Vietnam Vet Arrested for Wearing “Veterans For Peace” T-Shirt At VA Center
Curtsy: Green Gabbro.

The Countess: Legal Experts Reject “Parental Alienation Syndrome”

Mixing Memory: Partianship, emotions, and political judgement

But the relationship between emotion and reasoning, and therefore emotion and political judgment, is much more complex than the common view that emotion is detrimental to reasoning. As neuroscientists like Antonio Damasio have shown, individuals with damage in the emotional centers of their brains have a very difficult time making rational choices, largely because they don’t have emotions to make sure they make choices that aren’t harmful.

Feministing: Interview with Blac(k)ademic

TruthDig: Two Weeks in Iraq
One incident described: An innocent family man arrested by the U.S. because he has the same name as the intended target. When we discovered their mistake, they left him in prison for several more days. The actual target? A teenager US intelligence thought was a terrorist because they had evesdropped on him discussing his favorite video games.

Feminist Law Professors: Excerpts from Judge Kent’s opinion in Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp., 147 F. Supp. 2d 668
It’s not a hoax, and trust me, this is the funniest thing you’ll read this week.

Granny Gets a Vibrator: The Night-Blooming Cirris Blooms Only One Night A Year
And she’s got photos! Curtsy: Feminist Law Profs.

Listening For Change: Raising Baby Boys to be Nonsexist Men

Washington Post: Somali Women Gave Crucial Support for Islamic Militias

An epidemic of sexual violence during 15 years of lawlessness in Somalia was among the factors that strengthened opposition to this city’s notorious warlords, residents said. The Islamic militias who drove them out in months of recent fighting were embraced as keepers of public order, as a force strong enough and pious enough to keep Mogadishu’s daughters safe.

Super Babymomma: Being White and Learning to Deal with People of Color Spaces

Green Gabbro: Yami reads Wifework So We Don’t Have To

Wifework explains the two trends of happily submissive wives, and embittered divorced MRAs, with one fell swoop. Maushart’s crucial observation is that even though most marriages aren’t really very egalitarian, we have a lot invested in the illusion of equality. Actively maintaining the illusion of an equal, happy marriage is part of wifework. If a wife does a good job, her husband has absolutely no idea that their marriage is unequal or unhappy – which means that many men are completely blindsided when their wives decide to stop doing the wifework and get a divorce. Male privilege plays a role in this blindness, of course, but this is one of many cases where women collude in their own oppression.

Pharyngula: Awww! Photo of baby octopus and mother.

Crooked Timber: Is Opposition to Marriage Equality Driven By Homophobia Or By Traditional Sex Roles?
Interesting attempt to look at the question through exit poll data.

Cognitive Daily: Obesity and Discrimination
A much more detailed account of the study which sent women, with and without fat suits, into retail stores and found that they were treated much less well as “fat women.”

Culture Kitchen: Racism at Frontier Airlines

The Use and Abuse of Doctrine
It’s useful to read something like this once in a while, to be reminded that not all evangelical Christians are right-wing poopyheads (no insult to any r.w.p.s who happen to be reading this post). Thanks to “Alas” reader Lee for the tip.

Feminist Law Profs: Critique of anti-equality ruling in NY gay marriage case

Hugo Schwyzer: Male Entitlement, Male Despair, and Mail-Order Brides

Shrub.com: How To Be A Real Nice Guy
This should be xeroxed and handed out to every white person and every man in the world. I’ve linked to it before, but it’s been improved and expanded.

Fanatical Apathy: How Letting Homosexuals Marry Ruined My Marriage

Feministe: Interesting Article about Pros and Cons of Women-Only Subway Cars in Cairo

WaPo: White Candidacy in Black District Sets Off Debate On Race
Thanks to “Alas” reader Lee for the link.

New York Times: Here Illegally, Working Hard and Paying Taxes

Mimi Smartypants: On Hairstyling, Feminism, and Concrete Blocks Wrapped in Colored Foil
Curtsy: Feminist Law Profs.

Cognitive Daily: Chimp Trained To Play Ms. Pac-Man
What an odd thing to train a chimp to do. I wonder if it’s having fun, or just trying to placate a meaningless/bizarre desire of its trainer?

Animation vs. Animator
This flash animation piece is just a load of fun.

Mixing Memories: Gender Essentialism

…People are perfectly willing to make generalizations about an entire gender based on one individual if they believe that a characteristic is associated with a person’s gender. Furthermore, and perhaps most strikingly, they’re willing to believe that a characteristic is associated with a person’s gender simply by learning that one male and one female differ in that characteristic.

Mixing Memories: Homosexuality, Essentialism, and Politics

They found that individuals who believed that homosexuality (male or female) was biologically based, immutable, and fixed early in life were the most “pro-gay,” while those who saw homosexuality as a discrete category with defining characteristics were the most “anti-gay.” This was particularly true of males, and Haslam and Levy argue that males may try to distance themselves from homosexuality by making it a discrete category of which you are either a member or not (with no fuzzy area in the middle).

Pandagon: Why is your femininity fighting with your womanhood?

To keep it simple, it seems to me the conservative notion that the two genders are essentially different and even our best efforts otherwise are betrayed by girls wanting Barbies and boys wanting trucks hits a direct stumbling block when they have to consider the unavoidable reality of homosexuality. On the subject of the color pink and the longing to wash dishes vs. go to a job every day, conservatives argue that men and women have fixed tendencies and there’s nothing we liberals can do about it. But on something so big as your very sexual orientation, all of a sudden they’re swearing it’s a choice, a lifestyle tendency and not fixed at all.

4 Comments »

  1. Interesting discussion on Net Neutrality.

    Comment by Daran — July 23, 2006 @ 6:54 am | Reply

  2. And for those who view the genetic clustering as evidence that race is a biological reality, rather than a social construct, here’s proof that your surname is written in your genes too..

    Comment by Daran — July 23, 2006 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  3. To keep it simple, it seems to me the conservative notion that the two genders are essentially different and even our best efforts otherwise are betrayed by girls wanting Barbies and boys wanting trucks hits a direct stumbling block when they have to consider the unavoidable reality of homosexuality. On the subject of the color pink and the longing to wash dishes vs. go to a job every day, conservatives argue that men and women have fixed tendencies and there’s nothing we liberals can do about it. But on something so big as your very sexual orientation, all of a sudden they’re swearing it’s a choice, a lifestyle tendency and not fixed at all.

    Whereas the liberals insist that men and women are exactly the same except for the sex organs, and that all racial and sexual differences are social constructs, except for the issue of sexual orientation, where they suddenly believe that some behaviors are indeed biologically determined.

    Comment by Glaivester — July 23, 2006 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  4. This looks cool so far, what’s up people?
    If it’s not just all bots here, let me know. I’m looking to network
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.

    Peace,

    Comment by Drorgoscofe — August 14, 2009 @ 12:19 am | Reply


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