It’s the latest, the greatest, the snappest and the happest!
Anyhow, please leave your comments about anything, and your links about anything, including stuff of your own that you’d like us to see. Link-whoring is encouraged!
Here’s some stuff I’ve been reading:
According to Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) 154 self-immolation cases involving women were reported from the western zone alone and 34 from the southern and eastern parts of the country in 2005. But the actual figures are much higher. Many of these women find all doors closed behind them and can’t think of any other way but to commit suicide to escape the horrible family and social problems they face. [Curtsy: Leiter Reports.]
Disturbing, maddening, extremely good series of illustrations by a woman who is infuriated – rightly! – because she was given no option but to have an unwanted second cesarean.
Shiny Ideas: Is Pre-Implantation Screening For Disabilities “Eugenics By Default”?
Interesting debate, in the posts and especially in the comments (including comments by a couple of my favorite bloggers), set off by the Elizabeth Schiltz article I linked to in the last link farm. Read this post and its comments first, and then read the follow-up post and its comments. And if you want still more, there’s some related discussion in the comments at Ballestexistenz, and another post at Shiny Ideas. (Phew, what a lot of links!)
The Debate Link on The Race-Based Survivor
This post features still more links on this subject…
SuperBabyMama: Life is a crippling trial that you have to bear because isn’t that what you do? (On being poor.)
I often see people imply that since some poor people own consumer durables (“cell phones, television, automobiles, etc“), they must not really be poor. It’s amazing how clueless some people are about how poverty works. Anyhow, SuperBabyMama’s post is the opposite of cluenessess.
Right now is the right time to hit SuperBabyMoma’s tip jar, if you’ve got even a few bucks you can spare.
Liz Conor: A Labour of Life
I like this post (about how difficult it is to work while taking care of young children) so much, I’m linking to it in two consecutive link farms. It’s very long, but the writing is excellent, and it has the best opening to any blog post I’ve ever read. Go, read, and leave Liz love in the comments so she’ll be tempted to return to blogging.
Pinko Feminist Hellcat: Cry Me A River, Rapist Scum
Regarding the “stress” excuse.
Feminist Reprise: The Crip And The Fat Chick
I’ve been meaning to write a post about the connections I see between the disabled rights and size acceptance movements, so when I read the title of this post I thought it would be about that. But it’s much better than that – it’s a biography of a romance, and wonderfully written, a well.
Hoyden-About-Town: Transparency In Pregnancy Counceling
Pro-Lifers think it would be a horrible imposition if “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” had to admit honestly and up-front what services they do and don’t provide. That these people pat themselves on their backs for their supposed moral superiority over the rest of us, even while wanting to retain the right to lie to and deceive their clients, is yet another example of how genuinely loathsome many enforced-childbirth activists are.
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
Family Scholars: Debate About Single Fathers By Choice
In comments, I’m debating several folks on Family Scholars over if it’s inherently bad for children to be raised in motherless households.