Hey, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? But y’all still remember what an open thread is for, I’m sure. As usual, I want to emphasize that self-linking is not only allowed, but encouraged.
BlackProf.com: A Census of African-American Blogs
Not really a carnival, but it still seems worth spreading the word (or link) around. Professor Overton is asking folks to help him compile a list of blogs “in which at least 20% of the posts address issues of concern to the African-American community.”
NEW TO THE “ALAS” BLOGROLL
New Blog: Our Bodies Our Blog
I’m really excited about this blog, written by one of my favorite bloggers: Christine Cupaiuolo, of the late lamented Ms Magazine blog. Make it a daily read, is my advice.
New Blog: The Silence Of Our Friends
Excellent new anti-racism blog focusing on racism among progressives and lefties.
New Blog: Feminish
Well-written blog by a Euro-feminist. There’s been a really cool series lately about a kick-ass women’s march in France in 1789 (who knew?): Start here and then follow the links at the bottom of the post for more.
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The Republic of T: How The Bush Administration, By Defunding The UN Population Fund While Pushing Abstinence Only, Harms Thousands Of African Girls And Women
This, more than any other calamity, is why I think the marginal difference between having a Democrat or a Republican in the White House matters a lot. Yes, they all suck, but the Republicans – with their seemingly endless willingness to sacrifice science, evidence and black women to the demands of their base – suck worse.
Abyss To Hope: Consent Is Not A Default Condition
Brilliant discussion of “consent,” bouncing off some of the recent “Alas” discussion.
I just don’t have much time for analysing the world through privilege. It so often leads to individualistic non-action – to someone interupting a conversation to say “but even having this conversation is a privilege.” On an individual level I think it’s important to know where you come from, to know what you’ve been given, and to analyse how you benefit from this system. I absolutely think that everyone has a responsibility to not use the privilege, and power, society gives us – over people we know. But you can’t give up privilege as an individual – you can just fight to end it by working collectively.
Official Shrub.com: A Deeper Look At “Minority Spaces”
What is a minority space? Is it the same as a “safe space”? Are feminist blogs minority spaces? These and other questions…
A few fat-positive articles from the press:
East Bay Express: Fat! Fit? Fabulous!
Peppy article about Health At Every Size activists.
BBC: F*** Off I’m Fat!
Article about an interesting-sounding BBC documentary “by 21-stone comedian Ricky Grover” which takes a fat-activist perspective.
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A mother of four… went to court… seeking an order of protection against her husband, who the police said had choked her, kicked her in the stomach and threatened to kill her. The justice, Donald R. Roberts, a former state trooper with a high school diploma, not only refused, according to state officials, but later told the court clerk, “Every woman needs a good pounding every now and then.”
Pandagon: Right-Wing Censorship Follies!
First, a schoolteacher is fired for bringing children on a class trip to an art museum (scary nudes)! And a PBS Sprout actress is fired by the “Comcast” owned network because she appeared seven years ago in a couple of parodies of abstinence-only education. Oh, and some Fundy mom wants Harry Potter removed from school libraries because it’s too witchy. Plus, Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris says that her opponent isn’t qualified to be in the Senate because he’s not Christian enough, which is her way of saying that only right-wingers can be real Christians.
Moderately Insane: An Analysis Of Oregon’s Rape Law
Lawyer (and “Alas” reader) Sailorman examines Oregon’s rape law and finds that it is ridden with loopholes for rapists. See also his follow-up post, asking for suggestions for how it should be rewritten.
Republicans Are Hoping Sick, Hateful Appeals To Homophobia Will Save Them From The Foley Scandal
Here, here, here, here, here, and here. As Equality Loudoun, in an excellent post, writes, “we’re getting a good idea of what’s wrong with the moral compass of the anti-gay right. They don’t have one.”
The Republic Of T has many more related links. And see also this related, excellent post…
Box Turtle Bulletin: Homo-Hating Christians Distort Social Science To Claim That Gay Men Are A Danger To Boys
Beautiful example of someone doing the research to debunk the hateful right-wing lies. Curtsy: Pandagon.
What’s frustrating is that this fanatic adherence to superficial tolerance is almost as close-minded as the most fervent KKK member; so desperately are these Whites afraid of being labelled a racist that even suggesting an open discussion on race terrifies and frustrates them.
Their reaction was extraordinary and deserves the praise it receives. At the same time, though, it is a damning indictment of the rest of us, that we should see this perfectly rational act as so unusual.
Racialicious: Color Blind Casting Benefits Non-White Actor!
It’s sort of a “man bites dog” story.
Let’s Talk Babies: Elective C-Sections Linked With Increased Infant Mortality
But at least some hospitals made more money.
“Interestingly, the average amounts of video and audio substance in the broadcast network news stories were not significantly different than the average amounts of visual and audio substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart stories about the presidential election,” Fox writes in the study. (Curtsy: Republic of T).