Creative Destruction

November 21, 2006

Link Farm & Open Thread #40

Filed under: Link Farms — Ampersand @ 8:17 am

As usual, feel free to post whatever you like, including links to your own posts, in the comments. Here’s some of what I’ve read lately:

Mind The Gap!: Excellent link farm of posts and articles regarding Veiling

Republic of T: Return of QueerlyKos
Another excellent link farm, this one focused on lesbian and gay issues.

Brownfemipower: Awesome Photographs of Demonstrations In Support of the People of Oaxaca

Obsidian Wings: Poverty, The Minimum Wage, And The Resources to Survive Bad Luck
This post is kind of “poverty 101,” but that can be useful — and I don’t think the progressive policy blogosphere has a better writer than Hilzoy. Go read.

Feministe: NY Allows Transsexuals – Including Non-Operative Transsexuals – To Change Sex Listed On Their Birth Certificates.
“Applicants would have to have changed their name and shown that they had lived in their adopted gender for at least two years, but there would be no explicit medical requirements.” This makes me happy.

YouTube: Dove Commercial: From model to billboard in a minute and fourteen seconds
I’ve criticized Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign in the past, but this ad is terrific.

Abyss2Hope: Systematic Intimate Abuse Is Like The Stanford Prison Experiment

…it also reminded me of the 1971 Stanford prison experiment where half the students in the study were assigned to be guards and the other half were assigned to be inmates and then the situation was allowed to unfold from there. […] The power imbalance between the assigned roles, the isolation and the lack of ethical guidelines were a toxic mix at Stanford and they are a toxic mix in relationships. Why Bill Cosby Is Wrong (Curtsy: Prometheus 6)

Black poverty fell 10.6 percentage points from 1993 to 2000 (from 33.1 to 22.5 percent) to reach its lowest level on record. Black child poverty fell an unprecedented 10.7 percentage points in five years (from 41.9 percent in 1995 to 31.2 percent in 2000).

The “culture of poverty” argument cannot explain these trends. Poor black people did not develop a “culture of success” in 1993 and then abandon it for a “culture of failure” in 2001.

Creative Destruction: Media Fails To Note Sex Of Victims When Men Are Massacred

The post is written by Daran, and so naturally contains needless feminist-bashing, which (as usual) boils down to Daran being angry that feminists are neglecting to pay enough attention to men. However, I think the point he makes in this and other posts – that men are being singled out for violence and slaughter in Iraq, and that this is unjustly ignored by the media – is true.

Brownfemipower: Response To Daran

Blac(k)ademic: Video of “Sienfeld” co-star Michael Richards’ Racist Diatribe
See also The Moderate Voice for a detailed summary of events, on Richards’ bizarre denial that he could be a racist, and Prometheus 6 brief quote on free speech.

CBC: The Denial Machine

A Canadian-produced news documentary, documenting the scientists, corporations and politicians behind global warming denial. (You can view the entire 40 minute documentary online; look for the link on the right). Not only a good documentary on the arrogant, money-worshiping liars who have prevented action on global warming; but a documentary in which the voiceover pronounces “out” like “oot.” Always good for a giggle for provincial Americans like me. Curtsy: Deltoid.

Abyss2Hope: Principal Temporarily Suspends Girl From Taking Weightlifting Out Of Fear She’d Be Raped

MSM: Black Teacher Says She Was Fired For Her Hairstyle

The Well-Timed Period: “Parental Notification” Laws Don’t Reduce Abortion, But They Do Lay The Ground For Forced Abortion

The Gimp Parade: Yes, Disabled Accessibility Is Definitely A Feminist Issue

The Republic of T: Rights available were he to marry a random woman on the subway, versus those available to him and his husband of six years.

[Insert Witty Title]: Why Aren’t There More Women In Math And Science? (guest post by Thinking Girl)

Balkinization: Are Same-Sex Schools Constitutional?

The key issue, as I explain below, is whether single-sex education revives old stereotypes about women’s roles, whether single sex education sacrifices girls’ interests to benefit boys, and finally, whether single-sex education is a cheap fix that does little to solve longer term issues of quality education in inner-city schools. These are key questions to consider in assessing whether the new Bush Administration regulations are constitutional. Curtsy: A Bird And A Bottle.

Electric Boogaloo: 22 Reasons To Breastfeed
Warning: Satire. It totally cracked me up, but….

Word Munger: Is Blackface Always Offensive?
While agreeing that blackface in most cases is offensive, Dave argues that the Kate Moss cover is significantly different.

Article: Is Morbid Obesity a Disability?
Curtsy: The Gimp Parade.

PunkAssBlog: The hardcore anti-gay-marriage crowd is settin’ its sights on no fault divorce

Alternet: Good Summary Article Regarding the Lancet Study Of Iraqi Deaths

Abstract Nonsense: Are Religious Beliefs An Excuse For Homophobia?

It’s true that the average Christian homophobe doesn’t hate gays because of Leviticus 18:22 but rather looks up to that verse because of homophobia. But that homophobia developed in a society influenced by religious sermons; and the priests who gave them are sufficiently ideological that they would hate gays because of the Bible. That scripture alone makes hardly anyone a bigot is irrelevant when the people it does turn into bigots are religious leaders who’ll spread their hatred among average believers.

Mr. Sauerkraut’s Sour Blog: Borat Deceived And Exploited Poor Romanians (Curtsy: My Private Casbah).

Hugo Schwyzer: Why Hugo Hated Borat

Debitage: Why White Liberals Get So Defensive About Racism

My Private Casbah: What Kind Of Person Sees A Creature Over A Century Old And Thinks “I Know! I’ll Kill It And Eat It!”?

Pandagon: What a Funny Homophobe Lou Sheldon Is!
No, really, this post – full of “fear the homosexual agenda!” type quotes – cracked me up.

Balkinization: The South Dakota Abortion Ban Signaled A New Dominance Of “We’re Against Abortion Because Abortion Is Anti-Woman” Pro-Life Rhetoric

Mixing Memory: Gender, Math, Stereotype Threat, And Testosterone

As of yet, no one has a theory explaining how innate differences account for the fact that gender differences disappear in untimed tests, in numerical problems vs. word problems, and when stereotype threat is alleviated. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t innate differences, but it does mean that for now, the best evidence we have indicates that social factors play a strong role in gender differences in math, and it would be a mistake to overlook them, particularly in the search for innate differences that cannot explain the data.

Balkinization: First-Past-The-Post Versus Other Election Systems

How First-Past-The-Post made Rick Perry Governor of Texas with support from less than 40% of voters.

Thinking Girl: Infinity Is Quite Big (guest post by Craig)

Daily Kos: How The Same-Sex Marriage Ban Lost In Arizona


  1. That Punkassblog post about gay marriage and no fault divorce was hilarious.
    I’m personally not opposed to gay marriage, but I remember seeing that when traditionalists argue against they are just upholding traditional marriage, they are accused of merely using that as a cover for homophobia, but now it seems that if some anti-gay marriage group really supports traditional marriage, then that is against woman’ autonomy, and even worse: ‘hardcore’.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    I also liked the first commenters view on ideal equality:

    Yanno, I think that a happy marriage is A Good Thing. I also think it’s terrible when a man dumps his wife for a trophy model or whatever.


    Most tribal societies have, or had, the equivalent of no-fault divorce. Nisa of Marjorie Shostak’s famous !Kung monograph had three husbands. In most societies, a woman had every right to kick her husband out and send him back home to his Mom (and likewise a husband could easily leave and go back home to Mom if he wanted!).

    Equality. The woman can kick the man out of their home, but see, the man can leave voluntarily too, so no problem?
    This is described as equivalent of the (current) no-fault divorce. Think that over a bit.

    I think I’m slowly starting to see why MRAs are so pissed…

    Comment by Tuomas — November 21, 2006 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  2. boils down to Daran being angry that feminists are neglecting to pay enough attention to men.

    Dunno about that.

    Personally I don’t see a problem with feminists focusing almost exclusively on women, what is annoying is their absurd insistence that the society/general public/media/patriarchy/everyone else unlike the feminists supposedly ignores issues affecting women in favor of those of men.


    Comment by Tuomas — November 21, 2006 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  3. Personally I don’t see a problem with feminists focusing almost exclusively on women, what is annoying is their absurd insistence that the society/general public/media/patriarchy/everyone else unlike the feminists supposedly ignores issues affecting women in favor of those of men.

    What’s annoying for me is when they paint a picture of the burdens of war falling overwhelming on women, while men lead a life of privilege. The men floating down the Tigris aren’t privileged. They’re dead.

    The thing is, Brownfemipower just bashed feminists far harder than I’ve ever dared to:

    The thing is, does he really think that women of color haven’t put forth their own critique of how feminists contribute to the violence against males in our communities through their focus on The Patriarchy?

    My bold.

    Comment by Daran — November 21, 2006 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  4. I think she meant white feminists.

    She can do that and they can’t really complain because she is oppressed in one more aspect than they are.

    The rules are rather simple, really.

    Comment by Tuomas — November 21, 2006 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  5. But they do complain.

    Comment by Daran — November 21, 2006 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

  6. D’oh!

    Good point (remembering burqa photoshop -gate).

    Comment by Tuomas — November 21, 2006 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  7. And Nubian.

    Comment by Daran — November 21, 2006 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  8. Daran

    I’d tried submitting this to Alas, but for whatever reason it didn’t get through.

    I don’t think you should take Ampersand’s strictures to heart. As a male critic of certain aspects of feminism you are bound to be considered by many in the movement to be an MRA, neither more nor less. Remember how difficult Ampersand’s predicament is: he is a self-confessed liberal man (a type disliked with asperity by many of the less compromising internet feminist bloggers) who owns and runs a feminist-themed site. And his credibility has been further compromised in recent times by his decision to accept an invitation to supper from the patriarchal porn-devil without procuring a sufficiently long spoon beforehand. Do you really think that he can afford to make an endorsement of anything you write without hedging it around with caveats? He can’t.

    Re: “Borat”, what about some specifically feminist approval for a film which is, amongst other things, an indictment of male-dominated society? The horrifying picture of Borat’s home village is one of an ur-patriarchal community, where rapists are indulged to the point of flattery and where it is normal to prostitute one’s sister. Furthermore, the film strikes a blow against the sexual objectification of women (and of anyone else come to that). That naked wrestling scene is a long-term suppressant of erotic thoughts more potent then anything this side of chemical castration. Even “Women in Love” can’t match it in this respect.

    And by the way, has *anyone* noticed that the whole thing was a comedy remake of “Time of the Gypsies”?

    Comment by Tom Nolan — November 22, 2006 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  9. I’m Tom and I cannot, for the life of me, remember how I found you guys. I think it was from a PC Mag, but then it might not…..

    Although UK born and bred (N. Yorkshire Dales), I enjoy following the US politics and comparing the similarities with our UK mob of politicians.

    My political views and tendencies are mostly sceptical tending to unclassifiable. Some things I’m conservative about, other things, I agree with ‘The Left’. The rest, I’m either sorta Centrist’ about, or I disagree with all of ’em… Whatever way I see it, I treat politicians with the deepest distrust, until they prove otherwise I’m new.

    Comment by ThompsonDB — December 1, 2010 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  10. hello and merry xmas to every one – hope yous had a great time – iv blew 3 months of dieting in one day ha , all the best for new year – michael

    Comment by mickbuely — December 31, 2011 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

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