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:
Republic of T: Return of QueerlyKos
Another excellent link farm, this one focused on lesbian and gay issues.
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.
…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.
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.
Blac(k)ademic: Video of “Sienfeld” co-star Michael Richards’ Racist Diatribe
See also The Moderate Voice for a detailed summary of events, Blackprof.com 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.
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.
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.
Pandagon: What a Funny Homophobe Lou Sheldon Is!
No, really, this post – full of “fear the homosexual agenda!” type quotes – cracked me up.
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.