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As some of you may have noticed, I had a little problem this weekend.  My blog was hacked and I couldn’t even get into my dashboard.  But thanks to the amazing meloukhia, my blog is back and almost entirely squared away.  I still have to work on the sidebars a little bit and address some minor things here and there.  But all in all, I’m back.

And I know I didn’t get to do a Wednesday link love this week as I was busy on Wednesday in addition to not feeling too well.  So here’s an extra long link love for the entire week!

Zero at the Bone: The Thirteenth Carnival of Feminists

Equality 101: Thoughts on the “Politics of Correction”

“How can I help kids gain fluency in Standard English – the language of power – without obliterating the home language which is a source of pride and personal voice?” – Linda Christensen

Gender Across Borders: Welcome to the Hip Hop, Resistance, and Feminism Series

This series focuses on hip hop and its interactions with patriarchy, racism, and other forms of oppression — both within and outside the mainstream pop world. From Nicki Minaj and gender-bending to resistance movements in Mali, this series reveals the varying faces and voices of hip hop.

I’ve really enjoyed this series from Gender Across Borders and this “welcome” post has links to all of the posts in the series, so make sure to check them all out!

Girl W/Pen: POP GOES FEMINISM: Deciphering Island Patriarchy: Finding Feminism in Lost

Lost has often presented ‘gender outside the box’ characters, suggesting being human is more important than being a masculine man or a feminine woman. After all, when you are fighting for your life, ‘doing gender right’ is hardly at the top of you priority list.

Small Strokes: On Body Image: Men and Advertising

Men suffer from body image issues just as women do, often as a direct result of the bombardment of images from the media. You’ve got your total binary here: men in commercials, movies, and TV shows are either super awesome ladies’ men with washboard abs and sweet sports cars or doofy husbands incapable of doing much of anything.


Gender Across Borders: The 11th Carnival of Feminists – Global Edition!

Welcome to the 11th Carnival of Feminists! Gender Across Borders is proud to present a Global Edition of the Carnival. We want to thank everyone who submitted posts to this Carnival, and we hope you enjoy reading all of the excellent posts linked below!

this ain’t livin’: Beyond the Binary: Meeting People

For nonbinaries, it’s a strange place to navigate. Because people gender automatically, there’s no space to provide correct information about gender. And this means that, for the most part, we are misgendered from the start when we meet by people who fit us into a binary slot based on names, appearances, ways of movement, and so forth.

Genderbitch: The Day My Hope for Feminism Died

One of the worst transphobic haters in feminist history died in 2010. Mary Daly. I’m not one that gets pleasure out of people dying and I don’t find her death to be a good thing. I would much prefer if people like her stopped hating, recanted their statements and worked on our behalf to try to make amends for those they killed through their words enforcing the exclusion of us from jobs, rape shelters and attempting to deny us what we need to survive.

Small Strokes: Teaching Feminism and Body Image: What Are Commercials Really Selling?

To me, this commercial is clearly “selling” Dove’s self esteem workshops, which I think are brilliant and necessary (although, I must admit, I haven’t done much research into them). When I asked my students what this commercial was selling, they instantly said: “Dove soap.”

Swimsuit Issue: Save the Boobies!

Women have been encouraged to update their statuses with the colour of their bra. Why? For breast cancer awareness, that’s why. Apparently telling everybody on your friends list that you’re wearing a red bra, is, like, totally a positive thing.

Except that it’s not. It’s creepy.

this ain’t livin’: Yes, Actually, I Can Make An Informed Choice

And it’s a trend which bears some exploration, because I think that it says a lot about feminism and the issues within the feminist movement.

It’s the idea that certain women don’t know what’s good for them. These women need to be told in no uncertain words about how to take care of their bodies, how to live their lives, how to interact with medical professionals, how to make decisions about their medical care. And, by extension, how to handle their disabilities.

a shiny new coin: Farwell Ten, allons-y Eleven

If you’re a terribly geeky Whovian like myself (if you want proof of exactly how geeky a Whovian I am: as I type this I’m wrestling with my kitten Gallifrey who wants to type too) you’ve already watched David Tennant’s finale in the role he was born to play, despite it not having aired in your country yet. Welcome to the online world BBC, what did you expect? (Oh, and ABC: three months?! You’re a bunch of wankers.)

Bitch Blogs: Jennifer Hawkins poses nude, “flaws” and all

Australian beauty queen and model Jennifer Hawkins appears nude and un-Photoshopped on the February cover of Marie Claire magazine. According to Hawkins, the photo shoot is meant to inspire confidence in women and raise money for an eating disorder support organization. Though her heart may be in the right place, Hawkins’ cover shoot just is diong the opposite of what she intended.

fbomb: The Lovely Bones

I read the book The Lovely Bones a few years after it came out. I was about fourteen and I couldn’t remember having ever read a book where the protagonist reminded me so much of myself, or at least somebody with a voice I could relate to. The protagonist, Susie Salmon, was the same age as I was, but all the other fourteen year olds being portrayed in books that I had read were usually vapid (uh, The Clique books, anyone?). The character of Susie Salmon was smart, compassionate and observant.

Blizzard ’09 is underway!  And by blizzard, I just mean continuous snow.  It’s not really a blizzard but that’s what I’ve heard on the news.  And I don’t care if it’s not a blizzard, the roads are still bad and I have to drive to work soon.  Don’t forget to leave links to what you have been writing/reading in the comments!

The Undomestic Goddess: 9th Feminist Blog Carnival

Hello, all! I’m Amanda, aka the Undomestic Goddess, and I’m your ringmaster for this here 9th carnival of feminists. Thanks to all who submitted, and to Lindsay for her guidance. And now, grab yer popcorn and step right up – the carnival has begun!

Small Strokes: On Body Image: How Confidence Affects Body Image

I never thought that something like this affected my body image, but now that I’ve been thinking about it pretty much constantly since my original post a few weeks ago, I realized that it had more of an effect than I thought. Since the issues with my thesis came to my attention, I came home every day and put on my pajamas and crawled under the covers, not wanting to be seen by anyone. I didn’t want to blog or tweet or answer my phone. I went to work in bulky sweaters, and there was no way Tim was getting me out of the apartment this weekend. I just didn’t want to see anyone. I didn’t feel worthy of seeing anyone.

Womanist Musings: Feminism is not a dirty word but it is exclusionary

The issue with feminism is that by locating gender as the singular site of oppression in the lives of women, it ignores the ways in which class, sexuality, disability and race also form the basis of marginalization.

FWD/Forward: Needs Are Not Special

“Special needs” is one of those phrases that just kind of irks me.

I see it most commonly used in reference to children or developmentally disabled adults; the implication in both cases is that the “special needs” individual can’t function without someone else’s help. That this person is totally dependent. And it carries, to my ears, a subtle note of disability-as-tragedy and hardship. Because, of course, if someone is “special needs” that means that someone else must need to meet those “special needs,” right? And that person must be sacrificing so much to get those “special needs” met.

Women & Hollywood: Women, Hollywood and Money

Women are second class citizens in Hollywood and the best way to illustrate it is to look at the money — how it’s earned and how it’s distributed.

Happy Thursday everyone!  I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming weeks…seeing friends, Thanksgiving, busy days at work.  Here are some of my favorite posts from the past couple days.  Don’t forget to leave links to what you have been writing and reading in the comments!!

Scarleteen: Sixth Carnival of Feminists

We’re pleased to host the 6th edition of the newly reborn Feminist Carnival! In the spirit of rebirth, and in alignment with the readers and mission of Scarleteen, this round puts it’s focus on young feminist bloggers and feminist issues particularly pertinent to younger women.

I keep forgetting to submit links to the carnival, so I am not featured, but there are some great posts in this latest carnival of feminists!

this ain’t livin’: Inappropriate Word Use: Don’t Do It

“Rape” is actually a pretty problematic and tricky word. The roots it is derived from refer to seizure and force, but it also carries an overtone of shaming. It’s not about violation, it’s about despoiling women. It’s not about the denial of bodily autonomy, it’s about damaged goods. These implications have kind of been lost with time, but they’re there.

The Undomestic Goddess: The Undomestic 10: Elissa Stein

2. What does feminism mean to you? Working to continually challenge society to accept, respect, and acknowledge that women are equal, but different, from men.

Elissa Stein wrote the book Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation.  I just picked this book up yesterday and am really excited to read it!

The Sexist: Holiday Gifts for the Body-Conscious Little Girl

The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s time to roll out more products to help our little girls feel very bad about their bodies. (That, or pregnant). Over the years, toy-makers have boldly invented new mechanisms by which they can make money off of the body consciousness of young girls. Below, inventors push girls to look simultaenously curvier (grow boobs already!), skinnier (but make sure to lose your baby weight!), sexily reproductive (be six years old AND skinny AND pregnant!) and matronly (breastfeed babies with the boobs you don’t have!).

Bitch Flicks: Flick-Off: Taken

Basically, the film makes absolutely no attempt whatsoever to comment on the atrocity of sex trafficking—it serves only as a plot device to help Bryan redeem his broken relationship with his virginal daughter.

After this post, I really will be pretty much MIA until Saturday or Sunday.  So, I’ll “see” you all then.  In the meantime, enjoy some of the posts that I have enjoyed over the past couple days.  And don’t forget to leave links to what you have been writing and reading in the comments!

The Sixth Carnival of Feminists is up at Deeply Problematic — and I’m in there!!

Disability is a Feminist Issue [FWD/Forward] – for all those that are still questioning this topic.

“Real Women Have Curves!” Is F***ing Offensive [Pieces of String] – you may think that this phrase is pro-feminist and all about size acceptance, but it’s not.

The Casual Cruelty of Class Hatred [this ain’t livin’] – class issues are something that I have been thinking a lot about lately (but haven’t gotten around to writing a post about), but meloukhia has a great post concerning it.

Half the Sky: Cover to Cover [Gender Across Borders] – a great review of the much talked about book.

Sorry that I have been majorly slacking this week.  Hopefully I will be getting myself turned around and back into the swing of blogging.

As always, these are some of my favorite posts from the past couple days as well as some of my weekly favorites that were already featured in Tuesday and Thursday‘s link love.  Don’t forget to leave links to what you have been writing/reading this week in the comments!!

New link love

meloukhia and Ashley have both written some great posts on breast cancer and the awareness month associated with it.

Rape is a Feminist Issue [Women & Hollywood] – let’s not forget that!

The Muppets and Street Harassment [The Undomestic Goddess] – let’s take a look at some childhood favorites!

Activist Modus Operandi: Methods of Communication [Genderbitch] – looking at activism for marginalized groups of people.

Weekly link love

Why Inclusionary Language Matters [this ain’t livin’] – when discussing feminism, it’s also important to talk about racism, classism, ableism, transphobia, and all the other -isms.

The Fifth Carnival of Feminists is up at Zero at the Bone — and I’m featured!

What if you don’t want a bundle of joy let alone a man to call your own? [Professor What If…?] – babies and hetero relationships are not a choice but a cultural imperative.