Not a slow blogging round-up

// 27 November 2008

A New York Times article has drawn fresh attention to the ‘slow blogging’ movement. Like slow food, slow blogging is meant to encourage thoughtful blogging and “not having what you write be the first thing that comes out of your head”.

Well, unfortunately this is yet another round-up post – surely the complete opposite of slow blogging, these are a collection of links that I don’t have time to post about properly.

The BBFC thinks disability is unsuitable subject matter for children – explaining the 12 rating on the film Special People with the note “sex references, disability theme“. Hoyden About Town has more.

Lesley Abdela wrote about why it is that domestic violence is not considered ‘newsworthy’. The comments are an object lesson in themselves.

Over in the US, reactions flood in to the news that a ban on same-sex couples adopting children has been ruled unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Nepal legalised same-sex marriage.

Australia is refusing to recognise the gender identity of two trans men because they’ve not been sterilisedQuestioning Transphobia has more info and analysis of this.

In other creepy medical news, Papua in Indonesia plans to microchip “sexually aggressive” patients with HIV

Eminism posts a hilarious interlude about right-wing objections to gender neutral loos.

The Pink and the Blue Project (H/T Sarah)

Is this a real advert for touch typing “for men”?! Judge for yourself, but be warned the image is NSFW.

The Columbia Journalism Review rounds up some of the press attention that US broadcaster Rachel Maddow has been attracting.

Comments From You

Fran // Posted 28 November 2008 at 3:17 pm

I expected the comments on Lesley Abdela’s piece to be bad — CiF comments always are. But when I got to the man comparing domestic violence to men being bullied by women’s “nagging and pregnant silences”… ugh. Had to stop reading.

Sabre // Posted 28 November 2008 at 5:01 pm

Seems that articles like this on CiF always provoke comments that focus on tearing apart the argument and the writer’s credibility than focusing on the actual issues. I think sometimes people do this so they have an excuse not to listen to the argument or accept any personal responsibility; even just for turning a blind eye. The commenters demanding not just links to information sources but the specific page numbers… what the hell does it matter when people are being killed and abused RIGHT NOW? Grr

On gender neutral toilets, we had these at work for a while and I hated it. It was so awkward. I realised that the loos are my refuge, one of the few places where I can just talk to women in a male dominated workplace. So I also object to gender neutral loos, but not for weird right-wing reasons!

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