Another round-up

// 22 May 2009

Lebanese activists Feminist Collective have launched a campaign against this election poster, which translates “be beautiful and vote”. Here’s the adbusted version:


Nadz at Feminist Collective says:

Give me a break! All of you parties are useless. I’m going up to Baabda in June to exercise my right to vote in these elections because I can think, because it’s one of the only rights I have as a woman in Lebanon. But none of you will get my vote until someone presents a progressive gender equality platform. Till then, I’m voting blank.

Muslimah Media Watch has more coverage of the protest.

Jeddah United, a Saudi women’s basketball team, is profiled by AFP – shame that most of it is about their uniforms, but interesting.

Renee at Womanist Musings answers the question: “what can white women do?”

Twisty skewers the controversy over ‘sexting’:

As you know, girls are sex; when girls send naked pictures of themselves to boys, they merely participate in what the megatheopornocorporatocracy tells them comes naturally. They hit send, sneak out for a cig, and anticipate their just reward for an oppressor-appeasing job well done.

But you know how it is. The set-up is bogus from the gitgo. A woman’s social status is inexorably tied to the manner in which her sex is used by men. It’s impossible for her to express sexuality precisely right, because the sex class is not sovereign over itself. It’s subject to dudely whim. The expression of a woman’s sexuality is purely a matter of dudely interpretation.

And Renee skewers the pink Twix for girls, Fling, particularly the way the advertising suggests substituting chocolate and masturbation:

Just look at those long chocolaty fingers…to indulge in them you won’t even have to risk your girly figure. We’ll just forget that masturbation burns calories along with giving you the satisfaction of getting it just the way you want it, instead of having to tap someone on the shoulder and instruct them to move to the left. Yep, ladies when you feel primal, reach for a fling because your body is reserved for the pleasure of men.

Talking of which, Bitch Blogs reports that May is national masturbation month in the US.

Femilist posts details of a survey by the Scottish Transgender Alliance on the Equality Bill.

Jewess reports on Yeshivat Mahara”t, a yeshiba in the US for Orthodox women.

Shakesville draws attention to an… interesting… CNN headline:

Hopeless’ dads kill their families out of love, experts say

It’s since been changed, decide for yourself if the replacement is any less offensive:

Despondent dads driven to kill loved ones

Comments From You

Legible Susan // Posted 22 May 2009 at 5:26 pm

The woman in that poster looks as if she has a black eye.

Jennifer Drew // Posted 22 May 2009 at 7:00 pm

Re: headline excusing/justifying men who commit femicide – headline should have read ‘manipulative and controlling men murder female partners.’ But then men must never be held responsible for murdering their partners. Which is why the law on provocation has still not been changed despite years of discussion and consultations. Men have excuses because they are supposedly experience uncontrollable fits of anger whereas women are blamed for not sufficiently enduring the violence their male partners inflict on them. Patriarchy was never logical which is why we have headlines excusing men who callously and sadistically murder a female partner/ex partner and often her children too.

Samara // Posted 22 May 2009 at 7:59 pm

I’m surprised that nobody seems to have noticed (that I’ve seen anyway) that the woman on the billboard seems to be sporting a black eye.

Princess Rot // Posted 23 May 2009 at 11:43 am

Re Twisty: “The expression of a woman’s sexuality is purely a matter of dudely interpretation.” That has gone into my Ace Quotes document, which contains all the little bits of feminist wisdom I’ve picked up from comments around the internet. I recommend starting such a thing, as it can be useful for refuting idiots and preserves the comment incase it disappears, as stuff on the internet is wont to do.

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