Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread

// 7 February 2011

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Here are some of the things that caught our eye this week, but which didn’t make it into blog posts of their own. If you have any stories or blog posts or news that you want to add, please post them in the comments thread!

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Comments From You

Tasha // Posted 7 February 2011 at 1:25 pm

That PETA video… wow, just wow. Could it be any more offensive/degrading?!

amy // Posted 7 February 2011 at 1:43 pm

i personally have never been that fond of Madonna but after reading this article from the daily mail i dislike even more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1354092/Family-girl-adopted-Madonna-plan-sue-star-broke-vow-visits.html

Here is an article from Renee Martin about how Madonna stole Mercy her African daughter.

http://globalcomment.com/2009/white-womans-burden-madonna-and-the-malawian-adoption/

‘Since the first white man stepped foot on the African continent they have raped and ravaged both the land and the people. To justify this history of tyranny the white man’s burden has been employed as a defensive ideology. Africans have been constructed as backward and in need of rescue. Difference has been understood as a signification of a lack of advancement rather than a alternate form of living. By adopting these children, Madonna is only continuing a long tradition of western colonization based in the belief that whiteness is ultimately superior to that of bodies of color’

amy // Posted 7 February 2011 at 1:50 pm

I have never really liked the Feministing website or Jessica Valenti for that matter, so I am not to sad to here that she is leaving.

here is a post written by Renee from womanist musings about why women of colour are continually ignored on feministings website.

http://www.womanist-musings.com/2011/02/so-long-jessica-valenti-i-wont-miss-you.html

amy // Posted 7 February 2011 at 1:55 pm

Tasha I am not surprised by the video at all PETA is a joke.

Josie // Posted 7 February 2011 at 3:37 pm

Amy, I’m no fan of either Jessica Valenti or Feministing either. I think the whole lot of them reek of privilege and entitlement and in my experience they have reacted with FLAMES to the slightest whiff of criticism. I find Jessica Valenti’s writing bratty and self-interested to the point of egomania at times.

So thanks for the link to that article, although I did find some of it unnecessarily vicious. As Renee said, what Valenti is most of all is a great businesswoman and self-promoter and it bothers me a lot that she’s deified as much as she is. And the sound of her forthcoming ‘parenting’ book makes me want to run away screaming….

sianushka // Posted 8 February 2011 at 9:56 am

Amy/Josie – have you read One Dimensional Woman by Nina POwer? I am reviewing it for this site but it’s got some interesting points in it about Feministing and American 3rd wave feminism.

And is just a great book anyway.

Josie // Posted 8 February 2011 at 6:12 pm

sianushka, no I haven’t but I will! Thanks for the recommendation and I’m looking forward to reading your review.

I’m currently reading Kat Banyard’s ‘Equality Illusion’ and looks like she’s no Valenti fan either – she quotes some of her simplistic (to put it charitably) views on pornography. Looks like Amy and I are in good company!

Vicky // Posted 11 February 2011 at 7:29 am

Oxfam is inviting people to submit the names and stories of women who have inspired them as part of its International Women’s Day celebration:

http://celebration.oxfam.org.uk/who-inspires-you

I thought I’d link to it here in case anybody would like to commemorate a woman they know.

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