Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread 15 – 21 March 2011

// 21 March 2011

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Here are some articles and blog pieces we didn’t get around to covering in detail on the blog this week but would like to let you know about.

Disclaimer: The weekly round-up post is a place for us to share links to articles that we think may be of interest to readers or were of interest to us. We don’t always agree with every viewpoint expressed in the items and, as with actual pieces on the site, none of them reflect any ‘official view from The F Word’ because not all members of the team will necessarily hold the same opinions on the topics. We also have no control over the content on external sites so you are advised to use your own discretion and approach them with due caution.

Please feel free to add more relevant links or comment…

Mexico: Women’s rights activists flee Juarez (The Latin Americanist)

Women@NASA

Shouting out loud (Footsteps in the Dark)

On thinking about forming a female (identified) spoken word troupe, a la Sister Spit and fronting up writers with a queer/feminist/zine background from the UK

[Trigger Warning]

‘The military is above the nation’ (Washington Post)

Dressing While Feminist: Bras, Hobbies, and Pictures in the Park (SK{ru}SH)

Middle class anthropomorphic Mummy Pig a different pig to Miss Pig! (Oh dear. How sad. Never mind blog)

Google Results – misogynist language used on major gaming sites (The Border House)

I’m An Anonymous Woman Gamer (Kotaku)

From Gay Pride to White Pride? Why marching on East London is racist (Decolonize Queer)

Transgendered men & menstruation (The Period Blog)

The 50 best movies for women’s history month (mastersdegree.net)

Civil Partnerships Legalised on the Isle of Man (Lesbilicious)

Womanist Musings on “My New Pink Button”

Is the Big Society destroying the very things it stands for? (The Independent)

Daily Mail calls 12 year old rape victims ‘Lolitas’ (We Mixed our Drinks)

Channel 4 signs agreement to improve coverage of transgender issues (Feministing)

Guest Post: Transmisogyny is Misogyny Against All Women (Transgression)

Kakak Killjoy (Malaysian feminist webzine showcasing critical writing on culture, the arts, science, and politics)

Interview with Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi (The Nation)

Why does a buzzing gadget have such power to mortify us? (Salon)

Girls’ Math Classes Include Lessons in Anxiety (Womens enews)

Why we need to dismantle the myth of ‘Western’ feminism (Black Feminists)

And, finally, here are two of the tunes I played when I DJ’d at at our tenth anniversary party on Saturday!

Photo of “Feminism Rocks” stencilled on a pavement by Kristjan Wager, shared under a Creative Commons Licence. Added to this post on 05 May 2011.

Comments From You

Kit // Posted 22 March 2011 at 12:13 pm

“Google Results – misogynist language used on major gaming sites” – I’m so surprised 4chan/v/ didn’t come out top on all of those, although it is a subset of the whole site and probably better than the more NSFW boards *shrug*.

The WoW and Starcraft ones will be skewed because of the filters in place on the forums with strict no off-topic rules. They come down pretty heavy on folks circumventing the word filter, but the moderators (at least on the EU forum) didn’t seem to recognise the double standards in banning threads about race or homosexuality (any kind, not just hate threads) and allowing Nice Guy and “GF help” threads to flourish, which are usually quick to turn into girl/women hating. They get pretty snippy when you report this issue to them using the feedback form ^_^

Hannah // Posted 22 March 2011 at 5:52 pm

Talking of gaming and misogyny, one of my friends posted on facebook today that the new Duke Nukem has a ‘capture the babe’ section where you have to grab a woman, run along with her and occasionally give her a ‘reassuring slap’ if she starts ‘freaking out’.

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2011/03/21/duke-nukem-forever-multiplayer-modes-revealed-including-worrisome-capture-the-babe-mode/

Minnie // Posted 23 March 2011 at 3:16 pm

Erykah Badu is fantastic. I love the feminist lyrics and the way she keeps pushing boundaries with her music. She can do accessible stuff like this one -which i heart btw- but she recently showed she isn’t afraid to be indulgent and step out of the comfort zone.

That video for Window Seat is awesome too!

chrissy // Posted 23 March 2011 at 6:41 pm

Minnie i think you mean humanist lyrics, she has never claimed to be a feminist.

check out this interview from the guardian.

chrissy // Posted 23 March 2011 at 6:42 pm

sorrythe link is http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/mar/23/erykah-badu-feminist

Minnie // Posted 23 March 2011 at 9:19 pm

Fair enough but the lyrics still have a feminist appeal to me as a feminist, regardless of the intention :-)

Saranga // Posted 23 March 2011 at 10:13 pm

@Chrissy: curious question here. Even If Badu doesn’t describe herself as a feminst do you not think there is worth/validity in other people describing her lyrics as feminist? If that’s the meaning they find in them, why not refer to them as such?

I’m not having a go, I am genuinly curious. I don’t know Badu’s music, or much about her, but your comments sparked a thought in my brain so I thought I’d ask.

@minnie: I’d also be interested in your thoughts on this, seeing as you are a fan of hers.

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