Weekly round-up and open thread, 23 August 2011

// 23 August 2011

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Public domain image - The Earth seen from Apollo 17 - via WikipediaBetter late than punctual, here’s this week’s open thread for discussion and our regular round-up of some of the articles and blogs we’ve noticed over the last week or so, but not had time to post about.

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This week’s closing music vid is Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s version of Hound Dog, written by Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber, who died yesterday:

[Public domain image ‘The Earth seen from Apollo 17’ via Wikipedia]

Comments From You

YouFem // Posted 23 August 2011 at 12:19 pm

The Zoe Williams interview with Catherine Hakim particularly incensed us when we saw it: Ms Hakim managed to be homophobic, racist and come across as utterly mad; yet her ideas concerning capitalising on attractiveness (in all its manifestations, from charisma, to wit, to clothing) is sometimes that should be discussed more openly and far more rationally within the feminist community – and within the female community. We can’t pretend that sociability and how we present ourselves to the world don’t come into our job prospects; it’s not a desirable state of affairs, but it’s human nature to be naturally inclined towards those who display, for example, an interest in your views, or who are very eloquent, or just have an inimitable likeability. Putting aside the bizzare views the taint Ms Hakim’s central idea, modern women need to consider why, as feminists, we instinctively reject the idea that our public presentation shouldn’t interfere with life at the office; that’s not posible, in any person, man or woman.

President of YouFem – FeminismEqualityModernity

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