Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
Via Ally on Twitter, on talking about gendered body parts. Ally also has a massive round up of feminsty links at her place, which you should go look at. And watch her dance, because she is teh cuteness.
A guest post on The F-Word, by Lorrie Hearts, about baby-friendly hospitals. She taps into one of my (Deb) pet peeves about the baby-friendly hospitals initiative:
The tendency to remove agency and autonomy from women who have had children is something that I find highly disturbing. … “But it’s best for baby” continues to be the phrase on the flag. When, exactly, people stopped prioritising what’s best for women is a question that remains to be answered.
Slutwalk (finally) comes to New York. All those “hundreds of scantily-clad marchers” are shown in this video, plus a good round up of links. Also, plenty of feministy bloggers in the video, skeevy dudes taking photos, and my new favourite sign, the one that reads: </patriarchy> We need that on a tshirt. More from Sady Doyle here.
Here at TLG, we try to be inclusive of everyone, yes, including men. We think it’s important to have them at the table, to include them in the debate. And look, when it comes to equality in developing nations, at least, we’re right.
Anne Else was invited to speak to her old school, Auckland Girls’ Grammar: Time Travel. It seems that Anne has been subversive for a Very Long Time.
Why were the teachers so concerned about our class? Because we were irritatingly different. When we disapproved of a teacher, we united in silence strikes, refusing to answer any questions. Quite a few of us were unusually independent and strong-minded, finding creative ways to subvert what we considered petty rules, for example about uniforms and hair. Some of us wore black underwear, as required – but it was black lace. Yes, there were underwear inspections in those days.
Greta Christina asks, “Is Everyone Basically Bisexual?” (Here’s a clue: the answer is ‘no’.)
The brilliant Pervocracy addresses a question that we talk about a lot here: what do ideas about relationships in the kink/BDSM/polyamorous world have to offer when it comes to thinking and talking about relationships in general.
What kind of relationship you have is your choice, and one choice isn’t better than another. What’s important is that you make a choice. That even if you’re you’re monogamous, vanilla, and heterosexual–you’re doing it because it’s what you want and because you and your partner have agreed to it, not because that’s what people do. What’s important isn’t what path you take, but that you know there are paths.
Also. Dear New York Post: fuck you. Fuck you very much. And when you say “giving it up”? What the hell is “it”? Because it must be a thing I don’t have any more after that. You know, like the vestiges of your self-respect after you published that pack of shit.
And lastly, a little bit of eye-candy. Men posed as pinups.