Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
How could we not share this?
I submit a hypothesis for debate: among female writers how well a woman writes correlates with how much she values life. The will to create beautiful art or elegant prose is just a different manifestation of the sex drive. (Hence why writers and artists will sometimes refer to their creations as their children.)Think of a piece of writing as a child. It’s no coincidence that those most hostile to motherhood produce mangled, awkward prose aborted from their heads.
This from a man who uses the astoundingly clunky “hence why”.
An event in Wellington to combat Germaine Greer’s transphobic presence:
Instead of protesting the talk, which would only add more fuel for her fire, I am organizing a panel discussion. The panel will be made up of a broad spectrum of feminists of different gender identities. We will be taking questions from the audience and also some prepared questions to help lead the discussion.
Three things every man should know about feminism.
Tom and Lorenzo on Glee’s shift to portraying gay characters as whiny victims – worth a read even if you don’t watch the show. For this:
The way for the creative community (and indeed, the entire world) to address anti-gay bullying is not through weepy portraits of its victims, but through SHEER RAGE. Fuck “It Gets Better.” Show us a campaign against gay teen bullying called “THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP RIGHT NOW” and we’ll sign on in nano-seconds.
Why Sex Is Not Spiritual.
We cannot afford for sex to be sacred. Sacred things sit on altars to be worshiped from afar, not to become part of one’s everyday life. They are not to be touched, played with, fondled, mocked, examined, or questioned. They do not come down into the dust and muck that we live in every day. The sacred stays safely behind the veil of mysticism and respect.
From a scientist, ecologist, small farmer and writer, blogging at Casaubon’s Bookon Science Blogs, a thought provoking post about fostering children, and what it actually takes for a woman to be able to control her fertility and her family size: Family Planning Isn’t a Condom and a Pamphlet.
“Get those women on depo-provera” reveals a lot more about the speaker than it does about good policy.
Many thanks to Southern Rata for sending the link to us.
Some light relief: Tim T’s complete guide to the Labor leadership spill in Australia.
And something pretty, from Lilith Crawford. One year on from the earthquake in Christchurch, gardens have sprung up on cleared sites.
Thank you for letting us use the photo, Lilith.