Personal and work pressures make it difficult to be as focused as I’d like on my pet topics. But these great blogs and articles keep coming my way, so I thought I’d share some. If it works out I’ll do it regularly.
Dear Abby, Thank You for Saving My Life
December 6 was Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, held each year on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, where 14 young women were killed for being women.
In this moving post, Marvelist shares her own story and her thoughts on Canada’s decreasing support for gender equality.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an annual international campaign that runs from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day. Over 2000 organizations in 154 countries have participated in the campaign.
I wanted to post this before the 16 days were over… Oh well. It’s worth noting anyway.
- Nobel Women’s Round-Up: If you click on nothing else, DO check out the Nobel Women’s Initiative 16 Days of Activism blog: Each day features another amazing woman activist from a different part of the world: Palestine and Israel and the Congo and Iran and South America… Well, there are a lot of amazing women out there!!
- And here is a great initiative that runs during the 16 days, aimed at encouraging girls and women to take control of technology and end violence.
Take Back The Tech
From The Queer Activist Blogosphere
The Social Justice League’s blog post Fauxgress Watch: “Born This Way” examines why it is actually detrimental to queer folk to use the argument “we were born this way” or “being queer is not a choice!” as a justification for seeking rights/equality.
Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Of course, I had several tearful moments watching three women accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Women from areas fraught with violence, who were brave enough to find their personal power, raise their voices, become leaders, and make a change.
Heifer International – an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty – opine that these three women can start a movement.
Culture & Media
Deconstructing the Bechdel test
Ana Mardoll discusses what the Bechdel test is actually for.
Rethinking the Strong Female Character
Feminist literary blog Canonball’s thought-provoking post on why we might want to rethink what Hollywood considers to be strong female characters.
The weekly Trope
I will love and/or curse my lovely friend L. forever for getting me hooked on TV Tropes. Today’s trope: Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female On Male
And of course, the “shocking” discovery that rapists and men’s magazines sound suspiciously alike
- Jezebel: Can You Tell The Difference Between A Men’s Magazine And A Rapist?
- The Fatal Feminist gives a good review of how this perpetuates rape culture
- And on a different topic, just because I think it’s a great post, here’s another one by The Fatal Feminist: Get Me Off This Damn Pedestal
An investment manager’s email asking for a second date
This email had me laughing out loud in my office. There are a LOT of responses, but so many of them are just so hysterical it’s worth scrolling around a while.
Israeli former president, Moshe Katsav, finally begins his prison sentence for rape!
This New Yorker blog post gives a quick history of the case.
How our fearless leaders REALLY see women (without their uniforms!!)
But sexism is still rife at the top of Israel’s government and military, as evidenced by the “joke” – caught on tape – in which Defense Minister Ehud Barak and army Chief of Staff Benny Ganz objectify female soldiers and one of the minister’s own media team. These two senior men then threaten the press if they release the tape.
Murder of Mustafa Tamimi
I began this as an item in my roundup, and it grew, and grew… So this horrible episode got its own post.