Hello there, Disruptors! It’s so good to see you again. How are you? I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Well, enough chit chat; here’s what we’ve been reading and sharing with each other for the past seven days. We’re also very interested in the things you’ve been reading or writing! Please share them in the comments.

  • If DDP were a video game:

    Click for the original source.
  • TEDTalk “Violence & Silence” by Jackson Katz, Ph.D:
  • Obamacare implementation is now illegal in SC. DDP editors’ response:
    Bridie: South Carolina, are you fucking kidding me.
    Rosie: South Carolina defies parody. SC is never kidding.
  • T/W for fake blood: “In addition to making a mannequin target that looks like President Barack Obama, Zombie Industries sells a mannequin called simply ‘The Ex’ — a large-breasted dummy that ‘bleeds’ when shot. …’to discriminate against Women by not having them represented in our product selection would be just plain sexist,’ the company states on its website.”
  • Serious props to Elizabeth Smart for her critique of virginity culture with regards to rape victims.
  • On the topic of virginity culture: how waiting until marriage meant marrying the wrong guy.
  • Interesting tactic to try to empower child victims of abuse.
  • Slut-shaming school dress codes are part of rape culture.
  • Awful. The man the Air Force put in charge of responding to sexual assault…committed sexual assault.
  • T/W for assault. I think this Onion piece missed the mark in a horrible way. What do you think?
  • DC’s magically low reported rate of sexual assault is not, in fact, magical at all, but is a systemic mishandling of sexual assault reports by police officers.
  • Excellent advice:
    How to tell if a toy is for boys or for girls.

    How to tell if a toy is for boys or for girls.

    Which reminded us of this open letter, in response to this article.

  • Sexism in arts and letters: “I consider throwing in the towel. The lack of respectful coverage, the slut-shaming and name-calling, all the girly book covers and not-my-titles despite high literary aspirations, has worn me down, made me question everything: my abilities, my future, my life. This is what sexism does best: it makes you feel crazy for desiring parity and hopeless about ever achieving it.”
  • While we’re on the subject, YA author Maureen Johnson has some excellent things to say about attitudes toward gender in literature, which you should care about even if you’re not a big reader. “I believe it does affect us all, very much so, because these are all subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) value judgments on what kind of narratives matter.”
  • Maureen Johnson also proposed an experiment in gender-flipping book covers. Click the image blow to see some of the results:

    Coverflip: Maureen Johnson Calls For An End To Gendered Book Covers With An Amazing Challenge