Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Disruptors. Go play outside. Seriously, I’ll wait. The internet will still be here when you get back.
Oh, you’re back already. Well, welcome! We have been scouring the internet all week for the badass-est, rage-iest, thought-provokiest writing on feminism that’s not written by us. Tell us about what you’ve been reading in the comments!
- Kicking it off with friend of the blog Ambidancetrous: Why telling people they have the option to switch roles is not enough. We followed it up with some ideas on how to normalize nontraditional roles for beginners: Use gender neutral language. Have intermediates on hand to jump in as the other role during the lesson. Dance the nontraditional role as a teacher. Do drills as both lead and follow before picking a role.
- Hey conservative nutbag media “personalities”, did you know you can actually criticize the efficacy of public employees WITHOUT THREATENING TO MURDER THEM?! Send a note to their home=death threat. Say it on a syndicated political talk show=just expressing yourself and your constitutional rights. Bonus! SO MANY EXAMPLES of the American Right’s problem with eliminationist rhetoric.
- American Apparel sells unisex shirts. Great! Except the male models get to wear pants, shoes, and presumably underwear too, while the female models only get to wear the shirt. Bonus! Some serious boobs and butt shots going on. NSFW.
- This next link contains two of DDP’s favorite things: Doctor Who and consent. I can’t actually read it because I’m not caught up on Doctor Who, but I’m giddy with excitement about the quote our editor pulled:
“As a wise man once said in a very complex song-and-dance number involving puppets, Doctor Who is about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. Kissing people when they don’t want to be kissed is nothing if not the triumph of brute force, and it sure ain’t romantic. This Doctor is always telling us what’s cool. You know what’s cooler than all the bowties, fezzes, and Stetsons in the universe? Consent.” CAUTION: SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.
- Also on the subject of spoilers, here are some for Star Trek: Heart of Darkness. The director apologized for the sexism and offered us some equal opportunity ogling.
- “Lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who lived in the states that banned same-sex marriage experienced a significant increase in psychiatric disorders,” according to a new study.
- “I must say that I find this really unfair. I mean, I’m a nice girl. I have a lot to offer as a friend, like not being a douchebag and stuff. But males just don’t want to be friends with nice girls like me. They can’t help it, I guess; it’s just how they’re wired, biologically. Evolution conditioned our male hominid ancestors to seek nice girls as mates and form friendship bonds only with the other dudes that they hunted mammoths with. It’s true—I know this because I studied hominids in my fifth-grade science class.” Sound familiar?
- 14 North American retailers refuse to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, an agreement that would have entailed a five year commitment from all participating retailers to conduct independent safety inspections of factories and pay up to $500,000 per year towards safety improvements. Go tell them how you feel about that.
- DDP loves Beyonce and we’re glad she’s getting some love back from internet feminists.
- The Militant Baker sent Abercrombie and Fitch some HOT photos in response to their CEO’s comments about not wanting fat people to wear their clothes to let them know that A&F stands for “Attractive and Fat.” “P.S. If you would like to offer me a ‘substantial amount’ to stop wearing your brand so my association won’t ‘cause significant damage to your image,’ don’t hesitate to email me.”
- Facebook has a violence against women problem, but the movement to stop it is gaining momentum. Here’s an example (trigger warning for graphic images promoting domestic violence). Here’s another example (TW).
- Apparently schools have the option of simply not teaching sex education. Will small steps in progressive sex ed pave the way for a more sex positive future or encourage complacency?
- Five friends living in Rio’s favelas got sick of seeing fashion magazines that were inaccessible and didn’t reflect their community, so they made their own!
- Two employees at a well known video game company call out their CEO’s passive sexism to surprising result!
- BSA successfully voted to end its ban on openly gay scouts. The organization still bans openly gay leaders though so…I guess when a gay scout fully matriculates he’s no longer welcome? They’re going to have serious enforcement problems, since these policies allow or encourage homophobic behavior and attitudes that could push gay scouts out of the troops or into the closet whether the policy allows them to stay or not. This is nowhere near enough.
- Wall St trader on a panel of rich white men basically says women forget how to trade when they give birth. Morning Joe assembles a group of rich white women, some of whom make some good points, others of whom engage in more gender essentialism.
- Tired of reading by now? Comics! Also, if this week’s xkcd didn’t make your heart hurt, you may not be human.