Sunday, December 12, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (12/12/10)

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Frida Kahlo might have one of the most famous unibrows.
Have you heard about Decembrow? It seems like everyone has something to say about it, including numerous negative and judgmental comments. I'll let this Feministing post explain what it is:
You may have heard of “Movember”, a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues, such as depression. The event was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide.

While the event is a great way for men and people who can grow moustaches to get involved in raising money for an important cause, it has heretofore been lacking in opportunities for women who have trouble growing moustaches to get involved (or at least opportunities that didn’t involve sleeping with moustached men for the cause)

Thus, inspired by an article on the popularity of the unibrow in Tajikistan sent in by reader Jess (thanks, Jess!), I hereby declare that the current month shall heretofore be known as….DECEMBROW.

Decembrow is, of course, all about the brow. Specifically, the unibrow.
Who would've guessed hypothetical unibrow's would make such waves? Check out what someone from Concerned Women for America said: "“While I applaud the effort to raise awareness and funds to stop prostate cancer, I find it curious that feminists would choose to embrace facial hair and mostly wonder how that is different than any other month of the year,” Nance wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. Then there's this from The Stir: "Grow a Unibrow for Feminism? No Thanks." You can also read more at ABC News, AOL and Chicago Now.

In other news:
  • Christian Science Monitor: "Beyond the scary Christmas list: the full parenting price tag." The price? $220,00. Not including college.
  • Sustainable Mothering: "Breast Milk Mom Prepares to Sue the TSA Over Detention." This is as bad as you might think it is.
  • New York Times: "Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wal-Mart Appeal." This could become the largest class-action lawsuit ever, and it's for workplace discrimination.
  • Big Think: "A Feminist Lawyer on the Case Against Wikileaks' Julian Assange."
  • Salon: "The rush to smear Assange's rape accuser."
  • Feministe: "Naomi Wolf: Assange captured by the 'dating police.'" I still can't believe this.
  • Amanda Hess: Leroy Carhart's Maryland abortion clinic opens today to anti-abortion protests."
  • Salon: "Women don't trust Palin on abortion." Go figure!
  • The Minnesota Independent: "Bachmann calls for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood." She is such a liar.
  • Daily Me: "Missouri church sued in sex-abuse case sues victim's parents." This is so messed up.
  • Wales Online: "Extending maternity leave could 'push women out of the marketplace.'"
  • "Belmont University Faculty Stand Up For Coach Fired for Being Gay."
  • Slate: "Six Degrees of Retaliation: The Supreme Court tries to determine if your fiance can be fired for your sex-discrimination complaint."
  • Danah Boyd: "Digital Self-Harm and Other Acts of Self-Harassment." This is really interesting.
  • Houston Press: "WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops." As in child trafficking/prostitution.
  • National Women's Law Center: "Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports Day 2010 - The Posts." Also check out The Glass Hammer's "How Do Team Sports Help Develop Girls into Future Leaders?"
  • Missoulian: "2011 Legislature: GOP lawmakers to introduce anti-abortion bills." This is in Montana.
  • Gender Across Borders: "America, Hijab, and the Muslim Female Experience."
  • The Star: "Let me, a Muslim feminist, confuse you." This is a great article.
  • The Curvature: "Nashville Police Officers Charged With Domestic Violence Get to Keep Their Jobs."
  • Bloomberg: "U.S. Failing to Meet Goals for Women's Health: Report."
  • "Trying to Rape a Lesbian Straight: Sounds Like a Hate Crime to Me."
  • "Idaho Says It's "Okay" to Rape Unmarried Women." There's a petition at the link.
  • TransGriot: "Renee's Rule." Oh so many people need to learn about this. "If it ain't about you, don't make it about you."
Popular culture:
  • Shout Out JMU: "Introducing Feminist Thought Through Young Adult Literature."
  • The Grio: "Why did Victoria's Secret brand black models 'wild things'?" Excellent question.
  • The Guardian: "Anne Holt's top 10 female detectives."
  • Entertainment Weekly: "'Blue Valentine' wins MPAA appeal for R rating."
  • DC Women Kicking Ass: "Former DC President Paul Levitz says superhero stories 'more appealing to boys.'" I highly recommend reading this.
  • Vulture: "The Craziest Descriptions of Angelina Jolie in Reviews of The Tourist." (Sigh to abelism in the headline.)
  • The Smoking Gun: "Bea Arthur Was A Truck-Driving Marine." I find this way interesting. "While she strangely denied serving in the armed forces, military records show that the actress Bea Arthur spent 30 months in the Marine Corps, where she was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve and spent time as a typist and a truck driver."

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