Sunday feminist roundup (5th May 2013)

On May 5, 2013 by feimineach

- Tesco sells chemistry sets for boys (glosswatch) (only, that is) and, when criticised, fails to see anything wrong with their it (twitter). It’s standing behind its excuse of market research. Nothing unusual about that.

– Niall Ferguson, a Harvard historian, has issued an unqualified apology (niallferguson.com) for his remarks about Keynes. He claimed that Keynes didn’t care about the future of humanity because he was gay (and, therefore, didn’t have an children). His unqualified apology comes with a qualification that he was commenting on one particular thing that Keynes said about the long run. I think this is a case where that most academic of terms is appropriate: whaevs.

– A report shows that the gender gap in Canada will not be closed for another 228 years (globeandmail) if the pace of the last 20 years remains. Oh my.

– Here’s a very brief, no-frills definition of mansplaining (femfreq on twitter). I have been mansplained four times in the last week. Yes, I count. (Here’s another one.)

– NYPD statistics reveal that their stop and search policies (targets?) are curious: 52% black, 31% hispanic, 10% white, 8% other (motherjones). Seems disproportionate. On the same token, the LGBT community of NYC claims that the NYPD are targeting them for stop and frisk, also (ny1).

– Here is a new magazine – Ruductress. It’s a spoof and satire on those ridiculous and insipid women’s magazines. It’s my favourite thing this week so far.

– This is a great Q+A about Anne Boleyn (bitchmedia) in which Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, discusses the anti-hero. I’ve got a real thing for the Tudors so this is right up my street.

Climate change affects women (grist.org): […] climate change exacerbates issues of scarcity and lack of accessibility to primary natural resources, forest resources, and arable land for food production, thereby contributing to increased conflict and instability, as well as the workload and stresses on women farmers, who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. […] food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work,┬átransactional sex, and early marriage that put them at┬árisk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health. (from thehill.com).

– I need to read this and, I dare say, so do you. Dystopian Book “Partials” Imagines a Society of Forced Pregnancy (bitchmedia).

– Finally, the Feminist Wire is running a forum on race and feminism. It is very, very well worth a look.

 

2 Responses to “Sunday feminist roundup (5th May 2013)”

  • Hi! I’d just like to thank you for your posts and your round-ups; it helps to have someone who is sharp-eyed enough to spot things, and analytical enough to put them all together for the rest of us to see. I never know where to start when it comes to feminist news!

    I’d like to comment on other things, but first of all, I love Reductress. It made me laugh! Smart stuff right there. My feminist friends would love it.

    Second, I’ve read Partials, and while I didn’t think of feminism when I read it, yeah, it’s disturbing that forced pregnancy is forced into the law. It actually just reminded me that tons of fanfiction writers use that, or forced marriage, as a plot. Sigh. Thanks for the link, too, since it made me think about the race issue. I live in the Philippines, so racism (or the lack thereof) wasn’t the first thing I noticed when I read the book.

    Lastly, I love Natalie Dormer. You’ve probably seen this since it’s on the TCOAB blog, but in case you haven’t, here is an excerpt from Bordo’s book about how Dormer tried to portray Anne Boleyn even though, as she said, “the original script had that tendency to polarize women into saint and whore. It wasn’t deliberate, but it was there.” http://thecreationofanneboleyn.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/natalie-and-anne/

    Again, thanks, and have a great weekend!

    • And thank you for your lovely comment. I really appreciate it. And thank you for the link about Dormer. I, too, thought she was fantastic as Boleyn. I could watch her performance over and over.

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