Sunday Links Roundup!

Welcome to another links round-up, you know the drill!

Aliasmitch found: “This wonderful interview with Matilda Sycamore, editor of an anthology titled Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, a book that I totally want to read. While the rather alarming title may be upsetting to some, I think its abrasive phrasing really calls out the hegemonic worship of masculinity and desire for an assimilation into heteronormativity that is present in Queer culture. You can learn more about the book in this interview with Sycamore and also more about her radical gender politics, which are pretty awesome.”

Eszenyme discovered: “This great interview with Jaclyn Friedman, a sex educator who recently published What You Really Want? The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety.  She discusses the impact of media on the sexual identity of women.  The link also includes sections from her book that provide techniques for thinking about media and sexual identity.”

Femistorian uncovered: “This article from alternet explores potential story lines for my favorite feminist/historical show, Mad Men. As the show enters the late sixties, Matt Weiner and the other writers have a wealth of amazing story ideas to choose from. Personally, I hope they have at least one story line featuring the formation of NOW.”

Femonfire dug up: “This post, which is a comment on the reaction to a woman who tried to participate in an athiest thread on Reddit. As this past week was ‘A’ week (Athiest week) on the internet, I thought this was a pertinent way to show why women may not feel welcome at athiest events.”

Internationalcupcakebandit has been watching: “This MSNBC video which talks about the culture war on women in the status quo, regarding the “battle over birth control.” Not only does this segment showcase current facts and policies, it also puts these issues into a more colloquial context that’s much easier to understand than a lot of the political jargon floating around.”

Katie O. read: “An article on white-washing in The Hunger Games that I think is a crucial read for any fan. Reading the books, I (like many readers) pictured Katniss Everdeen to be a woman of color, but when casting for the movie came around, people of color were overlooked for critical roles. This article analyzes this phenomenon of white-washing in Hollywood and the pushback that occurs when people of color are cast.”

Parklena found this neat site, which: “focuses on street harassment and where people share their own stories of harassment. It offers news on International Anti-Street Harassment Week (March 18-24) and ways that everyone can work to stop street harassment. It also spells out very clearly what street harassment is and the different kinds of prejudice behind it; racism, sexism, homophobia and classism being a few.”

Kaycorbs444 found this article: “after traveling to American University this past week and hearing a variety of negative opinions about the video. As a feminist it really provokes a considerable amount of emotion, while allowing readers to question the various angles of Rick Santorum’s campaign, particularly his appeal to women.”


4 thoughts on “Sunday Links Roundup!

  1. At the risk of sounding like an apologist, I will say that I don’t think taking the things said on reddit as indicative of the general attitude of the Atheist community. This isn’t to suggest that Atheists can’t be sexist, only that I think what happened on reddit is more indicative of the major problematic of the internet, and not of a general attitude within the Atheist community. There was actually an article that came out during this past week in the Washington Post that pointed to studies showing that Atheists, generally, are less likely to hold some sort of bigoted belief, whether that manifests itself as sexism, homophobia, racism or some other similar belief system.

    That being said, I do think that sexism in internet communities is a major problem. As some one who probably spends more time involved in ultra-nerdy communities on the internet than with real people (see my article on women in the professional Starcraft II scene for a reminder of how nerdy I am), I find myself consistently ashamed of being a nerd, not an Atheist. The online community typically does not A) realize how disgusting and sexist it is when it sexualizes any woman who enters it and B) is made up of a great deal of younger teenagers, as well as socially inept young adults. This isn’t to justify the way they act, but it is these groups that I see making the comments like those on Reddit or yelling at any girl who dares to show her face on xbox live that they will rape her.

    The same phenomenon happens in places like facebook, where you don’t have to look more than a few friends away from yourself, or maybe one of your facebook ‘friends’ is one of these people, to see people being openly sexist, homophobic, or racist. It’s not that this or that specific group of people generally holds these beliefs, but that the internet gives people an opportunity to spread hate without having to take any responsibility for the things they say. Unfortunately, too many people seize upon this opportunity.

    In short, I don’t think it’s accurate to attribute the actions of an online message board to an entire community in the real world. In my experience, when Atheists gather to talk and have dialogue in person, you don’t see the sort of hateful, bigoted remarks and attitudes that that girl experienced on Reddit. Maybe I’ve been too confined to my own circle of friends though; if these sorts of attitudes really are prevalent, then I’ll concede. I just worry about taking what a small group on the internet said as indicative of how an entire segment of our population thinks, especially given how people usually act on the internet.


    1. While I agree that what happens on reddit shouldn’t necessarily be taken as indicative of the atheist community at large, as Katie O. and I discussed in this post

      sexism is still really prevalent in the secular movement. Most of the atheists I have met here at JMU aren’t sexist, but problems do arise occasionally and I think it’s definitely worth paying attention to because the secular movement won’t be able to gain any ground if it can’t get the support of women.


      1. It’s pretty sad to read that, though I certainly believe it. I’ve never been particularly interested in the naturalist/scientism perspective that a lot of the Atheist movement seems to focus on, so I’ve also never been particularly interested in following people like Richard Dawkins or the others you mentioned in the article. Though knowing how prevalent sexism is in that community makes me glad that I’ve stuck to my own philosophical endeavors, instead of latching on and tacitly accepting the sexist attitudes of the leaders in the movement. Looks like I’ll concede after all!


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