Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Link-fest, or, on things I read about while holding my in-arms baby

I've been following a few blogs and sites around the traps and thought I'd collect some links here for the interested (oh yeah, coz my blog is so popular and has millions of readers!).

On the US election and Sarah Palin, the quandary's of the current election saga, (which I've been following in public in this thread in the Online Feminist Workshop at Joyous Birth) I liked the Women's Media Centre piece by Robin Morgan: When Sisterhood is Suicide, her other great piece is Goodbye to All That #2, both some wonderful insightful commentary on the state of the union, and the state of feminism generally.

"Goodbye to some young women eager to win male approval by showing they’re not feminists (at least not the kind who actually threaten thestatus quo), who can’t identify with a woman candidate because she is unafraid of eeueweeeu yucky power, who fear their boyfriends might look at them funny if they say something good about her. Goodbye to women of any age again feeling unworthy, sulking “what if she’s not electable?” or “maybe it’s post-feminism and whoooosh we’re already free.” Let a statement by the magnificent Harriet Tubman stand as reply. When asked how she managed to save hundreds of enslaved African Americans via the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, she replied bitterly, “I could have saved thousands—if only I’d been able to convince them they were slaves.”" (Morgan's Goodbye to All that)

I wish Hilary had been chosen too. I feel completely ripped off that she wasn't. Obama should have waited his turn. But given the choice they've got over there, women should remember (from Morgan's Sisterhood piece):

"Bottom line: Obama’s book title: Dreams from My Father. McCain’s book title: Faith of My Fathers. Patriarchy? You think? Neither one gets it. BUT. One doesn’t not get it much more than the other."


Echidne of the Snakes has some great election posts, I appreciated the October 8 entry Politics in Pictures: A Feminist Essay.

"Not being "the other" has some great advantages. For instance, when John McCain or Joe Biden do something stupid they only affect their own reputations, because white men are not "the other". They are individuals. When Barack Obama or Sarah Palin do something stupid they affect the reputations of African-Americans or women respectively (at least among all racists and sexists). They serve as embodiments of the groups they represent. This is the case as long as Firsts are necessary, as long as we only have a handful of individuals on which to base our group assessments.

On some level most women, for example, know this. Thus, when I look at the pictures in this post I can see them as making fun of Sarah Palin but my stomach thinks differently. It suspects that the pictures also make fun of me."

Too true.

The Huffington Post offered this perspective on the last presidential debate:

"What John McCain said last night, in front of millions of viewers, was belittling to women. He not only mocked Barack Obama for supporting women's health, he mocked women across the country. The debate last night was just the most vivid example of what we've known all along: John McCain is out of touch on women's health.

Just a couple months back, McCain had the deer-in-the-headlights look, and couldn't answer whether he thought it was fair that insurance companies that cover Viagra should also cover birth control.

And, remember the time when McCain was asked whether he thought contraceptives helped stopped the spread of HIV? McCain's response, "You've stumped me."

And there's more. Let's count the ways that John McCain is out of touch on women's health and women's rights

*He's voted 125 times against women's health.
*He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade.
*He opposes funding to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies.
*He opposes requiring health care plans to cover birth control.
*He opposes equal pay legislation, saying it wouldn't do "anything to help the rights of women."
*He's proposed a health care plan that will be worse for women."

The Hoyden's offered a good summary here.

The Feminist Law Professors (I love this blog, it's sooooo nerdy and I wish I belonged to it!) offer some great pieces on the election, this pictorial was quite the eye opener. I can't beleive what passes for advertising. Do these people not THINK, have they never heard of FEMINISM for fuck's sake! Get annoyed here.

Finally, at Femmessay, a blog I only recently discovered, which I am really enjoying, this post on what Palin means to feminism.

"This entire election cycle has been drifting somewhere between bizarre and fiasco. I am convinced that I am witnessing, in glorious technicolor, the sharp undeniable summary of the loss of decades of progress slipped away inside of a single decade. This is not my beautiful house!

All of it is terrifying and weird, but perhaps I take Palin the most personally. I hate that I do, but there it is. It is bad enough that we have such an inept person sapping up tax dollars at all, but that she is a woman meaning to represent a more “ladylike”… *snarl, wince*… “
glide through the glass ceiling” makes the entire thing unbearable. Every male I know, and many I didn’t know before they imposed on me in a rush of trying to find a woman to whack pinata-like with their misogyny sticks, have asked me to account for her, forcing me to constantly have to explain that I am, in point of fact, a completely separate human being who only happens to have a karyotype in common with her. Why the fuck should I explain her?

Oh, but the measure of woman has just resurged in earnest, hasn’t it now? Thanks to the wonder of the Patriarchy, that charming nightmare carousel that you just can’t get off of, every single woman who ever aspires to that office will be instantly tarred with the same brush. Every woman with a “Fargo” accent, every woman with brown hair and glasses, every woman who is attractive to men, or has children, or is Christian, or is running for executive office, or is, well, female… will always and forever invoke the memory of Palin and the world will wonder aloud if she will be as stupid and incompetent because she’s… well, a she.

Thank you, Patriarchs, for rummaging through the list of potential contenders for veep nomination and plucking out the candidate who manages to meet every possible fantasy the Patriarchy has ever had of women in order to play her hamhandedly like a card, crumpling her up under the pressure of serving the interests of a dying political faction comprised largely of people who hate women, and lobbing her at us like so much garbage,
then having the cheek to claim sexism when we say that she looks like a crumpled up card of the Patriarchy. This entire series of events revolving around Palin is the most loud and painful display of political carnage that I have ever witnessed against women in my lifetime. We’ll be cleaning this blood off the walls of the White House for years."

I love the misogyny sticks imagery! Hilarious (and sad).

On a lighter note, here is a post at 365 Days of Trash with a Tie fighter made of disposable coffee cups! Awesomely cool! Check out the blog while you're there, it's a good one. I'll have to do a link-fest to some of the urban homesteading and other green (and brown) blogs I like next time.

Go the blog! It's an interesting way for everyone to express themselves, and get their opinions out there. Fascinating stuff really. The academic in me wants to go look up some literature on it right now - lol.

Enjoy the links!

1 comment:

strawberrypot said...

As a forty-something, despairing Feminist (yes, it deserves a capital 'F' - it's the biggest 'F' word in the universe, after all) I am sooooooo moved by Morgan's quote from Harriet Tubman, "I could have saved thousands-if only I'd been able to convince them they were slaves." When will the sleepers awake? When will my little sisters know that they're sub-citizens, not so very far removed from their Ancient Greek great, great, great...grandmothers who were married off at 11 or 12 to become mothers and chattels, given the keys to their 'own' larders if they were exemplary wives (yeah... we haven't always had sway over the domestic sphere - and don't think that we still do - any of you in receipt of free QUALITY childcare or full parental pay???!!!), never seen in public, and never sharing a meal with their spouses - or even eating of HIS dinnerware as it was decorated with pornography. Horror, you may say. Turn on your television... read a magazine... listen to the lyrics of your daughters' favourite band or singer. Pick up the F'ing 'misogyny stick' and pass it on, as a batten, in our historical relay toward that chimerical Future of Freedom where 'F' will only be another letter in (an expanded) alphabet. End tirade... for the present. Ta for the input, Selene! luv, Strawberrypot.