Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

The biggest news in ladyblogland was the curious incident of bell hooks labeling Beyoncé a terrorist. I’ve rounded up a reading least for your edification. Get all that plus find out how misandrist you really are in this week’s dispatches.

Beyoncé and bell hooks: a reading list.

  • Jezebel: “hooks is the old auntie at the dinner table who doesn’t care if you like her opinion or not. She’s going to say it and she’s earned the right to do that, just like we’ve earned the right to disagree with her.”
  • Clutch: “hooks contended that Beyoncé, and the media at large, levies the biggest attack against feminism today.”
  • Gradient Lair: “While the topic itself was about liberating the Black female body, I feel that the real takeaway is about how the Black women in that talk experience their own sense of liberation.”
  • Persephone Magazine: “bell essentially asserted that she believed that the way to counteract our sexualization by a white supremacist society was to, in effect, render ourselves asexual, thereby destroying the canvas upon which white supremacy projects its ideas about black female sexuality.”
  • Madame Noir: “We’ve begun to  hold the singer accountable to our own economical and sexual standards or lack thereof. By forgetting  Beyoncé was once in the same societal class as her fans, we only note her fame, sex appeal and riches. So perhaps, it is us who terrorize Beyoncé with our own obsessive interest for her to be electrifying and yet, ordinary.”
  • Roxane Gay: “Women have to believe that we can hold different points of view without labeling each other bad feminists.”

Speaking of Queen Bey, a few plus-size bloggers made their own version of “Flawless.” And it’s flawless.

A brief history of the trigger warning.

The clinical notion of triggering dates back far as 1918, when psychologists tried to make sense of “war neurosis” in World War I, and later World War II, veterans. The term “post-traumatic stress disorder” came into use after the Vietnam War, but was not recognized as a diagnosable affliction until 1980.

Here’s a story: Blogger loses weight slowly and healthfully, Shape magazine asks her to appear in their magazine, she sends them a picture of her wearing a bikini, and they tell her to put a shirt on. Blogger thinks this is b.s. and posts a picture of her badass body on her website. The Frisky

An update from the blogger herself. Brooke: Not on a Diet (great blog name, BTW)

This month’s Vanity Fair has an essay by Monica Lewinsky that smartly discuses slut-shaming.

Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any “abuse” came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position… The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.
The Frisky

Don’t believe in fatphobia? Read a fatphobia guide for the disbeliever. The Frisky

Editors at Vagenda Magazine asked readers to rewrite sexist headlines so they weren’t so sexist. The results are a delight. See more by following the hashtag #thevagenda. Blogher

Via Feministing, Duke has made several issues of the 1980s Lesbian porn magazine On Our Backs available online (the link itself is safe for work, but clicking on the issues should be done at home).

The Toast has been running a series on dating while trans, and their latest is about dating on the Internet. Spoiler alert: Internet dating is a mine-field of what the author delightfully terms “alpha douches.”

Back in the day, books were expensive. So libraries chained them down. The Hairpin

Possibly the coolest thing ever: we soon could print our own makeup. SO COOL. so cool.

What we’re doing is taking out the bull shit. Big makeup companies take the pigment and the substrates and mix them together and then jack the price. We do the same thing and let you get the makeup right in your own house.
Tech Crunch

Buzzfeed wants to know: How misandrist are you?

What did you read this week?


3 replies on “Dispatches from Ladyblogland”

Alright, bullshit free question zone: Does anyone know whether excess skin from weight loss, like Brooke has around her midsection, can go away by itself? Can skin regain elasticity, or is the only way she could be rid of it through surgery? It seems like the surgery is always done after massive weight-loss, and I’m curious whether that is because it’s faster, or if it really is the only way!

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