Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Get your clicking fingers ready, because ladyblogland delivered this past week.

Janeane Garofalo is a living comedy legend and a hero to many women who came of age in the 1990s. Splitsider has a great interview with her. One of the most revealing points is when she talks about how important it is for her to save her money because as a middle-aged actress, it’s much harder to be in the mainstream.

Via The Hairpin, ballet dancers’ toughest moves, explained in slow motion.

Steven Moffat’s life is unbearable because everyone wants a female Doctor Who. The Daily Dot

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter shot for the moon and far exceeded it. The Toast imagines some fun rewards for donating; for example:

Donor will receive a fake college graduation ceremony, from the right school this time, at the end of which Mr. Burton will walk purposefully over to her, place both hands solemnly on her shoulders, look her calmly in the eye and say, “I’m proud of you. You did good.”

Feministing has a roundup of essential feminist reading on the Isla Vista shooting.

If you’ve talked to a social science academic lately, they will have probably mentioned “neoliberalism,” a term used to differentiate classical liberalism and left-liberalism from politics that is always in service of the market. It’s a beast of a term (I took an entire class on it this past semester and still am not entirely sure what it means), but it is a helpful way of identifying phenomena that seem to help people but really don’t, like the new sharing economy.

This is a long way to introduce an article I read on Feministing that I find essential for understanding today’s political economy: “The sharing economy, gender, and why individualistic solutions won’t disrupt neoliberalism.”

The Crunk Feminist Collective asks, “What does black masculinity look like?”

Black men can (only) talk about loving other men within the context of sport, brotherhood and heterosexuality, without (social and cultural) punishment.

Newsflash: There is no such thing as a slut. The Atlantic

All but five or six of the women practiced “slut-shaming,” or denigrating the other women for their loose sexual mores. But they conflated their accusations of “sluttiness” with other, unrelated personality traits, like meanness or unattractiveness. It seems there was no better way to smear a dorm-mate than to suggest she was sexually impure.

Maya Angelou was an amazing writer whose work is now canon. While people deliver encomiums on her poetry, they are quick to erase her history as a sex worker. Tits and Sass 

In interviews, Dr. Angelou used the term “prostitute” to refer to her previous employment without rancor or shame. She spoke candidly to her family about it. She told her mother, brother, and son she would redact the information from the book, but only if they were uncomfortable with it. She had no issue whatsoever with speaking her truth.

Via Clutch, when was the last time you looked at your vagina?

I’m pretty sure I finished each sentence of the following article with, “Amen!” It’s an open letter to privileged people who play devil’s advocate. Feministing

You know who you are. You are that white guy in an Ethnic Studies class who’s exploring the idea that poor people might have babies to stay on welfare. Or some person arguing over drinks that maybe a lot of women do fake rape for attention. Or, recently, someone insisting that I consider the idea that Elliot Rodger could have been a madman and an anomaly, not at all a product of a white supremacist and misogynistic society.

The Frisky has a fascinating article about anthropologist Kenneth Good. It’s not flattering.

Kenneth Good, then a young anthropologist, ventured to the Amazon to study a tribe called the Yanomami some two decades ago. It was an all-expense paid, 15-month “anthropological pursuit” funded by a generous German institution. The anthropologist remained in the jungle for two years before gaining acceptance by the tribe as “one of their own” and receiving an offer to participate in a Yanomami cultural norm: child marriage.

Skepchick reminds us that we should let trans artists tell trans tales.

What did you read this week?




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