Was it just me or did January 2013 just seem to be brutal. Nothing particularly bad happened, it was just long and tiring. As such, I didn’t have the energy to write up a post for today. However, I read plenty of things this past month that made me think, laugh, cry, etc.
So I thought that today we could just share some of our favorite posts/articles/memes/videos. Hopefully this will start February off with a more positive tone.
Here we go:
- A Rape a Minute, A Thousand Corpses a Year. Ok, this is a very depressing read but it is absolutely the best breakdown of the problem of violence against in women in the United States that I have ever read. If you only have time to read one article, let it be this one.
- Betty Friedan Did Not Kill Home Cooking. Do you get tired of the old adage that second wave feminism is responsible for the obesity crisis? Yeah, me too. This article debunks this myth.
- Why Women Should Stop Trying to Be Perfect. A good followup piece to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All“, from several months ago.
- Healing from Sexual Abuse. Chieko Okazaki took on this difficult subject and did it beautifully. The best LDS resource for this topic, a depressing reality, but at least we have this one.
- The Hawkeye Initiative. A blog with Clint “Hawkeye” Barton being placed in the same provocative, female poses that are featured in superhero comics.
- This is Colossal. Seriously amazing photographs.
- Two articles on dealing with internet haters as a woman. Assume They All Wear Fedoras and Haters Gonna Hate.
- BCC/FMH Meme War. Make sure you read the comments. Also watch this video by the brilliant, Benjamin Park. Seriously…watch it!
Your turn. Please share your links in the comments.
Luckily, I have a list of some of my favorite (non-serious) youtube videos, for a ward fhe gone by.
Study Like a Scholar, Scholar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ArIj236UHs
Sony Bravio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP5J4W5GQ3w
From Sesame Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
From Phinneas and Ferb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK5KTRkHSFc
Your Secret: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF0LZWWxSH0
Jumping Squirrel (it is really great, I promise): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ThwUqxcy1w
MGMT kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or3_5QMrAds
NY I love you, but: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eohHwsplvY
Teen Witch, Top That: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEa1BYBgeQI&feature=player_embedded
I really liked this article your wedding is the most special important valuable day of your entire existence on feministe. There is NSFW language in the article.
I think weddings in our culture are on steroids. But the point in one of the comments that something that is traditionally feminine is devalued was interesting. Also, that women are criticized no matter what – for planning their wedding, for looking desperate to get married, etc. etc.
YAY! Two of my favorites together: Exponent and links! (It’s almost as good as a meme contest.)
I’ve enjoyed these links so much. I loved this assessment of Beyonce at the Superbowl, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidhenson/2013/02/a-prophetic-dance-of-power-not-sex-beyonce-the-super-bowl-and-durga/
Watching Beyonce and all those women perform made me cry for the gender equality that I was seeing and for all those other performance when there is none.
I didn’t watch the Superbowl; I have different sports obsessions other than pro football. But I kept hearing/seeing/reading about Beyonce winning the halftime show, so I googled up the video of her performance, and now I’m in the WOW crowd too. I did a double take when I realized the guitar soloist was female, and then the entire horn section was women–wearing dresses! Even the drummer was a woman. And her army of dancers, all women in top condition. I thought the entire performance was mesmerizing. I loved how her muscular and trained female body was not hidden, but visible and clearly developed for strenuous physical performance. And perform she did. It was sexy, but not sexual, or at all offensive to me. I’m sure there were plenty who saw something to criticize, and it says something that they could only see that, and missed the huge praiseworthiness of her show. I guess I’m an unlikely fan now.
I recently found a new knitting webcomic and enjoyed this strip: http://worstedforwear.com/?p=324
And this fascinating news that, with electrodes in her head, a woman moved a robotic arm. Think of t he possibilities! http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57559675-1/brain-implants-let-paralyzed-woman-move-robot-arm/
Knitting and flash mobs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pul1Ja8gWBg&feature=youtu.be
A very pretty music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-WM-x__BOk&feature=youtu.be
“Some budding yeast I used to know” Goyte parody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odxvp-3nSw4&feature=youtu.be
Also, an etsy shop with epic artwork. http://www.etsy.com/shop/sharpwriter?ref=seller_info