So I really meant to do a link post last weekend, and then this weekend, but I just got super busy, and then there was the True Blood finale, and then my cat ate my google docs, and, and, and. Here are we anyway. Links organised thematically and that, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I should admit that I frequently edit Chally and Kristin as well as the TBD crew. Feel free to drop your own links in the comments.
Sady wrote a piece on Mad Men, Community and retro sexism and racism at Global Comment. She’s also at the new Tavi Gevinson helmed Rookie Mag, talking about the gap between her expectations of high school and the reality.
At Bitch, s.e’s been blogging with anna_palindrome for the We’re All Mad Here series. Posts include the institution in music videos, parenting while crazy, and how pharmaceutical companies frame mental illness in their 2.5 billion dollars worth of advertising a year. And at Trans/plant/portation, ou wrote about Rick Perry and the death penalty.
Garland’s also been blogging at Bitch, about that surprisingly non-sketchy lesbian KY ad and about a gay couple in Texas where one partner has been legally enjoined to not leave his children alone with his husband.
Flavia wrote at the Guardian about Argentina’s move towards easier trans access to correct documentation and what it means for sexual equality.
Apparently the Booker judges this year don’t like hard books very much, poor dears (ableism in the title). Julianne Escobedo Shepherd on 10 revolting television shows that need to die. Crunktastic at the Crunk Feminist Collective wrote about the fear of black women’s anger in relation to Serena Williams’ treatment at the US Open. Kristin Rawls has started an interesting column at Bitch on women, spirituality and music called “Preacher’s Daughter.” Her take on St. Vincent’s “Cruel” has been the standout so far.
Apparently climate scientists now need to have a legal defense fund, that’s how many lawsuits they’re fighting. Who needs decent academic research on the climate, anyway? Chally Kacelnik at Global Comment on how the Murdoch press uses misogyny against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Murdoch imprint The Australian reassures us not to blame sexism for Gillard’s woes,” which is super convincing.
Sign.org has a petition circulating to get student debt forgiven in the United States – a very good idea given the general deflation of demand in the economy and the otherwise looming bubble burst in higher education. Speaking of that deflation, the IMF admits the patently obvious: austerity does terrible things to countries in the short term, and should only be pursued “when the recovery is more robust.” Nice of them to decide this now the debt crisis is looking to take Europe and the US under.
At Alternet, massive unemployment: a sign capitalism doesn’t work. Nevertheless, the Cameron government has moved to effectively end the NHS in the UK. I’m sure imitation of the privatised American system will go swimmingly. Meanwhile in the US, Tea Partiers are cheering the hypothetical death of an uninsured man. If that’s capitalism working, sign me up for Douglas Rushkoff’s world without jobs. By which he means, I hope, socialism, or at least a robust social democracy.
And lastly, friend of the blog Arwyn at Raising My Boychick recently had a child, and the photos are adorable. Shameless showing off definitely warranted.
And that’s it for today. Until next Tuesday Sunday.