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Sunday links, on Tuesday

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.

I talked to Helen from electropop band Ladytron at The Girls Are and about how the states are privatising Medicaid through “managed care” programs at Alternet.

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. 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.


A new version of the contraceptive pill for (cis) women targeting egg release is on the horizon.  Meet the pluerry, a hybrid fruit combining plum and cherry.

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.


  1. carvynelci wrote:

    >contraceptive pill for (cis) women
    nice try, but check your essentialism a little more thoroughly next time. just being a gender other than constantly, solely female does not magically remove the need of people with uteruses for that pill.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  2. NoraReed wrote:

    What would be a better phrasing for something like that, Carvynelci?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink
  3. Catalania wrote:

    Not to defend the Cameron government, but it’s pretty wild to describe the proposals as ‘ending the NHS’ – there’s a clearer explanation of the proposals here: What they’re doing is a major budget and administrative restructuring of the NHS in England, and the worrying bit is the call for more private sector and charitable involvement as well as general cost-cutting, but no-one’s suggesting that we scrap the NHS – that would be political suicide in this country. The Telegraph reference to the end of the NHS ‘as we know it’ is misleading.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  4. Buck wrote:

    @norareed: I’m not @carvynelci, but “contraceptive pill for people with uteruses” would work. Maybe “people who ovulate” to be more specific.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Erik D. wrote:

    How about just “A contraceptive pill targeting egg release”? Still accurate, and I would believe that description covers whom it applies to, but I very well could be wrong.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink