Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Roundup

Hi all! Thanks for clicking, retweeting, and commenting all the live long day. Thanks also to SEK at Feministe for promoting 50 BPT in the new exciting Feministe SSPS roundup. Tomorrow will see another entry in 50 Books for Problematic Times (Lipschitz Blondes by T. Cooper) and I'm pondering a post on boobs.

Let's all wish a happy birthday to President Obama, grieve for Corazon Aquino, and celebrate the return of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee (thanks Bill Clinton!)

I'm trying to add a little description to each post in these daily roundups. Here are some links I liked today:

Sady at Tiger Beatdown articulates all the ideas I've been trying to express about hipster racism: Mommy's All Right, Daddy's All Right: Or, Why "Hipster Racism" Was Invented By Your Drunk Grandpa

Laura at Adventures of a Young Feminist finishes up a great series on breasts (which I think I'm gonna respond to tomorrow) and considers Lady Gaga's problematic comments: Breast Implications #7: Conclusions & Lady Gaga Brushes Off Idea of Feminism

Tasers are making me sicker and sicker. Renee of the highly rec'd Womanist Musings covers an awful case in Virginia: Cops Tase Pregnant Woman and Godfather

Monica over at TransGriot covers a sad story: Jeremy's' Compensation For Jacked Up Guam Prom Denied

Via Twitter: America's Teachers Go All-Out for Homosexual Marriage -- And Your Kids Are Still In the Public Schools?

The always excellent Ampersand on anti-abortion hypocrisy: Do they really believe that abortion is murder?

The brilliant Liss on the sin tax at Shakesville: Evil Fatties

See you tomorrow!


  1. My issue with the idea of "hipster racism," which I detailed in EXCESSIVE LENGTH over at Sady's blog, is that it assumes both middle-class whiteness and hipster are universal groups with the same ideas without acknowledging the inherent bias and falseness of that assumption. It says, "White, middle-class people do this," and, "Hipsters think this," which is simply wrong because it attempts to speak of huge, diverse groups as a singular entity. You would never, ever be in the right to say, "Women do this," or, "Black people think this," because that is sexist and racist to do, especially if you don't self-identify as part of that group. Yet, here, it is acceptable because feminists are saying it about ill-defined, non-protected groups. I feel that when one generalizes, terms like, "In my experience," or, "Frequently," go a long way to make something about individuals, not collectives.

  2. Thanks for all of your shout outs!

    And I will be continuing my Breast Implications series, but will not post as regularly. I have just finished up with posting about my previous research. I'm glad you enjoyed it though. I certainly had a lot of fun with the project!

  3. Lunamorgan

    That kind of talk is feminist bread and butter, though, and (at least in principle) one's supposed to be cognisant of the fact that when you speak of a class, what you say doesn't apply to every individual. The practice often lacks, of course, but that's the principle. What's being said is supposed to be about the collective, not the individuals at all.

    From a practical perspective, of course, there's almost nothing where one can be absolute in this way. So the acknowledgement shouldn't be needed, in principle. So I can acknowledge that twenty-something white guys are libertarian dipshits while still being a twenty-something white guy who's a godless foreign communist, and I don't think it's inconsistent.

    In reality, of course, it's all perponderences anyways, unless you go to fairly esoteric metrics. (For the feminist context, for instance, the only think I know of where men and women are different by more than a factor of 10 is the rate and which we kill (and are killed by) police. But it's quite regular to say "men do X" or "women do Y", to mean the rates are different by a factor of 3-10. It's fair to call people out on the need to be more explicit, but I don't think she's assuming that it's universal.

  4. Great roundup!

    I had some issues with the "Hipster Racism" article too. I think this is more of a "White people" problem than a "Hipster" problem, specifically young white people. Also, hipsters are not all white. The loosely defined "hipster" community is pretty diverse. I've been labeled a hipster consistently since I was about fourteen (I'm twenty-two) and I'm black. I was middle class as a teen, now I'm "working poor." Most of the people I know/knew in my age group who are labeled "hipsters" are lower-middle class or working poor.

    I agree with Sady about "ironic" racism and sexism being unacceptable and a troubling trend, but it's a "young white kids" issue in my opinion, not a specifically "hipster" one.


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