Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ferocious links

RMJ has a not particularly feminist piece on Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift over at Overthinking It: Blonde Luck: Statements Through Hairstyle
The shelf life of a blonde pop star can vary wildly. Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are already seeing new competition crop up from the likes of dirty blond Ke$ha. Lady Gaga has proven adept at changing her hair style and color to keep up her fan’s attention-deficient interest, but her flashy hair might change too often to make a lasting impact. Taylor Swift’s safe, consistent beauty and unchallenging songs have won her fans, but will her fans be as loyal to her as she is to her curls?
Joshua Holland: Immigrant Detainees Sexually Assaulted
The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating allegations that female inmates at the T. Don Hutto immigration detention facility -- a for-profit prison in Taylor, Texas, operated by the Corrections Corporation of America -- have been sexually abused.
Tasha Fierce: Size Matters: Bigotry's Last Stand?
Many times I've heard fat cisgendered women, mainly fat white cisgendered women, suggest that fatphobia is the "last acceptable form of bigotry." For women without multiple oppressions, I suppose that statement could be correct. But for those who are living at the intersections of many marginalized identities, nothing could be further from the truth.
Kinsey Hope: It's so strange...
Sometimes I fall back on my bed and stare at the ceiling and go, “wow, I’m a girl.”
Joan McCarter: Hundreds of Iraq Vets Misdiagnosed, Left Hanging
At the height of the Iraq war, the Army routinely fired hundreds of soldiers for having a personality disorder when they were more likely suffering from the traumatic stresses of war, discharge data suggests.
Renee Martin: Racism Masquerading as Comedy at David Hasselhoff's Roast
There is a large difference between the jokes that men like Mooney make and these White comedians using Blackness as an insult. Just because Black comedians joke about the Blacks and the Black community, does not give White comedians the right to take the same or similar tone and claim that is is all comedy and in good fun. You cannot erase race, it is omnipresent. Comedy used like this is nothing more than an excuse for people to engage in racist behaviour.
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