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Too Busy to Blog: Feminism Around the Web

November 6, 2013, 10:54 am

Mercury Welcomes Brittney Griner

Today’s “It” Girl, Brittney Griner

You know those days you are too busy to blog? This is one of them. But to celebrate Chirlane McCray, the first African-American lesbian feminist to become the First Lady of New York, how about some feminist shorts?

  • @Crunkfeminist CollectiveDe-Tangling Racism: On White Women and Black Hair. Love this piece, in part because when I was at Zenith young African-American women in their first year used to report the offensive obsession that newly-acquired white acquaintances had with touching their hair. Whenever I brought it up to administrators,however, they claimed it was an urban myth. Apparently not. And, according to this piece, white women are now obsessed with their obsession with African-American women’s hair. Go figure.
  • @Elixher: Brittney Griner says no to WNBA’s makeup classes. An interesting tidbit about heterosexism — and just plain sexism — in professional sports: “new WNBA players are taught how to apply makeup while NBA rookies learn to beware of gold-digger groupies who might prick tiny holes in condoms.” (HT: Feministing.) Griner’s determination to overthrow enforced feminizing makes me so happy. I remember being at the US Tennis Open several decades ago, and planning to buy the WTA calendar with all the awesome women, gay and straight who were currently in the game. It was awful. Instead of action pictures, we got glam and evening gowns: the photo of Martina Navratilova made up like a circus clown practically had me in tears.
  • Looking for your favorite feminist in the newly released The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), produced by the editors of Jezebel.com? One realizes choices have to be made in any book, but why would you include an entry for zits and not for Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape (1975), a feminist who galvanized the anti-rape movement in the United States? you have to wonder who else is not included. It’s hard to know, because Amazon is increasingly turning to the practice of allowing readers to sample a free chapter rather than searching the book.
  • Zeynep Tufecki, assistant professor of sociology at UNC, curses large phones confounding the smaller hands that are usually attached to woman-arms. (HT: Geek Feminism Blog.) Follow her at Technosociology. I am sympathetic to this problem — the only thing I would say is: as a female bodied person with really large hands and enormous thumbs, which causes me to stumble over and have to re-type texts, maybe all phones could just come in small and large?
  • In England, former Conservative MP Louise Mensch feuds with Alastair Campbell, journalist and Tony Blair staffer, over her claim that he suggested she pose for “page 3,” a section of English tabloids that features topless women. Classy, Alastair. Page 3 has been under attack in England since 1986, when Labour MP Clare Short introduced legislation to move the so-called “lads’ mags” to the top shelf of the newsstand, where pornography is kept.
  • If you don’t read Lindsey Yoo, you should. Here are two of her recent pieces: “Feminism And Race: Just Who Counts As A ‘Woman Of Color’?” at NPR.org and “Solidarity is for White women and Asian People are Funny,” at Racialicious. White women, listen: woman of color is not a synonym for “black.” Other words that serve the purpose of allowing white people to move on in their lives while taking no action on racism: diverse, multicultural and access.

OK, I’m outta here. Time to put some feminist words on the feminist page.

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