links list: google reader edition

Just moved my RSS feeds from iGoogle to Google Reader this Sunday. So...yeah. Suddenly, it's a lot easier to skim content as well as headlines on the various blogs I read and find the stuff that catches my interest. Here's what I've tagged so far this week -- just thought I'd be friendly and share the overwhelm with ya'll!

Dina Goldstein's fallen princess photography series has been posted in various places around the feminist blogosphere.

Lara Williams at the F-word writes about how, regardless of body shape or size, it's women's bodies and how they're enjoyed by others that counts in most media outlets.

PBS held a 'debate' between Christina Page, a pro-choice activist, and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, which can be explored interactively on the PBS website.

Torie Atkinson at Tor.com writes about sexism in a contest tied in (ironically) with the new science fiction film District 9 which is, at least from what can be discerned from the previews, about the ghettoization of aliens who come to earth.

For more on anti-women sexism in media coverage of the sci-fi world, see here and here.

Oh, and did I forget to mention Hanna also blogged about it?

Joan Walsh, of Slate.com, writes about her experience on the O'Reilly Factor where she tried to confront Bill O'Reilly about the violent rhetoric he used (and later denied using) against Dr. Tiller.

I can't actually watch O'Reilly for health and sanity reasons, but if you want the clip you can find it here at Media Matters.

Apparently, my home state is going to be grappling once again with same-sex marriage, which was explicitly outlawed there in 2004. Good luck, y'all. I'm a little bit sorry I can't be registered to vote in two states at once.

Thank you Nina Totenberg for dissecting the rhetoric surrounding Sonia Sotomayor's judicial affect and pointing out how gender, does in fact, shape expectations of "proper" behavior.

Paul Waldman over at The American Prospect asks what the rise in zombie fiction and film has to say about current psychology and politics.

Feminist Review offers a look a blue cotton gown, a new memoir by nurse-practitioner and one-time midwife, Patricia Harman.

sassymonkey over at blogher reports on the latest adult discovery about the freakish and out-of-control lives of the modern teenager (cue hand-wringing), the genre of YA lit now being labeled trauma porn. Since Katie Roiphe's weighed in, I might just get irritated enough to blog about it at greater length. I might have to blog about that one at some point. As a feminist, future librarian, not to mention fan of young adult lit and all. 'Cause there are just so many things wrong with this wailing and gnashing of teeth. But for now, check out sassymonkey's post, which I think asks entirely legitimately: "I wonder if people live in the same world I do. Teens and trauma porn is so. not. new."

And her conclusion, which really says it all:

Teens live in the real world and some of them are going through hell and some others think they are going through hell. Sometimes they need to see their world reflected back at them in books. Sometimes they need to see problems that are bigger than their own. And yes, sometimes they need the pink and turquoise backdrops of escapism that authors like Cabot, who have been there themselves, provide. No one part of young adult literature is all good or all bad. Teens are real. Their books should be too.

Until the link backlog threatens to burst again . . .


  1. i really would be so happy if torie atkinson or jo walton over at tor.com picked up on the l.a. times thing and wrote about it. :)