links list: rainy sunday edition

So clearly, I need to get my Google Reader habit under control before these link lists become ubiquitous (although they also offer me an excuse to use the word "ubiquitous" which, ever since reading the theologian William Stringfellow in undergrad has been a word of particular charm in my mind). But since it's raining here in Boston this morning and I'm enjoying my coffee and strawberry cream cheese croissant, purchased rather damply from the clear flour bread bakery around the corner, I'm going to compile at least one more list for y'all before wandering off to read more about the history of the history of education.

We'll start off with a column from the always-dependable Jon Carroll on Obama's weak support of folks with nonstraight sexual orientations.

Followed closely (in case you need a fluffy antidote) with the Guardian on an art project to create books that don't exist.

Mark Edmundson over @ The American Scholar on the dynamics of "conversation" with someone who never stops to take a breath.

Once again, "feminism" is being smeared as obsolete. The gals @ Pursuit of Harpyness weigh in, as does Mandy @ Bitch blogs.

Rachel @ The Feminist Agenda blogs about using vocabulary of human sexual orientation for other species, and how this (perhaps incorrectly) shapes our understanding of non-human sexuality.

Earlier this week, I linked to Dina Goldstein's "fallen princess" photography series; Latoya Peterson @ Racialicious questions the portrayal of Jasmine (from Aladdin) in contrast to the other princesses in the series.

Arvan, over @ sexgenderbody, posts about a forthcoming Canadian documentary about the possibility of female-only reproduction.

Women In Technology, a UK-based blog, offers some thoughts on how playground-type bullying is prevalent in offices, between adults, not just among children.

Janice Formichella @ Feminist Review offers us a taste of the new book Making Marriage Modern: Women’s Sexuality from the Progressive Era to World War II, which is definitely on my reading list.

Kelefa Sanneh @ The New Yorker meditates on "fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars," or one of the perennial questions of modernity: what makes work meaningful.

A lot of feminist blogs have posted in response to the BC Cancer Agency's recent ad campaign promoting regular pap smears, but I especially enjoyed Cara's post over @ Feministe: "The reason to prevent cervical cancer shouldn’t be seen as any different from the reason to prevent any other cancer. Which is . . . because we value human lives and think they’re worth living just because."

zp27 @ Feministing Community asks "why won't he stop writing about this?" in response to the latest installment in William Saletan's "pro-choice" op-eds over at Slate.com that technically support abortion rights while disrespecting women who choose or must have abortions.

lisa over @ Sociological Images offers examples of a public service announcement campaign that equates penises with firearms. Note to psa authors: not okay to characterize the genitals of any human being as a dangerous weapon. (Graphic images, possibly not safe for work).

And finally, on a more positive note, Greta Christina @ Blowfish Blog on how sexual tastes could be seen as similar to musical tastes.

*Image of recent flooding in my home town by Dennis R.J. Geppert, from the Holland Sentinel website.

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