On the (Rest of the) Net.

A new discovery of mine, Millennials Mag, publishes quirky, up-to-the-minute features on everything from Mad Men to youth crises to Lindsay Lohan. In fact, here’s one on Lindsay, as well as the hilarious “Bylines & Boyfriends” and “The Myth of the Plugged In Millennial”:

“Do you find that you have friends your age who still don’t understand blogs/blogging? And that it’s actual work/writing?… In a way it’s like, really dispiriting, because I have friends who still can’t understand why I’m a journalism major if I don’t want to work for The New York Times… Like I have a friend who wants to be a fashion blogger, but told me she would never get a Twitter account… Well they will clearly never be a blogger…”

Gah! I guess I’ll never be a blogger then, either. Oh wait, I am! Twitter Schmitter (Shitter?).

Rachel Hills discusses the (pop) cultural virtues of Sweet Valley High, and how Gossip Girl relates to real-life. I particularly like the latter, as it deals with the breakdown of friendships, which is something I’m dealing with at the moment. Hills says:

“… When I think about my own anger, about grudges I’ve been unable to let go of, often it has little to do with the original offence. Instead, it’s about a residual feeling I can’t get rid of, a new framework I’ve built up in my head…”

Halloween is just around the corner (more on that to come later today/next week), and Gala Darling ventured to the 20th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Check out the dressed-up dogs that were out in full force. And while you’re there, see her case for adopting rescue animals.

Britney Spears, now Miley Cyrus: Eat the Damn Cake writes about how growing up = “Girls, Take Off Most of Your Clothes”.

Betty Talk’s musings on “Western Feminism & Global Gender Justice” harkens back to the Feminism Has Failed debate I attended about a month ago, in that “Western feminists are characterised by being somewhat ethnocentric,” and trying to prevent genital mutilation in some lesser-developed parts of the world, for example, is a little bit ignorant when such societies have “practised these customs for centuries”.

Becky Sharper, on The Pursuit of Harpyness, discusses The Guardian journalist Sarah Churchwell’s rant on Bridget Jones and how the myth of the single girl stereotype affects actual single girls.

Published two years ago, Racialicious’s Latoya Peterson ponders “The Not Rape Epidemic” in the form of her own sexual assault when she was fourteen. Powerful stuff.

MamaMia defends Helen Mirren’s right to bare breasts. When you look that good at 64, all I have to say is: you go, girl!

Mad Men’s Betty Francis (nee Draper) exemplifies the cycle of abuse on Tiger Beatdown.

Is curvy Christina Hendricks getting the Kate Winslet treatment?

The male motivational power of the pinup.

In a similar vein, the consensus circulating around the blogosphere is that Hugh Hefner is to blame for all that is wrong in the world today, which is an issue I beg to differ on, however it’s not all Playmates and flamingos at the Playboy Mansion, either, according to The Washington Times.

Following on from Rachel Hills’ post on intersectionality, Hoyden About Town profiles the “squishy bits” of “Intersectionality and Privilege”.

It has never been a better time to be an out-and-proud gay man, in my opinion. This is evidenced by all my straight and single friends who are also desperate and dateless (myself included!), while my gay friends flourish in the dating world, with the added bonus of the iPhone app Grindr. If only the straight folk had an online dating service to present potential suitors to usoh wait, we do. It’s called online dating, which still has a stigma attached to it (if the disappearance and suspected murder of Zara Baker, whose stepmotherwhom her father met onlineis a suspect, is anything to go by), the likes of which Grindr has never seen.

2 thoughts on “On the (Rest of the) Net.

  1. I read the article on FGM, Betty Talk’s musings on “Western Feminism & Global Gender Justice” and I must confess I was a little disappointed in the article’s conclusion; while I agree that feminism, or any international intervention needs to be culturally appropriate, FGM is not a good example to illustrate this point.

    There are a number of grass roots (meaning local) organisations who are also asking for assistance in banning FGM, as it is a dangerous practice, which kills many young girls through shook, and infection, or renders them infertile, and therefore without value within their own society. It also drastically increases the rate of mortality during birth, and has serious health implications for unborn babies. There is also an increased risk of HIV for women who have undergone FGM, not to mention the sexual and psychological consequences for women. No religion actually supports the act of FGM, however, many practitioners actually believe it is done in the name of Islam. This is not true and such statements seek to blur the line between culture and religion. Similarly, no government supports FGM, with both the Islamic Clergy, Egyptian government as well as many North African governments, speaking out about the procedure. There is also a great deal of evidence which suggests that FGM is actually a revival movement, not an ongoing tradition, and is continually being taken up by new groups who are falling under social pressure from outside and neighbouring groups. Furthermore, there is also evidence that women only allow the practice to be performed on their daughters after strong social pressure from social elites or outsiders.

    Social and feminist interventions need to be culturally appropriate, and they need to give voice to the women who they are purporting to support, however in my studies and throughout my life, I have never heard a single woman, from anywhere in the world, speaking in support of FGM. And if there are women who are in support of FGM, we must also consider the many hundreds of victims of FGM who have spoken out against the inhuman practice, which kills people and destroys lives and which provides women with no voice in determining the outcome of decisions which will be made about their own body. Working to overcome the practice of FGM will need to encompass culturally appropriate interventions which work within the framework and belief system of those who practice it, but is cannot be legalised, just as it should never be imposed.

  2. Thanks for your insights, Tess. I agree that it is a contentious issue, and Western feminists have to tread very carefully.
    The thing with Betty Talk’s blog is that it was written several years ago in response to the author’s university studies and what topics they studied in class that day/week.
    You write very articulately about the topic; perhaps you would be interested in writing a guest post on it?

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