My New Perspective on Christmas as a Manifestation of Monocultural Hegemony

December 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

PSYCH

The Solows, my family, love Christmas. Seriously though, it’s just a huge part of our family’s tradition, though 3/4 of us are in no way religious.

My brother and fellow blogger just wanted to spread some holiday cheer.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do!

Random, but AWESOME

December 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

This is just really cool. It combines three of my favorite things: Christmas, Copenhagen, and eco-friendly practices.

Check out this AWESOME christmas tree!

New York FAIL!

December 2, 2009 § 1 Comment

I have very little to say. New York is super disappointing.

Links

December 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

Check out this lovely first post in a series from RH Reality Check about birth mothers’ experiences, told first-hand. This one is by Jennifer Padre, and tells the story of her very successful open adoption.

Also, there’s a fascinating article in today’s New York Times: In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap. I read it over toast this morning — it’s a thought-provoking reminder that access to education is not the only barrier to career success for people of color.

Monday Links

July 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

Renee on deconstructing our own sexual attractions.

RMJ is scared of pregnancy (and for the next decade or so, I am too).

Lots of excellent commentary on the hateful Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. As I wrote in a comment at Shakesville (minus the link): “The clinic’s exclusionary logic is so opposite what feminism is to me; it reduces women to our body parts and discards our identity & agency.”

Monday Links

June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Mimi on the colonialist history of the “harem pant.”

Cara on the social forces of bigotry that drive kids as young as thirteen to commit hate crimes.

Hey, Obama! We need more than tokens of your “pride”!

The French government is in talks about banning the burqa from public wear? Are you fucking serious? (via)

Renee on talking to her sons about deconstructing gender roles, using Xena as a framework. (For the record, that show was the backdrop of my formative years. The cheese factor is high, and I’m annoyed that the characters — who live and fight in the supposed wild — are always perfectly made up and manicured and shaved, but it’s still a damn good show.)

Examining Female Roles in Western versus Japanese Animations

June 9, 2009 § 2 Comments

I apologize rather prematurely for this post, it’s term papers and finals week, so not only is the blog title far from witty, it sounds like the beginning to a bad JStor article written by an undergrad.

However, someone just showed me this open letter by Linda Holmes on the NPR blog. It reminded me of when I was going through my late night (read: early morning) animation fix of Miyazaki, and was astounded during a few of them that my love for the filmmaking wasn’t constantly pitted against the female protagonists need to support jagged-edged gender binaries.

So.

So while I don’t have time to expand on this, here’s another examination of Western animation from Christine Hoff Kraemer over at Inhuman Decency, that seems to converse quite well with Linda’s piece.

Oh, and P.S. Linda: Susan Sontag would love to argue this one out, but half the fun of children’s films and books are the highly politicized (though often implicit) morals and theologies they bring about. Sometimes they SCREAM for a better world, though the characters may only whisper. Tonight my seventh-grade brother summarized a book for me that he just finished reading and was incredibly excited about. Though the plot line was simple, it featured a girl fighting for women’s rights in a fettered, Patriarchal society. If we take each part of a film to have an intended purpose, a princess can and will never be just a princess.

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