The Round-Up: Oct. 12, 2010
- It’s Homelessness Action Week in Metro Vancouver and other communities in BC and the Yukon. Poverty is a feminist issue. Find events in your area here.
- A couple great responses to Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign to raise awareness of homophobic bullying in the wake of a shocking number of suicides of LGBT youth: Kaitlin at EqualityKitten points out it’s not just homophobia, it’s also ageism. Garconniere at the Shameless Blog raises more concerns, although I’d hope that now that over 600 videos have been posted, that it would mean more diverse perspectives are represented. Overall I think the project comes with the right intent, and I don’t think it was intended to just tell youth to suck it up and not stand up to bullying. But encouraging LGBT youth by telling them it’ll maybe get better some day is only going to do so much. It would be nice if there was more onus placed on bullies to change their behaviour, and LGBT adults and allies of all ages have to work together to make sure it does get better and to challenge the societal views and institutions that allow homophobic bullying to proliferate. Some Universities and cities are already taking up the challenge but there’s a lot more work to be done.
- Lisa at Questioning Transphobia points out that during this discussion on bullying we haven’t addressed the specificities of trans bullying, nor the continued discrimination of trans people later in life. Check out her article for some sobering stats (thanks for the link, Kaitlin!).
- I love this article at the Ms. Blog: “Is Single-Sex Education the New Separate but Equal?”. I have a lot of concerns about sex segregated classrooms, mainly that they imply innate differences between boys and girls, which could reinforce gender stereotypes and make it even more difficult for children who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity to.
- Check out the Female Character Flowchart at Overthinking It, which charts the main female archetypes in pop culture, from “The Wise Crone” (i.e. Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation) to “The Ugly One” (Meg from Family Guy) to “Psycho Pixie Dream Girl” (Natalie Portman’s character in Garden State.
- Who says feminism can’t be funny? I’m loving the teasers for the new web series Vag Magazine, which follows a bunch of women who have just taken over a former fashion magazine and are converting it into a feminist publication.
What have you been reading this week?