If you follow this blog regularly you’ll know I’ve been doing a guest blog series called Revenge of the Feminerd for Bitch Magazine blogs. This post is a supplement to a post that’ll go up there on Monday June 20, on how to make Miis for Nintendo Wii based on famous feminist nerds.
When I started my blog series at Bitch, I asked readers to comment on their feminerd role models, and they had lots of great suggestions. Some already had instructions at MiiCharacters.com, but some weren’t and I had a couple ideas of my own. So here are detailed instructions for how to make Miis of Kari Byron from MythBusters, Rachel Maddow, and Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds.
I’m not making recommendations for Mii height/weight and favourite colour, so feel free to take license on those.
This year’s ad campaign for Toronto Pride is causing controversy in the LGBT blogosphere. The ad, part of a campaign called “Don’t Just Get Pumped, get Pride Pumped” features “Toronto fitness guru Brody” advertising his “Pride Pump” workout, which includes exercises like “Sexy Sparkle Crunches” and “Bangin’ Booty Butt Clenches”:
I asked folks on Twitter what they thought, and by and large the ones who responded weren’t really fans. One follower said she thought the biggest problem was poor execution, while another said her first response was, “Huh, sad.”
I didn’t find the Toronto Pride Pump ad particularly offensive, but I didn’t find it funny, either. And what annoyed me was that it reinforced the idea that Pride is all about gay men. There were a couple women in the video but they didn’t get a lot of play and didn’t really look like they were having fun. Organizers of the Trans March and Dyke March have often struggled for recognition next to the larger Pride parade and it would’ve been better to make an ad that exemplified a greater cross-section of the queer community.
Alas, A Blog has info and a video of an interview with Kathryn Edin, who’s spent five years interviewing poor women of all ages and races in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. Looks like her new book, Promises to Keep, will be a good read.
Ariana at Vancouver’s The F Word blog has a great post on the assault on women’s centres, groups, and services by the Canadian federal government and provincial governments. The post helps to rally feminists to tell Harper especially that women won’t “go back to the basement”.
Via the Mary Sue, DC has released the new lineup of female characters. The big, controversial news is that Barbara Gordon’s coming back as Batgirl, which has led to some dismay about the erasure of Gordon as Oracle.
Reading the 24 Hours I came across this story: “Canadian Ignorant about HIV: Survey”, which discussed the results of a recent natural study that revealed only 50% of Canadians believe condoms to be effective against HIV transmission, when they’ve been shown to be 80% effective in stopping HIV transmission between heterosexuals.
I was surprised at the number too so I thought it was a good opportunity to have an open thread on sex ed.
I had my first sex ed class in Grade 6, for which my school brought in a local public health nurse. She also did sessions for classes in grades 8 and 9 at my Junior High. She addressed a range of issues, including same-sex sex, the use of dental dams for oral sex, and the normalcy of masturbation. In Grade 7 sex ed was part of our science curriculum and was taught by our teacher, who treated heterosexual sex as normal. In High School sex ed went from being part of gym class (a couple very awkward sessions where the gym teachers would put us in a room and show us videos like “Captain Condom” and one about a boy concerned about his penis size), to being part of Career and Personal Planning. I found the sessions run by the public health nurse much more honest, open, and useful than the ones teachers were forced into teaching.
So what was your experience? Some questions to start things off:
1. Where did you get most of your sex ed? (School, parents, friends, on your own on the internet?)
2. If you had sex ed in school, what was it like? Who taught it? Anything particularly memorable?
3. Were there particular topics that weren’t covered?