Tuesday 14 June 2011

Links roundup

Lashings of Ginger BeerPosted by Lashings of Ginger Beer

Welcome to the weekly Lashings links round up! Feel free to add your own links in the comments, with a brief description and trigger warnings if appropriate.

Melissa at Shakesville delivers an impressive sporking of the horrific-looking forthcoming anti-choice film The Life Zone [TW for violence, kidnapping, forced birth, misogyny]:

Thank you, Dr. Exposition.... We now understand the colossally asinine premise of the film, in excruciating clarity. I don't want to say that the maker of this movie assumes his audience is very, very stupid, but the maker of this movie assumes his audience is very, very stupid.

Fatal Error, by Quinnae Moongazer - on the problematic idea that "transgender people of most any stripe are somehow acting contrarily to nature".

Arwyn at Raising my Boychick on the social model of disability:
The point is not that society must change in every conceivable way that would benefit me (though really, a few small changes is not too much to ask). Rather, the point is this: it is not until I step out of my home that my tendency toward migraines changes from something I deal with without much thought or bother to something that hinders my ability to go about my life.

Wesley Yang at New York magazine discusses various aspects of the Asian-American (largely male) experience post-Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Some elements of this story are quite disturbing, particularly re: one interviewee's experience with attempting to learn from 'pick up artists', so possible TW for misogyny -- it's still a very interesting piece though:

[Chua] had set out, she explained, to write a memoir that was “defiantly self-incriminating”—and the result was a messy jumble of conflicting impulses, part provocation, part self-critique. Western readers rode roughshod over this paradox and made of Chua a kind of Asian minstrel figure. But more than anything else, Battle Hymn is a very American project...

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