Wednesday 14 March 2012

Links roundup

Lashings of Ginger Beer

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Ragen Chastain posts a deconstruction of Tara Parker-Pope's article 'The Fat Trap' [TW/content note: all  links cited in this recommendation deal with weight loss and dieting]. I (Galatea) actually think that these are both well worth reading, although for different reasons -- Parker-Pope's article remains heavily invested in what Kate Harding calls 'The Fantasy of Being Thin', but her first-hand profiles of exactly how difficult life is for a small sample of people who manage to maintain serious weight loss are incredibly illuminating, particularly for people who enjoy the privileges associated with being normatively-embodied.

The Onion reports satirical 'news' that tends to range from mildly offensive to bang-on hilarious -- but sadly, this story (Best Part Of Gay 12-Year-Old’s Day Half Hour Spent Eating Lunch Alone On Staircase) doesn't actually read as fictional at all. [TW for discussion of homophobia, transphobia, bullying]

The Encyclopedia of Feminism (according to Harry Potter) - this brilliant (and sadly fictional) set of essays uses Harry Potter characters as the subjects for feminist & intersectionalist case studies, eg,
"Hufflepuff and the “Virtue of the Working Class”: The Silent Majority"
"Flitwick and Hagrid: Ethnic Minorities Will Always Clean Up After You, or Uncle Tom in Hogwarts"

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