Once again, the stuff I’ve been reading lately. Use the comments thread for discussions of these links, providing other links, or just saying whatever’s on your mind. And please, if you want to stick in a link to your own work, don’t be shy.
The Ninth Carnival of Feminists.
So much good reading! (Many of the following links were swiped from the feminist carnival, of course.)
Norman Finkelstein & Shlomo Ben-Ami Debate
Ben-Ami is an Israeli historian and former Foreign Minister (during Barak’s administration); Norman Finkelstein is an American professor known for harsh criticism of the Israeli government. The “debate” isn’t much of a debate – the two actually have a hard time finding areas of strong disagreement until rather late in the interview, and Ben-Ami doesn’t seem like much for forensics – but it’s fascinating reading. Ben-Ami, with his twin perspective as a historian and an insider during the Camp David and Taba negotiations, is particularly interesting.
Holocaust Denial Among Leftists
Interesting essay by someone who became involved with an anti-Holocuast-denial community because he was arguing against pseudo-lefty Holocaust deniers – but then found that his refusal to refrain from criticizing Israel meant he couldnt’ be part of the anti-Holocaust-denial community.
bell hooks Lecture
Never Say Never… summarizes a bell hooks lecture she attended: part 1 and part 2. Interesting stuff; if you’re not familiar with hooks, this could be a quick, easy introduction, and if you’re already a hooks fan, then you’re sure to enjoy it.
T&A Advertising Debated By The French
Dangereuse Trilingue discusses (in English) a debate going on among some French bloggers, set off by T&A ads for a webbrowser:
New To the Blogroll: Den of the Biting Beaver
Ultra-smart, angry radical feminist blog, posting against pornography and rape and just generally kicking ass. This blog stands out from the crowd. I particularly liked this recent post about masculinity and rape.
Women and Patriarchy
I can’t even begin to summarize this post, which is about if women can be blamed for participating in patriarchy, but also touches on the near-rape aspects of Girls Gone Wild, bullying, homeschooling, and on not living in a vacuum. Go read it.
Feminist Television Studies: The Case Of HBO
I haven’t read this yet, but it looks interesting so I’m blogging it to preserve the link. There’s an article each about The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Sex In The City, but nothing on Deadwood – probably Deadwood didn’t exist when they wrote it.
Rapists Are Terrorists. Rape Is Terrorism.
Also a great post, from another recent addition to the blogroll, “I’m Not a Feminist But…”
New Study Shows That TV Doesn’t Make Kids Dumber
Take that, books!
Welfare Agencies Taking Assets From Their Wards
The New York Times reports on welfare agencies using inherited social security payments due children to help cover their budgets – which can leave orphans broke and homeless the day they turn 18. I blame anti-tax activists who’d rather give a huge, unneeded tax break to millionaires than give orphans minimally decent support.
Self-Portrait As… (female) says “yes there is.”
But men have got to lay off the dumb questions and expecting pats on the back.