I've got some links to serve up for you today. Eat 'em up, yum yum!
This is a developing story that I'll probably write about soon -- Governor Richardson has repealed the death penalty New Mexico. His reasoning is so true and so sad: "I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime."
Lisa at My Ecdysis has a great piece about the incorrect notion that some are "born to rape" and explains the different elements of the real issue.
Broadsheet also comments on our rape culture, how somebody can get away with rape for months or years, and something called rape-lite.
Womenstake answers the question "do we need a White House Council on Women & Girls" with facts, figures, and insightful commentary.
Renee at Womanist Musings reports on yet another unarmed black man shot to death by the police, and reminds us what's really going on here.
Eloriane at Gender Goggles spreads the news that the EU is banning "Miss" and "Mrs." and proceeds to comment on some sexist's reaction. Smart hilarity ensues.
Meanwhile, Abigail Gliddon takes on the use of "Mr." and "Mrs." and losing your identity by giving up your name -- as we know, this is all still controversial for some reason.
- At Thu Mar 19, 10:48:00 AM Renee said...
Thanks much for the linky love
- At Thu Mar 19, 10:54:00 AM T. R Xands said...
Huh, that article on the EU banning miss & mrs (and all the other words, nice) is really interesting...I think I agree mostly with Eloriane's analysis but it's still kind of...unexpected, I guess. The reactions it provoked are killing me though.
- At Thu Mar 19, 04:02:00 PM frau sally benz said...
No problem Renee!
T.R, it is unexpected, but I think it's great. Things won't change overnight, of course, and changing what something is officially called doesn't change opinions in that way... but I think it's a step in the right direction and acknowledging the issue of gendered language in a clear way.
- At Fri Mar 20, 01:19:00 PM eloriane said...
Hey! Thanks for the link! I'm going to have to check out the rest of these, too!
And T.R., I honestly don't think the story is in the banning of the words (except in the case of mayoress and manageress, because seriously, people used those words?) but in the absurd reactions people have had, as if calling a woman by her name is going to destroy society.