Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week:
A great article on online activism, whether it achieves anything, and how to fund it.
A republican presidential candidate accuses Planned Parenthood’s founder of racism: “Seventy-five percent of those facilities were built in the Black community. And Margaret Sanger’s own words– she didn’t use the word genocide but she did talk about preventing the– the increasing number of poor Blacks in this country by preventing Black babies from being born.” Brilliance ensues.
Sanger’s fundamental heresy was in claiming every woman’s right to experience her sexuality freely and bear only the number of children she desires. Following a first generation of educated women who had proudly forgone marriage in order to seek fulfillment outside the home, she offered birth control as a necessary condition to the resolution of a broad range of personal and professional frustrations.
(Though what’s depressing is that, decades later, we are still fighting for this.)
Have we had enough Clarisse Thorn? Of course we bloody haven’t. A Unified Theory of Orgasm.
Or enough Amanda Marcotte, Sady Doyle, Latoya Peterson, and Jessica Valenti? No. (Plus, Pg4 is a good round up of some of the bigger US feminist blogs.
Just don’t read the comments: sexist abuse online (Trigger warning for some fairly sexualised threats). The comments on that particular piece are OK, as far down as I read, providing you’re not offended by some epic Not Getting It. We’ve been fairly lucky here at TLG, as far as abuse goes. We’ve had some pretty nasty comments, but it isn’t hard to chuck them in the trash – the latest, “you must be on the rag…”. But I (Tallulah) can show you some fairly nasty threats from over the years of been online.
Time Magazine has an article about the chore wars. Don’t read it: just go straight to Blue Milk’s analysis – Before we call a truce on The Chore War.
I (Deb) forgot to link to this last week. In response to my piece in the Dom Post arguing in favour of gay marriage, Bob McCoskrie wrote a response, saying something along the lines that marriage is between a man and a woman and allowing anyone else to get married would lead to children getting married to goldfish. Or bestial unions. Gay community cannot redefine marriage. There’s some great comments, and some that are not so great, in fact down right nasty, so on balance I would advise you not to read them, but I was very taken by the one that referred to me as a “poisonous feminist”. Excellent! I rather like that.
In any case, if it is good enough for Clint….
And congratulations to Friend of TLG Robyn Gallagher, who is profiled in the Dom Post this morning: Everyone has an opinion – the Early Adopter. Pop on over to her place and read about what she has been up to lately, including eating this fabulous fried brioche with passionfruit curd.
Update: By kind permission of Robyn, her picture of the brioche:
Fried brioche with passionfruit curd