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Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.

News with Nipples says what Tallulah would say: Madonna can do what the fuck she likes.

A creepy stalkery iPhone app is a timely reminder to check what people can see about you on teh interwebs.

Sometimes, Tallulah wishes we could just enjoy entertainment without having to apply a social justice lens to everything. (She also wishes she hadn’t started this sentence by speaking in the third person). Sadly, that’s not the world we live in, as evidenced by this post on the whitewashing of The Hunger Games.

Let’s all just give a hearty *snort* to this. (Jezebel points out it’s a classic example of the media pitting women against each other, and we should just damn well stop biting.)

Incidentally, that Jez post is written by Lindy West, who is one of the only reasons I (Tallulah) ever look at Jezebel anymore. Because she’s awesome, and she re-watched Titanic so you don’t have to:

Especially when everyone already knows exactly what happens in the end (spoiler: the boat is Keyser Söze).

Hah! We’re so considering changing the tagline for this site from “tea and strumpets” to “essentially unlikeable”. I mean, if Phyllis Schafly says it, it has to be true, right?

Find out if your girlfriend is a feminist before you get too far into it,” she said. “Some of them are pretty. They don’t all look like Bella Abzug.”

From FoTLG Friend of Marilyn, a reflection on The Epistemology of Fatness.

A brilliant post from Greta Christina at FreeThoughtBlogs: What I May Do With My Naked Body: A Reply to Azar Majedi About the #NudePhotoRevolutionaries Calendar. It’s long but well worth reading.

It is certainly the case that my choice to participate in this calendar was made in the context of a sexist culture: a culture that treats women as sexual objects rather than subjects, a culture that treats women’s bodies as commodities, a culture with a strong tendency to value women primarily as ornaments, sexual playthings, and babymakers. …. It was in some ways influenced by that culture, and in some ways it contributes to it.

And your choice wasn’t?

Your choice to scold me, and the other women who posed in this calendar, is somehow magically free of this sexist culture?

And true fame: I’m (Deb) quoted in the same article as Bob McCoskrie – Dark times in teen cinema (yes, it’s another piece about The Hunger Games). The reporter has referred to me as a “Manawatu mother” – I guess the alliteration was too much to resist. However, at my request he has also described me as a “feminist blogger”. Many thanks for the fuller description, Jamie Morton.

Something pretty: a Fabergé egg.

Cloverleaf Fabergé egg

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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