I haven’t yet seen WALL•E, but here is an article I found interesting discussing the genders of the two main robots. It is an interesting discussion of the perceived genders we apply to the characters based on our cultural assumptions. It is also interesting, however, how we can work beyond them. hat tip
Yet another buried treasure unearthed via boing boing.
Or, When Muslims Attack (with free copies of the Koran!). Sorry I’ve been AWOL recently, I’m in the process of moving. I now have internet (yay!1!) but now need to unpack all the boxes of stuff. Then, I promise, real posts.
Over at Screaming into the Void.
A legal team attempting to defend their client against (among other things) “obscenity” charges is trying to get Google to release certain stats about search terms in the area the trial is taking place. This is because part of the “obscenity” definition relies upon what “the average person, applying contemporary community standards” would find obscene. … [Read more…]
on Fox. I don’t know how long that link will work…there’s a YouTube of it somewhere, too, I may imbed it below a fold later when I find it. This is my father, busy exploiting his illness for his life-long pet project: “the right to life”. Which I’ve learned translates into “the denial of rights”, … [Read more…]
Whoever invented this is inspired! Here they are on politics.
Although Elizabeth Edwards is also teh awesome. However, she [Obama] has become the latest target in the media as an “agressive, outspoken, forceful” woman. Her rise to this prominence after Clinton’s exodus from the misogynist spotlight can be taken to be indicative of the fact that one of the major draws [for the media] of … [Read more…]
Someone took John Lennon’s advice and imagined “all the people, livin’ life in peace:” It’s a simple exercise (and don’t follow any of the links, as it will burst the bubble by leading you to the real news), but it brought tears, shivers, smiles. It’s a glimpse of the world as it could be, and … [Read more…]
Mildred Loving, half of the Loving couple who battled antimiscegination laws through the Supreme Court died (yes I’m late to this). And already the wolves are claiming her as an historical figure for their side in the homosexual marriage battle. Unfortunately, she already chose a side. Read her words here. Religion Dispatches has a great … [Read more…]
USC just sponsored a study of gender in movies, animation, and television, coming up with some pretty stark results: essentially, although the number of female characters has increased, most are still locked into gendered activities and are not often main characters. This can be seen quite clearly in Horton Hears a Who: there are many … [Read more…]
Turkey’s Political Tensions Weigh on Women’s Heads, where a new law allows headscarves in universities. hat tip Writers Can’t See Past the Veil, a critique of Muslim women’s recent portrayal in the news. Using the Koran to feminist ends. Spark is a new category for sharing links. No intense commentary, just a link & a … [Read more…]