Yes it is once again time for another edition of Link Love. The following are blog posts or articles that I found interesting this week. Please check them out and feel free to leave your own links behind in the comment section. Nothing like a little blog whoring to start the weekend off right.
Deluxe Vivens Livejournal: It is not coincidental that hip hop has made Ni@$a the most common noun in popular music but you have almost never heard any certified thug utter the word cracker, ofay, honky, peckerwood, wop, dago, guinea, kike or any other white-oriented epithet. The reason for that is simple: Massa ain’t havin it. The word fag, once a commonplace derisive in the music has all but disappeared from hip hop’s vocabulary. (Yes, these thugs fear the backlash from white gays too.) And bitch is still allowed with the common understanding that the term is referring to black women. The point is this: debasement of black communities is entirely acceptable “ required even “ by hip hop’s predominantly white consumer base.
What Tami Said: Diamond purveyor DeBeers wants you to get your Africa-inspired bling on. The September issue of Elle magazine features the company’s diamond pendants shaped like tribal masks. Hmm, let’s see…what part of this is most vomitously offensive?
Doing Feminism: When you’re a feminist, pro-feminist, feminist ally, or even if you sometimes indulge in conversations about feminism, you’re bound to hear something like this:
“Feminists have gone too far; they’re taking away men’s rights.”
“Feminism is oppressive to men!”
“Women have equality, they just want to take away men’s rights!”
… And so go the cries of those who, quite plainly, just don’t get it. Feminism isn’t taking away men’s rights. If feminism is taking anything away, it’s the unfair advantages our sexist world grants men, and boy, those aren’t rights.
abyss2hope: If someone believes there is a rape loophole which makes a particular action legal and that loophole exists only in the enforcement of the law and not in the law itself, that person is making a false statement when they deny that a particular action is rape.
Argentina’s illegal Abortions (youtube video)
Pizza Divaloa: A woman sets herself on fire rather than submitting to an arranged marriage.
The Black Snob: Soledad Obrien from CNN represents a problematized body. Though she is light enough to pass for white she claims blackness. Can she truly relate with the struggles of black women of a darker hue given that her skin tone opens to the door to a great amount of privilege?
Rage Against The Man-Machine: I have a little test I apply when I stumble upon something I suspect is sexist or detrimental to women. If it’s media, I imagine that the woman being depicted is a man. If it’s a behavior expected of women, I imagine what a man would say to someone who suggested he do it. It almost never fails: if the switcheroo results in a sense of absurdity, I’ve found some sexist shit. If you think about it, fashion is kind of a catch-22 for women; men get to call us ugly (and therefore virtually worthless) if we don’t contort and torture our bodies in order to fulfill their standard of beauty, then they get to make fun of us for being insane when we do the things required to fit that model.