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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Kewl Stuff

I was doing some blog surfing this morning. There are so many brilliant, funny, and fascinating female bloggers out there that I sort of dropped in my own estimation from A Plus to Mildly Entertaining.

From Dr. Crazy's Reassigned Time here is a March 15 entry on feminism. You have to scroll to the bottom to find this post. Thanks to Denise, I finally found the archive lists. But even with her help cannot find the url for certain individual posts. If you click on the link provided in her comment, it will take you to said post:

"I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism."
For those of you who don't recognize the title of this post, it's a quotation from the movie Mean Girls, in which Gretchen Wieners explains to Cady that the "rules of feminism" include not "liking" or dating the ex-boyfriend of another girl. Apparently, if my students' papers are any indication, the "rules of feminism" also include an implicit belief that "young girls," "teen girls," and even women are "impressionable" and "very easily influenced by the media," which is what makes them get eating disorders, have poor self-concepts, dress like sluts, act like sluts, and I'm not sure what else. What I have learned from these papers is that "young boys" don't have similar problems, and that my (primarily female) students who chose to write about these issues have internalized all of this shit about what it means to be female in our culture that a) constructs women as victims, b) constructs girls and women as total slaves to any media they consume, c) constructs women as unthinking and vain creatures who will do anything to get the attention of men (which, of course, their arguments explain, is wrong, not because it's inherently wrong to define oneself in relation to men, but because beauty is about what's on the inside and/or one can be sexy without whoring it up and baring her navel)...

For those of you who are trying to juggle high powered career along with family, Geeky Mom, who hooked me up with several of the sites mentioned here, has some interesting things to say. Like, how come it's OK for married men and childless women to ask for things to be scheduled around an upcoming conference or vacation? But if Geeky Mom asks for something to be scheduled around the kids' spring break, she gets the big fish eye from the group?

Geeky sent me to
Bitch PhD who has this great rant on abortion and the pro life movement:

Don't Like Abortion? Become a Feminist.

...And I have a real problem with people who seriously want to prevent abortions calling themselves "pro-life," to be honest, because that label is used by political organizations that are opposed to women having sex and that actively pursue policies that increase, rather than decrease abortion...

...The "pro-life" movement is demonstrably anti-woman. It is demonstrably more concerned with punishing women for having sex than it is with preventing abortion or saving children. Arguing otherwise demonstrates either ignorance or shockingly bad faith...

...Get over here with the feminists and start working to make motherhood a truly respected and supported institution, not a shit sandwich that ya'll talk about as if it were chocolate...

Bitch sent me to Ampersand. Ampersand has a bitchin' policy chart to outline pro life (read anti-women, anti-abortion, anti-choice) goals and how they play out IRL.

Somewhere along the way I stumbled across Stephanie McMillan, a talented cartoonist at
Minimum Security: Cartoons by Stephanie McMillan. Go here for a hysterical cartoon about Bill Napoli.

And just for fun,
Sandra sent me to this fun feature that she found on Kelly's blog: Gizoogle.com where you can translate your blog into street jive.

Also checked out one more item of interest called
Blog for America.

Have fun!

Kinja, the weblog guide


Anonymous Denise said...

I'm confused about your Reassigned Time confusion. The link you gave us was to the main blog, with the 5 most recent blog posts - not to the March 16th blog post, (by the way I think you meant March 15th... here).

You navigate hre site in the same way you do most other blogger blogs - I'm seeing recent post links and archives for each month.

I wonder if you were getting some weird presentation of the blog when you visited? Maybe when Blogger was not happy?

12:12 PM PST  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Loved the cartoon and have now linked myself to Blog for America. I also *bought,* yet again. As if I need another tee-shirt, this one from Fair Wear. Gotta love fair trade, though, no? If I'm going to keep this comfort buying up, I might just have to get back to work to support it! Great diversion today, thanks!

12:38 PM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

You're right Denise. It was March 15. Still can't figure out how to get urls for non-archived entries. Never had this problem before. Thanks for the link.

Cheryl...what's one little t-shirt among friends? Hope you're enjoying your time off :o)

1:37 PM PST  
Blogger Mocha said...

I dearly love that Bitch PhD, but I can't access her from school (where I'm currently commenting to you - sssshhh) since the whole building is taking a test. She's number one on Blogs For Teachers AND is in Chicago AND is hilarious. If I had the time, I'd stalk her. ;-)

7:36 AM PST  
Blogger just me said...

Thanks for the links, you have given me quite a bit of time passing material ;)

7:29 PM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Hey Just Me! Hope you're doing OK. Hugs :o)

LOL Kelly! Will you stalk me if I buy you coffee?

7:39 PM PST  

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