Best of the Interwebs

Another exciting week thanks to Eating Disorder Awareness initiatives, US Republican Candidate Rick Santorum being confused, everyone celebrating 40 years of feminist journalism, SO much regarding feminist art, among many other things. I have spent hours each day (literally) combing my alerts, and sadly have annoyed my facebook friends list AND my personal blog followers with lists upon lists of awesome articles.  So here are the best IMO from the webosphere to you =)

The Accidental Feminist – Entertainment Weekly. EW reviews the book about Liz Taylor which asserts she was an (accidental) feminist. I have largely stayed out of this, especially after her step-daughter stated  that no, she was not conscious of it (being a feminist)… but… Maybe you lovely reader would like to know more, so here is a (poor) jumping off point. (read the second link as well)

Do Men Belong in the Womens Movement?  Elissa Strauss. An incredible look at men and feminism (and yes, btw. they do).

Feminist majority applauds Obamas implementation of Birth Control coverage for women Feminist Majority Foundation. Great News in the USA!

Rick Santorum fine with Shaming Women in certain situations.  Dan Amira. Here is one of MANY articles I have read on Mr. Santorum this week. I may be Australian, but gosh knows I don’t want this man running Australias most powerful ally…. Santorum believes Birth Control encourages promiscuity…

Sex, Shame and Why the Shouldnt Mix. Sarah Dropek and John Dean Domingue. This is a fantastic article on slut shaming.

Third of Teenage Girls skip breakfast renewing concerns over body image education –  Lucy Sherriff. Dont be turned off by the truly heinous tagline… though this Huffingtonpost article certainly does look at worrying eating trends in teen girls, it also states exactly what I bang on about week to week in this blog – that LANGUAGE is doing more harm than skinny models and thin celebrities, and this needs to start being incorporated into body image education – and I think media literacy as a whole! well done Huff post! you guys have been on fire this week!

Body image worries plaguing young kids. Sophie Scott. ABC melbourne reports on the rise of eating disorders in Australia, especially among the young. It also announces a new initiative – The National Eating Disorders Collaboration is a Federal Government initiative aimed at developing a national approach to eating disorders (or NEDC). News.com also reports on why kids are at risk.

Girls easy prey for Sick Society. Miranda Devine. Ms. Devine examines youth eating disorders, hypersexuality and the way we criticise celebrities in society, wondering if there is a link.

The Hunger Blogs – A Secret World of Teenage Thinspiration. Carolyn Gregoire. As someone who has been pretty heavily immersed in this world, I was intrigued by this article. It has created some anger over in that world as it only briefly mentions that these blogs try to warn people away from EDs – so briefly, that most have overlooked it to the point that they only see the fact that these blogs are labelled Pro-Ana. ED blogs come in a variety of formats, and while HuffPost doesnt cover that particular scope (and it would be great to see them do that), they do at the very least draw attention to the severity of Eating Disorders and the world of Thinspiration blogs. By looking at a Pro-Ana blog you gain awareness into the mind of a disordered person. While a blog is still Pro-ED, the sufferer is falling further and further into the depths of an ED. When a blog is labelled recovery? well, thats a whole different story. It is worth noting that the Tumblr community has been instrumental in the recovery of many of its members. When girls leave to try to get better, the other girls are behind them and supporting them every step of the way.

Beauty Saves the World. Jessica King. Heddie Waters has spent some time researching beauty ideals in Mongolian society. And I am desperate to hear more.

I Spent a Year Watching Rom Coms and This Is The Crap I Learned. Chloe Angyal. This is one of my favourite articles this week! As you can see by the title, Ms. Angyal spent a year watching rom coms for her dissertation on a feminist analysis of chick flicks. Really, you ask? REALLY!. Chloe touches on a broad spectrum of issues in rom coms in this article, but perhaps this quote will be best at convincing you that you NEED to read this ( I cannot wait for her book!)-

You might think you’re above the influence of these movies, that you’re too savvy and cynical for your expectations and ideas to be shaped by them. I certainly thought I was, and maybe you are – but you’re probably not. Romantic comedies shape the beliefs and expectations of even the most cynical and media-savvy among us, especially when they catch us at our most vulnerable.

This wouldn’t be a problem, of course, if romantic comedies depicted women and men, and sex and love, in a positive and realistic way. But they don’t. Romantic comedies teach us that a woman’s life is empty and meaningless without a man, and that any woman who believes she is happy being single is simply lying to herself. They teach us that love is only for straight white people –- skinny, beautiful straight white people, at that. They teach us that men are sex-crazed, commitment-phobic animals who have to be manipulated into romantic relationships, and that when a man really loves a woman, he’ll demonstrate his feelings with grand gestures that barely skirt the line between love and stalking.

Cover Girls Images from Sports Illustrated, to French Elle (And Me). Sheila Hageman.  Ms. Hageman uses two covers to illustrate the difference between sexualised photography, and fashion photography through the idea of the Gaze that it attracts. A little on the narcisstic side (as she often reverts back to talking about herself to illustrate her understanding through experience), but quite provocative. Read more here on Kate Upton and Shaming at Blisstree.

Tattoo the Girl – Tumblr Art Project. Tattoo the girl invites participants to download a template of a plain female form in a sexualised pose (similar to those found in nude magazines), and draw on her body before submitting it to the blog. A friend introduced me to the project. I find this project highly problematic, and it is interesting to see which images have been created by women and which by men. Some are oversexualised and violent, whereas others are quite beautiful. And some have been created to make a statement. Take a look for yourself, and hey! maybe you can submit as well! (no, I havent!)

Brooklyn Museums ELizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art celebrates 5 years. Michael H. Miller. How exciting! the Sackler Center is the permanent home to Judy Chicagos Dinner Party (who is currently being honoured in palm springs). The list of events to honour this makes me envious – including the Guerrilla Girls performance. I might cry.

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