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Random Linkspam…

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Too much stuff in my Google Reader and elsewhere for me to keep up with…so here are some links for the best of Bloglandia…according to me:

Renee at Womanistmusings: It’s Elementary A Gay Sherlock Holmes is a No No

Apparently, in promotion for the film, Downey appeared on Letterman, where he dared to question the sexuality of Holmes….lions and tiger and bears oh my! Now gasp everyone. What if the famous Sherlock Holmes “was a very butch homosexual”?  It seems the wrestling, sexual tension and sharing of the same bed does lead one to a certain shall we say speculation.

Cristian Asher: In Sickness, Health … and Silence

If this gay soldier is injured, his husband may not be allowed to visit him in a military hospital. If this soldier is killed, no one will call his husband.

No one will call him. How could they, when he doesn’t exist?

In a funeral, he will not be offered the folded flag. When medals are awarded, he will not be recognized as the person his husband fought for, the reason that he served so valiantly.

Sady at Tiger Beatdown: Acts of Contrition: Feminism, Privilege, and the Legacy of Mary Daly

If you are like me, and didn’t know who the fuck Mary Daly was until she died, I recommend this piece. Sady lays it down for you. I couldn’t find a good excerpt because it really needs to be read in whole.

Maia Spotts: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Greedy Homophobic Socialite

And yet, silence in 1984 when In Bed With Sherlock Holmes was published, overtly acknowledging the homosexual overtones in Doyle’s work. Not a word in 2004, when Graham Robb created an explicit affair between the two in his book. Tight-lipped about My Dearest Holmes, published by the Gay Men’s Press.

elle, phd: Hey, Census Bureau! You Forgot to Include “Cullud”!

Because–and I can’t speak for everyone–“Negro” certainly invokes thoughts of a much different era.

abby jean at FWD/Forward: It Will Always Be The First Thing I Think Of

*Trigger warning for descriptions of self harm*

Natasha Chart: Why Do Women Have to Go to Clinics for Abortions

I view violent, abusive, coercive and manipulative protestors as an arm of the State. Because the government refuses to take the logical step of removing women from harm’s way by letting them get all their medical care at the same places that less icky citizens get theirs, they must therefore sanction this abuse that’s going on in plain sight, in front of gods and everybody, every damn day in the country they’re responsible for.

That’s all I got for this week. I am sure I forgot something, and if you have anything great, drop it in comments.


Boxing Day Linkspam…

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Some stuff from my reader and that has been sitting in my “blog fodder” tab for too long, waiting for me to write about it, when I just can’t get to it. *le sigh*

Wood’s Rules: Abortion

Let me say I was shocked, SHOCKED I SAY! to read this:

The most rigorous studies indicated that within the United States, the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have a single, legal, first-trimester abortion of an unwanted pregnancy is no greater than the risk among women who deliver an unwanted pregnancy. . . Most adult women who terminate a pregnancy do not experience mental health problems.

*nod nod*

Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, from almost any feminist w/ a modicum of respect for women…

Let’s just say this is tucked into my reference tab and I will be pulling it in the future, I am sure.

moving on.

Jay at Two Women Blogging: Something New

This is a lesson I have to keep learning: it’s all about the relationship. Real change and real learning happen when it’s safe to take risks, and that requires that both people see and respect the other.

Should be read and linked far and wide. Change is only going to happen when the other party is willing to see us.

Racialicious: A Racialicious Dialogue on “The Princess and the Frog”

More than a year before its debut, “The Princess and the Frog” set tongues wagging. Some were overjoyed that Disney finally dedicated a feature to a black princess. Others criticized the studio’s history of racial gaffes in films such as “Aladdin” and “The Jungle Book” and wondered if Disney could change its track record with the “Princess and the Frog.” Some specifically took issue with “Princess” because the heroine, Tiana, spends more time on screen as a frog than as a black woman; because her prince, Naveen, isn’t black; and because the film portrays Voodoo questionably.

We saw it too, and I want to review it if I get time, but Racialicious has some excellent posts on the movie that you should check out! Lots of great issues brought up. I was particularly disturbed by the portrayal of Voodoo, and felt that it stigmatizes NOLA culture, which is already stigmatized.

meloukhia at FWD/Forward: Medicaid: I’m Sorry, Did You Want Social Services With That?

[… O]f course, it ignores the fact that some people with disabilities are isolated, and that many of us are running out of favors. When you’re temporarily sick, friends are usually willing to pitch in and help out. They imagine themselves in that position and they figure what goes around comes around. But when you are disabled, and you have been for years, friends are less and less willing to help out. They’re tired, you’ve drifted apart, they feel like they’ve already given too much. In turn, there’s awkwardness when it comes to asking people for help when it feels like one is always asking for help, and when you’ve been constantly reminded that you need to be a good cripple and be nice and well behaved and not be a bother.

I had a really hard time finding just one spot to pull from. Go read her whole post. I am not just saying that because she is my co-blogger. Really.

Ruth Fertig at Change.Org: Domestic Violence Survivor Wins Asylum After 14-Year Fight

In order to demonstrate a valid asylum claim, an asylum seeker must prove that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based upon his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. It’s not enough for a victim of domestic violence to seek asylum based on fear that she will face recurrent violence if she returns to her country of origin. She also has to prove that her persecution is tied to one of the five statutory grounds. That’s historically been difficult to do, since these grounds do not include gender (or sexuality, for that matter), since domestic violence is often viewed as a relationship issue rather than a larger societal problem, and the final decision is left to one immigration judge’s discretion.

Excellent piece. I am not just saying that because she is my co-blogger. Really.

This piece about a U.S. Soldier captured by the Taliban broke my heart. My heart to his family, and I pray to all the gods and goddesses I know that he is still alive.

I can’t quote it, it is too hard.

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