Aftersn00z roundup: In which we give out the linky love

Posted at 1:09 PM Jan 08, 2010

By Andrea Grimes

It is cold cold cold as balls balls balls (and we know how cold balls are, don't we Dolls?) even down here in Austin, Texas, so read up on your ladynews for the week before bundling up to head home from work.

  • Why telling people your bra color is a pretty stupid way to raise breast cancer "awareness." [TheFrisky]
  • Also asinine: the Economist's take on "new feminism," which soundly and thoroughly misrepresents absolutely everything about who feminists are and what they want. [Feministing]
  • H&M chunks good clothes that could go to the needy. [CollegeCandy]
  • Joe Rogan is a homophobic asshole. I know it's not news, but it is a good read. [The Sexist]
  • Why RockBand is awesome and people who think music is always SRS BZNZ suck generally. [Pandagon]
  • A woman in Dubai was jailed for being raped. Because she had sex. [Broadsheet]
  • 10 dudes not to date in 2010. Funny, but maybe we should avoid dating men who don't shower every year. [Lemondrop]
  • What do you do when a friend is in an abusive relationship? [YourTango]
  • Kathleen Hanna's zines and writings are being put into a "Riot Grrrl Collection" at the New York University library. So proud to be a Bobcat today. Or are we a torch? I forget. [Bitch]


SJ said:

In regards to the Bra colour issue, check out this less than encouraging Facebook group that has started up as a result:

Everyone on wtf_sexism (LJ group) have reported it, as have I and people on my facebook, yet the group still hasn't gone down. Also when you do go to report it there isn't even a category for sexism, so I just had to classify it under racism, cause surely one prejudice is of equal importance as another, one would think.

Tasha said:

I find it funny that people are very inscenced about the bra color thing; that article boils down to "OMG I con't believe that they think that'll cause people to be more aware of breast cancer. Now let me talk about breast cancer."

Uh... doesn't that mean it worked?

Andrea said:

Tasha - I don't know what to tell you except to advise you to read the Frisky article again, because it pretty much sums it up. There's a difference between actual breast cancer awareness and silly, sexualized things that are somehow supposed to be about breast cancer. Sure, we're all talking about breast cancer. But do we know any more about it, what it does, how to recognize it? No. All I know is that some people wear polkadotted bras. Not exactly useful information.

Paul said:

SJ - I admit, when I saw that group, I laughed. Then again, I'm a horrible person. So take that as you will.

For what it matters, I started adding a link onto those posts to the Komen Foundation for a Cure donation site.

It was either that or stupid retaliatory memes that would just piss people off. Like speedo colors for prostate cancer. Or something inappropriate for colon cancer.

dsi r4 said:

I do my best to date smart girls and most of em can pull it off for a month or two. They all turn out to not be really smart...not as cold as you told.

Tasha said:

I understand what the frisky article said, but it wouldn't have been written - people wouldn't have been talking about what you should know about breast cancer, as in the frisky article - if people weren't putting up their bra color as statuses. For me its a chain reaction - people status something silly (and yes, perhaps sexualized). Other people find out what it is, and respond. Then that perhaps triggers others to find out more about the important facts - and I don't think that putting exactly what to look for when you do a breast self exam would have had the same viral impact. (Tho I will say after reading the frisky article I did more research on that. Again, that isn't research I would have done without the initial silly imputus of the bra color thing) And the bra color thing did have a positive impact on Komen, one of the leading avocacy orgs for breast cancer -

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