Saturday Medley

1Entry Art

An Amazing Historic Church Completely Covered In Graffiti


Issues to Ponder

Salon – Think Hagel’s bad? Just wait until there’s a Supreme Court opening

NYT – The Myth of the Rich Who Flee From Taxes

New Statesman – How Labour would ensure the rich don’t benefit from a 10p tax rate

The Slant – Why Minimum Wage Increase May Be GOOD for Walmart and McDonald’s

Mother Jones – 13 Men Condemned to Die Despite Severe Mental Illness

Foreign Affairs – Hearing: The Crisis in Mali: U.S. Interests and the International Response

Aljazeera – The cost of aid

The Guardian – The rape of men

Examiner – The Pope seeks immunity: The end of the Vatican could be near

Fit and Feminist – No room for the female gaze in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

Computerworld UK – BBC Attacks the Open Web, GNU/Linux in Danger

Mother Jones – Want to Blow Up a Killer Asteroid? Talk to This Guy

9 comments to Saturday Medley

  • adrena

    More on SI

    The SI Swimsuit Issue profits from a philosophy of constructing men as active, women as passive; men as subjects, women as objects; men as actors, women as receivers; men as the lookers and women as the looked-at; and I argue, men as consumers and women as the “to-be-consumed” (Betterton, 1987). Women today have been socialized to see themselves through the male gaze so that they are both spectators and spectacles. As spectators of themselves, women learn from popular media, in this case the wildly popular Swimsuit Issue, to compare their appearances with the media’s feminine ideal, becoming objects of their own gaze. This feminine ideal, as proven again and again by the Swimsuit Issue, leads women to internalize these mediated ideals and constantly work to live up to these perfected “norms” of beauty while leading men to believe these qualities are essential (and attainable) in a mate. Essentially, “the feminine ideal is tanned, healthy slenderness, with no unsightly bumps, bulges, or cellulite, and bodily and facial perfection that results from hours of labor: exercise, makeup, and hair care” ( Kuhn, 1985), and 20 years later, plastic surgery and digital manipulation.

    Much more at the link

  • Thanks Adrena, but did you note the dates of comments… An old article updated???

    Also read this two days ago

    • adrena

      An old article updated?. Has anything changed? On the contrary, the male gaze has become even more overwhelming. It is omnipresent – even on my iPhone I’m constantly confronted with it through the ads (for games) that regularly appear on the screen. So I hope these two women revive this article every year at the launch of the SI because what they write is as true today as it was yesterday.

      Pussy Pride

      Regarding the article about rape you linked to, one guy gets it and shares his belief in a powerful poetic way.

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