On Our Radar

It's that time again! We're rounding up some of the most interesting
things we read this week in the another edition of On Our Radar.

  • With the release of Forbes' list of the top 100 Websites For Women, Renee Martin of Womanist Musings writes on the incredible lack of blogs by women of color, trans women, and disabled women.
  • Shelby Knox reflects on body image and feminism after modeling for a mainstream women's magazine.
  • Over at Racialicious, Safa Samiezade'-Yazd writes on the politics of curly hair.
  • Bitch contributor Tammy Oler reviews the fantastic-sounding new science-fiction film Splice. The film, about a pair of scientists that secretly engineer a "gene splice, mutant test-tube baby" win's Oler's praises through, among other things, its strong female lead and its interesting evocation of gender.
  • U.S. Social Forum National Coordinator Adrienne Maree Brown talks to Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke about the forum and science-fiction writer Octavia Butler.
  • Irin Carmon investigates the "boy's club" that is The Daily Show on Jezebel.
  • For more on sexism in comedy, take a look at Lisa Wade's analysis of "comedy as a masculinized, heterosexualized space" on Sociological Images.
  • Watch out, non-dude citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina! Misty at Shakesville presents us with America's Manliest City, brought to you by the extensive research of Combos Snacks.
  • Via Feministing: Katie Couric interviews Gloria Steinem and Women's Media Center president Jehmu Greene on her CBS News web show @katiecouric.
  • Threadbared has a call for submissions for the exhibit An Other Fashion: Claiming America through Dress, which seeks to find "hidden histories stashed in the basements and attics, in the backs of closets, and in lesser-known personal and institutional archives of and about women of color." 

Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the
comments section!

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re: Democracy Now!

Want to mention that another Bitch Contributor, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, was also interviewed on the same show as Adrienne Maree Brown in a segment on disability justice activists

New Feminism inspired Theater Company on College Campus!

Hi there,

I just happened to come upon this post. And just earlier this week I along with the rest of the F-Word Ladies company started a blog of our own. We are all students that attend Ohio University and we've had three performances last year and are planning to do more later this year. Thank you for letting us share. :)

Here is the link to our blog: http://thefwordladies.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

-Sonja

Have The Dyke Marches Yesterday Been Under-Reported?

Sorry in advance for putting so many links into this comment. i have been having trouble finding news reports and photos from the various 2010 Dyke Marches around the country. Is it just that i'm missing it or have these marches been way, way under-reported?
There was a notice of the The 2010 San Francisco Dyke March on the website of the dykemarch dot org but i found almost nothing in the news.
i did find a blog post on the 2010 New York City Dyke March by Cherry Girl, and there were three good photos posted by Sarah Hemja on her blog post at Writing With Lipstick - NYC: Day 13-15. One of the three photos near the bottom of the post was of two T.W.A.T. team members.
Photos were being asked for at the website of the Boston Dyke March.
There were photos from the 2007 New York Dyke March in a Blather From Brooklyn blog post.
i hope that it's just that i'm just not looking in the right places or that the participants seem to happy and not that the stories are being buried like the anti-war protests used to be because the participants are gay women. i'm sure there was a Dyke March right there in Portland yesterday. Did anyone get good pics, videos, or see some good posts on it?

Same problem here! I

Same problem here! I actually have more photos of the 2010 nyc march if you are interested. I have been searching for photos for 3 days now, it makes no sense. I saw tons of photographers snapping away. What a let down, we need public exposure as it is. I hope we start to see more.

Desigirls and Tea in Syria

American Desi(girls): An Interview with Filmmaker Ishita Srivastava
Born and raised in Delhi, India, queer filmmaker Ishita Srivastava is slowly making her name known in the feminist blogosphere through the circulation of her short documentary on queer South Asian women, Desigirls. Made while a Cinema Studies student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the film highlights the varying experiences of women of South Asian descent who are trying to reconcile their complex and, at times, conflicting sexual and cultural identities. Desigirls presents their illuminating stories of desire, fear, acceptance, and resilience.

Tea on the Axis of Evil
After two years of providing security intelligence about the activities of Al Qaeda to the United States government in the wake of 9/11, the Bush Administration publicly dubbed Syria a threat to democracy by including it in the so-called Axis of Evil. Knowing very little about the secular republic, filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher decided to spend a year in Damascus in order to offer a look at everyday citizens of Syria and combat stereotypical depictions put forth in the mainstream media. (Originally published in Bitch)

Confirmation Bias

Interesting article on confirmation bias.

http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

Last two days of fundraisier for "How To Lose Your Virginity"

Just a heads-up about the fundraiser for the documentary-in-progress "How To Lose Your Virginity." This is a first-person journey into the heart of our virginity-obsessed society to understand why it exists, who it affects and how we can get past our stereotypes of female sexuality. You can watch the trailer and learn more at http://kck.st/9Hm93b