Monday Catch Up

6 07 2009

Hope everyone had a good Independence Day weekend.  Here are some things we missed:

Four Freedom Movements You Should Know About This Independence Day.

Renee’s take on Sarah Palin‘s public declaration of her intention to resign.  More thoughts on that here, here, here and here.

Racism takes a toll on the health of African Americans living in a predominantly white society.

How Racism Works – people mistakenly de-contextualize racism and perceive it as something that functions in individuals rather than seeing the big picture of how racism is institutionalized and structured in our daily lives in society at large.

A good 101 post on Three Dumb Things About “Reverse Discrimination”.

Thoughts on disability and respectful language.

Arab TV Soaps Reinforce Gender Bias and normalize violence against women.

This is old news, but good news nonetheless – last week, an Indian court decriminalized homosexuality.

There is no such thing as trans privilege.  For necessary 101, here is a great and important post on vocabulary when it comes to gender and cis.

Stop bullying transgender children.

Trigger warning – Sexual Abuse of Female Inmates in Oklahoma.

Carnival Against Sexual Violence has worthy reads you should check out.

Gift giving by stereotypes – an interesting look at the intersection of stereotypes we have about age, class and gender.

Sunscreen’s shady business – a look at the $1 billion a year sunscreen market.

It’s easy to watch a documentary (like Food, Inc.) and be inspired to take action, but often times we may get back into our daily routines and be stunted from any activism or we may simply just not know what to do or how we can help.  So to counter that here’s I Saw Food, Inc.  Now What?

All right, happy reading everybody!

Monday Blogaround

30 06 2009

There’s a lot we’ve missed lately… so here are some good reads to catch up with:

As Pride Month comes to an end, and as we reflect on Stonewall: Obama Commemorates Stonewall, Inequality in the Marriage Equality Movement and The Real Stonewall Legacy.

Eve Ensler’s op-ed in The Washington Post: A Broken UN Promise in Congo.

Gender is a social construction, so two feminist parents in Sweden are raising their child gender non-specific.

Triggering and heartbreaking – Violence against the trans community is still very persistent and pervasive: Transgender Woman Brutally Beaten in Queens Bias Attack – TLDEF Demands Full Investigation Into Hate Crime.

Recession Depression: Having a good work/life balance is ideal, but how realistically achievable is it especially in economic hard times?

This caught my eye because even though I am not a big Chipotle fan, many of my friends rave about it: Chipotle Injustice – Chipotle is the nation’s most rapidly growing fast food chain, but how socially responsible is it?

Prison rape is a widespread phenomenon and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission just released a new report with suggestions and guidelines on how to end prison rape.

Reflections on Privilege, Guilt and Identity.

Some body to love – you are more than just your body.

Racist Thinking at the Supreme Court – Again.

The connection between reproductive rights and sexual violence – “He Thought a Baby Would Keep Me Forever”: When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise but a Pregnant Belly.

Society is obsessed with parenting and children – Vanessa Richmond at Alternet explores this further.

PETA’s Next Move: Recruiting Che Guevara’s Granddaughter

19 06 2009

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has recruited Che Guevara’s 24-year old granddaughter, Lydia Guevara, to promote vegetarianism for their South American campaign that will premiere this October in Argentina, a big beef eating country.

lydia guevara

The posters and print ads will (shockingly!) feature Guevara scantily clad, “wearing nothing but the infamous Che beret and an ammunition belt of carrots”. Again PETA, must you use female bodies in order to promote vegetarianism?

The campaign’s tag line: “Join the vegetarian revolution.” This will be PETA’s first campaign in South America. Thoughts?

Reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act

16 06 2009

The Child Nutrition Act needs to be reauthorized so that children at public schools across the nation will be fed healthy foods.  EVERY child deserves access to healthy foods, because health should be a right, not a privilege.

“We believe that federally funded nutrition programs should provide all children with the healthy food they deserve. This includes low fat and safe dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Schools should be soda and junk-food-free zones and serve food that complements and furthers parents’ efforts to feed their children healthfully.”

Please urge Congress to make healthy food a reality at all schools across the country. By signing the petition, you pledge to make healthy food a priority and are asking your representatives to do the same.

Sign the petition now.

What we missed this weekend

15 06 2009

Violence against the trans community remains largely prevalent but ignored – Group of Teenagers Attack Trans Woman in Seattle

Up in Canada, Sharon McIvor celebrates her victory over sex discrimination in the Indian Act – Justice for Sharon McIvor and all First Nations women – at last!

The Great Wall of Mainstream Feminism

A sick family business: a father and a son collaboratively ran a rape trade business, WTF?! – Police Arrest Rape Traffickers, Then Book Trafficked Women on Drug Charges

How does the US measure up when it comes to Paid Parental Leave?

And how does the US compare to other countries when it comes to military spending?

Meet D.C.’s Anti-Gay Marriage Crusaders

GLBT Peeps, If You Want Your Rights, Fly This Flag!

Spain – convicted trans woman transferred to women’s prison after 11 years

The Chrysler/Fiat Merger will emasculate the dudes?! Just for clarification – A Car is Not a Penis

Another great post from Renee – Privilege and Ignorance Speak Volumes

Check out Food, Inc.‘s blog, Hungry for Change. See the movie if you haven’t already.

Food production, “Food miles” and greenhouse gas emissions

8 06 2009

Via Sociological Images:

Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews authored a report Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States.  It appeared in Environmental Science and Technology in April 2008.  It “compares greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production against long-distribution food distribution, aka ‘food miles'”.  The following chart shows the greenhouse gas emissions associated with household food consumption, like red meat, oils/sweets/condiments, fruits/vegetables, dairy products, chicken/fish/eggs, cereals/carbs, beverages, and miscellaneous products:


This chart illustrates that food production accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions.  The report encourages us to be mindful about our food consumption choices.

FYI, your “organic milk” isn’t actually organic

15 05 2009

My parents have always been skeptical of the whole organic foodstuff, jaded that everything is just an evil industry out to exploit you for money, and therefore food companies mislabel their products so organic food isn’t actually organic, but bearing a sticker or a label claiming to be organic makes people feel better and believe that it’s really organic.

I just read Twisty’s post at I Blame the Patriarchy about how Horizon Organic and its sister company Aurora Organic, both owned by Dean Foods, aren’t really organic.  Gee, it seems that my parents are actually right about something for once!

You see, Horizon Organic produces milk under factory-farm conditions which goes completely against organic regulations.  Not only that but, instead of purchasing organically raised calves, they purchase calves that were born and raised on conventional farms.  Again, this goes against organic regulations.  What’s more, these so-called organic cows are confined and fed a shitty diet of genetically modified grains, slaughterhouse crap consisting of ground up pigs, chickens, dogs and cats, and chicken shit.  Oh, and the calves are weaned on the blood of other animals instead of milk.  Vomit, Vomit and VOMIT!

Dean Foods has been pushing to lower standards for organic food so that they can get away with their industrial, slaughterhouse, un-environmentally friendly bullshit and have it pass as organic.  Which it is clearly not.

Dean Foods also owns Silk organic soymilk.  But since organic doesn’t mean what we think it means, who knows how organic Silk soymilk really is.  (Judging by Dean Foods’ track record, probably not very organic at all.)

Isn’t it great to know that we are, again and again, being lied to?