jlh: Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas at the Yule Ball in GoF (SD Yule Ball)
Three things!

So one of the reasons I've been a little out of it the past week and a half or so is that, well, I was actually out of it for a bit, last weekend and early this week, and went underground for a bit. And then late this week I spent time chasing the food truck Colicchio was doing as part of the HBO Game of Thrones promotion. I only caught three nights out of the five, but got to eat a sublime pickled egg, a bit of squid-inked seafood stew, lamb and duck, venison and the aforementioned headcheese, plus a lot of lemon cake.

This morning I wrote two things about Rebecca Black's Friday (here and here) that sped around tumblr, which is a nice but slightly odd feeling. Mostly: there's nothing wrong with the song or the video. And there's nothing wrong with what Fallon and Colbert did last night, either, though I wish some people didn't need their blessing in order to see what was good about that song.

Apparently you can get subscriptions on AO3 now, which is pretty neat. I'm at faviconclio_jlh and fandoms in the immediate queue include Harry Potter and Star Trek! (If you want to do that cool thing, [personal profile] astolat has the code here.)
jlh: Zach Quinto with scruff (st: Spock)
I just want to note that I am incredibly paranoid about internet accusations, basically, and that's why I worry. I want to be accusation-free as much as possible.

on Monday's rpf meta )

Shortly after I made my post about online feminism yesterday, I read this post on Racialicious about being an online feminist who doesn't fit the dominant paradigm. Fantastic reading; I highly recommend.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who chimed in! See, this is why I make posts, to start conversations that help me think through my own positions on matters. yay!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Feminism)
I've already been admonished on twitter to not make this about white upper-class cis-women (which, given that I'm neither white nor upper-class, I'm not sure how I could, but point taken, scolding accepted, I am duly chastened) so I thought I'd link you to this excellent Sojourner Truth quote I reblogged on tumblr.

As most of you who read this blog know, I've had a very rocky relationship with feminism this year, as I encountered it in its online form only recently and it really set me back on my heels. It's odd the way that online feminism does make me think a lot more about not being white--not that fandom itself doesn't, and not that, you know, the world we're living in doesn't, but feminism makes me think about it in very different ways than I usually do, like the way that being a biracial woman makes a lot of my assumptions about being a woman very very different. So here are some wishes from me about online feminism as I personally have experienced it.

four wishes )

I'd say that these four issues are going to keep me pretty distant from online feminism for the forseeable future. Maybe I've just aged out of it; maybe I should have been engaged with it back in the 90s, when I was "in the demo." Maybe I'm just too moderate, too interested in shades of gray rather than dichotomies, to be able to interact with online feminism as it appears to exist now. (And that flow away from moderation is true of the internet in general, I'd argue.) Maybe if you're not Sady Doyle you really are s.o.l. I'm not sure. I don't have any answers here, unfortunately; only questions and wishes.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
This came up on twitter, and it's hard to say complicated things in tweets, so I'm going to lay it all out here.

Here's the corrected Bieber quote, on the Rolling Stone website today:

He isn't sure what political party he'd support if he was old enough to vote. "I'm not sure about the parties," Bieber says. "But whatever they have in Korea, that's bad." He does have a solid opinion on abortion. "I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber says. "It's like killing a baby." How about in cases of rape? "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."


I'd thought that all the uproar was over what he said about rape, which was misquoted at first. But apparently people are angry that he said that he doesn't believe in abortion.

The thing is, I don't believe in abortion, either. Read more... )If a friend came to me asking for help, I'd give it; if they were asking for advice, I wouldn't, because I've no right to tell someone else what they should do.

I also don't think that the state has any business telling any of us what to do with our bodies. That's why I'm pro-choice.

It used to be that you could be personally against abortion, or at least personally uncomfortable with it--like HRC's "legal but rare"--and still call yourself pro-choice, but in the past few years that seems to not be true anymore, which puts me in a strange position. I'd never vote for any politician who doesn't believe in a woman's right to choose. I've given money to that effect. I can't even say that I'd never have an abortion--maybe there would be a circumstance in which I would.

It's just, you know, it's really personal.
jlh: Nellie McKay (music: Nellie Mckay)
At [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon: The Unpopular Woman Love Post at which I'm planning on commenting in support of Mercedes Jones, Britta Perry and Suki, at the very least. I'm sure you all will find tons of ladies you love as well.

Also [livejournal.com profile] norfolkdumpling, who made a lot of the Trek icons I use, turned me on to [livejournal.com profile] iconomicon and it's flat out amazing. Though given how many folks are following it I'm sure many of you know it already!

And finally, after the one-two punch of a great Glee (finally) and a touching White Collar I'm listening to this mix which my iTunes genius dreamed up for Marching Bands of Manhattan )
jlh: Sam Phillips playing a guitar (music: Sam Phillips guitar)
So my friend [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay recently mentioned something about a musical Bechdel test, about finding songs about a third person woman whom the singer didn't either want to sleep with or do away with (I presume as a romantic rival?). So of course I had to try and see if it held up through an entirely unscientific survey of my iTunes.

I had thought, going into this, that the problem would be that the vocal music I listen to—pop, rock, soul, rap, dance—is mostly about sex, and that's true. But actually the bigger problem was that many songs that seemed to be in the third person in the verse go into the second person in the chorus. The American Songbook stuff was the worst; it was nearly all first or second person. And of course all that confessional singer/songwriter stuff is entirely in the first person. So the limiting factor here wasn't that there aren't a lot of songs not about romance, but rather that there aren't a lot of songs in the third person.

That said, the question in songs about women is whether saying that they are beautiful or that you love them is making it about how hot they are. In those cases I admit I went extra-textual. For example, I know that "Julia" is about John Lennon's mother, even though he talks about singing a song of love to her seashell eyes.

In the end, I don't think that there really are tons of songs about nonsexualized men in the third person but far fewer about women, so I'm not sure the Bechdel test is really telling us anything here except that popular music doesn't tend to be in the third person in the first place, regardless of the gender of the people writing or who they're writing about. But I only heard about this in passing, so I could be mistaking the point of the test!

songs about ladies I found 25 )

songs about guys I found 14 )

songs about a lot of people I found 18 )

songs discarded for being ultimately in the second person I found 19, though there were more I didn't bother to put down )

songs discarded for ultimately being about the singer
Fleetwood Mac | Gold Dust Woman
Britney Spears | Lucky (you know: she cry cry cries in her bed at night)
most Smiths songs

songs ostensibly about men but actually about awesome music
Stevie Wonder | Sir Duke
The Replacements | Alex Chilton

songs about girls/guys you may want to get rid of but not because they are possible romantic rivals, but more because they make poor choices in eye makeup or are your soon-to-be-ex's asshole buddy
Blondie | Rip Her to Shreds
Erykah Badu | Tyrone

songs not really about people
Flaming Lips | One More Robot

songs that may be about someone, but no one is really sure
Donna Summer | MacArthur Park
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
In the land of my-friends-are-awesome, I present [community profile] laughing_medusa. [personal profile] flourish gives a great description, as does [personal profile] imaginarycircus but basically, feminism, or not-feminism if you like, with the snark turned down and the listening turned up, where we can talk about stuff we're intrigued by or concerned about or worried about, with intersectionality, please. You can chime in or lurk or do what feels right. Membership moderated, mostly to keep the discussion as discussion.

Thank you, [personal profile] imaginarycircus, for turning my wibbling into action!

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