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In other news, I have enticed my two youngest to watch Buffy. We have watched 4 episodes so far and they like it very much. :)
ETA: Buffy's immortal line 'If the apocalypse comes, beep me!' is from Never Kill a Boy on the First Date. I pointed out how famous this line was.
Impish Girl: Beep me? What does that mean?
Me: She has a pager.
Impish Girl: What's a pager?
Lesson 1 in HOW TO FEEL OLD.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen quotes and references are constantly showing up in court
(Radio) Britain's first transgender headteacher
Claire Birkenshaw recounts what happened the first day she came to the boys' secondary school she worked at in Hull, northern England, as Miss instead of Sir.
(Video) Millicent Fawcett: First woman statue on Parliament Square
Less than 3% of statues in the UK are of women. Rachael Thorn explains why Millicent Fawcett is getting one.
And finally (for now) this is my favourite new artist - Annie Swynnerton. Just LOOK AT HOW AMAZING SHE WAS:
(Video) 'Forgotten' feminist artist's work on show
Annie Swynnerton was a leading 19th Century painter and a well-known women's equality campaigner.
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With one week left in our campaign, every pledge helps. We need to raise the whole $20,000 or everything we did raise is lost. Will you get out your credit card? Let's end #domesticviolence homicide → https://t.co/G40WPsMyNl pic.twitter.com/LlFI21JbZb— Jeanne Geiger Ctr (@JeanneGeigerCtr) March 2, 2018
There’s cold - and then there’s 1947 cold. (from Never Again by Peter Hennessy) pic.twitter.com/88MPqpsTVX— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) March 1, 2018
Also, since I'm here:
‘Why won’t you work with us?’
Female TV writers voice anger over lack of opportunity
Oscars 2018: Female-led Oscar films ‘rake in most cash’
Mary Beard: Why a new understanding of 'civilisation' matters
The first episode of Civilisations is on BBC Two on Thursday 1 March at 9pm.
(Sidebar: Is Taylor Swift a “Silence Breaker”? The case for and against her place on Time’s cover.)
Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: ‘I would love to have told Trump: “Back off, you creep”’ (DELIGHTFUL!)
MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence
Why Men Aren’t Funny
John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman on sexual harassment allegations against him. Good.
House of Cards promotes Robin Wright to sole lead for its 6th and final season
The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment
Are you a man confused on how to treat the women you work with? Do you feel like if you can’t say or do *anything* you don’t know what to say or do at all? Well stress no more! This life hack will have you treating women like people in no time.
You can’t fight prejudice with name calling. Here’s one strategy that actually works.
BBC: Gaslighting: The 'perfect' romance that became a nightmare
The Pool: I Want A Wife – why a 46-year-old essay is still shockingly relevant
Feminist Judy Brady wrote about the role wives play in the smooth running of life back in 1971. It remains depressingly apt today, says Daisy Buchanan
The Guardian: How Meghan Markle might bring the royals closer to Christ the King
If Prince Harry’s fiancee can bring some of her campaigning spirit for the dispossessed into the Windsor mix, the monarchy will be all the richer for it
(This one was just so surprising, I didn't quite know what to do with it. I don't expect the media to write about Catholic feast days in an intelligent way.)
I don't particularly have any sort of opinion on the Royal family (like, I'm generally for them, it's good to have figure heads who are not political), but I am thinking I really like Meghan. I'm sure you have all seen this:
Indy 100: 11-year-old Meghan Markle wrote a letter to change a sexist advert. The company listened
Made some fake Time “Person of the Year” covers yadda yadda yadda I’m banned from the bookstore. pic.twitter.com/6Sbs9urkHk— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) November 30, 2017
ETA: In case I haven't mentioned it before, Terry Crews is my hero:
What About Your Friends? Why Hollywood's Abandonment Of Terry Crews Is Unacceptable
The actor/activist is sounding the alarm on his industry’s toxic subculture, but many of his colleagues are covering their ears.
ETA2: Teen Vogue (who are always awesome) have an article too:
Terry Crews Opens Up About Alleged Sexual Assault
The actor made an important point: it can happen to anyone.
Linked to in part because at the bottom of the page a series of vidoes start to autoplay:
Guys Read: Sexual Assault Stories
Worth watching. (Although obviously massive trigger warnings.)
“I am sorry for all the times I stabbed men, just a little, in my previous workplace. After years of counseling, I stopped stabbing men.”— Kate Harding (@KateHarding) October 28, 2017
And from Vox:
The double life of the “respectable” men who harass women
Harassers don’t just have power over women. They have the social power to get away with it.
That, right there — I’d argue — is the impulse behind sexual harassment. It’s about getting away with something. It’s about seeming to be one sort of person, a “pillar of the community” — responsible, dignified, respectable, a family man, a liberal, a progressive, Presidential, whatever — while really being A Very Bad Boy. That’s exciting for some men. Not the being bad part. The getting-away-with-it part. It isn’t just about power over individuals, the women you victimize. It’s about power over society and the court of public opinion, the thrill of risking everything on one roll of the dice, knowing that it isn’t really all that much of a risk — because nobody will believe her.
It struck me as particularly relevant re. Joss...
Parker : [Laughs] oh, yeah. The word is stamina. I mean, definitely a bunny in the sack, but later on, well. You know the difference between a freshman girl and a toilet seat? A toilet seat doesn't follow you around after you use it.
Riely decks Parker who hits the floor.
Riley : (Walking between Forrest and Graham.) I can't believe that I did that.
Forrest : What the hell for?
Riley : He--he was just being so crude.
Forrest : Please. You've heard me say much grosser things than that.
Riley : I just didn't like hearing him (he pauses thoughtfully) talk about buffy that way. I think I... Well, I guess I like her.
I have said before that I think Riley Finn was a metaphor for male privilege (straight, white male privilege specifically) and this is the perfect example.
Riley is a nice guy. Decent. Works hard. Goes to church. Serves his country. And it's possible we're meant to cheer him on for decking Parker. But. The line that stands out is Forrest's:
You've heard me say much grosser things than that.
The only thing different is that Riley happens to like Buffy. The whole of the cold open is a lengthy frat-boy-ish objectification of women. And Riley never speaks up.
I wish they'd done more with him. I can't even tell if the metaphor was deliberate, or if they just took the most basic template possible to create him, and the metaphor was built in.
However, it's useful. (Also see Xander of course.) Because in creating him, they essentially made Buffy date the Patriarchy. And the Patriarchy couldn't hack it and ran away.
But... they never really made the Patriarchy face its issues. Maybe they couldn't. Maybe that would have been a step too far for Joss... (*SO* not surprised at his ex-wife's allegations.)
And so it goes. From the Weinsteins and the Trumps at the top, through the Whedons and the Gibsons right down to the guy on the bus who puts his hand on your knee.
Because all the Riley Finns in the world just laugh when their friends are crude.
Not because she's your sister, your mother, your daughter, your girlfriend. Because he is your brother, your father, your son, your friend.
(ETA: Much like white people need to tackle racism, and straight/cis people need to tackle LGBT+ bigotry.)
Dear Buffy, Happy Anniversary! Sorry pet, didn't get you flowers. Been busy talking to all the people who are celebrating you and Mr pointy! pic.twitter.com/Y7ytBus9xC— James Marsters (@JamesMarstersOf) March 10, 2017
I wish I could think of what to say, and there are endless articles extolling Buffy's virtues (which are all good, but none quite reflect ME). I guess above all she gave me fandom, fic, meta, all you lot... ♥
ETA: Oh, and if anyone's curious, here is My Buffy History. :)