Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What other people are saying

Shakesville offers an interesting analysis of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:

The problem with L&O:SVU is ultimately this: If it reflected the reality of sexual assault, it would be a "boring" show. Woman gets raped; it's her boyfriend. Woman gets raped; it's her male lab partner. Girl gets raped; it's her stepdad. Woman gets raped; it's her male date. Girl gets raped; it's her male teacher. Girl gets raped; it's her dad. Woman gets raped; it's her male boss. Woman gets raped; it's a guy she met at a bar. Woman gets raped; it's her male coworker. Boy gets raped; it's his male scout leader. Girl gets raped; it's her male soccer coach. Woman gets raped; it's her ex-boyfriend…Read more...
 
In the WaPo, Robin Givhan discusses a new photo exhibit in Milan that chronicles the culturally-accepted meaning of beauty (Hat tip to Jezebel):
 
As a society, we wax fondly about "classic" beauty, pretending that what was lovely 50 years ago is just as glorious today and will be equally admired in the future. When we talk about classic good looks, we still use a Western standard. It's the beauty so often described in Shakespearean literature: ivory skin, rosebud lips, flaxen hair. But as our demographics continue to shift, the standard of beauty in the future is likely to be more Eva Longoria than Donna Reed.

The folks in charge of our popular culture make the rules about beauty. The people who direct the movies, publish the magazines and create the television characters that become our constant companions, absorb the shifts and upheavals in our lives and sell them back to us. Read more...


Muslimah Media Watch tackles The Washington Times' dodgy analysis of the recent Gallup poll on American Muslims:
 
The Washington Times piece started off in a disturbing manner with the headline: "Survey: U.S. Muslim women liberated". Okay, that certainly is not the what the study claims, nor was that the intent of doing the study, especially considering that the findings of the study focused on a number of issues affecting Muslims. Considering that The Washington Times is a conservative publication, I'm sure the intent of the headline was to provoke this thought: U.S. Muslim women are liberated while their oppressed sisters in Muslim nations aren't. The headline is very jingoistic and self-congratulatory. It reads like, "see America is giving Muslim women liberation!" Read more...
 
It's gardening time! I've got two projects: Landscaping a small area in the front of my house and planting two fruit, herb and veggie gardens in the back. I'll be reading advice from the organic farming Sagacious Hillbilly to get me started this year:
 
So, let's review:
1. Survey your space. Decide exactly how much room you've got for a garden.
2. Collect, spread and work organic material into your soil.

Good start. Above all else, enjoy yourself. Know that six months from now you are going to be reaping a harvest that will give you great satisfaction and three years from now you will be amazed at the deep brown color of the soil and how rich and musty it smells compared to when you started. Read more...

3 comments:

Renee said...

I think Liss's post on SVU is absolutely bang on and many of accompanying comments in that thread are very interesting. I especially clued in on the sexual violence as entertainment. SVU is essentially one of those shows we consume thinking that we are being progressive because of the subject matter without real analysis on how this is really being treated.

Regarding gardening, I plan once again to give it another go. The unhusband is already planning the funeral for the flowers and vegetables that will die under my care but hey at least I keep trying. 8 years in, at some point I have to get something correct.

Melissa McEwan said...

Thanks very much for the link, Tami! :-)

Claudia said...

Thanks for the gardening inspiration! I'm going to get outside this weekend and not let another summer go by without growing something...

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