Jul. 9th, 2011 11:03 am
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So this journal is fairly dormant. I'm still checking my friends page regularly and I still post from time to time, but that's about it.
Anyway, I thought this was worth posting about.
There have been attempts in certain parts of the USA to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood. This seems to be mainly as part of an agenda that views all abortions as bad (regardless of circumstance) and PP as some kind of satanic abortion factory. This is patently false: Planned Parenthood is primarily a provider of contraception, STI testing, pap smears and other vital sexual and reprouctive health services. It is especially vital for low-income people where it may be the only health provider they have access to.
Melissa at Shakesville and Tami at What Tami Said have put together a blog carnival in response to recent attempts at defunding PP. A whole lot of people, men as well as women, have posted stories of their experiences with PP and what it means to them, in an attempt to raise awareness of the variety of work that PP does and how essential it has been (and continues to be) for many of them. I recommend that you go and have a look. It's well worth reading.
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ADD is annoying. Not being able to find a job sucks. I am sick and tired of politicians talking about climate change and then not doing anything.
Fandom-related essays are cool. Over-analysing fandom is fun. I even have some essay topics in mind about fandom. If I list them here I might actually write them sometime:
-Air Gear, why I love it, and why aspects of it make me deeply uncomfortable (some form of feminist analysis)
-The awesome portrayal of women in Fullmetal Alchemist
-Related to the above: the roles of Riza and Winry in FMA and their links to female archetypes
-The Immortals arc and coming-of-age motifs in Naruto (I actually started this one... don't know if I'll ever finish it though)
And, because I feel like it, here are some really interesting fandom essays from other people:
Labyrinth as feminist myth
Feminism in Bleach
...Dammit, I know there are more than that. Well, I am leaving out some of the more controversial/argumentative shipping essays, but there are others
Ooh, here's another one (sort of): Sherwood Smith on modern reinterpretations of Jane Austen books. She also has quite a few other essay-type things on her journal.


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