What We Missed.

Turns out domestic violence was not a great career move for Chris Brown. He was denied a visa to the UK.
Former Playboy Bunnies talk about how times have changed and how things were, “Once you make yourself into this Bunny — which isn’t really a woman, it’s kind of just this hybrid creature — people felt entitled to take liberties with you. People would feel entitled to pull your tail or touch you.” via NPR
Iran opens first all woman bank.
Women’s leaders from Afghanistan warn us about impending Taliban threats.
A black student was kicked out of class because her “afro” was making the teacher sick. Deplorable.

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  • gwye

    What a coincidence, racist bigotry makes me sick! Maybe we should kick the teacher out.

  • lovelyliz

    It wasn’t the afro, it was the hair product. The teacher was allergic.

  • zes

    A proud little smile for me as a Brit. Though shame on the presumably mostly British people who bought tickets.

  • Darkmoon

    I’m very curious about the afro situation. I’d like to see if the teacher is able to provide medical evidence that she has an allergy or sensory condition that can significantly impact her performance.
    I have to wonder if she would have kicked a white girl out of the class if she showed up wearing perfume that irritated her senses.
    With that said, hyper sensitivity can be a very big problem. I feel like someone’s waving sewer stench in my face when they eat a McDonald’s fish burger near me. I almost puked on my husband the other night as he ate one while we were driving home and he got upset because I told him it smelled like a dirty toilet.
    It would be interesting to find out if this teacher really has an allergy/hyper-sensitive smell reaction or if she just picked this little girl out because she wasn’t white. Given the information so far, to me it looks like she disapproved of the ethnic hairstyle and used the smell of chemicals as a weak defense.
    Time will tell.

  • makomk

    Re: Dr. Massouda Jalal’s warning. I think any such statements and news articles are worth questioning, given the leaked CIA plans for using the issue of women’s rights to make sure international popular support for the war in Afghanistan doesn’t waver.

  • MandyV

    Reclaiming the F Word Book Launch – The University Women’s Club: London, England (6/3/2010)
    Last night I got my hands on a copy and Catherine kindly signed it for me. Everyone in that room was there to celebrate the work Catherine and Kristin had done, but also to celebrate feminism. The mood was one of excitement, hope and optimism. Now the book is out there, we can all help to promote it and get the message across that feminism is not dead or outdated.

  • EndersGames

    There is a whole discussion about the student who was removed from class in the community posts.
    Basically the discussion is framed as either an abelism or racism issue.
    Abelism Framing:
    The allergy-stricken teacher probably had a severe reaction, quickly determined the source, and asked the girl to move for the day. Since people don’t realize how devastating allergic reactions can be – for some people, it’s not sniffles, it’s feels like having a horrible debilitating flu virus. People don’t realize how important it was for the teacher to remove the student as quickly as possible. People have a responsibility to avoid wearing toxic chemicals if someone around them has a severe reaction: your preference for a certain shampoo pails in comparison.
    People don’t realize that allergies can be crippling and can come one suddenly to both novel and familiar chemicals, even if you haven’t had an allergic response in the past.The teacher probably asked the student not to return to class until she changes perfume/shampoos, and when the student failed to comply, she was moved to a different classroom.
    Versus Racism Framing:
    Biracial individuals are constantly stigmatized and part of that stigmatization is associating people of color with smells. The teacher was probably just using this “allergy” as an excuse to kick the only black kid out of class. The teacher should be fired and severely reprimanded. Even if the teacher did have allergies, she should have left the classroom, not the student, and she should have contacted the parents and shown documented medical proof of her allergies. Even if the girl was the source of the allergies, the teacher should have handled it without removing the black child, because that reinforces the association between black and odor.

  • Brianna G

    She may be legitimately hypersensitive to smells. In which case she should have sent notices home to the parents requesting that they avoid strong smelling substances on their children, and when the problem arose, should have nicely pulled the student aside, mentioned that she was sensitive to smells and the hair product was very strong, and sat her by an open window or else just blown a fan from her desk so she wouldn’t smell anything.
    From the sound of it, she definitely has a legitimate concern; students described her as almost fainting before this happened. So I doubt it was a racial attack. Still, she went about it the wrong way.