What We Missed

France has officially done away with the term “mademoiselle.”

At The American Prospect, I interview Tammy Duckworth, the double-amputee Iraq War vet who is running for Congress in Illinois. She, unsurprisingly, thinks that Rick Santorum’s recent comments about women in combat are total rubbish.

Also at The Prospect, Jamelle Bouie writes about the scapegoating of hooking up and binge drinking in the Yeardley Love murder case.

Cindy McCain says that the GOP is not anti-gay, it’s just that the media that portrays them that way. Yeah, the media, which report on the GOP’s anti-gay policies and rhetoric, allowing anyone with half a brain to draw the conclusion that the GOP is anti-gay. Stupid liberal media!

Only 7 of Babble.com’s Top 100 Mommy Blogs of 2011 are written by African American moms. Sociological Images examines the role of economic and racial privilege in mommy blogging.

Here are some photos of three-week-old dingo puppies. This is obviously a very serious and important feminist issue.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/einarragnarjonsson/ Ragnar

    Concerning McCain’s statement, I would like to bring up a point of discussion that concerns the intersections of media, public perceptions and politics. The point McCain brought up, which is the notion that the Republican party has been homogenized in terms of its political stances (e.g. ‘all Republicans are anti-gay’) is a stereotype rigorously enforced by certain media. While, understandably, this tendency arises do to certain members of the party being quite vocal in their opposition to sexual liberty, that does not necessarily equate to the homogeneity of the party; rather, it shows the tactics of essentialization within media. It is this tendency of media in presenting multiform opinions and heterogeneity within a singularity of representation that not only affects the GOP, but all political parties. I do not wish to endorse the GOP or McCain, identifying as a queer Democrat, but as a critical theorist I found this argument interesting.

    This argument may well extend beyond politics and we might say that this homogenization and essentialization of a variety of identity groups within media representations, be it within politics or sexuality, is certainly a major issue of concern. As Jos Truillo has argued in her brilliant piece, ‘I am not your tragic trans narrative,’ these generalizations and stereotypical images promulgate uniform and insufficient understandings of different groups and their constitutive identities. A single trans woman is shown as tragic and this embodies the entirety of trans subjectivity.

    Anyway, food for thought.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shemm/ Sheila

    I’m quite certain that the baby fennec foxes found on that website are a much more important feminist issue ;)

    • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

      Yeah, they’re feminist dingoes! :) Love the pics.