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Rabble Round-Up

Lots of good stuff up on Rabble today. Here’s some of what you should check out:

“Empower young people to define themselves and their communities” – on better representations of diversity in the media

“Equity in a time of economic crisis: Addressing First Nations people’s access to education”

“Time for progressives to explode monetary myths”

News: BDSM and abuse, Lesbian heroes ignored by mainstream media, and Sexual violence and mental illness

On BDSM and abuse – how they are not the same thing but do, of course, at times cross paths. The author, in response to a comment, said this:

I really really really want to feel sure that as BDSM becomes more destigmatized — a process that appears to be happening independent of me and other feminist BDSM writers — that its communication/consent techniques are popularized as well. I want people who engage in these relationships to be understood, but I also really really really don’t want BDSM to be used as a shield to cover abusers.

By and large, in the wake of the tragedy in Norway the mainstream media has ignored the fact that a married lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers.

The tie between mental illness and sexual violence is strong in survivors. This is one way of many which sexual violence is terrible for your health (I wouldn’t be surprised if physical illness what also connected).


News: Coverage of Sexual Assault Trials, PSAC’s Fight Against Fed Service Cuts, and Dangerous Outcomes of the Strauss-Kahn Case

  • The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), one of  Canada’s biggest unions, is planning a national fight against the federal government’s public services cutback.
  • There is concern that the Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case will make it even less likely that women will come forward after a sexual assault.

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series tonight!

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series Presents:

I Won’t Discuss Who I’m Dating: Reading Same Sex Celebrity Gossip in Hollywood and on Broadway
Presented by Wes D. Pearce, Head, Theatre Department, University of Regina

This illustrated talk, examines the ways in which same sex gossip has historically been used to ‘control’ leading men and women of both stage and screen. Arguing that the use of same sex celebrity gossip has been especially effective in ‘containing’ film stars, the use of same sexuality gossip has (surprisingly) been equally effective in ‘controlling’ stage actors. What is the relationship between the position of power and gossip? What, if any, is the role of gossip in maintaining a performative ‘gay ghetto’? What is the connection/nature between performing public sexual identity and destabilizing gossip?

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2010
Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Location: 7-152 Education North Building, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=377727867462&ref=mf
Website: www.ismss.ualberta.ca