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Links: Trans Women + Feminism, Ethical Online Shopping, Canada’s Water Crisis, Pickup Artists, and Jack Layton

-On how beauty work, gender policing, and ideals apply to cis women in the same way, if slightly less harshly, as they do to trans women.

And yet. The act of striving towards “looking like a woman”, so fraught for cis women, is often turned against trans women, held up as an example of our unreality. It’s one of your classic double-binds: look more like the world expects you to look, if you ever want to have a chance of not having an assessment of your gender be public speculation on the morning subway ride–not to mention getting a job, having police/medical/social workers take you seriously, etc.–but if you do, you’ve somehow invalidated your gender anyway because you’re simply confirming the patriarchal expectations that we all know and love. (Confession: we don’t love them. At all.)

But I rarely see that get linked to the same double-bind all women find themselves in, except in Bindelesque refightings of the lipstick wars of past generations.

-A new online toolbar seeks to illuminate the ethics behind different online products so that shoppers know more when deciding to buy.

The best part is that the categories in the toolbar aren’t based on GoodGuide’s preferences, but your own. Once you download the toolbar, you set your own values filter, which can tell you how products are ranked on criteria including nutrition, energy efficiency, animal testing, and labor and human rights. It will let you know which products pass or fail your own standards.

-On Canada’s dismal record on protecting the safety of our water, not only for those living here, but for the larger environment as well.

Before contact with the Europeans, First Nations communities were able to rely on natural, local water sources. Now because of corporate interests from mining and logging, infrastructure needs to be built and/or maintained in order to filter the water before its use by First Nations. This is what water rights = human rights refers to.

According to two studies commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and released on July 15, 2011, it has been predicted that Ottawa will need to invest nearly $5 billion in First Nations water and sewage systems over the next 10 years. And that investment is just to keep the water safe for humans.

-A new study suggests that the women who are actually interested in “pick up artists” also hate women.

According to their research, pickup artist techniques are strongly linked to “men who have negative attitudes toward women and believe women are a threat to male dominance,” guys who get off on “putting women in their place.” As it turns out, women who respond positively to these attitudes tend to hate women, too. “Women who have negative attitudes about members of their own gender find men who treat them in a dominant way during courtship more desirable because it is consistent with their sexist ideology,” Hall and Canterberry found. Apparently both “men and women who believe women can be isolated and teased into sex have a low regard for women in general.”

-Rabble has a tonne of great stuff on Jack Layton, especially in their blog section, for those who want to read more about him.

From Around the Web: Corporate Childcare, Valuing ‘Femininity’, and BIAV

  • The National Union of Public and General Employees has a piece up denouncing corporate child care:

“With corporate childcare, the profit motive comes at the expense of families and workers,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “Corporate business models are focused on maximizing shareholder return by cutting costs and raising user fees. Families and communities should not have to pay more for a lesser service. Our children are not a commodity,” said Walker.

The BCGEU/NUPGE advocates for a comprehensive, publicly funded, community-based childcare system that is of high quality, affordable and accessible to all. The union is a proud member of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. which recently presented a plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning that the BCGEU/NUPGE has endorsed.

  • While feminists often advocate for more flexibility in gender and less in the way of traditional gender roles, an attack on women being ‘girly’ can really just translate to ‘man things are always better than woman things’, i.e. sexism.

According to Aloi, these are the tough things that women should be doing instead of baking:  “learning how to shoot a gun, hot-wire a car, and manipulate our way into a bomb shelter.”

While I’ll agree all those things might be useful, and I don’t think that knowing how to sew a seam in any way keeps you from also learning any of those things. But why exactly is “hot-wiring a car” any tougher than knowing how to create bread out of ground up wheat and yeast? What is tough about that other than that it is something that men traditionally are taught, rather than women?

I’ve spent the past 15 years of my life trying to get people to see that assuming that anything we consider to be masculine is necessarily better or more valuable than what we consider to be feminine is in and of itself incredibly misogynist. And I’m certainly not the only one on this mission. But folks like Aloi just keep wanting to give special priveledge to anything masculine,  and denigrate anything feminine. It’s getting to be a bit exhausting at this point.

He has what I’ll call the “but I’m a vegan” problem—BIAV, for short—but it can also be the “but I’m a feminist problem” or the “but I voted for Obama” problem. You probably know someone who has this illness; perhaps you even suffer from it yourself. It’s very easy to diagnose: Thanks to a history of supporting liberal causes like Greenpeace or the NAACP, the person afflicted with BIAV—Moby, in this case—thinks it impossible for him to be racist or sexist or, indeed, to hold any bigoted view whatsoever. “What do you mean I’m not a feminist?” asks the misogynist with BIAV, “My first wife was in the women’s movement.”

Anyone can have BIAV—white people, black people, women, men, Jews, Muslims, Christians, anyone. And though it sounds a lot like privilege, it’s different. Privilege is a toxic yet unintentional default setting, whereas BIAV is willful ignorance. Privilege is what causes Moby, as a wealthy white guy, to think it’s funny for black rappers to name-check museums; BIAV is what prompts him to snark at anyone who would dare suggest he is in the wrong.