Our Weekly Summary: 22/11/12

Here at the blog we like to roundup the best posts made on our discussion board every week because sometimes it they get buried under piles of even more great debate.

Starting on a light note, Hywel Wilkie linked to Alpha Nail, a nail varnish brand that’s definitely overcompensating. “Designed by Men. Worn by Warriors”,  it’s either an ingenious parody of the hyper-gendered advertising industry or the work of a depressingly insecure marketing executive. Either way, it’s worth a look, make sure to check out the video.

Elsewhere Jack Brindelli posted his entertaining and belated Skyfall review which heavily critiques the film’s conservative views on women, homosexuals and political activists. Annie Mary-Kate Kelly added that the film’s oedipal portrayal of its queer-coded villain Silva “was some Victorian era psychology shit” and she’s pretty spot on.

Hattie Grünewald linked to an article about a Swedish school that is attempting to de-emphasise gender at a social and linguistic level. They do this by removing masculine/feminine references and pronouns from their language, often using the genderless pronoun ‘hen’ instead. It’s fascinating read and the school’s attempts to combat the gender binary at its lingual root is extremely commendable. Nordic countries seem extremely active and intelligent when dealing with sexism and gender inequality and I only hope that the rest of Europe takes heed.

Thanks for everyone’s contributions this week.

Ollie Balaam

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