Our Week Summary: 08/12/12

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.

Firstly there’s the depressing tale of the Hallmark birthday card pictured below. The patronizing and sexist text reads: “You’re 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend he’d give you diamonds and rubies. Well, maybe next year you will-when you’ve got bigger boobies!” The response both on our discussion board and on twitter with the #notbuyingit was so quick, organised and livid that Hallmark had to issue an official apology. Kudos to them for their quick and appropriate response but let’s be honest, gift card shops aren’t a great place for feminists. They’re structured around colored gender binaries, old-fashioned ideas of romance and it’s all overpriced tat anyway. Seriously society, stop buying cards.

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Elsewhere Hattie Grünewald posted some hilarious Josie Long stand-up as a warm up for next week’s Tuesday and Thursday meetings on feminism and humor. It promises to be a great session so do come along.

Building upon the themes we discussed in the reproductive rights sessions a fortnight ago, Beth McKensie shared the bizarre pro-life argument pictured below. Text reads:

“Between 16 and 20 weeks a baby girl’s ovaries form millions of eggs. None form after birth.”

and was accompanied by the comment :

“Those who favor abortion rights often talk about a woman’s reproductive freedom, but a little girl’s reproductive system is forming long before her birth. By the mid-point in pregnancy, her ovaries will develop all eggs she will ever produce – the promise of future generations.”

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I think Mike Adams summed it up pretty neatly when he wrote “They’re just grasping at shit now” and Alice Johnson added “PERIODS ARE MURDER”. A really interesting discussion unfolded around the logical fallacies and disconnects that often accompany pro-life argument, check it out here.

Finally Hannah Dunlop posted this collection of misogynistic t-shirts. Trigger warning: awfulness.

Ollie Balaam

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