On the Map: Sample the World, Feminist Style

After lazily rolling out of bed and brushing my teeth while still half-asleep, I start a pot of coffee brewing and pull up Google Reader. Blog posts and online media stories from Tehran to Berlin to Colombo to Rio start to load, and after pouring a mug of the good stuff (black, no sugar), I dive in. Though I could spend all day reading the news and personal stories, I allow myself only the time it takes to make it to the bottom of two cups of joe to delve into the lives of women around the globe. It's a lot to take in, and I'll admit that there are days I indulge past my allotted consumption. Today was one of those days, so instead of writing a post on one topic, I thought I'd give a little shout out to some of the sites I read in hopes that you may add them to your own morning routine.

Like a Whisper: Madonna & Child: Religious Calender Featuring Trans Women Models
"A new calender has been released in Spain by LGBTQ activists featuring trans women models as the La Virgen."

New America Media: CBS Reality Show Tales on New Meaning After Disaster Hits the Islands
"Recently, besides a television show, Samoa's has also been hit by a "natural" disaster. It has been a week filled with funerals. Funerals on an island where CBS runs current commercials about this game show of Americans menacing over a million dollars. No acknowledgment of a disaster, not an empathetic message to the people."

Sa: The Women in Apu's world
"Apu's women are not the strongest or most intricate characters that Satyajit Ray ever portrayed. However, they are among the most palpable characters in the history of Indian cinema. They are – a poor child, a housewife and a girl in love but defy the stereotypes built for these roles and come out into their own, as complex, textured characters."

The Feminist School: Seven Women: Temporary Detainees after Months of Imprisonment and Their Undecided Situation
"Azar Mansouri , Hengameh Shahidi ,Fariba Pajouh , Atefeh Nabavi , Kobra Zaghedoust and zahra Jabari were arrested after the election.and Shabnam Madadzadeh who had been arrested some months before the election are still kept in Evin prison .these six young women's case are unclear and they are known as "temporary detainees".Women such Aliyeh Eghdamdoust , Zeynab Bayazidi and Ronak Safarzadeh have been in prison since last year. they are just serving their sentence."

The Grand Narrative: Korean Sociological Image #22: Fresh, Young Meat
"Much more surprising then, is the sudden entrance of the well-muscled male above at 0:17. And no, it's not "groundbreaking" in the sense that it's an explicit case of male objectification: while that's comparatively rare, it's not exactly a first for Korea. Rather, I label it as such because not only is the first time the makers of a Korean commercial have acknowledged their objectification of women and men therein, it's also the first in which that acknowledgment has become a central, almost satirical theme of the commercial."

myAsylum: The Right to Read
"One could argue that in this day and age, reading and open access to information, can be seen as a basic human right. And it is partly upon this premise that Walski would like to draw your attention to an important event taking place at KL's Central Market – The Right To Read Festival – happening today and tomorrow (October 10 & 11). Jointly organized by Sisters In Islam (SIS) and the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the festival aims at promoting creativity and independent thought, through the celebration of freedom of expression and the right to information."

Bekhsoos: Global South Queers Speak Up!
"We believe that there can never be a genuine and more meaningful justice and equality for ALL lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex and other 'sexual and gender minorities' in the world if there is economic, social, cultural and collective injustice, oppression and violence committed against the people of the Global South by International Financial Institutions (IFIs), States, governments, corporations and multinational-transnational companies from and based in the Global North."

Flip Flopping Joy: Eater of Death
"Powerful performance by Kenyan performance poet and activist Shailja Patel calling for an end to the US war against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq."


by Mandy Van Deven
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4 Comments Have Been Posted

You Warmed My Heart

Your morning routine sounds a lot like my own. Thanks to your having linked examples of the interesting sites you read I had the pleasure of reading them myself over multiple mugs of morning coffee. I generally use flavored creamer in my coffee and finish the whole pot while perusing internet sites and posts relating to feminist, sexuality, and civil liberties related issues along with a dose of light humor and amusement on occasion. What I enjoyed most while reading your post and what really warmed my heart was your strong embrace of freedom of expression. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Reading your post this morning gave me a much needed lift.

Eye Opening Wake Up

For anyone who is inclined to look, learn and reflect, the things you "dive in" to in the morning are truly eye opening. Watching the performance by Shailja Patel on YouTube that you embedded should jolt anyone who is halfway conscious into some realization that those "air strikes" are not some video game. It should cause people to wonder what the real motives for being over there are. I suspect it has to do with that oil pipeline and military control of the region. Sissy Panty Buns may have had his spirits lifted, but there are some pretty disturbing things in there. Your waking up post is a good wake up.

now MY heart is warmed

I think these two comments are the kindest anyone has ever left me. Thanks for making this morning a great one. :)

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