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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

Magpie roosts in Portland, Oregon, where she annoys her housemates (as well as her cats Medea, Whiskers, and Jane Doe) by attempting to play Irish music on the fiddle and concertina.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

It's Carnival of Feminists time again!

Actually, it was Carnival time a few days ago, but the shock of finally landing a paying job after 10 months of unemployment rendered me temporarily speechless — blog-wise, anyway.

The Carnival is now up to its 17th edition, which you'll find right over here at Bitch | Lab. Even by Carnival standard, the collection of feminist blog posts is amazingly huge this time.

Lady Bracknell takes her mordant wit and, I like to imagine, a handy umbrella to a L'Oreal advertisement. Enjoy!

The advertisment begins with a patronising, pseudo-scientific voice-over which attempts to browbeat men into the conviction that what they consider to be attractive 'expression lines', women view with horror and disgust as 'ugly wrinkles'.

Michelle at LonerGrrrl takes us through a tour of the misogyny n rock music, reminding us that it's easy to see buoyz in a Girls Gone Wild scene as outrageously misogynist. Sometimes, though, the men who are supposedly on our side can come up with some whoppers.

Personally? I stopped dead in my tracks when I read Eddy Vedder call her a coquette and I read the misogyny toward women's bodies, a misogyny deployed in the name of his Big, Bad Me-Man-Feminism.

Uma at Indian Writing points us to a report on how the scarcity of women in Gujaret means that men have to pay a bride-price. Bad enough, right? The report makes it worse by describing the situation as 'an irresistible business opportunity':

poverty-stricken tribal families are virtually selling off their daughters. A man has reportedly 'allowed' (out of greed? desperation? no choice?) his farm labourer wife to stay with her employer for a monthly rental.

Kalinara at Pretty Fizzy Paradise was in the mood for a bad fantasy movie, so she watched Red Sonja and was pleasantly surprised:

Now maybe it's just because I'd just finished watching a much worse movie (starring a 3 time Mr. Universe, which should tell you enough right there, and sadly he was the second best actor in the movie. Just after the vacant looking kid.), but I actually liked it.

Irrational Point has some points about That Woman the one endlessly air-brushed, posed, pushed up, flattened, and duct-taped. More and more, That Woman is computer-generated. For IrrationalPoint, That Woman isn't just an image. That Woman has consequences for us, real live women:

In the world that wants That Woman, everyone else has breasts that are too big or too small or lopsided. In the world that wants That Woman, everyone else is fat. And fat people aren't supposed to have sex or want sex or even think about sex. Fat is undesirable — no one will love you because you're too fat to fuck. Fat is anyone and everyone who doesn't conform to That computer-generated Image.

At Purple Elephant's Corner you can learn more about the UK show, ‘Peppa Pig' and Why Mumma Pig should file for divorce in ?Mummy Pig at Work?.

There's a ton more, on a variety of subjects, if you go look at the rest of the 17th Carnival over here.

The 18th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, July 5, and it will be hosted by Clare at Ink and Incapacity. Feminist posts on any subject will be accepted, but Clare is especially interested in getting posts on women and religion, and on alternative feminisms. (More details here.) To nominate a post, — and it's definitely okay to nominate one of your own — send your suggestions to the-ninth-wave AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk, or use this submission form at the Blog Carnival home page. Posts should be submitted by Sunday, July 2.

And if you want to keep posted on what's up with the Carnival of Feminists in general, bookmark the home page.

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