Monday + Daylight Savings = linked up

NYT reviewed The Miracle Worker (image courtesy of

Hello everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that it wasn’t too hard getting up this morning. Today’s post is a round up of links I’ve been hoarding for the past week and a half – so let’s get started.

Back in December I wrote about Abigail Breslin starring in The Miracle Worker on Broadway and how Kyra Siegel would be her understudy. The NYT reviewed the production and had some favorable things to say. Sadly there is no mention of Kyra Siegel in the article. However, Ben Brantley’s remarks regarding Breslin’s age and size caught my attention:

“Ms. Breslin, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in the 2006 film “Little Miss Sunshine,” is now probably a tad mature for the role of Helen, who was only 6 when Annie came into her life. You feel that this tantrum-prone girl is big enough to do serious damage when she goes on a tear. But the largeness of this vital, angry Helen is not symbolically inappropriate to a child whose presence overwhelms a household.”

For anyone who hasn’t stumbled on this story (it’s been reposted and retweeted all over the place, it was even on yahoo’s homepage), a Mississippi school board decided to cancel one high school’s prom after Constance McMillen petitioned to bring a same-sex date and wear a tuxedo. The ACLU filed a suit against the school and rather than change their policy on prom, the school decided to cancel the whole thing. Sadly, everyone is expecting that a private ceremony will be held in which the patrons of the private prom can create and enforce their own rules . . . meaning that the school won’t host an open prom (and can’t host a heterosexist one either), so a private heterosexist prom will be held instead.

Amanda Hess from The Sexist reports on a Dear Abby letter, in which a concerned mom asks whether or not her daughter’s inclination to build forts in her closet signals possible lesbianism. Hess pokes fun at this mom’s panic regarding equating “the closet” with an actual . . . well . . . closet.

Daniel Engber’s article “Fat Kids” (from Slate) discusses the war on obesity and the special attention paid to obese children. The best part of the article is at the end when Engber dissects the statistics used over and over to galvanize the country into action. By contextualizing the arguments regarding the supposed sharp increase in obesity, Engber relates how national health standards have changed over the last few decades. I read this article around the same time I saw a preview for the upcoming ABC show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in which renowned chef Jamie Oliver (from the UK) travels across the U.S. to challenge kids, families, and schools to eat healthy and exercise. Below is a preview for the show, which premieres on March 26th.

These last few links are blogs and sites I’ve added to the list for this blog. By way of Twitter I came across Alicia Sanchez’s blog Freedom Fighter. I appreciated her post titled “consent: only yes means yes.” I recommend reading that and checking out the rest of her blog.

Where is Your Line? is a group blog that focuses on the gender politics of consent, sexual pleasure, and sexual agency. The blog also serves as a forum to discuss The Line, a documentary that deals with filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman’s rape and the aftermath of confronting her rapist. The documentary talks to survivors, sex workers, and activists in order to address the question: “where is the line defining consent?” I’ve yet to watch the documentary – but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts on here. Note: the material on the blog is not graphic – but it may not be safe for work (NSFW). The blog encourages honest and frank contributions and comments, therefore, you’ll have things like one young woman talking about how she doesn’t like it when men ejaculate in her mouth. I think it’s important to have these types of discussions, but I want you the reader to know what you’re getting into when you click on this link and to be aware of your surroundings when/if you visit this blog.

Last up – I stumbled on Sadie Magazine last week and am enjoying it. Sadie’s founders created the online mag as a way to counter glossy magazines’ messages of mindless consumption and female disempowerment. By promoting “stories of risk-taking ladies” Sadie hopes to foster and support “self-sufficient, independent, and knowledgeable” young women (“and all interested young men”). Right now Sadie Magazine has interviews with Ari Up (of The Slits) and Thao Nguyen (of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) – definitely worth your time.

~ by actyourage09 on March 15, 2010.

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