On Our Radar

Katie Waldeck
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Welcome to the inaugural installment of On Our Radar, your trusty guide to the best the blogosphere has to offer. We'll be rounding up the posts that intrigued us at the end of every week.

  • Thea Lim at Racialicious deconstructs Alicia Key's ill-conceived attempt at portraying interracial relationships in her latest video.
  • Jessica Coen at Jezebel investigates Sorority Life, the popular Facebook role-playing game where the object is to be as powerful as possible. How do you go about doing that, you ask? Why, by throwing cool parties, buying the hottest outfits and the hottest boyfriends (seriously, you buy them!) and starting fights with other players, of course!
  • Wajahat Ali comments on the "Orientalist's wet dream" that is Sex and the City 2.
  • Gwen Sharp offers up some stunning examples of "male" as the neutral default in marketing at Sociological Images. Case in point: Cosmopolitan is a "Women's magazine" and Maxim is a "Lifestyle magazine".
  • This time, she's serious: Jessica Valenti reminds us all, once again, why Sarah Palin really really isn't a feminist, and why the mainstream media should get the hint.
  • In related Palin family news, teen mother and Candies Foundation ambassador Bristol Palin tells Harper's Bazaar about her support of abstinence until marriage and distaste for social welfare programs. Jessica Grosse fleshes out the flaws and contradictions of Palin's message at Double X.

Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the comments section!

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7 Comments Have Been Posted

Ooo. A weekly wrap-up. <3

Ooo. A weekly wrap-up. <3

Been Waiting For This!

Love this new feature! Will the weekly tops be curated by a rotation of different bloggers?

Solo Act

For the time being, I'll be going solo at this new feature- with the input of the staff and interns here at Bitch! And, of course, readers can send me suggestions at newmedia(at)b-word.org!

Great New Feature

This one, by <a href="http://meloukhia.net/2010/05/sarah_palin_and_the_arbiters_of_feminism.ht.... smith</a>, is older in Internet Years, but it is relevant. I don't get why Valenti gets to police who does and doesn't get to call hirself feminist. It seems like an awful lot of effort to police the actions and words of a woman, which seems kind of backwards for the movement. Don't worry, I am sure I have been guilty of policing in the past, but I am trying to own it and move forward.

White, cis, able-bodied, straight feminists have a bad track record of deciding who gets to be on the feminist agenda. I'd like to see them worry less about who is using the big ol' F-word and worry more about trying to do more to help marginalized bodies. But that's just me.

This is one awesome new feature. I hope to see it again!

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