SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No. 21

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For someone who senses they’ve barely had time to eat this week, I sure have compiled quite a number of share-worthy tabs… Hm…

(Torstar News Service) Lionel Klotz, a vice principal at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, dressed up as Mr. T for Halloween, sparking outrage from people feeling it invokes “blackface,” an 1800s-era tradition of white actors donning dark face paint to portray stereotypical, racist caricatures of black people.

Black-face donning Peel District School Board vice-principal Lionel Koltz is being transferred, despite what praise for his leadership his co-workers have to offer:

Barbara Malta, a member of the Mayfield Drama Parents Association, told the Star she was “disappointed” to hear that Klotz and Matthews were moving to new schools, calling the men “excellent leaders.”

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In New South Wales, Australia, an outcry has developed slowly and too quietly over the past 15 years regarding whether a convicted person will be given the grand charge of murder, or the lesser charge or manslaughter, based on if they were provoked by a homosexual person.

Yes, that is fucked up.

What sort of signals about male interaction and violence does the legal status of the homosexual advance defence send to men and boys? If the answer to this question suggests physical and even fatal violence as the acceptable response, rather than a simple declaration of non-interest, then we should consider why our society would not tolerate a similar violent reaction from women who are subjected to routine unwanted overtures from men.

— Homicides, homosexual advances and male honour: will NSW act on provocation law? by Thomas Crofts (associate law prof at University of Sydney) and
Stephen Tomsen (prof of criminology at University of Western Sydney)

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This piece of satire gets in on the “scientific” reasoning behind sexism:

Male and female brains actually differ right down at the genetic level in quite a drastic way. Studies reveal that typically EVERY CELL in the male brain contains a Y chromosome. Quite alarmingly, female brains usually contain no Y chromosomes at all! This lack of a Y chromosome has many obvious physical effects, but most women still manage to lead normal, cognitively-unimpaired lives despite this clear deficit in the very DNA of their brains. Research into how they manage this is ongoing.

— Male and female brains: the REAL differences, by Dean Burnett

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A photography project by artist Gracie Hagen aims to critically question what beauty actually looks like by contrasting pictures of the same model, one shot taken to reflect the media’s standard of beauty, and the other taken to show a human in an otherwise regular, daily, unflattering pose.

Gracie Hagen TBTNBlog

— Stunning Nude Photo Series Challenges What It Means To Be ‘Attractive’ (NSFW)

Note that the page is likely NSFW (Not Safe for Work) because it displays nudes.

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Any for the grand finale, I give you Feministing.com‘s delicious, mouth-water, unstoppably moving compilation of Best Feminist Music Videos of 2013, featuring this irresistible slice:

Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft. Erykah Badu

Check out Feministing.com’s Best Feminist Music Videos of 2013 for a scrumptious handful of other tasty musical treats!

— Preached by Amelia

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