Links: Thursday, January 22nd

January 22, 2015 Links 8

A white woman in a LouisXIV style white curly wig with a Stanley Cup replica on top. Hockey sticks are arranged like angel wings. A sequined red bustier has a black and white maple leaf in the center.  Red and white shoulder and elbow pads are on her bare arms. A White overskirt supported by wide panniers frames a mini skirt that looks like a hockey net and tall black boots laced up to mid-thigh like hockey skates, She holds a tall hockey stick like a staff and there is a scoreboard attached to her headdress somehow. Home team: 20, visitor: 14.

Miss Canada Wore An Outrageous Hockey Costume At Miss Universe And It Wasn’t Even The Most Ridiculous One

Today’s Links:

  • TBR Challenge Read: The Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz – Jessica reviewed a m/m romance with a trans hero in it over at Read React Review.

    I was asking on Twitter a couple of weeks ago for a romance with a transgender main character, and someone from Riptide sent me The Burnt Toast B&B, which just came out last week. I realize that I’m not exactly reaching deep into my TBR, but any time I actually read an ARC is a minor miracle so I’m counting it as January’s short read for the 2015 TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian.

    This is the fifth book in a series set in a small town in Washington state that has become a tourist destination thanks to being the filming location for a popular TV show, Wolf’s Landing. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Bluewater Bay series but I did not feel as if the story had any gaps.

  • The Invisible Woman: A Conversation With Björk – I love Björk as a performer and musician and this is a fabulous interview with her in Pitchfork.

    Pitchfork: The world has a difficult time with the female auteur.

    B: I have nothing against Kanye West. Help me with this—I’m not dissing him—this is about how people talk about him. With the last album he did, he got all the best beatmakers on the planet at the time to make beats for him. A lot of the time, he wasn’t even there. Yet no one would question his authorship for a second. If whatever I’m saying to you now helps women, I’m up for saying it. For example, I did 80% of the beats on Vespertine and it took me three years to work on that album, because it was all microbeats—it was like doing a huge embroidery piece. Matmos came in the last two weeks and added percussion on top of the songs, but they didn’t do any of the main parts, and they are credited everywhere as having done the whole album. [Matmos’] Drew [Daniel] is a close friend of mine, and in every single interview he did, he corrected it. And they don’t even listen to him. It really is strange.

  • The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero? – Literally nothing about this movie makes me want to see it. That viewers see him as a hero to celebrate chills me to the bone.

    uch of the US right wing appears to have seized upon American Sniper with similarly shallow comprehension – treating it with the same unconsidered, rah-rah reverence that they would the national anthem or the flag itself. Only a few weeks into its release, the film has been flattened into a symbol to serve the interests of an ideology that, arguably, runs counter to the ethos of the film itself. How much, if at all, should Eastwood concern himself with fans who misunderstand and misuse his work? If he, intentionally or not, makes a hero out of Kyle – who, bare minimum, was a racist who took pleasure in dehumanising and killing brown people – is he responsible for validating racism, murder, and dehumanisation? Is he a propagandist if people use his work as propaganda?

  • The Trouble With Heroes – This post talks about the tech industry critic Shanley and how she’s being targeted by GamerGate and other violent men, but it’s also a good general reminder that heroes are only in books and victims are rarely perfect.

    The point I was trying to make in those tweets still stands. Trying to separate the ‘good,’ ‘nice,’ ‘worthy’ activists you’re willing to listen to from the ‘mean,’ ‘bitchy,’ ‘rude’ ones you can dehumanize and ignore is a means of control. It’s saying “I’ll recognize your humanity if you behave in the way I dictate.” It’s saying “Your anger is valid only so long as it is palatable to me.” It also ignores the very concrete ways in which refusing to court the approval of those in power creates space for other women to speak.

    But in the course of making that point, I uncritically supported someone who has erased another activist from her work. Even if you don’t believe Greenhall about the verbal and emotional abuse (and again, I do), the trail of evidence regarding Kane erasing her from the history of Model View Culture speaks for itself. That evidence lives on the public internet, and I completely failed to notice.

  • The brutal secrets behind ‘The Biggest Loser’ – I feel like I’ve linked something like this before, but, whatever. This show sounds totally awful in every way.

    In a country where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, “The Biggest Loser” has multifaceted appeal: It’s aspirational and grotesque, punitive and redemptive — skinny or fat, it’s got something for you. It’s not uncommon to see contestants worked out to the point of vomiting or collapsing from exhaustion. Contestants, collegially and poignantly, refer to one another as “losers.”

    “You just think you’re so lucky to be there,” Hibbard says, “that you don’t think to question or complain about anything.”

  • Curse or myth – do periods affect performance? – Here you go: everything you ever wanted to know about menstruation and elite athletics but were afraid to ask.

    Britain’s number one tennis player Heather Watson blamed “girl things” on her first-round defeat at the Australian Open this week and ever since there has been non-stop chatter about monthly cycles, stomach cramps and their impact on professional athletes.

    Are periods a problem for elite sportswomen? Does it affect performance? We talk to women’s marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, physiologist, Professor John Brewer, and gymnastics coach Helen Potter.

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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8 Responses to “Links: Thursday, January 22nd”

  1. Nu

    Yeah, don’t see American Sniper. It was one long recruitment video. I went after seeing a trailer a few seconds long that suggested it was more about internal conflicts. Nope. And that was before I knew his views. The movie whitewashed him a lot.

  2. cleo

    That Miss Canada photo made me giggle snort.

    I’m glad you linked to the Burnt Toast B&B review. I just finished it yesterday and wanted to talk about it somewhere. I wanted to like it more than I did. Ginsberg, the trans* character, was a little too close to a manic pixie dream boy for my taste. But it still struck me as a step in the right direction for mm and better trans* representation.

  3. Meriam

    Brian Turner (whose war memoir is on my tbr pile) wrote a piece on Vulture about this movie. I loved this part:

    “This isn’t the defining film of the Iraq War. After nearly a quarter century of war and occupation in Iraq, we still haven’t seen that film. I’m beginning to think we’re incapable as a nation of producing a film of that magnitude, one that would explore the civilian experience of war… I’m more and more certain that, if such a film film ever arrives, it’ll be made by Iraqi filmmakers a decade or more from now, and it’ll be little known or viewed, if at all, on our shores. The children of Iraq have far more to teach me about the war I fought in than any film I’ve yet seen — and I hope some of those children have the courage and opportunity to share their lessons onscreen. ”

    Link –

    It goes on to make the obvious yet somehow necessary point about the dehumanisation of Iraqis in every attempt to grapple with this war.

  4. Tina

    I need to comment about Miss Canada’s outfit because that outfit is BOSS! The attention to detail — the hockey net hair, that Stanley cup on her head, the boots that are also skates, the skirt that looks like an ice rink, the scoreboard that was actually counting down. I have no idea who won but if she didn’t on the strength of that alone, it is a travesty! It is exactly what ‘National Costume’ should look like. And it shows a lot of wit.

  5. Ridley

    It’s something else, isn’t it?

    I really liked Miss Argentina as well.

    It’s just a feat of engineering.

  6. Meoskop

    @Ridley:I had no idea this stuff existed. My adoration for Canada was how the costume also strongly evoked Marie Antionette (sp?) – highlighting the connection between Canada and France.

  7. Tina

    @Meoskop: Not to advertise another blog or anything… but there are these two bloggers, Tom and Lorenzo ( who have a fashion blog and one of their yearly highlights is their commentary on the Miss Universe costumes. This year they were in fine form…

  8. Meoskop

    We’re non-profit, what do we care about advertising other blogs? Link it up. That said, I read them every so often and then forget they exist again!