Not Too Fragile to Ski, Feminist Action against the BBC, and Blogging Netiquette

Misogyny, hard to spell - easy to practiceDiane Dees notes that ski jumpers have filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission protesting the failure to include the women's ski jump category. The XXI Olympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver in 2010.

She comments:

"Telling women they are too fragile to compete is nothing new, however. There were no women's distance races at the Olympics until the 1980s because the IOC [International Olympic Committee] thought women's bodies were too fragile for distance racing. This was kind of peculiar, given that women were doing distance racing all over the world, and holding up just fine, thank you.

"Of course, at one point in the first half of the 20th Century, the IOC considered doing away with all women's events. And in ancient Greece, women not only were not allowed to compete, but if they watched the games, they were subject to execution."

Read "Women ski jumpers refuse to back down" at The Dees Diversion.

Lucy at The Shouty Woman points to two news stories and remarks, "This is not a good time to be a feminist in the UK". The first story is regarding a BBC reality TV show called "The Verdict"; the second is regarding the owners of London's Harley Street banning abortion clinics from the premises.

About "The Verdict" she writes:

"I don't know what the BBC were trying to achieve with this programme, but they've clearly failed spectacularly. Rape trials are a joke anyway - why not just broadcast a real one for the entertainment of the masses?"

See also "The Verdict: BBC Guilty of Trivialising Rape" at the radical feminist blog, Dead Men Don't Rape. This post has more details including a summary of organized action already completed and ongoing action.

Also at Dead Men Don't Rape is a declaration of the author's own personal blogging ethics. Since there have been some blog wars and so forth in the feminist community -- and really, what community doesn't have flame wars? -- I thought it was worth pointing to.

Here are a couple of her bullet points:

  • I will ask others what they mean. Yes, even when it seems unambigiously clear. My interpretations will be coloured by the expectations I bring.
  • I won't put words in other's mouths. Other persons are capable of communicating their meaning without my help.

Her list might stimulate your own thinking about how to negotiate disagreement -- or even strongly worded opinion pieces -- at your own blog. Good stuff.

Visit Dead Men Don't Rape -- an intentionally provocative blog title -- and read "NETIQUETTE".

Image: Adhesively Unchallenged

Melinda Casino's personal blog is Sour Duck.

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