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salty sunday

July 22, 2007
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This is from an actual ad campaign by UNICEF in Germany to raise awareness about education in Africa. I didn’t know blackface was making a comeback. More at Black Women in Europe, via BFP. (great comments underneath both of these posts, in case anyone is looking for a bit of analysis)


A Tale of Two Genocides
. Check out this article raising questions about US inconsistencies when it comes to genocide in Africa. Turns out, shockingly, that what matters is not how many people are dying but who is vying for power. Via Sylvia.

Via TAN: white people think it’s easier to be black than to not have TiVo. Sounds like an Onion headline, right? Yeah, not so much.

Hollywood is not dealing with abortion in this summer’s blockbusters about accidental pregnancies. Curious. Via Kaiser.

Transpeople and bathroom issues at Feministe.

Ooooh I just lurve this headline. Corporate America: The New Gay Activists.

The next generation of republicans: more war, less gay. Or something. Via Feministe.

And finally, some satire. Stephen Colbert presents “the Susan B. Anthony of Pole Dancing,” your feminist of the day. Via Feministing.

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salty sunday

July 15, 2007

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This is old, but some of you might have missed it. I kind of love Manhattan Mini Storage. Via Feministing.

OK I admit it. It is way more difficult to keep up a blog in the summer. I can’t promise salty sunday every week, but I will try.

Salon had a great piece last week about reproductive rights and poverty in Mississippi. Catch-22s abound: without sex education, teenagers don’t use protection and also don’t get tested soon enough after getting pregnant – and in Mississippi, abortions become more expensive after the first trimester because you have to travel out of state in order to have one legally.

New queer group blog Bilerico Project reports on a Florida judge who declared “two victims” in a trans hate crime.

Check out this summary of the US Social Forum at Workers World and also this piece from the AFL-CIO blog on the exciting new National Domestic Workers Alliance formed at the USSF. Also in DW news, the July/August issue of the Brooklyn Rail includes an article about DW issues and the Bill of Rights. There is also some mention of the JFREJ campaign and has some great quotes from employers!

I’m totally psyched about the brand new health justice blog Cure This – there are already a bunch of great pieces up. Definitely check it out. Via BFP.

Also in the category of new health websites, the Kaiser Family Foundation has started Health08, a resource for health-related election news and analysis. Via Feministe.

At Feministe, Trailer Park Feminist reports that fundies are pissed that a Hindu prayer was read aloud for the first time at the beginning of a US senate session. There were hecklers! Jesus. No pun intended.

I haven’t done salty sunday in awhile and I missed some gems over the weeks that I want to share: Blackamazon on not being a radical (hard to sum up), How to destroy an African-American city in 33 steps (Via BFP).

Finally, some humor. Belledame points readers to genius blog Passive-Aggressive Notes, which accepts submissions from lucky folks who have been subject to the notorious notes left behind by angry flatmates and co-workers. (A personal favorite: “Erica, Thanks for cleaning! It’s so nice to have someone else do it once in awhile!”). I used to be the roommate who left passive-aggressive notes. I’m getting better. I think.

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salty sunday (domestic workers’ justice edition)

June 10, 2007

Salty Sunday is back after a brief hiatus. Hopefully the blogging will now resume to its somewhat-normal frequency.

This week’s Salty Sunday will be a roundup of links from last week’s successful Blog For Domestic Workers’ Justice day, which seemed to be kind of a bust by the end of the 5th but, to my delight, received a lot more writers as the week progressed.

The ever-eloquent Sylvia perused a HRW report and reports back in her Blog for DW post. A snip of her words on her personal connection with DW:

I think my respect for domestic workers comes from my history. It’s a history where I know women like me would not have had many jobs to seek, and we would have to work in someone’s home and raise someone else’s children to get by feeding our own. It’s a history where, through lots of pain and heartache, people were dragged here and raped and subordinated and beaten so someone could tend to another’s fields, clean another’s homes, shine another’s shoes, eat another’s scraps, and forget their humanity in the midst of all that work. It’s with luck that those workers’ descendants have maintained their fight to realize the value within us, the love within us, and the pride in our energies, our efforts. We’re still mired in a society that doesn’t recognize our worth unless we’re serving its flagrant abuses of power and wealth.

More beautiful personal words, more like a manifesto, over at Blackamazon. It’s hard to blockquote her words, I hate to chop them up because they can only be fully appreciated in context. Go read them, not a long piece. Carmen at All About Race writes about her mother and grandmother, who were both domestic workers.

KC connects the DW BoR in New York to California legislation that would protect DWs in that state. Sanne at New York Nannies discusses the legislation and domestic work not being valued as real work. Over at Jewschool, the fantastic Kol Ra’ash Gadol tells a story about a 19th century rabbi with a heightened sensitivity and appreciation for the hard work of his domestic worker and moves into the importance of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (BoR). She stresses that according to Jewish law, we are all subject to the same regulations and should be treated the same, regardless of immigration status. Rebecca Honig Friedman at Jewess writes about the importance of being conscious employers of domestic workers and of recognizing domestic work as real work. JR at JWABlog expresses her personal ambivalence and discomfort in being an employer, concluding with pushing for the BoR as a key step in DWs not depending on the “benevolence of their employer” for good working conditions.

For some high-traffic DW blogging, there was some linkage over at Feministing and also a lengthy and thought-out (not to mention researched!) post at Pandagon, which sparked an interesting discussion in the comments.

A short critique of some points of the bill can be read here – though I should say that this person asks why we don’t amend labor laws so that DWs can unionize, to which I respond that the fact that DWs can’t unionize is more because of the nature of their employment than because of what some law dictates. Meaning, each domestic worker has a different employer. How could DWs actually have a union with any power if this is the case? Also, this writer seems confused by my name. Saltyfemme. Saltyfemme?

Following the Blog for DW Justice Day and the successful Town Hall meeting held this past Thursday evening, Belledame writes about Betty Friedan and the DW BoR (OK OK I wrote about Friedan and she followed up). Belle also wrote this fantastic piece about feminism and the DW legislation, bringing in the BoR text as well as text from the executive summary handed out at the Town Hall.

Added June 15th: thoughts on DW Justice from Elle, PhD.

Quick hits also came in from JSpot and Appletreeblog.

Also, not related to Blog for DW day but mentionable nonetheless, following the NY Daily News and NYTimes pieces (!!) from May 31st and June 1st, respectively, this wonderful piece written by Labor Research Association ED Jonathan Tasini appeared at HuffPo and Daily Kos. NYTimes NY-metro area blog Empire Zone discussed the proposed legislation and annoying liberal NYTimes readers respond with skepticism. Following Thursday’s Town Hall, Daniel Millstone at the Daily Gotham urges readers to join Domestic Workers United (DWU) and their allies for a march down Fifth Avenue (which occurred yesterday and was moving and inspiring, by the way).

Whew. Quite a roundup. Congrats if you’ve made it this far. Thank you to all who participated in this great blogswarm. It was really wonderful to see all this great writing about an issue I have been organizing around on the ground for the last year and a half. I look forward to continuing my work with the Shalom Bayit: Justice for Domestic Workers campaign with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). If you’re interested, check back here for more on the progress of the campaign.

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salty sunday

May 20, 2007

The NYTimes discusses ethical concerns about the high compensation fees for egg donation (and what effect this has on “informed consent” for a fairy extensive and potentially dangerous medical procedure).

DMI blog on the NYC housing myth: there is, without a doubt, enough vacant property in Manhattan to house every single homeless person. So why are they still living on the street? This entry links to a new study published by Picture the Homeless on why this is happening and what can be done to change it.

Angry Brown Butch links to previously classified NYPD documents from the RNC, released after a legal victory for I-Witness video.

Queer artists: consider submitting to the Borders and Bridges art gallery at the Southern Comfort conference in Atlanta in September. You do not need to attend the conference to submit your work.

Jill at Feministe responds to the recent criticism of Full Frontal Feminism.

Quench Zine likes the food stamp challenge (of which I am not such a fan).

Everything I know about feminism, I learned on on youtube – at Fetch Me My Axe. There’s some great stuff there, especially that video of Staceyann Chin. Damn.

The LA Times has a piece about the changing West Village and the recycling of homophobia. Via NSRC feed.

NYTimes on shelters for gay youth.

Birthright Unplugged made it into Newsweek.

Finally, a little bit funny and a little bit sad: Sam Brownback thinks he has a uterus. Via Pandagon.

DON’T FORGET TO BLOG FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS, TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH!

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salty sunday

May 14, 2007

Yesterday was too beautiful a spring day to be sitting at a computer. So I bring you the first salty Monday.
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(a vast improvement from the scantily clad hipster girls, don’t you think? Apparently the founder of American Apparel is hot for the rebbe Woody Allen these days. The corner of Allen Street and East Houston will never be the same.)

First up: Maya Escobar, of the now-famous JAP videos, brings us a piece on cultural appropriation in the form of Guatemalan tallitot.

Petitpoussin on how the definition of ‘alternative media’ seems to be a bit skewed these days to some mainstream feminists. And why everyone should shut up about Rosie for the love of all things feminist and more freaking important!

Piny at Feministe on fetishizing trans folks. A really great introduction but also great if you’ve been trying to organize these thoughts on this issue in your head but can’t get a really good grip on it.

There are a great many feminists who are pretty pissed about “Full Frontal Feminism” and about the general state of the feminist blogosphere (mainly that it is replicating problems in the larger movement: silencing/erasing voices of women of color, dealing with issues that are vapid and ridiculous when there are clearly more important things to blog). For book reviews, clicky here, and here. On the rest, try here and here for some unbelievably powerful writing.

The Onion has a hilarious Women’s Issue. Highlight: Women Now Empowered by Everything a Woman Does. Via everyone.

Queer masculine folks of all stripes should consider contributing to Beyond Masculinity: Essays by Queer Men on Gender and Politics. Deadline is May 31st. Via Feministing.

Israel/Palestine news, Via Jewschool since it’s too depressing to follow. Violent police response to leftist protestors outside Hebron has sparked a storm of criticism. Also three new settlements have been approved on the land between East Jerusalem and Gush Etzion to continue creating contiguity between the two.

Finally, the best mother’s day post I read is at DMI blog. In Homage to All Mothers, Maureen Lane asks how we honor mothers living in poverty. A complicated and detailed piece, definitely a must-read.

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salty sunday

May 6, 2007

Remember the bomb that was found at the abortion clinic in Texas last week? A man was arrested for allegedly planting the bomb, which apparently contained 2,000 nails. Via Feministing.

Marriage and divorce for economic reasons? But I thought it was all about love and baybeez! Via Feministing.

Pro-life = anti-woman, anti-child, anti-choice. Case in point, South Carolina.

I heart New York. Governor Spitzer introduced the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act. Via Feministing.

A Jewish woman in France was attacked, stripped, and had swastikas drawn on her body. The incident wasn’t called anti-Semitic. It also wasn’t called a sexual attack. Um, what? Via Jewschool.

A succinct summary of why anti-choicers are hypocrites. Via Feministe.

Domestic Violence as a public health issue? Interesting. Via Kaiser.

37th Carnival of Feminists is up!

Social justice and spirituality go hand in hand, at least according to Tikun Leil Shabbat in DC. The word is spreading!

Great May Day series over at Women of Color Blog – photos and videos – because words can’t convey everything, especially the emotion of protest. Click here and scroll to the bottom for #1.

The NYTimes profiles a shelter in Astoria for transgendered teens.

This article explains why I hate the new Grey’s Anatomy spinoff. It’s shallow, predictable, boring, and has three female leads who are all sex- and love-starved and can’t seem to be happy without pathetic men around giving them attention.

Finally, coherent policies to reducing poverty, thank you! So we can put the slumming aside and maybe make some real change happen.

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salty sunday

April 29, 2007

(a little taste from yesterday’s salty fun with the lovely Miya. Saltyfemme will be changing servers very soon. Stay tuned for an exciting new layout!)

Philly-based activist April Rosenblum published a pamphlet about anti-Semitism on the Left called the Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Antisemitism Part of All of Our Movements. Via Jewschool.

Check out this very special d’var torah from the Forward on this week’s torah portion, which contains the infamous verses on anal sex. New Voices’ Ilana Sichel considers the functional purpose of Jewish guilt.

Um, this is really weird. Wetnurses are back in style. I wrote a whole post about this, linking the issue with the campaign I’m working on with JFREJ but then decided against it. I don’t know enough about it, except that (mostly low-income, women of color) wetnurses make $1000/week, significantly more than domestic workers.

JSpot covers a new MSNBC documentary about transgender issues and touches on trans stuff in the Jewish world.

On Rosie O’Donnell’s parting: Queer Sighted’s Kenneth Hill wonders if she’s gone because she was too dykie, too fat, and too opinionated.

Rudy Giuliani has changed his mind and now hates the gays. Er, I mean, now he is opposing civil unions to pander to the homophobic republicans who are now his potential supporters. Via Pandagon.

This is a little delayed but still important – the World Health Organization published a new report presenting findings from a 10-country study, which tracked the link between HIV/AIDS and violence against women. Via Reproductive Rights Prof Blog.

Ms. Foundation sponsors its final Take Our Daughters to Work day. Now that we’ve achieved equality in the workplace (hhmm), can we work on it everywhere else? Via NSRC feed.

That swimsuit covers too much skin. Or maybe I’m just your run-of-the-mill islamophobe. Via Pandagon.

Tech dept: RSS feeds made easy. Via Michael.

Finally, an ex-gay parody from Queer Sighted.