I used to call this monthly feature a “linkspam”, but after some consideration I am now calling it a link roundup. But whatever, it’s the same thing.
How an Ad Campaign Made Lesbians Fall in Love with Subaru – This is a very interesting article discussing one of the first ever queer-targeted ad campaigns. What surprised me the most is that Subaru used subtle gay-coding that straight audiences usually missed, but this was not because they wanted to hide their intentions. Subaru was open about it, and it was widely discussed in major newspapers. Rather, they used coded messages because market research said that lesbian audiences liked it better that way. Of course, I’m not sure that market research would extend to today.
Is there a “Gay Agenda” in Hip Hop? (video) – Music critic Anthony Fantano answers a question from a fan. I did not know this was a serious question that people asked. Apparently some of the barriers in hip hop have been breaking down, allowing more space for openly gay and bisexual rappers. This seems significant, especially given that hip-hop/R&B is the most consumed genre of music in the US. Of course, it doesn’t constitute a “gay agenda” in hip hop.
BTW, I don’t really listen to hip hop, but if any of you do, here’s an example song, enjoy. (content note: video depicts blood, lyrics talk about suicide and other violence.)
Damsels in Distress vs Distressed Dudes in Jin Yong stories (also see part 2) – Sara discusses the analogue of the distressed damsel trope in the Chinese genre of Wuxia. It seems that when male characters rescue damsels in distress, the male characters are usually regarded with suspicion. When female characters rescue distressed dudes, the female characters tend to get fridged afterwards in order to provide motivation for the male characters. It’s still kind of sexist but it’s a different variety of sexism from western fiction.
An expert on Antifa explains the group – Regardless of how you feel about Antifa or black bloc protestors, this is a plain informative interview, explaining some of their perspectives. Thanks to commenter Pierce R. Butler for pointing it out.
Keep Cutting – Sunk Cost Fallacy and Game Development (video) – Even if you don’t have any interest in video games, I have to say this is the best explanation of sunk cost that I’ve ever seen.
Being Labeled A ‘Bad Survivor’ Showed Me That Callout Culture Needs To Change – Found via Shiv. The article starts with an anecdote about someone who sought to criticize someone who had sexually assaulted them. Someone else in their community took that and turned it into concrete calls for violence against the perpetrator, and called the author a “bad survivor” for not supporting them. The article draws a connection to callout culture, although I mostly think of this as a problem specific to sexual violence. People have a really hard time understanding that victims/survivors do not always want harsh punishments for their perpetrators, and that calls for harsh punishments actually scare us off from telling anyone. All I really wanted for my perpetrator is for someone who is not me to take him aside and explain to him how he hurt people.
Social constructionism in sex – Shiv explains how even if sex is bimodally distributed, drawing a dichotomy is still a social construction.
That reminds me of a rant I have about how electrons are actually socially constructed, and there isn’t a meaningful sense in which they have distinct identities. I think only the physicists in the audience would get it though.
Polyamory 201: “Monogamous for the right person” – So, I’m linking this because I completely disagree with Miri–for once. My very limited experience with polyamory was with someone who basically said he’d be monogamous for the right person. And I agree that this attitude doesn’t seem to lend itself to a healthy committed relationship. But we weren’t in a committed relationship, so what’s the problem? It would not have bothered me if he cut it off to be monogamous with someone else, and it didn’t bother him when I cut it off to be monogamous with someone else.
Miri says about this, “That’s not polyamory. That’s casual dating.” I completely disagree. This is a false dichotomy between committed relationships and dating. There has been plenty of discussion of relationships that do not uphold commitment as the highest ideal (e.g.).