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The best of the rest of the blogosphere

My picks from the hundreds of things I’ve seen online this week.

(The Daily What)

Would you sacrifice love for greatness? wonders Tara Hunt. (HPC)

If the iPod was anti-social, the iPad is “real life social”. (O’Reilly Radar)

MyDavidCameron.com: an open-source British politics parody site.

(via The Daily Dish)

Jezebel on why Hollywood actors fail at playing ordinary people:

Anyone who’s seen a star in person knows that they don’t look ordinary, even the allegedly ordinary-looking ones. Indeed, sometimes it’s their glowing skin or hair you notice before you recognize the face. Yes, they’re always smaller and thinner in person, but they also have a gloss of such care, and such wealth, that they’re immediately identifiable from the rest of the population.

Marieke Hardy wrote what was probably the best of the slew of mainstream media responses to Tony Abbott’s comments on virginity. And abroad, Holly at The Pervocracy writes: “My first sex was with a weirdo, but really I’m much more concerned with who I have my next sex with.”

Racialicious tackles interracial adoption.

I am always surprised at the number of comments that assume we are anti-adoption (or as one amusingly put it, leaving these poor children to rot) when we believe in listening to perspectives from adult adoptees and adoptive people of colour. 

10 reasons why discrimination against fat people is okay. (Alas, a blog)

One lesson from the MySchools site? Sending your kids to private schools won’t necessarily give them a better education. (In a Strange Land)

Is The Simpsons a boys’ show? TV critic Sam Downing on the ratio of male to female Simpsons obsessives.

Aussie feminist blogger Fuck Politeness takes on Fairfax’s Ask Sam.

15 things I didn’t like about That Movie (that’d be Avatar). (Above The Fold)

Pluralist writes about women’s sexual assault of men on Feministing (I’ll write more on this one next week), while Figleaf wonders why people assume men are natural rapists.

The real risk to your online reputation isn’t what you put out there - it’s what your friends and family put out there about you. (Laurel Papworth)

Sex in the time of GPS. When I first heard about Grindr, I wanted to write something on it, but I never got around to pitching. Luckily, Clark Harding did it for me. (Daily Beast)

And finally, if all this didn’t give you enough to read, there’s loads of gender-related content from around the world in the Thirteenth Carnival of Feminists. (Zero at the Bone)

I’ve had a really busy week (including handing in another chapter of my thesis) and haven’t been online as much as usual, so I’m sure there’s plenty of stuff I’ve missed. Care to share it with me?

Along with the posts of the US Tumblrs…

I’m really loving Andrew Sullivan’s ‘View From Your Election' series.

One thing I don’t get, though: why do you guys have to line up for so long to vote? I live in a country with compulsory voting, and the longest I’ve ever had to wait is 10 minutes. I know the US has a much bigger population, but surely that would also mean more staff and polling booths.

Is it simply that non-compulsory voting means lower expectations of voter turnout, which in turn means under-resourced polling booths?

Three more things I’m really loving about this day:

- The extent to which young people are mobilising and making themselves heard.

- The whole world cares and is looking on with excitement and anticipation.

- The love and goodwill being extended globally towards the United States.

As Girl With a Satchel's Erica Bartle has already noted, Girlfriend (formerly edited by Sarah Oakes, now by Sarah Cornish) and Cleo (newly-ish edited by Sarah Oakes) both feature Rachel Bilson on the current newsstand issues. Meanwhile, in other “Different Market, Same Starlet” news, marie claire and Dolly both feature Scarlett Johannson on theirs.
Anyhoo, the point of this post is to let you know that I have two stories in the current Girlfriend: both on the rather complex matter of teenage friendship.
Stay tuned for Cleo articles in a couple of months.

As Girl With a Satchel's Erica Bartle has already noted, Girlfriend (formerly edited by Sarah Oakes, now by Sarah Cornish) and Cleo (newly-ish edited by Sarah Oakes) both feature Rachel Bilson on the current newsstand issues. Meanwhile, in other “Different Market, Same Starlet” news, marie claire and Dolly both feature Scarlett Johannson on theirs.

Anyhoo, the point of this post is to let you know that I have two stories in the current Girlfriend: both on the rather complex matter of teenage friendship.

Stay tuned for Cleo articles in a couple of months.