Damsels In Distress: Why Do So Many Contemporary Women Read Old-Fashioned Romance Novels? – I know most of you have probably already seen this (and check out the “addendum,” too, if you haven’t already), but for those who missed it, here is the 4,385,328th statement about Romance that completely misses the significance of both the genre and the feminist movement. Some of the responses are great, though, and it’s interesting to note — once again — how many preconceptions and stereotypes about genre Romance are still so popular and so easily unquestioned.
“But I must wonder why so many women – forty years after the women’s liberation movement, Roe vs. Wade and the pill have transformed the lives of women in the most dramatic of ways – continue to indulge in the fanciful tales of females so unlike them who live in fantasy worlds light years removed from their reality?”International Business Times
’50 shades of no’: Critics slam taxpayer-funded romance novel website – More on the campaign against the Popular Romance Project. Note the connection to 50 Shades, which has become kind of a catchall for “this has no value” within certain circles. One of the many reasons I’m so frustrated by the Romance community’s persistent vilification of the series. Anyway, here’s one more balanced quote in the piece:
“‘While funding a study on the development of romance in popular books and movies might not be at the forefront of what we deem necessary as far as funding through taxpayer money goes, it certainly has its place in U.S. culture,’ said author and screenwriter Ariane Sommer. ‘And a rather large place it is. For romance, basic needs aside, is likely the biggest motivator in our lives. As a taxpayer I would rather see my money go to cultural projects and education than, say, invasive body scanning machines at airports or subsidizing the ingredients of junk food.’”Fox News
Investor sues Barnes & Noble over misstatements, SEC probe – Aaannd, the first derivative shareholder suit is filed against Barnes & Noble. The plaintiff, an attorney from New York, has filed in New York County Supreme Court (the New York equivalent of Superior Court in other states), and has named some of the company’s executives as defendants. Corporate executives have fiduciary duties to the company and its shareholders, and they can be sued for allegedly violating those duties. The idea behind these suits is that shareholders can bring suit against a company, if they believe that those directly responsible for managing the company are not doing so or are acting unethically or illegally. Consequently, even though they are ostensibly filing against the company, they are, in essence, doing so on behalf of the company.
“‘The restatement and the accounting allegations under investigation by the SEC are only two symptoms of a pervasive deficiency of internal controls at Barnes & Noble impacting many areas of the company’s operation and reporting,’ Shaev said in the lawsuit.”Los Angeles Times
Shia LaBeouf May Have Plagiarized His Apology for Plagiarism – Actor and documentary filmmaker Shia LaBeouf recently came under attack for plagiarizing the comic strip Justin M. Damiano, by Daniel Clowes, and in a twist that underscores the initial violation, has allegedly, and ironically, plagiarized part of his apology. Which, if you read his tweets, isn’t so much of an apology (see previous point about underscoring the problem):
“More importantly, there’s the absolutely surreal, yet apparently true, revelation that this apology about plagiarism was itself plagiarized, as noticed by Andrew Hake on Twitter and that LaBeouf has already been caught once before specifically plagiarizing an apology. Let’s look again at that first tweet, shall we?”Wired
Spare Rib contributors sought so editions can be digitised and saved – Since several of today’s stories have a feminist twist of them, I figured I’d top things off this this, a rather informative discussion of Spare Rib, a magazine that “charted the grassroots feminist movement through 239 editions,” from 1972 to 1993. The British Library needs permission from a majority of the magazine’s contributors in order to digitize all of the issues. It certainly seems like a good reminder of all the work that has been and still needs to be done to secure social equity around issues implicating gender, sexuality, and race.
“The magazine sought to provide an alternative to the traditional gender roles. Cover headlines such as “Doctor’s Needles not Knitting Needles”, “Cellulite – the slimming fraud” and “Why women starve themselves” ran alongside articles featuring women as diverse as country and western singer Tammy Wynette, of Stand by your Man fame, or US political activist Angela Davis, who was interviewed about black women and revolutionary freedom.” The Guardian
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