Tuesday, June 20, 2006 

Recreational Castration - A Modest Proposal

Lately my eyes and sensibilities have been assaulted by SUVs and huge pick up trucks with gross, saggy testicles dangling from their trailer hitches. Have you seen them? They're all the rage in my neck of the woods. How small must a man's penis be to actually sport a disembodied nutsack on the rear end of his vehicle? Isn't the huge, honking SUV/pick up enough to call attention to his lack of endowment?

I have a modest proposal for all you feminists out there who enjoy activism of the covert, illegal variety. How about we go on a castration spree? I'm adding a pair of garden shears to the "tool kit" in my car's trunk. Whenever I happen to come across one of these offensive vehicles, I'll pull out my trusty shears and do the world a favor by snipping the truck's balls off and tossing them onto its hood. I'd love to leave a calling card with something like You've been castrated courtesy of Cuntzilla printed on it, but I wouldn't want to leave my fingerprints behind.

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Friday, June 16, 2006 

Words From Women I Like

Welcome to a new semi-regular feature of PiigPen. It'll be a fun way of sharing a little of what I've been reading.
You're white, male, and middle-class--what can you do for the revolution except commit suicide? - Joanna Russ from On Strike Against God

Thanks to Amy at Feminist Reprise for posting the passage of Russ's book that contains this gem.


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Monday, June 12, 2006 

Call For Papers

Lunadyke asked that I post this for anyone who might be interested. The topic in boldface was added by Lundayke. Once again, fat bodies were overlooked by "feminists."


Call for Papers: Special theme issue of 'Reconstruction'

'Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture' is an open access, electronic,
peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing cultural studies work from emerging
and established scholars worldwide.

We now invite submissions for our special-theme issue tentatively titled,
'Threatening Bodies: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Race.'

Different types of bodies threaten the status quo, through their physical forms,
bodily practices, or embodied identities. Such bodies, when read as text, are
seen as dangerous to the institution of heterosexuality, gender stability,
racialized identities, the nation, and the reproduction of future citizenry.
Often, for safety purposes, these bodies must move through spaces undetected.
This collection seeks to examine how various bodies both threaten the nation
and are simultaneously threatened by the nation. We invite papers that theorize
the body through varied frameworks: as readable texts, as lived bodies, as
systems, as cultural constructions, etc. Ultimately, we want to investigate
how bodies threaten, trespass, spy, pass, "terrorize" and/or subvert the nation
and dominant ideas of citizenship.

Possible topics may include:
· fat bodies
· passing while pregnant bodies
· sex working bodies
· bodies that have aborted fetuses
· racialized bodies
· closeted bodies
· spy/stealth operative bodies
· mental health survivors’ bodies
· imperceptibly physically impaired bodies
· self-cutting bodies
· undocumented and illegal bodies
· modified and manipulated bodies

Completed papers must be submitted by August 1, 2006 to
threateningbodies@yahoo.com

Inquiries can be made to the same address.

Final journal to go online in January 2007.
Submission guidelines can be found here:
http://reconstruction.eserver.org/guidelines.shtml

Co-editors:
Jennifer Musial and Emily van der Meulen
School of Women’s Studies, York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto ON, CanadaM3J 1P3

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 

Marriage Ban Fails

Woo hoo! The Senate failed to pass the marriage ban amendment. This push for gay and lesbian marriage isn't something that I generally get excited about, but anytime sanity wins out over homophobia, I'll be there to celebrate.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 

The Semi-Regular Picture Quiz

Back at long last. Let the guessing begin!

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