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March 14, 2005

The "Subvert The Dominant Link Paradigm, Trish's Birthday" Edition

Today is my birthday! I am 45 years young. In celebration of my birthday, when I tend to celebrate all month, I am hosting a "Subvert The Dominant Link Paradigm" women bloggers edition. I share a birthday with actor Michael Caine, which ain't too shabby. Eli Whitney received a patent for the cotton gin in 1781, on my birthday. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, who was the first woman dentist in America to graduate, was born on my birthday in 1833. Danish archeologist Jens Jacob Asmussen Worsaae was born on my birthday in 1821. He was the founder of prehistoric archeology. I've long been interested in archeology. George Eastman, founder of Kodak, died in 1932, on my birthday, In 1964, Jack Ruby was found guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald on my birthday, and he was sentenced to death.

Even though this post is up now, if anyone wants to have their posts added to it, please e-mail. I'll update this post with new posts.

Below are links to posts that people have submitted in honor of my birthday.

Hats off to PZ Myers at Pharyngula for giving me this idea.

I'm not sure what inspired Lauren from Feministe to post a disclaimer describing what she wants from commenters and readers of her blog, but her suggestions are must-reads for all bloggers. Especially the stuff about how name-calling slides off her like Teflon. I had recently linked to this post in another post of mine, so I chose to add Lauren's thoughts on teaching Prufrock as well as teaching in general. Prufrock is an interesting one to teach, considering the affluence of the students in question.

Kathy from What Do I Know described her own birth experience. Her daughter is now twenty years old, and recently celebrated her own birthday. Sure are a lot of Pisceans out there.

Jam has an unusual way of linking to items that interest her - she posts thumbnail snapshots. There are all sorts of great things to choose from. Here are a couple: a profile of blues singer Nina Simone, Elizabeth Sulston can taste the musical notes she plays on her recorder, and an article about the smallest star ever detected.

AldeaMB posted about how the NIH Sexual Health Web Site is selling out on posting accurate information about health. It includes a link to the National Cancer Institute that includes this statement: "abortion, miscarriage and breast cancer risk." That's contrary to a previous report by the National Cancer Institute that found that abortion does not increase the risk for breast cancer. She also is a bit perturbed that her daughter and her friends are budding fashionistas who pay a little too much attention to labels like Prada, Kate Spade, and Chanel. That stuff doesn't come cheap.

Mad Kane has submitted her hilarious "The Wonderbra Song." It's sung to the tune of "Miracle of Miracles," from "Fiddler On The Roof." She has also submitted Nothin's More Revoltin' Than Dub's Nominee John Bolton, sung to the tune of "Carolina In The Morning."

Fortuna asks if women sometimes have a Cinderella complex, where they want to help people. She likes to help her friends. She wrote, "I often have thoughts of saving people I know, or helping to make them more secure, especially my female friends."

Sheelzebub at Pinko Feminist Hellcat submitted three posts; the first on sex work and double standards, the second on on the same topic, but more from the economic side of things, and the third on a bit of snark on her new welfare reform plan. Here's a hint: it's about unemployed men and working things like the pole for money.

Shaula Evans wants everyone to meet her favorite new blogger, Janet Oleszek, who is, to her knowledge, the first candidate blog in the history of Virginia state-level politics. Oleszek is "a school board member, and has been a local education activist for over 20 years, and her blog is full of informed opinions and current information about education issues in her community."

Helen at Blogger On The Cast Iron Balcony described her experience with a drive-by mom. Her daughter wanted to play on the monkey bar - the one that looks like a ladder suspended just over adult head height - and after about a half hour of pestering, Helen gave in. As she hoisted her three-year old to the ladder, an annoying drive-by mom said, "I do hate these pushy mums who force their toddlers to do things they're not ready for!" The talk on the blogosphere about drive-by moms came from reading a post at Chez Miscarriage, in which Getupgrrl reacts to a writings about motherhood by Judith Warner. Helen thinks Chez Miscarriage is wrong to interpret Warner's article as a criticism of mothers rather than an analysis of social pressures. her post to get a clearer idea of what I'm talking about. [Trish's update: I edited this post to make it more clear.]

Cruella wrote about "funny women, sad men," in which a study found that "for a woman, a GSOH means someone who makes her laugh. For a man, it means someone who laughs at his jokes."

Pepper gives her opinion of the new SAT, especially class issues inherent in the test.

tz at HeartOfCanada refers to herself as "an androgynist." She launched off of Lauren's post about trolls (See above in this list. I link to it for my birthday.) to discuss the consitions under which women are called feminists, even if they don't see themselves as feminist.

Posted on March 14, 2005 at 09:08 AM | Permalink


Happy birthday, Trish! As you can no doubt tell I've been waiting for this post, which brought a few more new female bloggers (I didn't know PZ Myers was a gal) to my Gals in Waiting bookmarks. Naturally I've blogged about you today. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Mar 14, 2005 10:41:45 AM

Thanks for the birthday wish and the link, Elayne. PZ Myers gave me the idea for the birthday meme. I never would have thought of it if it wasn't for him.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 14, 2005 11:19:23 AM

P.S. Jam is a dude.

Thanks for the link love! Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Lauren at Mar 14, 2005 12:37:21 PM

Great job! Thanks for the links, and have a terrific birthday!

Posted by: Mad Kane at Mar 14, 2005 12:42:54 PM

Happy Birthday!

I'm not a woman, but I am a feminist.

The Progressive Focus Center tells me that the Equal Rights Amendment, in its original form will be reintroduced into both the House and Senate this month.

Posted by: Screwy Hoolie at Mar 14, 2005 1:49:42 PM

Happy Birthday, Trish.
Will there be cake?

Posted by: Tish at Mar 14, 2005 2:57:47 PM

"Will there be cake?"

Yes. I told my husband he can get me any cake he likes as long as it's chocolate. ;)

There will also be absinthe. I have a date with the green fairy tonight. :D

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 14, 2005 3:32:22 PM

Happy birthday and thanks for the link.

Posted by: Anne/Fortuna at Mar 14, 2005 5:21:08 PM

happy birthday trish!

one day later and you'd be born on the ides of march. beware

Posted by: upyernoz at Mar 14, 2005 5:23:24 PM

"P.S. Jam is a dude."

Are you sure...For some reason Jam seems like a woman's handle I don't know why, plus Jam didn't like Steve...which made me think that Jam is a woman...

Could there be two Jams?

Posted by: NYMOM at Mar 14, 2005 5:37:47 PM

oops... apologies Trish! Ms. Lauren is right - i am of the dude persuasion. i never meant for you to link to my site so much as maybe some of the things i was linking for this month (which has been turning into my first theme: Rebel Girls). anyway, sorry for the gender confusion... it was in no way intentional.

and happy birthday! and thanks for the link anyway! it's an honor to be part of your celebration...

Posted by: jam at Mar 14, 2005 5:53:01 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Hugo at Mar 14, 2005 6:05:32 PM

Jam, I didn't know you were a dude! I thought you were a dudette. I know some women who make jam and that's why I thought you were a woman.

I'm glad I linked to your links anyway. All of them are very interesting, and the way you set up your blog is interesting, too. I've never seen a blog that linked by picture. That's unusual.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 14, 2005 6:28:41 PM

Happy Birthday Trish! Here's two 'tildified' pulp covers just for the occasion. Happy happy joy joy!

When Trolls Attack


Posted by: Tild at Mar 14, 2005 11:05:25 PM

I hope you had a great day, Trish!

Posted by: SB at Mar 15, 2005 12:53:36 AM

Tild, did you make those pulp covers yourself? They're great. I'll have to link to them on my blog.

SB, I had a great day. Lucky wanted me to pet him all day long. I have a back scratcher and he likes it when I scratch him with it. Then, he chews on it.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 15, 2005 7:42:49 AM

Yep, I made them all with my trusty Paintshop Pro 7.0 and a little bit of MS Paint. All of them are actual pulp paperback or magazine covers; I've mainly been creating different titles for them and putting in new text. I also have been doctoring up old magazine ads. My current favorite is:

Have you heard about...?.

Heh. :)

Posted by: Tild at Mar 15, 2005 11:48:54 PM

Count this as a belated-but-best-wishes card for your birthday! I had one once; you'll love it.

Posted by: Mustang Bobby at Mar 16, 2005 7:18:26 AM

Thanks, Bobby. You're not too late. I celebrate my birthday all month. ;)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 16, 2005 9:04:05 AM