A bit of the Macy’s Day parade.

Note, in case you noticed a change:  I got very tired of seeing the clips, and I assume others may have too.  So I’ve now put in links to them rather than having them in the post.

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As probably most people know, today is a national holiday in the US, Thanksgiving Day.  There’s a large and elaborate parade in NY City.  Now, if one is going to be in the parade, here’s a great way to look, it seems to me:

This is Takashi Murakami, whose art figures are appearing for the first time in the parade.  He plans to go along with them; the picture was taken in some studio involved in putting his float together.

It’s hard to find much about him in the parade; there is a short clip here:

The characters are KaiKai and KiKi.  And here’s a short talk about his work.  It has adult content, I guess.  I don’t know quite what to make of the two figures that give it this content; I think one might take them to be quite witty portrayals of a number of dimensions to a Western of idea of gods and goddesses. 

So what’s feminist about this post?  Probably not much, certainly not more than the 2008 Thanksgiving video, the wild turkey waltz.  If you missed it, it is worth a look.

What about Doctor/Rabbi couples?

LI sent a link to this fascinating list of titles, offered by Doctors Without Borders.

You’re required to choose a title, and they’ve offered quite a lot of titles. They’ve tried to accommodate lost of combinations for couples who might like to donate together, including same sex ones. But they’ve nonetheless omitted quite a few possibilities. to name just a few: it seems that judges, if coupled, must be coupled with a bearer of ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’– not ‘Ms’, or ‘Dr.’ Even other judges are impermissible. Rabbis, if coupled, must be coupled with a bearer of ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’– not ‘Ms’, ‘Dr’, ‘Judge’ or ‘Rabbi’. Doctors’ partners have a wider range of titles than judges partners. And anyone who goes by ‘Miss’ had better not try to donate as part of a couple.

Reason number 376 to just stop using titles.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

is today.

“My UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, and the Network of Men Leaders I launched last year, have generated welcome momentum and engagement. The word is spreading: violence against women and girls has no place in any society, and impunity for perpetrators must no longer be tolerated. On this International Day, I urge all – Governments, civil society, the corporate sector, individuals – to take responsibility for eradicating violence against women and girls.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the
Elimination of VIolence against Women
25 November 2010

Save Philosophy at Howard

There’s now a petition to save Philosophy at Howard University:

The Department of Philosophy at Howard University is in danger of being shut down. The administration is poised to fold this BA and MA degree granting department into an interdisciplinary program offering only core and service courses.

This will mark the end of the only graduate degree program in philosophy at an HBCU; it will weaken the university’s commitment to the kind of humanistic self-examination that underwrote the US black freedom movement; and it will repudiate the legacy of philosophy at Howard, a legacy forged by the likes of Alain Locke, one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance.

Please help us encourage Howard’s president to strengthen philosophy rather than abolish it.

Go sign it!

Hypatia announcement

from editor Alison Wylie:

Hypatia 25th: Special Issue and Retrospective Virtual Issue
November 24, 2010

It’s been just over a year since the Hypatia 25th Anniversary conference, and we’ve now published the final issue of Volume 25: the Anniversary Special Issue, “Feminist Legacies / Feminist Futures” (25.4).

We’ve also assembled a 25th Anniversary Retrospective Virtual Issue: a selection of articles published by Hypatia since the mid-1980s nominated by Hypatia readers over the last year as pivotal to their own thinking and especially important in the development of feminist philosophy. Check out the introduction (a separate link) for some compelling for quotes from the nominations.

Both are available online – OPEN ACCESS – through Wiley-Blackwell’s Online Library. All the links, and background on these projects, are available on the Hypatia editorial office website. Do please spread the news!

Hypatia editorial office: OnLine News

And…should you want to order individual copies of the 25th Anniversary Special Issue (25.4), you can get them through the Wiley-Blackwell subscription page (under “Back Issue Information” – Single Issues) at the personal subscription rate of $12.50 per issue.

WB Hypatia Online Library

WB Subscriptions / Single Issue orders

Here’s to a vibrant 25 years to come!

Alison Wylie
on behalf of the Hypatia editorial team