Saturday Link Love: Sixteen Candles, Stealing Children, and 1982

Saturday Link Love: Sixteen Candles, Stealing Children, and 1982 October 6, 2018

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles, on Vox—-“Some of the most popular comedies of the ’80s are filled with supposedly hilarious sequences that portray what in 2018 would be unambiguously considered date rape.”

Are evangelical adoption agencies stealing children? on Dame—“According to historian Arissa Oh, author of To Save the Children of Korea, the original Holt International Children’s Services application form for prospective parents was only a half-page long. The application requested the following information: husband’s name and job; wife’s name (her profession was not requested; she was expected to be a homemaker); sex and ages of children desired; and a description of the prospective parents’ personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

The Abandoned World of 1982, on The Atlantic—“Cheerful teen movies aimed at the high-school audience—John Hughes films among them—accurately reflected commonly held American attitudes about the male need for sex and the comic nature of the extremes a normal, suburban male would go to extract it from girls, often against their clearly stated wishes.”

Why Conservative Women Are OK with Harassment, on Harper’s Bazaar—“But these women appear to be engaged in a campaign to make the world worse for themselves. It’s deeply counterintuitive. It’s like seeing someone get punched and shouting, ‘this is fine, because I have experienced harder punches.'”

Men Are Defending Brett Kavanaugh Because They’re Afraid, on Vice—“This argument smells of fear. If expressions of male violence that were once justified as ‘boys will be boys’ are no longer permissible, it will mark a major cultural shift, one which many men are not prepared for.”

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