links for 2010-07-28

  • "Interestingly, there appears to be a correlation between a region’s percentage of online females using social networks and its gender gap. The narrowest gender gap exists in Latin America, where the percentage of female social networkers is about 2.4% higher than the percentage of male social networkers. That gap rises to 3.8% in North America, 6.2% in Europe, and 8.3% in Asia Pacific."
  • "Worse is Hart's use of the 'perpetual victims' claim. This implies that Indians are pretending to be victims to get rich from casinos. That they have no real reason to complain.

    "In reality, Americans are still victimizing Indians in many ways: broken treaties, budget shortfalls, court decisions, environmental harm, racial discrimination, etc. It's not 'playing the victim card' if you're an actual victim. It's called demanding justice, something minorities have had to do for centuries."

  • "Rob Walker (author of the fascinating book Buying In: What We Buy and Who We Are) sent me a link to a post at Drinkin’ and Dronin’ of a 1954 Levi Strauss brochure about 'western Indian lore.' It’s a nice round-up of stereotypes and appropriations of Native Americans. We start off with an angry, bare-chested (and Levis-clad) man with a tomahawk, shield, moccasins, and headdress; I’d guess he’s supposed to be a warrior doing a war dance…"
  • "'Fashion media personality Najwa Moses has her own set of qualified Black women who should have received a call. “I can think of a few qualified Black women, and men too.'

    "Najwa says. 'My picks would be celebrity stylists Patti Wilson, June Ambrose, Kithe Brewster, Memsor Kamaraké, and Sydney Bolden.' Najwa also says that Michaela angela Davis herself would have been a good pick."

    "Najwa, a dominant force in the world of fashion media—particularly new media–also shared her immediate reaction: 'I was blown away—in shock really.' Najwa tells CLUTCH. 'I mean, how could such a prestigious title who is deeply rooted in its target audience let someone who is not even apart of the African Diaspora detonate our image?'”