While J.Lo and Pitbull wow at AMAs, many on Twitter take shots at Latino influence

NBC Latino

The 2013 American Music Awards may have celebrated the best in American music, but by doing so the 41st annual ceremony commemorated the Latino contribution to pop culture at nearly every turn.

The AMAs – broadcast live from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles – were hosted by Pitbull, who opened the event with a few jokes about how the club scene in Miami practiced the “twerk” dance move long before Miley Cyrus made it popular. The first-time host made plenty of references to his Hispanic background during the three-hour show and even made a point to pronounce presenter Zoe Saldaña with the ñ.

But Pitbull – whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez – was the subject of plenty of tweets during the show, including from those who slammed the rapper for not being American and for dropping the occasional word in Spanish.

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thank you for trying to help

Brain Storm

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Thank you for wanting me to feel better. Thank you for showing you care.

Also, please understand: unless you are a specialist or fellow pain fighter*, your suggestions do not have much clout.

With chronic pain, there might be a combination of things that is majorly helpful, but there is rarely a magic bullet. What worked for your aunt’s cousin might not work for me too. I’m already trying new treatments (we usually are), and as it is, I have a list longer than Mr. Fantastic’s arm of things to try and places to go. It simultaneously gives me hope and makes me kind of tired to think about it. If you really want to help me, please follow these steps:

1) Listen

2) Believe me

3) Ask how you can help

4) Be true to your own needs and limitations

Thank you for trying to help.

An extra deep thank…

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Women’s Voices for the Earth Report on “Secret Scents”

Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

Women’s Voices for the Earth recently released a new report, called “Secret Scents“. It  highlights the need for ingredient transparency by the companies that create fragranced products, since right now we have almost no way of knowing what is causing the fragrance allergies and other serious health effects people experience when exposed to  fragrances. These adverse health effects are increasing, especially in children.

Amazingly, companies are not required by the FDA or EPA to disclose fragrance ingredients, so it is difficult for anyone to pinpoint specific fragrance allergens and sensitizers among the hundreds of ingredients that can make up a scent.

Another report  was also just released, this one on endocrine disrupting chemicals. Some fragrance ingredients, like phthalates (see below) are also endocrine disruptors, while others are known carcinogens and/or neurotoxic!

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Words and Able-ism

Feminist Philosophers

A post on Feministe led me (via Takenji) to this very informative post arguing that certain terms commonly used in a negative way on political blogs are offensive:

You know, when you throw around words about mental illness, like crazy, psycho or psychotic, frootbat, and nutjob, you’re mocking disability. You’re spitting in the face of everyone who suffers from a mental illness. You’re equating horrible behavior with mental illness. Stop it.

(Another excellent post is here, from Wheelchair Dancer.) This reminded me of Shelley’s argument that terms like ‘double-blind’ are offensive (see the comments here). But it also reminded me of one of the things I promised to discuss eventually– a talk at the recent SWIP conference by Jackie Leach Scully. Part of Scully’s discussion was about the many metaphors based on bodily abilities. Her focus was on the different ways that these metaphors may be…

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Ableist language alternatives

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Iris: A Gaming Network is a discussion board that seeks to subvert the status quo in gaming in attempt to find ways to rid the gaming industry of it’s strong racist/homophobic/sexist/ableist biases with a particular focus on feminist concerns. In my travels there, I noticed this discussion. It offers some alternatives to ableist or otherwise bigoted language, with some interesting discussion on regional variation following. I’ve appended the list of alternative slurs for your reference.

For more on Ableist language, check out this recent post from Feminist Philosophers. In both places, the discussion around language seems to get people quite excited. I’m not sure what it is- it is as if asking someone to avoid being an ass is somehow like putting a barrier on their freedoms which is offensive in it’s own right. Although they may believe in principle that being an ass ought to be avoided, they also…

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