November, 2006

Oblivious Sexist Asshole at the Washington Post

By · Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 · 25 Comments »

Joel Achenbach’s column at the Washington Post today is entitled — and I wish I were kidding — Those Daffy Democrats. When I first saw the headline I thought, “Cool. Joel’s going to dissect the absurd sexist anti-Democratic coverage that seems hell-bent on making Nancy Pelosi into a vindictive cootie-laden schoolgirl.” Wrong. Joel doesn’t dissect […]

Project HUHO: Cheap Easy Brownies from Scratch

By · Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 · 15 Comments »

You don’t need brownie mix to make brownies. All you need is some basic ingredients, a mixing bowl, a spoon, and a pan. I used to make these brownies all the time when I lived in the city. It was a pain to go to the grocery store — and I was on a tight […]

What kind of food did you eat at home growing up?

By · Friday, November 24th, 2006 · 145 Comments »

In the Thanksgiving thread we’ve been talking a little about the character of American cuisine, and one thing I often think of when this topic arises is that American restaurant food is really a separate cuisine itself, apart from the regional varieties of home cooking. I suppose to some extent that’s true in all countries […]

Quick update from the kitchen

By · Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 · 22 Comments »

It’s pie week here in the Socks household. The cherry streusel pie I baked the other day is already gone, but fortunately its place has been taken by the apple pie and two pumpkin pies now cooling on the counter. We have homemade cranberry sauce for the first time this year, and it’s fabulous. Tomorrow […]

Do you have a useful skill?

By · Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 · 55 Comments »

Ack. I meant to post this last week and it slipped by me. Lauren’s starting a wiki called Help Us Help Ourselves, a compilation of how-to articles created by us in the feminist community. If you’ve got a useful skill, and particularly if you have specialized professional knowledge you can share, please consider writing up […]

The inexorable march towards Stepfordization continues apace

By · Monday, November 20th, 2006 · 8 Comments »

Our government in action: The new guy appointed to head up the family planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services is — get this — a godbag who doesn’t believe in family planning. Or rather, he believes that family planning should consist solely of each man deciding whether or not to plow […]

Why bad science fiction writers should not be allowed to start their own religions

By · Sunday, November 19th, 2006 · 19 Comments »

Just one of many reasons, actually: Excerpts from a Church of Scientology wedding service: Minister to bride: “So now my [bride's name], stand steady here and say do you today intend for him beside you there to be to him a wife? And do you ken that [groom's name] here shall have you for his […]

God’s obsession with penises

By · Friday, November 17th, 2006 · 6 Comments »

It’s a curious thing about the God of the Universe, the Creator of All That Exists, the Ground of Being: He (and it is a “He”) is utterly transfixed by human penises. It is His burning focus. You would think that He might have bigger fish to fry, maybe a nebula to look after, perhaps […]

Quick question: do people who like pornography think sex is dirty?

By · Thursday, November 16th, 2006 · 38 Comments »

It’s a real question, not rhetorical. Here’s the background: I’m used to hearing pro-porn people, even some pro-porn feminists, say that anti-porn feminists don’t like porn because we’re hung up about sex, think sex is dirty, whatever. That’s always seemed like a groundless accusation to me. I like sex very much; I just don’t like […]

Our Mother Who Art in Heaven

By · Thursday, November 16th, 2006 · 6 Comments »

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this Harris Poll on belief in God, but what intrigues me is the question of God’s gender. More than a third of respondents think of God as male, while only 1% think of God as female. Most of that 1% is coming from women: 2% of women think […]