September, 2008

The American Scam

By · Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments »

GaryChapelHill at Riverdaughter got this in his email this morning, and I got it this afternoon. Damn scammers. Who could fall for this? From: Henry Paulson [] Date: 9/30/2008 Subject: URGENT Dearest One Bright Greetings Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent and important business relationship with a transfer of funds […]

Okay, definitely going with the alpacas then

By · Monday, September 29th, 2008 · 11 Comments »

The House just voted down the bailout bill. That’s okay, I’m just going to keep looking at pictures of alpacas.

Ridiculing Palin to make up for the sin of liking Hillary

By · Monday, September 29th, 2008 · 17 Comments »

Whenever women in a patriarchal society buck male opinion, there’s hell to pay and they know it. Women in America really went out on a limb this year by backing Hillary in the face of withering derision from men (and from young women attempting to curry favor with men, consciously or not). Now they’re making […]

This is your brain on Obama

By · Sunday, September 28th, 2008 · 8 Comments »

Quixote has a post up which enunciates well one of my biggest frustrations with the Obama cult of personality: the way it makes right-wing political positions suddenly acceptable to previously liberal people. It’s the “I trust Barack” phenomenon, which you can observe in full bloom on the various Obamabot blogs whenever The Precious endorses some […]

My plan for when the Depression hits

By · Saturday, September 27th, 2008 · 28 Comments »

Molly and I are going to raise alpacas. I’ll make clothes from the fleece and sell any leftover fiber for cash. Molly is looking forward to finally having something to herd. We’ll cut down the trees on the rest of our land (firewood!) and grow corn, beans, and squash. Just like the Indians. We already […]

The 30 Percent Solution — now with 30% more cross-posting!

By · Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 · 19 Comments »

I got permission from the divine MadamaB to re-post The 30 Percent Solution over at The New Agenda, and I’m just so giddy about the whole thing I’m going to re-post it here too. I’m gonna get so many pingbacks going my computer will ‘splode! Below and forthwith is the re-post of the re-post of […]

How did we go from Tomato Nation’s “Yes, You Are” to this?

By · Saturday, September 20th, 2008 · 38 Comments »

Five years ago, Tomato Nation published a post that rapidly became legend. It was emailed, re-posted, printed out, probably even framed somewhere. Maybe you remember it. It was called “Yes, You Are.” Here it is: Yes, You Are feminism n (1895) 1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes […]

When misogyny masquerades as feminism

By · Friday, September 19th, 2008 · 70 Comments »

One of my favorite Onion headlines from recent years was, “Women now empowered by everything a woman does.” A similar headline could be written as the summary (and, I hope, the epitaph) of the Third Wave: “Feminism is anything a woman says, thinks, or feels.” I hate to break it to the Third Wavers out […]

When did feminism become just about abortion?

By · Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 · 71 Comments »

Here I go again, writing comments that ought to be posts. Today a commenter said of Sarah Palin: You know, Violet, the anti-choice thing is enough for me to call her antifeminist. And I said: That may be. But what bothers me is when people go further and say that she is against everything that […]

Sarah Palin on feminist issues

By · Monday, September 15th, 2008 · 59 Comments »

Governor Sarah Palin and daughter Piper at Riverbend Elementary School in Juneau. Sarah Palin calls herself a “pro-life feminist.” Basically, that’s feminism minus abortion rights. Obviously that puts her at odds with modern American feminism on a crucial issue. But to hear tell from the many feminist writers now publishing furious editorials, Sarah Palin isn’t […]