October, 2009

Why isn’t the Richmond gang rape being treated as a hate crime?

By · Thursday, October 29th, 2009 · 24 Comments »

That’s a rhetorical question, of course. If you read my post yesterday about hate crimes (or even if you didn’t), you know why. But the Richmond case provides an unusually clear-cut example of how violence against women, just because they’re women (as opposed to black/immigrant/Jewish/gay women), is considered normal. Why? Because it was in this […]

One of these hate crimes is not like the others

By · Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 · 22 Comments »

The big news today on the progress-of-civilization front is that President Obama has signed the new hate crimes bill into law. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expands federal law to cover hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Yes, gender really is on the list; […]


By · Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 · 21 Comments »

LIEBERMAN VOWS TO FILIBUSTER BILL WITH PUBLIC OPTION Lieberman: I’ll block vote on Reid plan Lieberman will join filibuster of public option And a zillion other headlines of similar ilk staring up at me from Memeorandum. Who is this person? I mean that. Who is this guy? Is Joe Lieberman a fucking Orc?

Gang rape victim brings it on herself

By · Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 · 68 Comments »

Onlookers laugh during teen girl’s gang rape, reports the San Jose Mercury News. I’m just going to fair-use the gist of the article here: Onlookers laughed, took pictures and even joined in Saturday night during the two-hour gang rape of a semiconscious 15-year-old outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High, police said Monday. … “She […]

I’m so excited about the optional opt-out option

By · Monday, October 26th, 2009 · 9 Comments »

It’s so mysterious! I love mysterious announcements about mysterious bills that contain mysterious provisions that no one knows jack squat about. Here’s Jane Hamsher’s take on the health care announcement: In his presser, Harry Reid said very little about what kind of an “opt-out” he’ll put in the final bill. The good news: Pressure on […]

My alma mater elects a homecoming queen

By · Sunday, October 25th, 2009 · 18 Comments »

The College of William and Mary crowns its first transgender homecoming queen: Jessee Vasold ’11 made history at the College of William and Mary Wednesday when ze was announced as the school’s first transgender homecoming queen, representing the Class of 2011. Vasold identifies as gender-queer and prefers to be referred to with gender neutral pronouns: […]

Exciting new growth sector in feminism: bashing women

By · Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 · 81 Comments »

Oh, this is wonderful. Just wonderful. A start-up publishing house called O/R is planning a kind of semi-spoof of Sarah Palin’s upcoming memoir. The title of Palin’s book is Going Rogue: An American Life. The spoofy thing — actually a collection of essays about Palin — will be called Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. Rouge […]

Official statement from the Smoking Lounge regarding the role of media (including pornography) in the cultural construction and maintenance of sexism and misogyny

By · Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 · 19 Comments »

Hey, kids, it’s time for another episode of Comments That Should Have Been Posts! The comment in question was deposited by me on the thread attached to this post, the subject of which was Rihanna’s “sexy” impersonation of a barbed-wire torture victim. Voilà: This is the sort of thing that Liberal Dude Nation would say […]

Because torture is so sexy

By · Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Thank God the music industry is doing its part to de-glamorize violence against women: That’s the artwork for Rihanna’s new single, “Russian Roulette.” MTV is thrilled by what it calls the “racy” cover, featuring the pop singer’s “provocative barbed wire-wrapped torso.” Racy. Provocative. You know what it reminds me of? Those crime scene photos of […]

Oh thank god — we’ll have someplace to go then

By · Monday, October 19th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Lots more planets found outside solar system, says USA Today (and I love the “lots more” — it’s so chipper, like dialogue from a Doris Day movie): Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside the solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Just in time! […]