November, 2010

What are you having for Thanksgiving?

By · Thursday, November 25th, 2010 · 18 Comments »

In past food threads we’ve discovered that regional differences in American cuisine are alive and well. (I eat fried okra and blackeyed peas and grits and cornbread; you eat…well, whatever weirdo mess you eat.) Thanksgiving, though, is one holiday when I think a certain homogeneity reigns on the dinner tables of our nation. But hey, […]

That TSA skit on SNL

By · Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments »

Frickin’ hilarious (unless you have to go to the airport):

A word of explanation

By · Monday, November 22nd, 2010 · 41 Comments »

MadamaB has an interesting post up about The New Agenda. I don’t normally comment on what happened there, but MadamaB’s post leaves an impression [inadvertently — ETA] which I think it’s important to correct. She writes: A new feminist organization, the New Agenda, was forming to promote solidarity amongst women and gain 30%, leading to […]

Big Ears steps in it again

By · Sunday, November 21st, 2010 · 15 Comments »

Prince Charles, I mean. With the “hey, maybe Camilla will be queen, what the hell” statement, which could not possibly come at a more ridiculous time. As The Spoof reports: Royal Family ‘Relieved and Delighted’ by Queen Camilla Blunder Buckingham Palace reverted to form today following the Prince of Wales’ latest ham-fisted attempt to have […]


By · Thursday, November 18th, 2010 · 27 Comments »

My mother imbued me with a love of English history from an early age. When I was six years old I memorized the list of Henry VIII’s wives, including the godawful things that happened to them. (I think I got my feminism and my love of history at the same time.) I next set out […]

Familiarity can be comforting, even when it’s a thousand-year-old patriarchal institution

By · Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 · 41 Comments »

It can also make you feel old, as I’m feeling today. (Break from politics, folks. Too damn depressing.) Anyhoo, today’s big Patriarchy Forever news is, of course, the official engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It makes me feel old since I well remember the official engagement of his parents. I remember the ring, […]


By · Friday, November 12th, 2010 · 14 Comments »

My blog was instalanched this morning and it took down the server. If you can see this at all, you’re lucky. And now my mod queue is full of unbelievably stupid people. God.

Accepting apologies on line 1

By · Thursday, November 11th, 2010 · 58 Comments »

There is no schadenfreude in the Smoking Lounge. Every single thing I wrote and predicted about Barack Obama in 2008 was true, true, true, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy watching the nightmare unfold. After all, the reason I cared so much in 2008 was because I was so desperate to stave off the disaster. […]

Banana Republic

By · Monday, November 8th, 2010 · 10 Comments »

Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times: In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie. But guess what? You no longer need to travel to distant and dangerous countries to […]

Feminism is no longer about sexism at all

By · Friday, November 5th, 2010 · 70 Comments »

Via Echidne, check out this hilarious definition of feminism offered by WisCon (an allegedly feminist science fiction convention): Feminism is many things to many people, but one way to describe it is as a belief in the social, political, and economic equality of all. Feminism is part of a larger constellation of movements seeking social, […]