June, 2011

Michele Bachmann and feminism

By · Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 · 44 Comments »

Michele Bachmann is not a feminist. She believes that wives must obey their husbands, a doctrine which of course is diametrically opposed to the very concept of gender equality. Presumably she’s running for president because her husband Marcus says she can. Presumably, too, Marcus would be calling the shots if she were elected, which I […]

Is it impossible for men to criticize female politicians without bringing the sexism?

By · Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 · 56 Comments »

Maybe not impossible. But incredibly rare. Here’s Matt Taibbi on Imus (yes, that would be Don “black women are nappy-headed hos” Imus), discussing his Rolling Stone piece on Michele Bachmann: Transcript: Taibbi: “Actually, yeah, I’m actually kind of rooting for her to win the nomination, because I can’t wait to see the porn movies that […]

Don’t Know Much About History: it’s not just kids

By · Saturday, June 18th, 2011 · 40 Comments »

I’m a freak about history. I’m utterly obsessed with it. Since early childhood, I have felt compelled to find out, well, pretty much everything that has ever happened on this planet. Yeah, I know. Ridiculous. But it keeps me going, and is one reason I am never, ever bored. It’s self-evident to me that you […]

Weiner resignation and open thread

By · Thursday, June 16th, 2011 · 22 Comments »

I’m at the computer tonight but I keep getting sidetracked by some stuff I’m trying to do—reinstalling software, recovering old files from a crash, attempting to persuade Windows that I really am the owner/admin/user of my computer and it’s okay for me to have access to my own files, etc. So I don’t have a […]

Convenient audiovisual demonstration of the difference between sexism on the right and sexism on the left

By · Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 · 45 Comments »

Guys on the right created this mind-bogglingly offensive political ad:

The straight male obsession with lesbians has gone too far

By · Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 · 25 Comments »

I don’t normally blog on queer issues, seeing as how I’m not queer and there are plenty of real-live queer bloggers out there to tend to things. At least, I think there are. After today, who the fuck knows. You probably saw the news already that the Gay Girl in Damascus blogger, “Amina Arraf,” turned […]

Feminism 101

By · Monday, June 13th, 2011 · 41 Comments »

In a patriarchal society, men are the default humans. Women are the sex class. They are defined in terms of their relationship to the default humans, the men: whether as daughters, mothers, sisters, wives, or potential mates. This definition is automatic and fundamental. A woman’s femaleness—and thus her sexual potential—is, in a patriarchy, always uppermost. […]

Gabrielle Giffords looks great and Anthony Weiner doesn’t have the sense God gave a carrot

By · Sunday, June 12th, 2011 · 13 Comments »

Open thread. Consider it the Sunday Startling Snapshots open thread.

Other former vice-presidential candidates or potential presidential candidates whose entire email archive from their time in office has been released so the press (or just people who read the WaPo online) can comb through looking for something interesting

By · Friday, June 10th, 2011 · 30 Comments »

You know, I can’t think of any. Nope, not a single one. Look, we’re all feminists here. We all know the real reason for the Palin email panty-sniffing extravaganza. I’d just like to know what excuse, if any, the trash-pickers are using for treating this email archive like it’s the fucking Pentagon Papers. I haven’t […]

Sexual Harassment

By · Thursday, June 9th, 2011 · 46 Comments »

From the New York Times: Gennette Cordova said she did not even think the photo was real. It was nearly 9 p.m. on a Friday when Ms. Cordova, who was preparing to head out for the night with a friend, logged onto Twitter and discovered that Representative Anthony D. Weiner had sent her a suggestive […]