British thingies

The end of male primogeniture

By · Friday, October 28th, 2011 · 9 Comments »

Hallelujah! I am so happy I have lived to see this: Girls equal in British throne succession Sons and daughters of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne, after Commonwealth leaders agreed to change succession laws. The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state unanimously […]

Live-commenting the royal wedding

By · Friday, April 29th, 2011 · 68 Comments »

Not live-blogging, since I’m going to be too busy watching TV and drinking coffee for that kind of high-maintenance posting. Instead we’ll just have an open thread thingy so anyone who wants to comment (including me) can do so. If you don’t have a TV, this thing may work: The BBC is supposed to be […]

Yes, I will be getting up at 3 am to watch the royal wedding

By · Thursday, April 28th, 2011 · 4 Comments »

And I hope her dress is fantabulous. I hope it has gorgeous sleeves and every bride in the world copies it and it totally transforms bridal fashion so maybe all these brides will stop wearing the same goddamn strapless dress they’re all wearing even though they LOOK LIKE SHIT. Sleeves. Sleeves are good. P.S. In […]

Comic Relief

By · Sunday, March 13th, 2011 · 11 Comments »

Long-time readers of this blog know that I have a tendency to disappear when the news gets to be too much. It’s cool; I have a wonderful little closet with a nest that I make out of an afghan my grandmother sent me and some old comforters. After all, what I am I supposed 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, […]