The pimp vanishes

By · Thursday, April 19th, 2012 · 11 Comments »

I’ve just finished reading this morning’s New York Times story about the Secret Service scandal, and my head is reeling. Buried in the middle of the story is a remarkable sentence: Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. […]

Secret Service johns

By · Saturday, April 14th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

The Washington Post broke the story yesterday that nearly a dozen Secret Service agents and military officers have been removed from the President’s security detail in Colombia for misconduct involving prostitutes. The Post’s inside track was provided by Ron Kessler, who’s written a behind-the-scenes book about the Secret Service: Kessler said he was told that […]

I think we need to have a talk about patriarchy

By · Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 · 21 Comments »

Yesterday Echidne linked to a story in the New York Times about Spanish brothels. Spanish slave brothels, really, since most of the women in them are trafficked slaves who are being held against their will. The article is enormously upsetting, as is every article about prostitution. I’m going to arrange a few of the quotes […]

The ease with which men imagine women as prostitutes

By · Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 · 45 Comments »

Prostitution is serious business. Women tend to understand that. I’ve never known a woman (a real woman, as opposed to some online twit-bot) who didn’t regard prostitution as a very serious and dangerous line of work. Certainly it’s not something you’d do if you had other options. It’s scary as hell, since johns are insane […]

Today’s dose of casual sexism

By · Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 · 40 Comments »

From Glenn Greenwald, famed advocate of human rights for men: …as soon as Scott Ritter began telling the truth about Iraqi WMDs, he was publicly smeared with allegations of sexual improprieties. As soon as Eliot Spitzer began posing a real threat to Wall Street criminals, a massive and strange federal investigation was launched over nothing […]

David Letterman, the voice of dude nation

By · Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 · 118 Comments »

I was about to hit the sack this morning (don’t ask) when I noticed a few emails in my inbox about David Letterman. “Is he still alive?” I wondered. It occurred to me that perhaps he’d died in an autoerotic asphyxiation accident, and would soon be joining David Carradine and Michael Hutchence in the Freakazoids […]

One Perfect Sentence

By · Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 · 9 Comments »

Twisty: The idea that women’s public sexuality can so precisely mirror traditional male fantasy while simultaneously existing in a kind of pro-woman, I-do-it-for-myself alternate universe is the cornerstone of funfeminist “thought.”

So close and yet so far

By · Friday, May 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment »

I slept! Nine hours, I think. The world is a beautiful place again. Or it was until I got to my computer and started on the news. Two items this morning caught my eye with their promise to tell the truth, to actually say what the hell is going on in this godforsaken crack-brained world […]

He couldn’t be bothered with a single mention of all the raped and enslaved women?

By · Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 · 35 Comments »

I haven’t been watching the Ken Burns documentary “The War,” but this post over at Heart’s got my attention: Where in the name of all that is holy are the comfort women? And it’s not just the “comfort” women; it’s all the enslaved and prostituted and raped women in that global apocalypse, that furnace of […]

So that’s why all the morons think prostitution is an empowerfuling career choice

By · Thursday, September 13th, 2007 · 52 Comments »

I keep as much distance between myself and popular culture as possible, so I’ve only just now discovered that for the past few years HBO has been running some utterly unrealistic “reality” show about a brothel in Nevada, a happy place where happy people do happy things, just because they’re so darn happy. According to […]