My vote tomorrow

By · Monday, November 5th, 2012 · 27 Comments »

Yesterday scott posed this question in the comments: This is just a question for Violet, if she sees this. I’ve vacillated back and forth this entire year whether or not to vote 3rd party on the principle that Romney is evil, Obama has been sometimes comically bad, and that indicating you don’t like what’s on […]

Patriarchy in action: the New York Times rewrites history

By · Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 · 38 Comments »

This past weekend, the New York Times published an article on Silicon Valley that started like this: MEN invented the Internet. And not just any men. Men with pocket protectors. Men who idolized Mr. Spock and cried when Steve Jobs died. Nerds. Geeks. Give them their due. Without men, we would never know what our […]

Band of Brothers: Levon Helm and Rick Danko, together again

By · Friday, April 27th, 2012 · 16 Comments »

This is so poignant: Levon Helm to be buried next to Rick Danko. After a private funeral, Levon Helm will be buried Friday in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band’s singer and bassist, who died in 1999. Whippersnappers may be a tad confused as to why these guys were so important, and why […]

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. […]

How on earth does something like this happen?

By · Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 · 16 Comments »

There’s mind-boggling, and then there’s mind-boggling. The picture of the FGM cake and the Swedish culture minister, above, is boggling in the truest sense. All you can do at first is just look at it in gobsmacked wonderment. What the FUCK? What are these people thinking? How did this happen? And if you’re a woman, […]

What happens when you fail to define contraception as normal healthcare

By · Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 · 28 Comments »

This is a follow-up to this post: People who have been warning about slippery slope for years unable to recognize slippery slope. As the wingnuts explode into a misogynistic frenzy over birth control, comparing it to things like gym memberships and demanding that women post sex tapes of themselves online in exchange for having their […]

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 […]

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. […]

Lee Harvey Oswald has left the building

By · Sunday, January 16th, 2011 · 79 Comments »

The past week has been full of bizarre responses to the Arizona shooting, and if I weren’t so tired and depressed I’d grace you all with a 10,000 word essay on the subject. But I am tired and depressed, so I’ll just pick the one moment that continues to intrigue me. It was this: Robert […]

Libertarians and evangelicals explain the problem with Haiti

By · Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 · 59 Comments »

My ex-husband spent some time in Haiti during his brief career as a semi-Marxist semi-revolutionary. He told me that the most shocking thing about the country was the disparity between the visiting rich and the resident poor. In the countryside and on the streets, it was nothing but dirt-eating poverty. But on the beach in […]