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Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Week In Patriarchy

Mad Men returned. Jon Hamm delineated a “weird conundrum” in which American men in the 60s were gracious enough to be cordial when they treated women like trash; men today, they’re not even polite about it, which Hamm called “too bad.” The Guardian placed a recent piece by Bidisha on casual sexism in the one [...]

The Girl With The Lots of Creepy Disturbing Torture That Pissed Me Off: On Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: you have all no doubt heard a lot about this book, which has been out for a while, and was made into a movie, and has sold about a bajillion copies in many languages, and also carries with it the deliciously tragic legacy of Stieg Larsson’s untimely death and [...]

‘CAUSE I’M NERDCORE LIKE THAT: Toward a Subversive Geek Identity

I started collecting X-Men Trading Cards in middle school. I would spend hours in the store sorting through identical silver packages, looking for The One. Or, at least, one that would have a limited edition holofoil or a rarity, something I could use to solidify my position in the daily cafeteria trading card stock market. [...]

All Your Boobs Belong To Us: Some Thoughts About Consent While Female

I once had occasion to date a woman who had very strong boundaries regarding acceptable affection. (I won’t get into the reasons, because they were hers, and totally valid.) Now, as I am a fanatic for consent, this turned out to not be that big an issue for me; in fact, it was a healthy [...]

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re Back!

And we — well, “me,” actually — are fucking exhausted. Let me tell you something: Vegas, as it turns out, will take it out of you. Although, if you are ever looking to get yourself super-weirded out, I do have some helpful hints! Like: Read Dostoevsky in a casino, whilst ladies wander around in black [...]

Tiger Beatdown Goes on Vacation!

Well hey, there! It’s been a while since I’ve rapped at ya. And it will be a while longer! For this is the week that Tiger Beatdown goes on vacation. What could have caused this, you ask? Well! A few things! For one thing, our lovely contributor Silvana is getting married. (Please send wedding presents [...]

SEXIST BEATDOWN: What’s Good For the Goose Is Good for Buttman Edition

Say! Anyone heard about this Polanski thing? It turns out that it really, really, really sucks! And, in case you were unfamiliar with the precise details of its sucking, I wrote a bit about it in over at the Atlantic’s Culture Channel for you. Specifically, on the subject of “artistic freedom.” The people who stayed [...]

The Week In Patriarchy

France remained on the cutting edge of determining what women should look like as President Sarkozy supported a country-wide dress code for its ladies. Switzerland decided Roman Polanksi was doing just fine where he was, thank you very much. It remained unverified whether Geneva native J-J Rousseau was rolling around in his fucking grave over [...]

Conseil pour vous, personnes tristes! The Resurrection of Simone de Beauvoir

[Yep! It's still pledge drive week. For those who have not driven pledges already, now is your time! We even have a donate button for you, right here under this bracket. For those who have, we have this blog post! For those who don't plan to help: What is your problem, Leechy? Anyway, I am [...]

Marginalized Queer Voices and “The gAyTM”

[Yes, it's still TIGER BEATDOWN PLEDGE DRIVE WEEK. It's the week we spend typing things in brackets, and reminding you that we depend on your support! Everything we do is dependent on our ability to fund that thing. Because it is fun to do things out of the goodness of our hearts -- and we [...]