As the United States of America turned 234, one man celebrated by videotaping some ladies’ fruited planes. Dudes across America said, “I’d tap [Rachel Maddow back when she was in high school and wasn’t all smart and glasses-y and a lesbian]!” Be on the lookout America: Socialist feminists in Sweden burnt $13,000 to symbolically represent the wage gap between men and women. Maybe America and Sweden are already more similar than previously thought.
Spread around contextual ads for “incredible star slim-downs” and “celebrity six-packs” was an uplifting story about Christina Hendricks and how she felt beautiful after gaining weight. Mad Men showed us how to treat a lady. Mel Gibson admitted to hitting his ex “because she fucking deserved it.”
Economist Nancy Folbre introduced into the lexicon the phrase “cougar capitalism.” Frown. Jesse Bering of the Scientific American made a circuitous case for his not being a sexist that included the fact that his editor is a woman and that people generally dislike feminists. It concluded by telling the woman who had first leveled the claim, “Go stuff it up that hole of yours which [sic] is shared by both male and female jackasses alike.” (Ah, the grammatical sic.) In an apparent attempt to repair the damaged reputation of feminists, the female jackass in question had said that “[his] blatant, unapologetic, flinching gynophobia made me wonder if he’s gay.” A Center for Feminist Research study found that women’s sports are underrepresented at ESPN because male sports reporters are scared.
The geeks at Google were found to underrepresent women in their doodles. That’s not what their high school notebooks would have us think! Olivia Munn’s geek flag flew high as she proselytized for the more frequent use of the word “cunt” and told Internet overanalyzers they “need to get the shit fucked out of them.” A recent Belgian study found that girls are too simple to play videogames. (It did find that they like “bright colors”–just like birds!)
Celebrated American writer Marilynne Robinson appeared on The Daily Show. That’s why TDS has been a trending topic all week, right? Emma Donoghue, literary scholar, looked for “secret sapphic desire” in the works of Shirley Jackson and others. Andrew Breitbart was somewhat surprised that the new The Kids Are All Right is not, in fact, biopic of The Who.