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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Glitter, Glam, and Lady Hate: The Scissor Sisters’ “Invisible Light”

Scissor Sisters’ “Invisible Light” should be one of my favorite videos of the year. It starts off with a pretty solid Hammer Horror pastiche, with the Gothic elements firmly in place – a woman is left alone in the manor with her child and is menaced by evil forces – which segues into a bizarre [...]

Day One of #MooreandMe: Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Being Blocked by Keith Olbermann on Twitter

So! A lot has happened, since the lovely Jaclyn Friedman and I did conspire to create a hashtag of protest, on the Twitter. Lots of things! Tweeted-by-NYT-writers-and-Jezebel-and-Slate-and-reported-on-by-Mediaite-type things! And you are, no doubt, full of questions. OR CURSING! Lots of you are just cursing, and repeating false claims, and such! That’s why the good Lord [...]

#MooreandMe: On Progressives, Rape Apologism, and the Little Guy

So, here are some cheerful statistics for you: According to RAINN, about 60% of rapes aren’t reported. In those cases, there’s about a 51% chance that the 40% of reported rapes will have an arrest made. There’s an 80% chance of prosecution. And, given various factors including conviction and sentencing, there’s only about a 16.3% [...]

On the Care and Maintenance of Straight Friendships

Fun facts about straight people: Most of them are not dangerous! Some of them are actually quite lovely people. Straight people are not as violent as they are portrayed in action movies. Straight people are your neighbors, your friends, members of your community. You may be related to a straight person, or even share a room [...]

The Varied Mental and Emotional States of Queer Caregivers in Rural America: A Case Study

I thought this was going to be an adventure. My middle class upbringing and a childhood reading silly, nonsense books had prepared me to see everything as an adventure. To take every new day and squeeze the life lesson out of it, to remember that I was my own best friend, and that my duty [...]

Words That No Longer Mean Anything: Maverick Edition

At the end of November, the Defense Department’s Comprehensive Review Working Group released its Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Working Group was tasked with predicting the effect open service would have on “military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting, retention and family readiness.” [...]

AND ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TOPIC:

Are you in the mood to watch and/or think about girls punching space zombies today, by any chance??? Because I am! And, here is a little bit (spoiler: a LOT of bit) of something I wrote for The Awl, YAY THE AWL, and I know it’s weird to say this about your own thing that [...]

How We Describe Women Who Report Sexual Assaults Now:

“I feel as if I’m in a surreal Swedish movie being threatened by bizarre trolls.” – Mark Stephens, lawyer for Julian Assange, who has been charged with (a) refusing to stop having sex with a woman after she said no, and (b) being told that having sex with another lady was only consensual under certain [...]

Designing Lifestyles: A New Approach, For The Lady Who’s Dead Inside

Ladies! Have you ever wondered what is the exact blogular equivalent of wandering into a bar full of finance dudes and being expected to order some sort of pink or green cough-syrup drink ending in -tini whilst they stare at your tits and talk about what big deals they are whilst Entourage plays on a [...]

SEXIST BEATDOWN: Exciting Trends in Loserdom Edition

TRENDS! They affect us all. Like: Remember slap bracelets? I sure as shit do. One’s LIFE was determined, in large part and in second grade, by the number and quality of one’s slap bracelets. Or: Leggings for pants! There was a time when people — and not always laughable people — engaged in such a [...]