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Monthly Archives: January 2011

#DearJohn: They Can See Us. Now They’ll Hear Us, Too.

“A ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the people,” quoth Speaker of the House John Boehner, thereby permanently confirming many a suspicion that he is not all that bright. In fact, American voters are concerned about the same thing they’ve been concerned about for the past three years, at least: Job [...]

#DearJohn: For When Boehner Decides Your Rape Just Wasn’t Enough

Well, hey there! What a beautiful Saturday afternoon it is! The sun is shining, the air is clear, the slush on the sidewalk is a sparkling shade of Pollution Beige, and OH LORD NO WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS: Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority [...]

SEXIST BEATDOWN: Attack of the Tiger Ladies Edition!

So, here’s a thing you know about: SUPERIOR CHINESE TIGER MOM! She was in the Wall Street Journal, talking about how Chinese mothers were sooooo superior to Western mothers, and you should totally scream and call your kids names and chain them to the radiator until they’ve cured cancer, and she was like totally unrepentant [...]

TRAVELS WITH GARLAND: Mountain Home, Arkansas

Fun Fact: I spent a month or two in Arkansas when I was but a lisping lad of mincing cluelessness. I don’t want to talk about it! But I feel like I should do a full disclosure as to why this surprises me not a bit: The Twitter user it came from is claiming she [...]

Net Neutrality, Keith Olbermann, and the Limits of Schadenfreude

On Friday, Keith Olbermann signed off of his show Countdown with Keith Olbermann for the last time. He told a story about hearing he had lost his job at ESPN through his ear piece while on camera, referenced the 1976 film Network, and then thanked his audience. Fairly classy. Certainly not a simple Ben Affleck [...]

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? A Post of Answers

Well! Perhaps you have not heard of a certain event called Rock Out for Roe? It takes place tonight! In fabulous NYC! You will have the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes! Meet fabulous people, including the lovely Shelby Knox and Steph Herold, the equally lovely Jessica Valenti, bloggers from the Feministing and the Jezebel, [...]

Hot Dude is Hot, Conflicted About It

“Trust me to end up working in the only industry in the world where women get paid more than men, and treated loads better,” he told the Sunday Times Style. “We’re trying to change that. In the hierarchy of a shoot, you have the photographer, the female model, the stylists, the assistants, then the male model. [...]

Grey Areas: Awkward Slow Dance Edition

Hey Garland. I am a student currently in high school and I was recently present when a friend of mine who is a part of that grand tradition known as the student council (read: dance committee) pitched the idea of a Sadie Hawkins dance. There was a little bit of an argument because it was [...]

Today In @ssholes: Thank You, Andrew Breitbart

So, here’s something new: Indeed. Via Jill at Feministe, we find that Breitbart’s and Palin’s use of “blood libel” (which is actually a specific term, with a specific history, relating to anti-Semitic myths about Jewish folks drinking blood and such — myths which were used to justify murdering Jewish people, for a really long time, [...]

The Arizona Shooting: An FAQ

1. Whose fault is this? Good question! Allow me to respond: And also, right now, it looks like it is the fault of the alleged shooter — against whom there is, can I tell you, just a LOT of evidence — Jared Loughner. 2. But that guy was crazy, right? I mean, his YouTube videos [...]