November 2009

Rape Apologism in Advice Columns

30 November, 2009 // 5 Comments

Note to readers: I’m going to be quoting some rather icky rape apologist and shaming language here, for reasons of critique. I feel like I should warn you so that you can, you know, not read this if you would rather not be exposed to that sort ...

On Patriotism

29 November, 2009 // 2 Comments

“There are two types of patriotism, although sometimes the two are mingled in the same breast. The first kind one might call nationalism; nationalists believe that all other countries are inferior in every respect and that one would do them a ...

Beyond the Binary

28 November, 2009 // 7 Comments

(A slightly different version of part of this post has appeared at FWD.) I know that many of my readers fall within the gender binary, identifying as either male or female, and thus, they may not think, often, about what it’s like to be ...

What Is A Woman?

27 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

The simple answer to this question is that a woman is a person who says that she is a woman. That she identifies as a woman. That she would like people to use female pronouns when referring to her. A woman is a Miss, a Ms., a Mrs., a Lady, a Dame, a ...

This Is Just to Say

26 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

You know what would be cool? If the President pardoned innocent people on Death Row instead of turkeys. I wrote this last night, and it quickly turned into one of the most quoted things I have ever written. Evidently it spoke to a lot of people. ...

Glee: Hairography

26 November, 2009 // 20 Comments

I made the probably unwise decision of watching Glee first thing in the morning today. And happened to mention on Twitter (sorry, merideth, I swear it’s relevant!) that I thought it wasn’t possible to be any more infuriated by Glee, and ...

House of Night

25 November, 2009 // 3 Comments

I recently started reading the House of Night books, in part because several people talked them up to me, and in part because a charming waitperson insisted on loaning me her copies of the first two books. (Take that, New York Times and your ...

Acidification

24 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

I’ve really been slacking on talking about the environment lately, for which I apologize. A lot of things have been going on, and while I am still (obviously) very concerned with and interested in environmental issues, I’ve been trying ...

Personal and Political

23 November, 2009 // 11 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot of late about religious privilege in this country. And this is a tricky subject to write about, because it’s a very nuanced and complex issue. My goal here is not to raise anyone’s hackles or to make anyone ...

Burning Down the House

22 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

So, yesterday I noticed that things kind of smelled smoky, but I didn’t really pay attention until they started smelling really smoky, and then I went outside to see what was going on, because, you know, smoky smells are bad, and… Yup. ...
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