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 ...

Frosty Canapes

30 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

Global Rich List (via Sociological Images) The Age: Police to  have power to strip-search at random Legal experts have labelled the proposed laws, which will enable officers to strip-search children and the disabled, as draconian and a knee-jerk ...

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 ...

Humid Submarines

27 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

Warning: this ain’t livin’ will be down on Monday, 30 November from 6:00 AM UTC to 9:00 AM UTC! BBC News: Siberian tiger in severe decline The last remaining population of Siberian tigers has declined significantly, according to ...

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. ...

Burping Llamas

26 November, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Age: Fielding likens same-sex marriage to incest Family First senator Steve Fielding has compared same-sex marriages to incest, as a Senate inquiry yesterday recommended against allowing gay marriage in Australia. Minneapolis City Pages: ...

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 ...
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