Monthly Archive: December 2006

Dec 24 2006

Puh-rumpa-pum-puke

O what a sappy, magical time! It has just been brought to my attention that there exists a movie called “A Christmas Story” and that it is considered (at least by the guy who introduces films on Turner Classic Movies — I don’t mean the old avuncular guy, I mean the aging hipster who drives …

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Dec 22 2006

Talk about the war on Cephalopodmas*

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Cephalopodmas comes but once a year, and today’s the big day! To celebrate, some Japanese research dudes did what no research dudes have ever done before: they videotaped a live giant squid, that most elusive of jumbo invertebrates, in the wild. And then they killed it. Reuters photo of bloodied giant squid corpse ________________________ * …

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Dec 21 2006

Vietnamese women: worth $5K

Today’s installment of Exploits in International Woman Trafficking comes to Twisty HQ from VietnamNet Bridge, which is running a story with this headline: “Vietnamese women for sale: Malaysian people upset.” The story so far (I have pieced it together from this, this, this, and this): Malaysian “marriage brokers” import Vietnamese women and sell them to …

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Dec 20 2006

Carnivale!

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Originally uploaded by Miss Prism Diary of a Freak Magnet and the imponderabilia of actual life have both honored I Blame The Patriarchy with mentions in the Carnival of Feminists (the 28th and 29th, respectively). These tireless compilers of blogular feminist action have my compliments for a job well done. As always, the Carnivalists have …

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Dec 20 2006

Study du jour: the calming hand of patriarchy

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The progenitors of a certain radical feminist blogger display marital bliss at their 51st anniversary party Today’s dudely, reassuring, women-are-fragile-little-flowers study comes from the University of Virginia, where assistant professor of neuroscience James A Coan stuffed 16 ‘highly satisfied’ married women into MRI tubes, threatened to zap’em with electric shocks, and measured their brains when …

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Dec 19 2006

Blamer Brain Trust alert

I have received a query from a science academic what reads as follows: “I have a friend who I am trying to educate about the basics of feminist understanding of patriarchy. Do you have suggestions for Web sites with this sort of “entry-level” information? ” The old “I have a friend” gambit! As you know, …

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Dec 16 2006

Plus ça change

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Because il n’y plus de nouveau sous le soleil, my dinner was again assorted vegetables sauced with a mixture of white wine, cornstarch, sugar, and a tablespoon of everything in my fridge that has a Japanese or Chinese label. Brown rice for the colon! After receiving a hot tip that the tabloidical NY Daily News …

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Dec 16 2006

Mind-blowing

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W announces at Rumsfeld’s good-riddance ceremony: “We’ve been through war together.” Let us now tippy-toe through the battle-torn scrapbook of their war togetherness. Background war photos from The Memory Hole

Dec 15 2006

Any excuse to denigrate lipstick

Some hospital psychologists understand the maintenance of feminine beauty practices to signify “mental health” and enforce makeovers for women they consider recalcitrant. Resistance by women to these practices is seen as a symptom of ill health. Thus Michael Pertschuk says that the first thing medical students are taught is to observe the patient: “How is …

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Dec 15 2006

Public Cans of Austin: El Gringo

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Stingray calls this “western kitsch,” but I fail to see what’s so kitschy about a gold spray-painted horseshoe. I-35 runs down the middle of Austin, a cee-ment ribbon of apartheid segregating the populace according to caste. On the west side, which is never called “the West Side,” is the university, the Whole Foods, the horrid …

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