Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 31 2008

Saudi cleric lacks clue re: origin of social strife

PZ Myers is so hot right now! I check his blog, like, every 13 minutes. And lo, he rewards me, not with a nice picture of some wacky octopus, but with another godawful story about what he calls “daughter-slaughtering monsters” in Saudi Arabia. Yeesh. Seems that Dude became so enraged when he discovered his daughter …

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Mar 31 2008

Godbag sects duke it out for top honors in global reproduction contest

Via Reuters: The global population of misogynist cultists labeled “Muslim” have, at 19.2%, edged out longtime frontrunners the Roman Catholics (now just 17.4%) in the perennial struggle for world domination in the high-stakes My Subtle Variant of the Fairy Tale Is Truer Than Yours competition. What’s the secret of their success? Let’s ask Monsignor Vittorio …

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Mar 30 2008

Bouteilian theory: a primer

Quoth blamer Cortney, in response to yesterday’s post on Russia’s new “women’s” vodka: “Bottles are totally phallic!!!!” One exclamation point per customer, please. But I’m glad you brought this up. As luck would have it, I am the world’s foremost bottle historian. Let’s suppose that when you say “bottles are totally phallic!!!!”, you mean what …

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Mar 29 2008

Feminizers without borders: Moscow edition

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Photo of empowerful vodka originally uploaded at the New York Times. The persistent feminization of unisex commodities certainly bodes well for Dude Nation; if every day weren’t already a big ole lap dance for patriarchy, I’d say they should book the Diamonds Cabaret and its lineup of prepubescent strippers for a giant Feminism’s-Goin’-Down pole-a-thon. Because …

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Mar 29 2008

Run, Mrs Wadley, run!

Via a forwarded email, my longtime chum Peckman calls my attention to the following letter to the editor on the subject of honky wish fulfillment. From yesterday’s Daily Oklahoman, “Oklahoma’s Newspaper since 1907” (i.e., since the mass treaty violation of Oklahoma statehood): Very blessed My wife, an American Indian, has changed my mind about her …

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Mar 29 2008

Dallas fleabag motels packed to rafters as news of legal child sexploitation hits pedophile message boards

Whether this remarkable story has excursed the borders of Texas I know not, but just in case: Pedophiles Rights Activists are hooking up with the Sex Work Empowers Us, Bitch! contingent to dance in the streets and swill Natural Light in cans. That’s right; Dude Nation’s right to leer at degraded pubescent girls in the …

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Mar 26 2008

Spiny arboreal lizard of the week

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Texas Spiny lizard, Sceloporus olivaceus. Male variety, actual size. Photographed March 25, 2008, at the Twisty Institute for Urban Varmint Research, North South Austin. This ordinarily doleful reptile amused me for half an hour yesterday with an unscheduled performance of an aerobics routine. It would run along the back of a wooden bench, stop suddenly, …

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Mar 25 2008

If a breach like this happens again I’m gonna have to take steps

I have just discovered Language Log. And I have to say, I’m flabbergasted on many levels. What’s the matter with all of you? Why have you been keeping this from me for the last six years? Is it because of my views on the ellipsis? Is it because I’m against tiny handbags? Do you hate …

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Mar 25 2008

The evangelical pro-life guide to sexy feminism

These remarks from reader Liz conveniently summarize, more or less, my own views on sexy feminism. She begins with quoted text from another commenter. “Sexy feminism (aka sex-positivism) isn’t about appealing to men and thus perpetuation [sic] the patriarchy through internalized sexism. It’s about claiming our own sexual pleasure and our own bodies. It’s about …

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Mar 23 2008

The little-known lyric souls of blamers

Occasionally a blamer, moved to an alternate plane of expression by sparks of unknown genius, will respond to a patriarchy-blaming post with a fit of poetic impulse. Hardly any of these deserve wider recognition, but I won’t let that stop me. Herewith, the first installment of The Poetical Blamer. On the subject of PhysioProf’s account …

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