Monthly Archive: February 2009

Feb 28 2009

“Sex therapist” to women: Just close your eyes and think of England

The blamer will kindly excuse me for today’s lack of megatwistanalysis, but there’s a minor crisis down at the Spinster HQ Ornithology Department. A certain sidekick — I’m not naming names, but it starts with an S and ends with a “ray” — left the back door open last night and this morning I’ve got …

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Feb 26 2009

I feel so dirty

Blamer Belenen sent in a video clip the other day with the note “check out this animated tribute to sexism.” It was a cartoon called “Only in a Woman’s World.” Four young female characters obsess about femininity, particularly body image and food, in that glib, self-depracating-but-psuedo-edgy way that hot young empowerfulized women are popularly imagined …

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Feb 25 2009

Inner workings of moderation process exposed at last

One of the things that happened when I bagged my blog for several months was that some old readers moved on, and some new ones turned up. Sayonara, old readers! You have broken the Twisty heart, and I hate you for it. Welcome, new readers! If you ever leave, I will hate you, too. It …

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Feb 24 2009

Hugs, Twisty: only YOU can prevent assimilation

Today’s Hugs, Twisty asks the tone-deaf question “how do you fight the power?” Dear Twisty, I would like to refer you this ghastly t-shirt (appropriately classified as “funny” on this yahoo shop site), my knowledge of which is sadly not theoretical or internet-based. No, it was actually worn by a male acquaintance of mine at …

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Feb 21 2009

Qui a coupé le fromage?

What would blogulation be if readers didn’t persistently and selflessly give of their intellective powers to correct the blogger on all points large and small? I doubt we’ll ever know, for a post without a nitpicky comment is like a day without patriarchy: nonexistent. Think your typo will go unremarked? Tink agin! Feel like misquoting …

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Feb 20 2009

Two posts, two posts, two posts in one

What happened to yesterday’s post? It was an elegant elucidation of the manner in which the point of view, language, and tone of tabloid reportage supports rape culture. My glittering example of the sanitizing powers of the English language was an article in the Daily Mail reporting on the trial of 39-year-old flight instructor Paul …

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Feb 18 2009

Invasion of the babyists

Oh the commentary that oozes out of the rotting log after a nice abortion post. And by “rotting log” I of course mean “moderation queue.” The moderation queue is the bin into which the blog software chucks, among others, all comments submitted by first-time commenters, where they await my discerning review. When I am feeling …

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Feb 17 2009

North Dakota lege to women: “Murderer!”

Meanwhile, in North Dakota, life officially begins at conception (you remember conception; it’s when the sacred seed of life enters a lady and spreads Jesus around inside her tummy.). So sayeth a nice piece of misogynist, uterus-colonizing legislation that passed the state House of Representatives yesterday, 61 to 31. If the bill passes the senate, …

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Feb 17 2009

Broken! Blog temporarily abnormal in appearance

I Blame the Patriarchy will look funny until I can figure out what insignificant little parenthesis I forgot to close in some dumb code that I shouldn’t have been messing with in the first place. It is a fact that spinster aunts, though we know nearly everything, fall a bit short when it comes to …

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Feb 17 2009

Breaking! Commonly used word has different meaning than I thought

I had about 53 kittens when I made this astonishing discovery, but the truth will out: it has come to my attention that I have been using the word pedantic incorrectly all these years. It turns out that pedantic denotes a massively different condition than I’d thought: “over-precise and supercilious.” What I’ve always intended to …

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