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Mar 02 2011

Spinster aunt conducts junk study of dogs and restrooms

Yesterday the Spinster Junk Studies Department promised its own junk study, and here it is! You can view the original raw data here.

Blamers and Dogs

63% of responding blamers don’t know how their dog feels about them, either because they don’t have a dog, or they lack sufficient data to determine their dog’s views, or they are extremely unobservant.

18% say their dog loves them.

Of the respondents who say their dogs love them, 13% nevertheless “sort of agree” that it is wrong to keep pets. We conclude that this group is conflicted, has facets, is a little dippy, and therefore would be interesting to have a marg with.

100% of blamers who are loved by dogs are all for transwomen using the ladies room. Thus we conclude that people who think their dogs love them are nice.

Blamers and Public Cans

81% of responding blamers think that anyone should feel free to transition to whatever gender they please without fear of social repercussions. Yet only 73% think that transwomen should be able to use the ladies room. Thus we conclude that, mysteriously, 8% of blamers apparently feel that denial of public can access doesn’t count as a social repercussion.

Of the 8 respondents who strongly disagree that transwomen should be able to use the ladies room, 4 “strongly” and 4 “sort of” agree that “many scientific theories are suspect because they proceed from within a patriarchal framework.” 6 of the science-is-suspect respondents are willing, nevertheless, to concede that the science demonstrating a correlation between cigs and cancer is accurate. Thus we conclude that the science-is-suspect crowd doesn’t really know what science is.

None of the 8 thinks their dog loves them. Thus we conclude that blamers who don’t want transwomen in the ladies room are suspicious of science and dogs. From which we further infer that they are unhappy paranoids.

Method

Our junk study was based on the responses of 100 self-selected blamers submitted via the internet to a 3rd-party app called Polldaddy, with the integrity of which we have no direct experience. The survey was designed subsequent to the ingestion of a glass of wine and 15 minutes of intense contemplation. The data were coagulated by me, a world-renowned expert in internet survey analysis. Thanks to Nails for suggesting the project. A more better questionnaire suggesting more meaningless correlations is in the works.

114 comments

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  1. yttik

    What is the point of your survey and it’s “meaningless correlations”? You wish to label some people unhappy paranoids? Dippy? Anti science? You are suggesting that there is only one correct way of perceiving things?

    I have never understood the purpose of polls beyond attempting to sell a product, or enforce an idea through social pressure. Majority opinion has never been evidence of truthiness, but it has certainly served well to other people who go against the grain.

  2. Jill

    Q: What is the point of your survey and it’s “meaningless correlations”?

    A: Comedy jokes.

  3. AlienNumber

    Since the poll and the results weren’t that funny, then the point of the poll was that Twisty wanted to show that she agrees with nails. Oy vey!

    p.s. the questions were really oddly asked. Try again?

  4. kynthos

    Quick, set up a double blind study to determine whether or not those who think their dogs love them are in fact nice. Neither researchers nor participants can know who does or does not have a dog. I also suggest an alternative research method in which the dogs are polled.

    Only then will this high quality research be publishable and worthy of peer review.

    I should note my opinion on the quality of the poll may be biased as I happen to think my dog loves me back and I am certainly in favor of trans people using the restroom they are comfortable in. I am content to be considered nice in this respect.

  5. iGuest

    I didn’t take the survey as the multiplicity of choices was, for me at least, lacking. Take the question about trans women and bathrooms. I think anyone who pees standing up should use the men’s room and that includes any women (born or otherwise) who prefer to stand or hover. The world would be a much nicer place without toilet seats bedecked with urine.

  6. Selah

    Isn’t it a little disingenuous to couch these observations in terms of being a “joke” when you are clearly saying something of substance about women who don’t want trans folks in their bathrooms? I mean, I’m hard pressed to think of a more common tool of the patriarchy. “Can’t you hysterical women just take a joke?”

  7. Jill

    “the poll and the results weren’t that funny”

    Ouch! And to think I quit my day job!

  8. Shinila

    ‘Of the respondents who say their dogs love them, 13% nevertheless “sort of agree” that it is wrong to keep pets. We conclude that this group is conflicted, has facets, is a little dippy, and therefore would be interesting to have a marg with.’

    I didn’t do no survey but think this is me. For about half my life I never considered that buying a dog involved tearing it away from its mother; and leaving the mother dog depressed.

    I would love nothing more to have a marg with you, haha as you can see so I’m dippy. One teacher called me a ‘drip’ back in school. :(

    In other news I’m not surprised bloody nails suggested this survey. Why is her back always up with most the blamers, trying to be divisive or something?

  9. speedbudget

    I thought Jill was making a point about how survey data can be manipulated very easily, even if she didn’t include the +/- percentage.

    I also thought it was amusing.

    Also, can’t we all just get along?

  10. Kea

    I’m not an anti transgender public can person, but I did select (i) science shows a link between smoking and cancer and (ii) many scientific theories are suspect because they proceed from within a patriarchal framework. I’m a physicist myself, and my reasoning is as follows. Most science is OK, and conducted ethically according to true scientific principles. The reality at present, however, is that some disciplines are sinking in a quagmire of patriarchal nepotism, pseudoscience, arrogance and stupidity. My own field of Theoretical Physics is one such example.

  11. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Pee belongs in the toilet(not on or around it), regardless of whether a person stands, sits, hovers, or does handsprings.

    Oh, and I’ll cop to the dippy thing.

  12. raven_feathers

    “Thus we conclude that people who think their dogs love them are nice.”

    love these here comedy jokes, keep ‘em coming!

    p.s. everyone should have a real life spinster aunt as spinsterly and aunterly as you. you remain my hero.

  13. Mare_Island

    100% of this blamer thought Jill would have ripped all her toenails off before using an app called “Polldaddy.”

  14. Shopstewardess

    The results of the poll are obviously invalid because it took place while I was out of internet contact and unable to be one of the first 100 to reply. I demand a re-run, even though I don’t have a dog.

  15. Friend of Snakes

    You said there was a topic about which blamers would be banned for life if they blamed upon it.
    You then did a light-hearted survey, 20 per cent of which was directly about said topic.
    You then published the results of the survey, prompting comments.
    I commented about two of the survey questions/statements in a seriously vanilla fashion. You deleted the comment.
    Question: WTF?

  16. Katie

    One of the reasons, & problems with radio button surveys with no option for other or fill-in-the-blank is for example the “science” question. Which I presume was totally deliberate? Because some things are presented to people as “it’s science!” even when they should be more appropriately labeled as “it’s pseudoscience!,” e.g. drapetomania, or lie detectors.

  17. allhellsloose

    Junk study indeed! Ohhhhhh now I feel sad. Here nice doggy to make me feel nice. We were taught in English Literature never to use the word ‘nice’ if you wanted to be taken seriously.

    Mare Island has it bang on the nail.

  18. Nora

    I voted similarly to Kea: pro-basic human decency for trans women, but skeptical of patriarchal science (though I was thinking about evo-psych–and a frustrating amount of regular psychology, by extension–and not theoretical physics).

    I’m actually surprised by how few blamers are theoretically in favor of tolerance but very intolerant as a practical matter. I blame the patriarchy for conditioning us to adopt vague anti-oppression phrases and then forget their radical* implications.

    *ish. radicalish.

  19. AlienNumber

    Maybe it wasn’t funny because Phil wrote it?? [I blame the menz].

    Still loving you(r blog) [even more than I love my cats].

  20. Outback

    You really are a very perspective person. The contradiction between “many scientific theories are suspect because they proceed from within a patriarchal framework.” and the belief that science has proven a link between smoking and cancer is superbly pointed out.

    What is a science? Is the study of society really a science or merely a philosophy? Is the difference one of degree or kind? Are we getting closer to the truth as Popper claims or are we merely working within one set of parameters until we flip to another?

  21. Heather

    I welcome all transwomen AND their dogs into restrooms.

  22. Comrade Svilova

    Lots of comments that make me think “shouldn’t some people have their own blog if they are so ill-content with the blogular hijinks of Twisty?”

    I enjoyed the summary of the survey and wish I had gotten here in time to participate.

  23. manuela

    see how seriously we’re taking your survey? this is how we build and fortify pedestals.

    i was most curious about the books, the Dick vs. Dworkin battle, who won?

  24. nails

    Thanks Jill. That was interesting (especially the bathrooms thing)! I think the anti-science crowd has a lot of overlap with the pro-palin crowd, if you want to do this kind of thing again and need ideas. You could do this with racism too! I’m guessing the software was worth a damn?

  25. LivvySidhe

    I had to read this this one aloud to my partner, who my dogs also love. We both chortled, which maybe wasn’t quite nice. The facets of it all! Funny stuff, thanks for posting.

  26. Tigs

    I hedged on the ‘smoking causes cancer’ because smoking doesn’t always cause cancer, it can sometimes cause cancer, and I was a bit iffy on the absoluteness of the causality claim.

    I also hedged (sort of disagree) on the validity of science question– that’s a ‘what is science’ issue. In my social science, a good deal of the dudes spend a lot of time making “scientific” claims that war is a useful and productive human event. But if we’re talking about gravity or some such, well that’s another story.

  27. Comrade PhysioProf

    MOTHERFUCKEN CROSSTABS, FTW!

  28. AlienNumber

    Except what this poll actually shows is that there are lots of anti-science pro-trans people around (and not anti-science anti-trans, as it was originally postulated).

    (ps, at.)

  29. nails

    Smoking has been demonstrated to correlate strongly with a variety of cancers. Maybe “increases the risk of cancer” would have been better wording.

  30. magriff

    Hey Jill you need to buy yourself SPSS! Hours of fun, not just with crosstabs, but if you get a big enough sample, some regression analysis!

    As for the survey: One possible interpretation is that quantitative inquiry is more subjective, and therefore less fraught with danger, than qualitative inquiry. Quantitative methodology may be (and is OF COURSE) subject to patriarchal tamperin’ with, but that interference is easier to trace- there’s at least a pretense of a paper trail there. Qualitative inquiry (such as anecdotal evidence) is, for sure, far less hierarchical, and when it works, it is truly the best. But qualitative methodology is a lot harder to do in a rigorous, scientific (and by scientific, I mean, methodical and unbiased) way. It’s easy to manipulate, it’s easy to misinterpret. It’s less understood as a science.

    What’s really the best, and is all the rage in the fascinating circles of Sociology, is mixed methodology. Combine a survey with some open ended questions, and then refine your survey instrument, and then ask more questions. Repeat as long as necessary.

    I would be happy to provide references, and reading ideas.

  31. GallusMag

    Started answering the poll but since Twisty said she would ban anyone who disagreed with her I decided not to hit “enter”. Didn’t want to be banned!

  32. JenniferRuth

    Well, it made me laugh!

  33. speedbudget

    I was on the skeptical about science side. I would NEVER be on the Palin side. Nice leap, nails. Given all the studies coming out basically putting thicker foundation under the patriarchy, I would be crazy not to be skeptical of science. Have you seen the one lately about ogling boobs? This is the kind of shit that makes me skeptical. It does not make me a supporter of Palin.

  34. KJB

    ‘I’m actually surprised by how few blamers are theoretically in favor of tolerance but very intolerant as a practical matter.’

    ‘Lots of comments that make me think “shouldn’t some people have their own blog if they are so ill-content with the blogular hijinks of Twisty?”’

    Hear, hear!

    It is something of a pathetic situation when the author of a blog comes under attack from her own visitors. Twisty has no requirement to host views she doesn’t agree with. I wouldn’t stand for it. If you’re going to hate on other women, why don’t you do it away from here which has been constructed as a safe space by the author for ALL women, trans or otherwise?

    Based on a lot of feminist-watching online, I would expect to see overlap between the anti-trans crowd and the white privileged. The only feminism I want to be a part of is one that includes team TwistyJill.

    I have only just noticed the subheading ‘Blamers and Public Cans’ and it has made me laugh out loud. So keep those comedy jokes coming, please!

  35. Must Think of a Name

    Everything always happens when I turn my back. I was here extremely recently. I knew you were on ambiguous sabbatical. Yet I managed to miss a survey. I love a survey. Now it’s all over. My views will never be counted.

    I do wonder what goes on in my dog’s head. Maybe that could have added something to the overall revelations?

  36. tinfoil hattie

    Proof that (some) feminists do, indeed, have a sense of humor.

    Howzzat for science?

  37. Jill

    “I’m guessing the software was worth a damn?”

    Nah, not really. For one thing, as has been pointed out, there’s the name, which jabs at the lobe at bit. Also, the free version is not full-featured, and only allows 100 respondents per month, which is not nearly enough. The filters that allow you to actually analyze your numbers are clumsy and time-consuming. The paid version costs like 200 bucks. There are other makes and models out there, of course, but they are all structured pretty similarly and cost a shit-ton. Also, I’m pretty sure people lie on questionnaires; there’s that phenomenon — I forget what it’s called — where respondents unwittingly corrupt the data by striving to give the “right” answer rather than the true answer.

    I am a little surprised, however, at how seriously this exercise was taken. I’m not complaining. I appreciate the dedication. But I should have made it more clear that it was just a software test with “questions” that I totally didn’t think about at all. The survey probably says a lot more about me than about the folks who took it.

  38. Jill

    Selah: “Isn’t it a little disingenuous to couch these observations in terms of being a “joke” when you are clearly saying something of substance about women who don’t want trans folks in their bathrooms? I mean, I’m hard pressed to think of a more common tool of the patriarchy. ‘Can’t you hysterical women just take a joke?’”

    I will certainly concede that yours is a reasonable interpretation of these proceedings. I would argue that just because a thing is a joke doesn’t make it meaningless (neither does calling it “meaningless”). Humor is full of substance all the time. Not this time, though; I used the survey “questions” to get in the last word on the trans thing, merely to make fun of people whose views are wrong!!!!!!!

  39. Comrade PhysioProf

    I’m pretty sure you can get a free poll WordPress plugin and install it on your blog.

  40. nails

    speedbudget- saying I think there is a correlation does not translate into “applies to everyone ever on IBTP”. Nice leap there.

    Jill- well, that sucks. Damn.

  41. ew_nc

    Correlation is exhausting. A nice tall marg is just the thing.

  42. yttik

    Correlations in this context are simply assumptions and you know what people say about the word assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.

    Contrary to popular belief, feminists really do have a sense of humor, we just tend to demand humor that isn’t demeaning or insulting towards us because that’s been so over done it just isn’t funny anymore.

  43. speedbudget

    You didn’t say you think there is a correlation. You said the anti-science crowd has overlap with the pro-Palin crowd. I didn’t make the leap. You did.

  44. iGuest

    yttik said: “Contrary to popular belief, feminists really do have a sense of humor, we just tend to demand humor that isn’t demeaning or insulting towards us because that’s been so over done it just isn’t funny anymore.”

    It’s rather odd, the (pole daddy) beating, and belittling, of “certain” women here and on The Thread That Must Not Be Named. It’s something I’d expect to find on an MRA or anti-feminist blog. But as a people watcher I must shamefaced admit that I find it too fascinating to look away.

  45. smaller

    In my sample of one individual, it appears that 100% of blamers who are loved by cats are also all for transwomen using the ladies’ room. Woot.

  46. Triste

    “Contrary to popular belief, feminists really do have a sense of humor, we just tend to demand humor that isn’t demeaning or insulting towards us because that’s been so over done it just isn’t funny anymore.”

    Feminists engage in disparaging humor all the time: we use humor to knock down various popular hate movements such as racism, anti-feminism, conservatism, anti-choice nonsense, etc. It happens on this very blog regularly and no one complains. Now, anti-feminist humor is boring because there is nothing subversive about it – since the whole world is anti-feminist, we’ve heard it all before about a million times.

    The fact that you’re a feminist (and therefore part of a hated minority) doesn’t mean you are incapable of otherwise adopting the views of the hateful majority. Anti-trans sentiment is not something held by some tiny minority of people. It is perhaps the most popular anti-anything sentiment in the western world. Crying about how we in the non-hateful minority are baaaaaaw oppressing you by poking fun is a bunch of nonsense. Even if you were correct in your views it would be a bunch of nonsense, because at the end of the day you get to go out into the wide, wide world and have the huge majority of people in agreement that transpeople are fakes. Most of the internet is totally happy to shoot the breeze with you about transgenderism being a giant MRA conspiracy, so why don’t you just, you know, go there and leave the rest of us in peace?

  47. NotThisAgain

    “Have you seen the one lately about ogling boobs? This is the kind of shit that makes me skeptical.”

    Not a real study. Not done by any real scientist. Originally published in the Weekly World News, and quite thoroughly debunked on Snopes.

  48. CLD

    The fact that the survey was conjured up while wine consumption was in full force could explain some of the issues folks are coming up with. Then again, maybe not.

    Jill’s explanation of the results was entertaining and funny. Folks just need to stop being unhappy paranoids. (that was a joke by the way)

  49. yttik

    “It happens on this very blog regularly and no one complains”

    Then perhaps you haven’t been paying attention because a great deal of complaints have been posted pointing out that using ridicule, mockery, and assorted insults against women you disagree with are all patriarchal tools designed to silence women and keep us divided, quiet, and separate.

    One can go to a mens rights site and be called hateful, genocidal, and stupid, but when one goes to a rad fem site and hears the exact same thing, people are promoting the same damn message and your integrity in offering an opposing voice goes right out the window.

    “Crying about how we in the non-hateful minority..”

    I do believe that saying something about stepping over our cold dead bodies and other assorted dehumanizing comments about our lack of intelligence and obvious other genetic deficiencies, blows your declaration of non hateful status right out of the water.

  50. AlienNumber

    yttik, I am not surprised that we heard the same (genocidal, hateful, hysterical, stupid, privileged, feminazis) accusations here, with the assorted hate speech (walking over female bodies etc), because the men (trans”women”) were here.
    Duh! That’s what happens when the Xy’s poison the waters.

    (Notice how Triste invited us to leave if we don’t like it. I may just take you up on it, Triste, it’s really disconcerting how quickly the level of discourse goes down when dudes are around).

    I’ll be sad and disappointed if you ban me Twisty, but if you do, some last words are: thank you for sharing your beautifully-written thoughts with the world, I’ve learned a lot from you.
    See you in the post-gender world!

    (although one hopes one won’t be banned; feel like you need some more pro-science method, anti-anorexia, anti-lipstick, anti-fellatio, pro-women people around)

  51. Mandolin

    “One can go to a mens rights site and be called hateful, genocidal, and stupid, but when one goes to a rad fem site and hears the exact same thing, people are promoting the same damn message ”

    Really? The MRA sites are advocating that people’s gender identity shouldn’t be used to discriminate against them?

    Show me those MRA sites. They sound like allies to me.

    People who think people’s gender identity is a reasonable cause for descrimination? Not so much my allies. No matter how much our genital bits may resemble each other’s.

  52. AlienNumber

    Mandolin, only if affirmative action is discrimination to you, which sounds like to you it is.

  53. iGuest

    Triste said: “Anti-trans sentiment is not something held by some tiny minority of people. It is perhaps the most popular anti-anything sentiment in the western world.”

    Hmmmm. Let’s see, on the one hand we have people seeking legislation on bathroom usage based on one’s “physical equipment” and on the other hand we have people seeking to legislate miscarriages into murder which is pretty much legislation based on “physical equipment,” the specific equipment being a womb.

    I dunno, that’s a real toss up, Triste. Which bathroom I get to use vs. whether I can be charged with murder if I have a miscarriage. I suppose there can be a good argument made that potty autonomy trumps womb autonomy in the oppression olympics or even that they are equally egregious but I suspect that long after gender-free bathrooms are the norm, folks will still be laying claim to our wombs. Just a hunch.

  54. blondie

    Because my mind was infected with 70s and 80s TV, whenever I hear or read the phrase “survey says,” the Family Feud springs into my head — full-blown — Richard Dawkins kissing, the theme music and cheesy set, the “bing” and x “buzz,” the families resting on the stairs behind them until it’s their turn, the stressful final round for the 2 smartest family members.

    Good Lord, until I started writing this, I had no idea how much of my brain cells are taken up by the Family Feud. Don’t get me started on The Match Game or Let’s Make a Deal.

  55. smaller

    iGuest, since you seem to disagree that anti-trans sentiment is more popular than anti-woman sentiment, consider this.

    (Some) men hate women. It is safe to say that: All men who hate women also hate transwomen.

    Some women hate women. It is safe to say that: All women who hate women also hate transwomen.

    Some women do not hate women. However: Some women who do not hate women do hate transwomen.

    Therefore, unless you happen to think that dudes (and women) who hate women are somehow going to smile upon transwomen, it is evident that transwomen are getting an extra little heaping of undeserved hatred from people who know a thing or two about oppression and absolutely ought to know better.

  56. iGuest

    smaller, you have completely missed my point. “Popularity” is a thing of fashion and it is fleeting. The chattel concept and the hatred of, and desire to oppress, those born with wombs is not a thing of fashion. It dwells much deeper than that. It is the foundation most human cultures are built upon.

    For the record, as silly as I find the potty fixation, I have no problem sharing the ladies room with trans women. As a matter of fact, I’m sure I already have. I would elaborate further on the whole “popularity” thing but it’s my understanding that the only acceptable trans topic is the bathroom issue raised by this post. So I’ll leave it at that.

  57. Triste

    iGuest, Oppression Olympics are in fact fucking boring, so I don’t really have any intention of playing the “who has it worse, cis women or transpeople?” game. I will, however, point out:

    1) I never actually said or even implied that transpeople experience worse oppression than women – only that trans hate is more popularly accepted than misogyny, by which I mean numbers-wise, there are just more people out there who hate transpeople than who hate cisgendered women. If you hate women, chances are good (more than good, really) that you are also going to hate transgendered folks in general. In fact, even if you don’t hate cisgendered women, chances are still decently good that you are going to hate transpeople, as we’ve witnessed recently.

    2) Once again I find myself asking – if you aren’t going to take this argument seriously, why are you engaging in it, even knowing that this is a real issue that has a real effect on the lives of /real people/? I honestly don’t even know what to say to the implication that the most pressing issue for transpeople is bathroom assignments. I can only assume that you are joking, I guess because implying that transpeople are living easy, fun-filled lives is really hilarious in some universe.

    On the horrifying off-chance that you are serious, I invite you to glance at the rates of murder, suicide, sexual assault, homelessness, HIV positivity, and poverty for transwomen.

  58. smaller

    iGuest, there is no indication, upon looking at a human, whether or not they have a magical hate-engendering “womb”. People don’t hate women because women have a uterus. They hate women, and many women merely happen to have a uterus. You certainly won’t find that women who’ve undergone a hysterectomy suddenly find the doors of privilege and acceptance thrown open before them. Anyone, typical XX females as well as individuals with various genetic issues whose external bodies look female will experience the same chattel status and hatred and oppression. Having a womb is not some magical switch that tells the patriarchy, “Go ahead and oppress this one, Jim.”

    This fixation -among feminists!- on summing up a woman’s existence as woman as being defined by a couple of organs that are tangential to her humanity is galling and coarse.

    Jill raised the “potty issue” most likely because that is the biggest fixation for bigots who can’t wrap their heads around transpeople’s basic humanity. Sure, it’s a very real and pressing issue for transpeople in everyday life -do they walk into the bathroom that’s “right” for their genetics, or the one that’s “right” for their gender presentation, and risk being thrown out, arrested, beaten, killed or raped depending on how the people around them judge what sex they ought to be, no matter which choice they make? Speaking of which, talk to some of your really dykey lesbian friends some time and ask them how often they’ve been kicked out of bars or public places because a homophobic woman complains about “the man in the bathroom”- but it’s seized upon to a ridiculous degree by people who want to belittle the issues surrounding trans-ness.

  59. iGuest

    Triste said: “I honestly don’t even know what to say to the implication that the most pressing issue for transpeople is bathroom assignments. I can only assume that you are joking, I guess because implying that transpeople are living easy, fun-filled lives is really hilarious in some universe.”

    Triste, I’m not the one who started this “joke.” Heck, I didn’t even laugh at it. Potty humor has never appealed to me.

    As far as invitations go, I invite you to stop looking in the mirror and look out the window instead. There’s an entire world built upon a war on the unfortunate majority who had the poor sense to be born with wombs. And as unfair and unjust as it is, trans women are the collateral damage. You are caught in the crossfire and you are aiming your anger in the wrong direction, which to some may seem like you’re shooting from the other side.

  60. smaller

    No, actually, personally my anger is aimed at the bigots who think that any women who are different from their idea of what women are shouldn’t be allowed into our metaphorical club.

  61. smaller

    Which of course is not to say that there isn’t plenty of anger left over to aim where it’s deserved. Blaming is not a zero-sum endeavor.

  62. Friend of Snakes

    Well, speaking of transwomen, has everybody already gotten the 411 on what Professor J. Michael Bailey has been up to recently? I believe we can tie this into our other favorite blamer topic, pornography.

    Bailey made the news yesterday when both local papers in Chicago disclosed that he had, essentially, staged a live sex show for a sort of field trip for his intro-level sexuality class. Field trip as in went to a conference room or auditorium or some such at Northwestern University after the class was over.

    The university paid several hundred dollars out of some sort of discretionary funding to have these BDSM adherents explain what it is they do. Included in the demo was the 25 year old female performer being penetrated by a FUCKING RECIPROCATING SAW with a dildo on the end. Presumably her 45 year old skeezy-looking “fiance” wielded the saw, called a “fucksaw” by Professor Bailey.

    The first university spokesman to have a whack at a response to media inquiries claimed to have no problem with this little demonstration. It just boggles my mind.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-northwestern-to-pay-for-live-sex-toy-demonstration-20110302,0,3942305.story

  63. lesbot

    How could any radfem care more about “gender” than sex and more about an xy’s comfort in a women’s bathroom than about protecting xx’s, including xx children, from rape? Today I read in the newspaper that a “man dressed as a woman” attempted to abduct a toddler in San Diego. Maybe that xy person is a cross dressing man or maybe that xy person identifies as a transwoman, but how can xx people be ridiculed for not trusting xy people regardless of how they feel inside? Patriarchy is about sex, not about what clothes we put on or how we feel inside. If you are comfortable with xy people in women’s restrooms, where would you ever draw the line? A butch non-op or pre-op trans xy is indistinguishable from your non-trans everyday xy.

    And yes, I know xxy people are very real. And no, that doesn’t change the fact that xy people rape xx people.

  64. iGuest

    smaller, it’s my personal stance that patriarchy and its foundational tenet of misogyny and the formation, and perpetuation, of the chattel concept is a man-made compensation for the reproductive disadvantage of those born male. A woman who does not have a uterus, for whatever reason medical or otherwise, is not suddenly granted privilege; quite the opposite, she is considered less then worthless (a dried up **** for those women past menopause, a “fake” woman, a “frigid” woman, and on and on) because a woman’s entire worth is based upon her ability to bear children for those who are born male. This isn’t a feminist fixation. It’s a patriarchal fixation. I can understand why you find it “galling” but it is our reality, and has been for several thousand years; and it’s not an idea that originated with, or has been perpetuated by, feminists. Feminists, like most women, are just trying to find a way out of this morass called patriarchy.

  65. yttik

    Women who complain about men in the bathroom are not necessarily being homophobic or transphobic, they may well be engaging in self defense. Women do tend to get attacked, harassed, and treated as commodities quite often, by men, even in the restroom. If someone shows up in the bathroom appearing to be a man, naturally many women would assume there is a predator in their midst, be wary, and perhaps complain to the management. To assume women do this because they are homophobic or they simply wish to harass transpeople is to completely dismiss women’s unfortunate experiences on this planet.

    It’s also unreasonable to demand that women ignore their instinctual wariness of men and start embracing everyone who walks into the restroom so nobody ever has to experience any perceived homophobia or transphobia. At some point women’s right to be safe, to be wary, should come before somebody else’s potential hurt feelings.

  66. Friend of Snakes

    And I don’t get this continuing discussion of (prefix)women. Our Blamer-in-Chief told us to knock it off or get the boot. Then she promptly brought the topic back up try to ….what, exactly? Stir the shit, no doubt. So is the topic safe? Safe only for those who agree with Twisty? Safe if you don’t use the P-word? Color me confused.

  67. Butch Cassidyke

    Triste:
    “I never actually said or even implied that transpeople experience worse oppression than women – only that trans hate is more popularly accepted than misogyny, by which I mean numbers-wise, there are just more people out there who hate transpeople than who hate cisgendered women.”

    I think you are being quite simplistic there: misoginy is pretty different from transphobia, as it usually less “direct”: sexist people won’t often claim that they hate women, and actually claim they love them, which transphobes rarely do (except for trannychasers, though).

    So I don’t think it’s wise to “compare” the numbers of haters, because the majority of sexist aggressions seems to me to come not from haters, but from “lovers”.

    I also don’t agree with the idea that a sexist is necessarily transphobe: I know many “trans-friendly” people who are also quite misoginist.

    Anyway, I don’t think it’s the important question. For me it would rather be this choice: when a trans woman is getting shit from the average daily macho because he’s seeing a woman, should she:

    1) explain to him that she’s not a real woman and has no uterus, so he should stop being an asshole because he’s mistaken ;
    2) or organize with other feminist women who get the same shit in order to fight collectively those kind of machos?

    Back to bathrooms, though: the last time I saw a trans girl enter a male bathroom. the (presumely cis) man that was following her automatically entered the opposite (female) bathroom… so if her intention was to prevent cis females from “maleish” invasion, that was quite a failure :)

    But maybe his dog loved this guy, though.

  68. nails

    Oh fuck, the Debate That Shall Not Be Named is back on. I’ll just kick back and witness the bannage I guess.

  69. yvr_fca_osl

    surveymonkey is one you might try. it has the software to do the analyeses you just did on the free version (I think), and then souped up version is only 10 bucks a month or so (which you can cancel at any time).

    also, as a sometimes-teacher-of-critical reasoning: there exist dubious theories in science, and lots of non-theory-specific patriarchal science-doing, as a result of which many theories are bunk. And yet that does not imply that the smoking causes cancer link is one of those many theories. One can unproblematically doubt some kinds of science, yet trust other.

    This is not to Jill (and I for one also thought it was hilariously done, you got publishable results here). More like a warning lest other blamers take it seriously.

  70. Kelsey B.

    Is anyone else deeply depressed by the fact that while lawmakers continue to take a giant steaming crap all over the meager handful of rights that U.S.-ian women have actually attained, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks fruitlessly carping at each other about an issue that is just going to spiral around and around in a hideously divisive mobius strip of a conversation until I finally abandon what was once my One Safe Place on the internet?

    No? Carry on, then.

  71. tinfoil hattie

    Richard Dawkins! Planting those horrible, soggy, rubbery lips on the faces of WOMEN HE DID NOT KNOW! gaaaaackkkk

    Gene Rayburn, with the long stick mike. Bob Eubanks and the Newlywed (barf) Game. That stupid GONG SHOW.

    Password and $10,000 Pyramid, however? Games for intellectuals. Loved ‘em as a kid. (Guess my age – hint: the purse of the Pyramid when I was watching)

  72. Jill

    “How could any radfem care more about “gender” than sex and more about an xy’s comfort in a women’s bathroom than about protecting xx’s, including xx children, from rape?”

    and

    “Is anyone else deeply depressed by the fact that while lawmakers continue to take a giant steaming crap all over the meager handful of rights that U.S.-ian women have actually attained, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks fruitlessly carping at each other about an issue that is just going to spiral around and around in a hideously divisive mobius strip of a conversation until I finally abandon what was once my One Safe Place on the internet?”

    In other words, “shame on you for discussing topic A when I think topic B has more gravitas!” This kind of commentary is dis-encouraged at I Blame the Patriarchy, on accounta if Topic B is all you care about, you should be reading and/or writing the Topic B Blog. Patriarchy blaming, on the other hand, encompasses a variety of topics, all of which may be plotted somewhere on the Oppression Curve, even if they do not represent your own personal pet issue.

    Gender, incidentally, is one of the top 3 most pressing issues in all of Savage Death Islandism. Cultural narratives surrounding gender are the primary underlying motivation for rape as well as for lawmakers’ steaming craps.

  73. AlienNumber

    “Back to bathrooms, though: the last time I saw a trans girl enter a male bathroom. the (presumely cis) man that was following her automatically entered the opposite (female) bathroom… so if her intention was to prevent cis females from “maleish” invasion, that was quite a failure.”

    This is a great anecdote. I hope the (second) male was turned away quickly from the female bathroom and then he took a moment to think about his automaton behavior (doubt it), and maybe he even had a little change in world-view (still doubt it).
    As for the female bystanders, if there were any in the female bathroom, as usual they were but casualties of male-male homosocial interactions.

    Brilliant solution (and aren’t I so nice): the creation of the 3rd bathroom! And/or the thorough training of males to be clean so we can all share all the bathrooms.

  74. buttercup

    If Richard Dawkins had emceed Family Feud, he could have ordered surveys about religious belief, the intellectual superiority of atheism, and how many people had read his books. Less kissing, probably. I wonder if Richard Dawson was an atheist?

  75. Jill

    “Brilliant solution (and aren’t I so nice): the creation of the 3rd bathroom!”

    Separate but equal! Awesome idea!

    But seriously, bathrooms? Really? OK!

    Why the fervent defense of these so-called ladies’ rooms? The only thing keeping pervs and rapists out of them is — du dum — NOTHING! It’s not like there’s an anti-y-chromosome force field surrounding them. As women-only havens they leave pretty much everything to be desired; women might consider striving for more pleasant dude-free environments than the place where everybody takes a dump.

  76. Jezebella

    People, this video will make you wonder if it isn’t 1961 instead of 2011:

    http://soupsoup.tumblr.com/post/3625080389/cajunboy-of-all-the-jaw-on-the-floor-videos

    In which a bunch of racists (including some elected officials) in Yorba Linda hate, harass, and, out loud, even wish for the death of Muslims who are going to a benefit dinner to raise money to assist women’s shelters and the homeless. If this isn’t intersectional oppression, I don’t know what is.

    My question is: who’s got the freedom bus? I’m ready to get on it.

    Trigger warning for hate, anger, stupidity, et al.

  77. tinfoil hattie

    Signs on “Ladies” and “Women’s” rooms do as much to prevent rapists from entering forbideen presmises as do restraining orders. Yeah. NOTHING.

  78. yttik

    Does anybody hear the double standard going on? Women better make room for transwomen in the potty or else you’re a bunch of anti-science bigots who hate dogs. And if we don’t happily share the potty, what will we do? Cast a jaded look at somebody? Not smile and be welcoming? Meanwhile, why are transwomen afraid to use the mens room? Because they might be assaulted, raped, murdered, etc. Are we addressing the fact that men can be flippin violent and transphobic bastards? Nope, we’re hating on women who might not be passing out warm inclusive hugs to transwomen in public restrooms.

  79. tinfoil hattie

    HA HA HAAAA … thanks for the Dawkins/Dawson correction! That is hilarious.

  80. AlienNumber

    The third bathroom was for ME! And the bathrooms are already “separate, but equal” as I am sure you have noticed on your extensive travels. The trans issue is in no way helping alleviate THAT “separate, but equal” problem. In fact, it is reifying it, together with the gender roles in general.

    Did you miss the part where I said that we should all share all the bathrooms?

    I already am a sharer in that category, depending on which line is shorter. It’s usually for the men’s bathrooms and it’s unfortunate that those bathrooms are the more disgusting ones, generally speaking.

    Therefore, another brilliant solution: train males to be clean and also train them to take some responsibility for their bodily excretions!
    Ah, a girl can dream.

  81. AlienNumber

    yttik, I have addressed your concerns in my post above. Also, you’re awesome.

  82. buttercup

    Tinfoil Hattie, I would not deign to correct, just sharing a (maybe) much-needed amusing aside in the midst of all this neverending dramapain.

  83. blondie

    Dawkins/Dawson? Zoiks. That was my fault. I wonder which would have been more offended by the mix-up.

    Why all the angst about letting people use the bathroom they want to use? They aren’t coming into your stall to see you poop and pee. Women’s restrooms in the U.S. don’t have public urinals, at least none I’ve seen. So the common space pretty much involves shared hand-washing and mirror-looking. Who cares who sees me wash my hands or look to see whether I have any spinach in my teeth? And if you’re worried about sounds and smells, please rest assured, if you are in a public restroom making sounds and smells, very few people are likely to hang around in there.

  84. nails

    I’ve peed in a lot of bathrooms labeled “men”. When the other one is busy- especially in single stall bathrooms- I don’t see much of a point behind waiting.

  85. Bushfire

    Are we addressing the fact that men can be flippin violent and transphobic bastards

    Actually, yes, a very large proportion of this PATRIARCHY-blaming blog is devoted to pointing out that men are violent bastards.

  86. Mandolin

    Does anyone have evidence of trans women attacking cis women in bathrooms, ever? Or is evidence too sciencey and thus patriarchal?

    If the fear of trans women in ladies restrooms is about actual fear of rape and not, say, freaking out because trans people are icky, then examples should be easy at hand.

    And they should even, preferably, exceed the number of examples of trans men and women experiencing violence at the hands of cis women and cis men when attempting to use either fucking bathroom.

  87. Mandolin

    And if we don’t happily share the potty, what will we do? Cast a jaded look at somebody? Not smile and be welcoming? Meanwhile, why are transwomen afraid to use the mens room? Because they might be assaulted, raped, murdered, etc.

    Trans women encounter violence in women’s restrooms. See my links above. They may be assaulted. They may be arrested. More commonly, they are harassed. Under threat of arrest or harassment, they may be forced to use men’s restrooms (again, see above links) where the chances of violence probably do rise, due to the incongruity between gender presentation and using the bathroom.

    “What will we do?” you ask, referring to transphobic cis women as if they are passive and powerless. Well, there are a number of tactics, aren’t there? Using the force of law to pressure trans women into situations where they are more likely to be violently attacked is not doing nothing; it is actively increasing the likelihood of violence. Using the force of law to subject trans women to police brutality from men is not doing nothing. Harassment, verbal or sexual, is not doing nothing, and yes, it does come from cis women:

    I’ll also state for the record that I have also been sexually assaulted in a public toilet – in this case it was a woman’s toilet and a cis woman apparently felt that grabbing my tits while I was washing my hands was a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

    Your argument is both disingenuous and incorrect.

  88. Kelsey B.

    Jill:

    I wasn’t trying to “shame” anyone. It’s just that this shit-show is going nowhere, yet you keep continuing it post after post. In addition, I would hardly call criminalizing miscarriages and denying low-income women access to birth control as “my own personal pet issue,” but hey, it’s your blog. Your rapidly declining, irrelevant blog.

    I’ve been a huge fan forever, but maybe it’s time to take a break. And that’s not a threat and I don’t expect you to care because you write for you and that’s great. For you. Everyone else, not so much.

  89. Nepenthe

    My university built single user gender neutral bathrooms at the urging of campus LGBT activists to solve the potty issue. (They’re also great for disabled people with a lot of hardware/a personal assistant and adults with children.)

    However, they only put them in the library and the humanities buildings. The math department’s one women’s restroom (as opposed to the men’s restroom on every floor) is an obviously converted office with windows and the world’s most incongruous set of plumbing fixtures.

    IBTP

    I don’t give out any hugs in the bathroom, to cis or trans women. Does anybody?

  90. arfeuse

    The fact that some blamers have managed to retain a sense of humour this far down the thread IS encouraging for the fate of howomkind. Is it really too much to ask that people should be able to use a frickin bathroom where they feel comfortable without making others uncomfortable? The point seems to me to be that men need their own bathroom to corral them away from everyone else, because the others woudl not be safe in there. It’s not that they *can’t* control themselves, it’s that Hey! the patriarchy says they don’t HAVE to control themselves. To think that some people say we’re in a post feminist era. Honestly, if we (meaning everyone, not just our little subsets in this comment universe) were children, someone should be giving us time outs to sit in a corner and bloody evolve a little more *fume*. Hmmmm – I may have to go and watch the heartwarming puppy/horse vid again – maybe there are some lessons *there* for huwomanity, hmmmm? Ok, pie hole shutting, now.

  91. AlienNumber

    What is a cis woman? Why is that term not banned yet, or at least filed under “stupid lying shit men came up with”?

    Why are Mandolin’s stories all about MEN who violently abused trans”women” even though his both disingenuous and incorrect claim was that the stories will be about Women abusing trans”women”?

    Does anybody else find it funny when a man says “I’m a lesbian too”?

    etc.

  92. lesbot

    “freaking out because trans people are icky”

    Radical lesbian feminists are some of the most gender-non-conforming people I’ve ever met. We’ve got mustaches, get mistaken for men, androgen insensitivities, bowl cuts. Genderqueer look-a-likes. I grew up with trans people, I have trans friends, and I am not tripping hell of hard when we go to the restroom. So this idea that we are grossed out bigots who hate fem xy’s or butch xx’s just because they identify as trans seems bizarre. Of course there are people who are icked by our COLLECTIVE gender-nonconformity. Its possible to have qualms with the insistence that xx=xy (under patriarchy) and not be a bigot.

  93. tinfoil hattie

    @buttercup, I LAUGHED! I loved it. Thank you!

  94. Bushfire

    What is a cis woman? Why is that term not banned yet, or at least filed under “stupid lying shit men came up with”?

    “cis” refers to the alignment of gender identity with assigned gender.

    The term was not coined by “stupid lying shit men”, but rather, by several people, some of whom are listed in internet articles on the subject, most of whom seem to be female.

    There is no reason to ban it, since there is nothing offensive about a person’s gender identify lining up with their assigned gender.

  95. Laughingrat

    Or is evidence too sciencey and thus patriarchal?

    Mandolin, this is a feminist blog. Clearly, you’re looking for the straw-feminist blog.

    Transwomen can use the same bathroom as me any old time. That aside, one function of sex-segregated bathrooms is that they’re one of the few spaces, for women, in which it’s immediately obvious that men are not allowed or should not be. It’s not obvious that the rapist next to you in the elevator has something terrible on his mind until he actually attacks you, but it is pretty obvious that a dude deliberately strolling into a women’s restroom is looking to put the hurt on someone therein. There’s a slim chance that this may give the intended victim enough warning to fend off an attack. Because the sex-segregated restroom is an established part of our cultural taboos, it’d also probably be easier to get the police to recognize the obvious hinkiness of a dude in the women’s restroom than it would be to convince a cop that the dude next to you in an open, public space just tried to grope you. Not that cops have any kind of awesome track record where violence against women is concerned, no matter where it occurs.

    This is not a claim that women in ladies’ restrooms are free of attack by men or anyone else, because the closed-off nature of the space makes it relatively easy for an attacker to isolate a victim. But the average passerby, if they actually see that dude go into the women’s restroom, is more likely to pick up on the fact that something’s wrong, and act to stave off the attack, than they would if the dude was following a woman around in a general open space. There’s little cultural debate over whether men are allowed in women’s restrooms, and thus not as much pressure to let such an invasion slide and not do anything, like there is with violence against women in other public spaces.

    Obviously, someone will have a story about how some dude ran into the women’s restroom and his bros just stood there and laughed and did nothing, or some similar episode. Certainly extremely misogynist, extremely apathetic, or extremely vicious people might well ignore a potential act of violence, or even encourage it. Most individuals aren’t like that, though.

    In the above, “men” and “dude” and “he” are not intended to apply to transwomen, because transwomen are not men, dudes, or “he.” Transwomen are women. I’ll worry about being attacked by a transwoman in the bathroom when it actually freaking happens, which is almost guaranteed to be never.

  96. Cyberwulf

    It’s hilarious how the point of the survey flew right over so many people’s heads. Perhaps there is a clue in the post title.

  97. AlienNumber

    No, I get the point: pro-trans people are anti-science, but their dogs love them. All is well that ends well.

  98. nails

    AlienNumber-
    “What is a cis woman? Why is that term not banned yet, or at least filed under “stupid lying shit men came up with”?”

    Only if you think Latin is “stupid lying shit men came up with”! They are prefixes that are used multiple scientific disciplines, like countless other latin prefixes. It is very useful. In chemistry, “cis” and “trans” are terms for the arrangement of atoms in certain molecules. It is what makes something a “trans fat” for instance- an arrangement of atoms that would normally reside on the same side as all the others (cis) is on the opposite side, hence “trans fat”. Cis and trans were around long before they were applied to gender issues.

    However, the terms are demonstrably applicable to gender/sex agreement. I encourage everyone to review the case of David Reimer. The terms “cisgender” and “transgender” describe a phenomenon that exists independent of people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth (people like Reimer). Having terms for the concepts greatly simplifies discussion.

  99. nails

    Speaking of restrooms- an employee of the utah transit authority was fired after they decided to transition. The reason why was that the bosses “didn’t know which bathroom the employee should use” after starting to transition. Some folks take this bathroom confusion business way too seriously. The only difference I have noticed between bathrooms is that the women’s room has a changing table and the men’s one has a urinal- dads who look after their babies sorta have to invade ladies rooms from time to time due to that sexist design bs.

  100. AlienNumber

    oh come on with the Latin mansplanation and the lachrymose stories! Then go into the bathroom remodeling business if you care so much (maybe something Roman Empire inspired?) and stop trying to force people to use words they don’t see fit (like the word woman for a MtF).

    “Having terms for the concepts greatly simplifies discussion” – then I am sure you understand why the concept “woman” is so important to feminist discourse.
    If men are women then goodbye feminism!

  101. nails

    Explaining something that you weren’t previously aware of =/=mainsplaining.

    I have a question- why don’t you just leave? You and a handful of other posters are making it hell on everyone else and you are outright crapping on the wishes of the blog owner.

  102. Ruby Lou

    Polls rock, I am bummed I slacked off on my blaming schedule and missed this one. But since I’m conflicted, have facets, am more than slightly dippy, I’m consoling myself with a marg.

  103. Mortisha

    I’m don’t know if i’m a dog or a turtle now

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/firstblog/files/2011/03/2011CalendarDogTurtleTheBlaming.jpg

  104. AlienNumber

    nails, remind me kindly, were you on the “bj’s ain’t that bad” side? Uncritical, even supportive, of PIV? For calling men women if that’s what them dudes want (“whatever the dudes want, all the time!”?

    Maybe You are on the wrong blog.

    And for the record, we all know you speak (know/write) even less Latin than the Pope’s latest gay (and possibly underage) lover.

  105. nails

    Who ever said I speak it? We all use a fair amount of latin. Anyone who took a first year biology course knows about what I referenced. Ever hear the term “status quo”? “et cetera”? “habeus corpus”? Latin is quite popular in many areas of life.

    Look, I’ll answer your question about the other thread when you answer mine about how you choose to stick around here, k?

  106. AlienNumber

    Because I love Twisty (and also because I like to prove people like you – aka fun feminists – wrong). Now, your turn!

  107. Jezebella

    So I haven’t read all eleventy-bajillion posts in the last few flamewars, but I’m thinking maybe I oughta try and slog through them since somehow somebody thinks Nails is a “fun feminist”? Huh-wha? Imma gonna need someone to send me a memo every time the definition of “fun feminist” is changed. Is there a mailing list I can get onto or summat?

  108. NotThisAgain

    AlienNumber, you’re not “proving anyone wrong” when you’re reduced to sputtering insults, accusing women of being men and insinuating things about their sexual practices, every time you lose an argument.

    Also, you love Twisty? When you’ve spent the last couple of weeks doing nothing but disrespecting her every request? Hard to believe.

  109. Comrade Svilova

    If Nails is a fun-feminist for agreeing with Twisty that trans women and cis women are united by experiencing Patriarchal oppression, does that make Twisty a fun-feminist?

  110. AlienNumber

    nails doesn’t agree with Twisty on this topic. Twisty thinks gender will disappear come the Revolution.

    (my observation that nails is a fun feminist and not a radical one is simply based on her uncritical, even supportive, stance towards PIV and bjs and, more recently, support for plastic (reassignment) surgery and hormone suppression for young children. Having read Twisty’s entire blog from post 1 to this last comment, I can attest to the fact that Twisty is not for any of the above – well, maybe that part about medicalizing young children, she hasn’t expressed a yay or nay on the topic yet – and that nails and Twisty are not in alignment on many topics).

    Now I’m going to try to get along. I’d insert an offering of an emoticon of peace, but I fear the wrath. Ciao!

  111. nails

    You really seem to have a problem understanding the meaning of words, AN. They don’t completely transform order to fit your purposes at the moment; it is kind of funny that you act like they should. As if all the words that feminists online have constructed to describe social phenomenon should change just so you can insult me with them when you have lost an argument. Narcissistic, much?

  112. nails

    I didn’t say ANYTHING about doing any of that shit to young children, AN, you god damned liar.

  113. Comrade Svilova

    AN, in addition to your nod to the PIV/BJ wars, you wrote to Nails that she is a fun feminist because she is

    …For calling men women if that’s what them dudes want (“whatever the dudes want, all the time!”?

    Maybe You are on the wrong blog.

    Ironically, Twisty herself in the OP refers to transwomen by the pronoun “she.”

  114. carlaberry

    I laughed a lot at this post-but on a more serious note I thought you guys would be interested to see what it reminded me of…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkz1VzglwvI

    Oh yes we are all comfortable with being humilated and devalued for the sake of fashion. And what a clever tactic to throw in grappling models, another vacous draw for mens pea sized brains!

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