Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:45 am

This morning we’re all treated to a feminist screed by John Chait about some comments Diane Ravitch made about Campbell Brown.

If you’re surprised that someone like Chait should suddenly wrap himself in the mantle of feminism and set himself up as judge and jury as to who’s a good feminist and who’s not, don’t be. Because that demagogue party is just getting started.

 

Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, and Michelle Obama

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 am

What a difference 60 years makes. Roughly speaking, that’s two generations, the span between grandparents and grandchildren, between one way of looking at the world and another. 120 years ago, Justice Harlan looked into the future, and he knew that one day, Plessy v Ferguson would look like Dred Scott.

Today, after I listened to Michelle Obama speak in Topeka, it’s plain she knows the future as well. It made me look at my kid and his classmates, and wonder what their world will be like 60 years — two generations — from now. From what I’ve already seen in him and his friends, I’ve got a feeling that the “better future” of which Michelle Obama spoke is not just wishful thinking.

What the Human Barbie Really Says About Us

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 6:48 pm

In a society broadly based on little besides the need for a small number of wealthy people to create continued demand for consumer goods among a much larger group of people, it is required to make people feel bad.

The United Face in Palms of America

By: Friday March 7, 2014 1:30 am

Well, it’s not like sexual assault issues are a problem in the military or anything.

Late Night: What a Girl is For

By: Monday January 13, 2014 8:00 pm

I haven’t seen all of Girls, because I’m about 20 years past the target market, because squick humor generally isn’t my thing, and because Lord God I watch enough TV already. But something about Lena Dunham and/or her work makes people who are not otherwise unintelligent start spouting the most ridiculously sexist bullshit*, and I dig that about her, hard.

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

Late Night: Pity the Rich Man’s Man

By: Monday September 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Poor Larry. Now he’ll just have to go home and cry into his GIANT PILE OF MONEY. I get that it sucks you don’t get a job you want, no matter how rich you are, but can we please start differentiating between people with real problems and people whose resumés are just a line short of their desires?

Defined Lines: Blurred Lines Parody Goes Viral

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 11:20 am

You have likely heard a lot about Robin Thicke and his summer hit Blurred Lines. Famous for its funky bass line and for being “sort of rapey” – the song has been in headlines as of late for taking center stage at the MTV VMAs and being the subject of a copyright dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate. The song has repeatedly been taken to task for its problematic lyrics and now a parody courtesy of Law Revue girls has hit YouTube that lyrically addresses what’s so wrong.

The Desperate, Outnumbered Neo-Confederacy Continues Its Fantasy of Rising Again

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 11:50 am

s we’ve seen with the war on women (womb-controlling legislative efforts around the country, rape apologists, and media blowhards like Rush Limbaugh), the desperate gay-bashing by professional anti-LGBTs even as losses mount as civil equality advances — the Right’s efforts are nearly bunker-mentality, and the neo-Confederacy has leaned heavily on misogyny and racism (and guns) as its teddy bear, a security blanket. They are in full emotional meltdown, and that is when these movements are probably the most toxic — and dangerous.

Matalin: Gays Aren’t the Downfall of Society, It’s Unwed Moms; Coulter Says It’s Lazy Latinos

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 4:00 pm

Good grief, can the right wing advocate for any ideas that don’t involve dissing some demographic outright? While it’s about time that conservatives like Mary Matalin feel they can safely (as in, don’t feel intimidated about pissing off Rush) take marriage equality out of the sure-fire rallying cry, it’s interesting how easily she shifts blame for the ills of society on all of you heterosexuals out there fornicating and procreating out of wedlock.

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