Category Archives: Sociolinguistics

“The ‘Happily Ever After’ Complex”

An illustrated overview of the Happily Ever After myth, monetized, here at StilettoRevolt. –Ann Bartow

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Too Scandalous To Be A Registered Trademark: “Pussy Natural Energy”

At least according to the TTAB which said: In this case, it is the term PUSSY which is the focus of the refusal and our analysis. The term PUSSY is the most significant element in the mark. Accordingly, when we … Continue reading

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“Ferron: Girl on a Road”

Here’s the trailer: More info here.

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Playboy’s Misogyny More Overt Than Ever

Playboy.com began hosting a feature on the website listing and mocking conservative women they’d like to”hate-fuck.” And at least one supposedly liberal blog (ETA: or not, some controversy on this point) picked up on it as a “lighter side of … Continue reading

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What color is your cancer?

Odd question? Yes.

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How many women authors are in your syllabi?

After observing that: … a quick tally of the authors represented on my syllabi (10 courses so far) reveals that 12% of the articles or books I was required to read were written by women. Now in my third quarter … Continue reading

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For the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fans…

In case you missed this.

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The science of sales, 1950s style.

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“… it’s okay to opt out of toxic situations and conversations. Opting out doesn’t mean that you’re weak, nor does it make you a bad person. Sometimes, the most advantageous position is, in fact, one in which you don’t resist, in which you don’t explain, in which you don’t try to justify your position, in which you don’t bother trying to help others see your point of view. Or, conversely, in which you don’t try to be inclusive, to give antagonists a forum, or to apologize to diffuse a situation.”

More Lessons for Girls here at Historiann.

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“Is It Wrong To Pay For Sex?”

From NPR. Those debating were: FOR THE MOTION Melissa Farley is a clinical and research psychologist with San Francisco-based nonprofit Prostitution Research & Education and an associate scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She wrote Prostitution and Trafficking … Continue reading

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The Dos and Don’ts of using women announcers in 1950s television advertising

Via.

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Damn, the Supreme Court has ruled that the FCC’s fleeting expletive rule is “okay” but withheld judgment on whether it is constitutional.

There has been a ruling in FCC v. Fox Television Stations. From the NYT: The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Tuesday in favor of a government policy that threatens broadcasters with fines over the use of even a single curse word … Continue reading

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“Vajayjay Meets Registered Trademark”

MoJo reports: … Firmly in pop culture verbiage, the vaginal euphemism has now seen its first official product (though not its first trademark application, apparently) as the Vaj-j Visor. The visor, which is meant to cover the goods during waxing, … Continue reading

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Best Sarah Haskins Video Yet

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“Pornocalypse Now”

Over at Adbusters, Douglas Haddow talks about masculinity and porn. Via.

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Schick Outdoes Itself

Now public hair is racialized as well as pornified. (For a prior ad, see this post by Bridget): –Ann Bartow

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Racial Stereotyping For Jeebus

This is so over the top in terms of the way it portrays race, you’d think (and desperately hope) it was satire, but it probably wasn’t intended to be. Instead, chances are the creators thought they were being open minded … Continue reading

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Client’s use of eff word gets lawyer sanctioned.

From here: A federal judge has levied sanctions of more than $29,000 on a lawyer and his client after finding that a deposition was a “spectacular failure” because of the client’s constant use of vulgar language and insults and dodging … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor on Women’s Rights

Justice O’Connor participated in an interview with the New York Times to promote her new website for children.   Though she declines to call herself a feminist, take note of what she does say: Do you call yourself a feminist? … Continue reading

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“I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly’s Producer”

Read Amanda Terkel’s story here.

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“Feminism 101: On Language and the Commodification of Sex Via Humor”

Melissa lays it out here, noting: [O]ne of the most common themes among the emails I get is gratitude for expressing frustration or contempt or anger at something of which, women have been told in explicit or implicit ways, our … Continue reading

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Criminal Charges for an Accused Cyberbully

Raphael Golb has been charged with one felony count of second-degree identity theft, plus four misdemeanor charges related to his online sock-puppeting and bullying activities. The Chron reports: The son of a prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholar was arrested on … Continue reading

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Boy Toys …

And girl toys? Ian Ayres has a question for you Happy Meal purchasers over at Balkinization.

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Girls Can’t WHAT?

Share Your Story Here! As women, we’ve all been there at some point in our lives….a job…a sport…some activity where we were told we can’t participate simply because we were female. Answer the question …   and tell us what … Continue reading

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Brittan Heller and Heide Iravani are awesome.

Brittan and Heide are two women, heavily victimized by AutoAdmit, who have been willing to stand and fight. An article about the AutoAdmit litigation called “Slimed Online” can be found here at Portfolio.com. Here is an excerpt: Autoadmit, like innumerable … Continue reading

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1959 TV Commercial Launching Barbie

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John Min Kang, “Manliness and the Constitution”

Abstract: Much of the legal scholarship regarding gender focuses justifiably on discrimination against women; accordingly, if such scholarship does discuss men, it does so chiefly to illuminate the ways in which women have been oppressed by them. My article seeks … Continue reading

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Best Post Featuring Presidential Cussing Ever

Here. The first comment is pretty good too.

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Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice February 13, 2009 – Boston, MA (ABA Midyear Meeting)

Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice Speaker: Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University Prejudiced? Of course, we all are. Though we may believe that our own views are not affected by … Continue reading

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South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford is trying to outlaw lewd language and profanity.

Story here. It notes: We spoke to Debra Gammons with the Charleston School of Law about freedom of speech. She reminds that the First Amendment is not absolute. You cannot say whatever you want whenever you want to. Courts will … Continue reading

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What if you plan on e-mailing your professor?

Professor What If has some advice and observations here. Below is an excerpt: Every time a semester is about to start or has just started, my email box is inundated with”URGENT”pleas from students. Many of the things they are writing … Continue reading

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On the reclamation of sexist slurs.

Lauredhel has an extensive post here about language reclamation issues at Hoyden About Town. Below is a short excerpt, but you should read the whole thing! … As with just about any topic in feminism, when stripped to the bone, … Continue reading

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Stick To Your Knitting, Mr. Bass

Yahoo has named Carol Bartz (above) as its new chief executive.  Ms. Bartz formerly was an executive at the technology company Autodesk.  This (understandably) made the first page of the Business Day section of today’s New York Times (here). In … Continue reading

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Teenaged Girls and Dating Related Violence

An article in the NYT entitled “Killings Prompt Efforts to Spot and Reduce Abuse of Teenagers in Dating” [Note on January 4th: That WAS the title when I blogged this yesterday, but this morning the title has been changed to … Continue reading

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Mocking Sexism or Mocking Feminism?

The text in both ads (for Eram, a French shoe company) says (more or less):”No women’s bodies were exploited in this ad.” Via Sociological Images. ETA: Thoughtful response here.

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The New York Times Disapproves of Getting Laid

There is a two part series on this topic over at the Language Log.   The first is titled: No getting laid in the NYT and compares this passage from the NYT: “We created the prepaid RushCard,”Simmons says in [an … Continue reading

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Fight Songs Of Southern Universities

So today I was ruminating on the University of South Carolina’s fight song, called “Step to the Rear,” a fight song in which the only lyrics are “Go Cocks!” Here’s a version played at a football game by The Mighty … Continue reading

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Overused Words and Phrases

Lake Superior State University has an annual list overused words. For 2007 they were: Perfect storm Webinar Waterboarding Organic Wordsmith/wordsmithing* Post 9/11 Give back Author/authored ‘Blank’ is the new ‘Blank’ or ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’ Surge Black Friday Back … Continue reading

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AutoAdmit Lawsuit Update

Here, from Leiter.

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Wikipedia and Feminism

As of this past September, Wikipedia has been cited by U.S. courts almost 300 times,   according to Lee Peoples’ new article, The Citation of Wikipedia in American Judicial Opinions. It’s frightening to think that judges are according wikipedia so … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Nick J. Sciullo: On Womyn and Humyn With A”Y”

This story is a story of the law review process and one scholar’s attempt to do something, anything, about the patriarchal underpinnings of law schools, law, and legal thoughts. My ideas on feminism have not always been well tolerated and … Continue reading

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“That Nucular Thing”

Or, why picking on Sarah Palin’s speech patterns is wrong.

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Who is the good Democrat? Him? Or me?

In a column entitled “Sarah Palin Naked” Michael Seitzman writes: I realized three things tonight. For one, if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in brain power. … Continue reading

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Lipstick on a Pig

Time recently published ‘A Brief History Of: ‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig” noting that many politicians have used it publicly, including Barack Obama, John McCain, Dick Cheney, and both John and Elizabeth Edwards. The Urban Dictionary’s definition of “lipstick on … Continue reading

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On Palin: Traps for the Unweary

I’ve got a couple posts over at The Faculty Lounge explaining why I don’t support Sarah Palin.   (coupled with the video Ann’s got below!!)   Here’s one: Thoughts on Palin: Religious Politics and Book Bans Religious beliefs apparently played … Continue reading

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Testation, Testicles and Ritual Practice

Today in Wills, Trusts & Estates class, we discussed the difference between dying testate (with a will) and intestate (without one).  We talked about the origins of the word testation, which the OED gives as “from  testrto witness, make a … Continue reading

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“Straight in a Gay World”

Essay by a straight man who worked at a gay organization about what he learned from the experience.

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Nervous Nellie Was Not a Woman

Today I found myself using the descriptor “Nervous Nellie” in an attempt to self-deprecate when reminding a colleague to do something (as in, “I’m probably being a Nervous Nellie, but I just wanted to check whether you had done …”). … Continue reading

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From The Department of: “Anonymous” Was Usually A Woman

This NYT article reports controversy over the authorship of the Serenity Prayer. Below is an excerpt: … For more than 70 years, the composer of the prayer was thought to be the Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, one of modern Christianity’s … Continue reading

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Public Works officials in Atlanta are replacing “Men Working” signs with signs that say “Workers Ahead.”

Story here. Props to Cynthia Good for making this happen.

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