Category Archives: Sociolinguistics

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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California group proposes George W. Bush Sewage Plant

I’ve generally been critical of naming public facilities after living politicians, but this is one I can endorse: A California group submitted a proposal Monday to rename a sewage treatment plant after President Bush, calling the initiative a fitting tribute … Continue reading

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On Backlash

Katha Pollitt says backlash against feminism is “crackling up a storm”. Kira Cochrane says the same thing is happening in the UK. And Dodai at Jezebel writes: Here’s a fun exercise: Think of 5 celebrities you love, and 5 celebs … Continue reading

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Men Hate Us, Another Reminder

Interview with Jessica Valenti of Feministing here at Moblogic, is followed by large numbers of mostly horrible comments.

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Michelle Obama Watch

At What About Our Daughters.

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“Hundreds turn back on Schlafly at ceremony”

According to St. Louis Today: Some felt the silent protest with white armbands and the dramatic turning of backs was disrespectful. But those who took part said it was a fitting way to show their disapproval that Washington University was … Continue reading

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“Misogyny I Won’t Miss”

Marie Cocco writes at the WaPo: As the Democratic nomination contest slouches toward a close, it’s time to take stock of what I will not miss. I will not miss seeing advertisements for T-shirts that bear the slogan “Bros before … Continue reading

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Lesbos Residents File Suit Over Use of Term “Lesbian”

From this CNN.com article, sophomorically entitled “Lesbos ladies launch lesbian lawsuit”: … Three islanders from Lesbos — home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women — have taken a gay rights group to court for using the … Continue reading

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11th Circuit reverses a lower court’s summary judgment dismissing a gender-based employment discrimination claim by analogizing to race.

From The Blog of Legal Times: … In the case, the plaintiff, Ingrid Reeves, worked as the only female transportation sales representative in the Transportation Sales Section of C. H. Robinson Worldwide’s Birmingham, Alabama branch office. Reeves alleged in her … Continue reading

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Who’s Got Game?

“The game is not worth the candle,” a former boss used to say. In context I understood the phrase to mean “the result is not worth the effort,” with some unspoken risk inherent in the “game” for which a “candle” … Continue reading

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Bigotry and Pornography

Some horrible racist, anti-semitic GOP congressional candidate in Indiana links his opposition to pornography and prostitution (involving “young, white women and girls” only, apparently) to his disgusting bigotry, and of course the Supposedly Liberal Doods find it completely hilarious to … Continue reading

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“Girl Dating Tips”

This is the kind of thing that can either make you bonk your head on the nearest wall, or laugh out loud, depending on your mood and how you are wired generally.

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A short clip of biting satire about the male-centric music industry, by Erykah Badu

Here. Not safe for work, especially if you work in the male-centric music industry.

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“Own What You Think”

Inside Higher Ed has an account of a response by Princeton University students to JuicyCampus, “where students can call out others by name and make potentially libelous, hateful or damaging statements without apparent consequence.” Below is an excerpt: The issues … Continue reading

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Robert I. Sutton, “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.”

From this website: “In his new book, Sutton reveals the huge TCA (Total Cost of Assholes) in today’s corporations. He shows how to spot an asshole (hint: they are addicted to rude interruptions and subtle putdowns, and enjoy using “sarcastic … Continue reading

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If You Haven’t Read Rebecca Solnit’s Essay, “Men Explain Things To Me,” You Must.

Here’s the link. Below is an excerpt, in case you need convincing: … He cut me off soon after I mentioned Muybridge. “And have you heard about the very important Muybridge book that came out this year?” So caught up … Continue reading

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Squaw Peak (in Arizona) will be renamed for Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman who died in action in Iraq.

So reports a post entitled “U.S. board approves naming of Piestewa Peak” posted at the Ojibway Migisi Bineshii blog (via), and it makes me really happy. Using trademark law as a doctrinal launching place, I argued in this article that … Continue reading

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“At the New York Times Book Review, all the misogyny is fit to print”

So says Sarah Seltzer, in this article entitled Hard Times. I’m not sure I agree with everything she says but she is certainly correct that the NYT seems rabidly afraid of feminism. Link via Feministing. –Ann Bartow

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“Ooh Girl!”

Best R&B song ever. Maybe not safe for work, depending on where you work.

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Still More Misogyny

This time from spoiled rich kids at a private high school in NYC. In about five years, give or take, some of them will be enrolling in law schools, but hopefully not mine. Via Jezebel. –Ann Bartow

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Rebecca Walker on “Why Feminists Stink and I Hate Them”

Okay, that isn’t the exact title, but it might just as well be. Among many other things, I wonder what she means by “this generation.” I’m younger than Barack Obama and only five years older than Walker herself, but still … Continue reading

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Ashley Herzog asks: “How long before feminists try to censor this?”

Ashley Herzog is a staff writer at   The (University of Ohio) Post who authored a 3/13/2008 article headlined “The Other Side: Despite feminist denial, sexes are wired differently,” in which she asserts thst “feminists” will “try to censor” a … Continue reading

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Forget What Misogyny Toward Feminist Law Profs Looks Like?

Timely reminders in the comments here if for some reason you are feeling inadequately hated on today. –Ann Bartow Update: Althouse is live blogging so there is plenty of fresh misogyny in her comments, and no doubt will be more … Continue reading

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There Is No “Normal”

Because everything about you requires fixing. Or you could just give up, and spend the money and time you save on books and music.

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“A Connecticut High School Student used vulgar slang on an Internet blog which was sent from her personal computer while at home. Specifically, she criticized the administration by saying “Jamfest is canceled due to douchebags in central office.” The school, in turn, refused to allow plaintiff to run for re-election as class secretary. She then won with write in ballots, but was not allowed to serve.”

Read more here.

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“Viola’s Bookshelf is a new project blog dedicated to publishing altered out of copyright, or creative commons licensed fiction, where the character’s genders have been reversed. The idea behind this is to help provide an understanding of gender construction in fiction and to an extent in everyday life.”

Viola’s Bookshelf is here. Via Hoyden About Town. Once electronic textbooks are more usable and adaptable, it would be interesting to do some gender bending of the language of judicial opinions, to see if holdings, and the rules derived from … Continue reading

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Fact and Fiction, Authenticity and Stories of Oppression

As you might already be aware if you’ve seen the NYT, “Margaret B. Jones” lied about her background. She grew up wealthy, rather than poor. Her self-reported escapades and good deeds were lies. And a Holocaust memoir published in 1997,”Misha: … Continue reading

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“Bad Questions” by Calpernia Addams

Here. Via the F-Word Blog.

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“20 Tacky Religious Products Guaranteed to Anger God”

Feminist it’s not, but funny it is. Here’s one from the list:

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On Universities’ Special Obligations to Combat Sexism

New Mexico State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women has developed a draft “Gender-Neutral Language Policy” (available here) for the University.   The Commission explains that their policy is grounded in the belief that institutions have a special … Continue reading

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I guess if I criticize Scott Adams for this Dilbert strip, it creates some kind of irony.

Nevertheless, this comic is repulsively sexist. –Ann Bartow

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Jane Fonda Did Not Use the Word as an Invective

I didn’t see it live, but I have seen the video of Jane Fonda on the Today Show. She stated the name of the monologue that producers of the ubiquitous Eve Ensler play initially asked her to recite. Fonda said … Continue reading

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Time magazine’s senior political analyst and editor at large Mark Halperin opines that John Edwards “kinda thinks Obama is….he thinks Obama is kind of a pussy …”

Media coverage here, here and here.

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Twisty Asks: How Cheap Is Your Love?

Here.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Rape

I generally like the writing at The Situationist blog a lot, but how can the clip of a “Pepe Le Pew” cartoon at the end of this post represent anything except extremely coercive, unwanted sexual contact? Pepe Le Pew cartoons … Continue reading

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“Doesn’t it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”

That’s what MSNBC correspondent David Shuster asked while interviewing two guests about Chelsea Clinton’s role in her mother’s campaign, according to the WaPo.com (actual clip is here, and see also.) There aren’t enough hours in the day to blog every … Continue reading

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“This Valentine’s Day say it with Beef”

So says the Pig! Above is a scan of an advertisement from the print version of my local newspaper today, and beneath it a higher resolution version found on the Internets. I can only imagine what life is like outside … Continue reading

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Susan Faludi, “Hillary and the Feminine Gaze, Up Close and Personal”

In this essay, Faludi reviews, “THIRTY WAYS OF LOOKING AT HILLARY: REFLECTIONS BY WOMEN WRITERS,” edited by Susan Morrison. It starts out: Let’s imagine this book’s concept:30 well-known women writers talk about how they”feel”about Hillary Clinton:applied to 30 male writers … Continue reading

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Language and Sexism

In the most recent volume of the Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law, Pat K. Chew (Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School) and Lauren K. Kelley-Chew (B.S. Candidate, Stanford University) have published their article, Subtly Sexist Language.   … Continue reading

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I’m persuaded I overrreacted to something. Apologies to Rick Garnett. –Ann Bartow

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The Hypocrisy of Fetishizing Sexual Hypocrisy

In a post salaciously entitled “Speaking of Teen Sex,” Duncan “Atrios” Black cackles and crows about a news story reporting: “A Utah retailer of family-friendly tapes and DVDs – Hollywood films with the “dirty parts” cut out of them – … Continue reading

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More Evidence That Christopher Fairman’s Thesis Was Correct

From The Consumerist: Fed up with a change in flight patterns that made them sleep in bed at night with earplugs, one Philly couple decided to paint “FUCK YOU FAA. NO FLY ZONE” and a symbol for “no planes” on … Continue reading

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Margaret Cho Says: “Let She Who Is Without Period Stains Throw The First Tampon”

Here at the HuffPo.

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Supposedly Liberal Doods Assert New Hampshire Women Voted For Clinton Out Of “Sympathy”

Did New Hampshire women vote for Clinton out of”sympathy”? Two of the “big” Supposedly Liberal Dood bloggers think so, Kos from Daily Kos and Atrios from Eschaton. Kos writes in part: The more she’s attacked on personal grounds, the more … Continue reading

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Does ‘gender neutral’ language serve to cover up male violence?

Jennifer Drew asks that question here at the f-word.

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Why Do The Supposedly Liberal Doods Link Sex And Derogation?

Here’s a picture of Guiliani: Here is a link referencing “nipple clamps” with respect to that photograph, and over at Eschaton this gets escalated to a porn allusion: Late Night Rowwwr! Everyone wants to see Rudy Giuliani rub his nipples. … Continue reading

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Isabel Allende talks about writing, women, passion, feminism.

Watch it here.

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Embryo Adoption?

I was at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) conference last week and there, amid all legal publishing companies and on-line search services in the Exhibitor’s Hall, was a table for something called Embryo Connection, which works with the … Continue reading

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Did “Feminists” Attempt to “Censor” Santa Claus?

Despite reports like this and this, the Snopes account is quite different. Via the Hathor Legacy. Naturally crap like this is for sale, but obviously feminists are supposed to be intimidated into silence about it. Cartoon from here. –Ann Bartow

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Dangerous Brains

Bridget’s mother is one of the smartest people she knows.   But her mother often proclaims,”If I had a brain, I’d be dangerous,”after making a mistake. Tony’s mother dropped out of high school and later earned her G.E.D. Yet, she … Continue reading

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