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Are These Earrings Funny Or Pervy?

You can’t buy them here because they are sold out.

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This Effin’ Post Is Dedicated To Christopher M. Fairman

The link explaining the picture is here. The background behind the dedication is here. The warped sense of humor is mine. –Ann Bartow

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A new study by Thomas E. Ford of Western Carolina University concludes jokes about blonde’s intelligence and women drivers lead to hostile feelings and discrimination against women

From here via The Situationist: A research project led by a Western Carolina University psychology professor indicates that jokes about blondes and women drivers are not just harmless fun and games; instead, exposure to sexist humor can lead to toleration … Continue reading

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Dick Cheney Accuses Two Male Democratic Pols Of Having Tiny Wieners

And apparently he thinks Nancy Pelosi shrunk them. Below is an excerpt from this article: Most striking were his virtually taunting remarks of two men he described as friends from his own days in the House: Democratic Reps. John Dingell … Continue reading

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When I saw this photo montage, my first thought was, “I’m glad they didn’t show Hillary with the corndog.”

The pictures are from this NYT article about food, weight and fitnes on the campaign trail. One trope of Supposedly Liberal Dood bloggers is to eroticize or homoeroticize the consumption of corn dogs as a means of insult, which I … Continue reading

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Avoid Spirit Airlines

Here’s why. And, see also. Gee, what island is that exactly? The one that looks like a reclining woman?

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No Kidding.

“Silence is Golden, But Only for Women”

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The Hosiery Industry Wants Us To Wear Panty Hose Again

So we can probably look forward to more “fashion news reporting” like this: … Katie Couric has been one of the most stalwart and high-profile bare-leggers, bringing her tanned gams into living rooms every day with the TV news. But … Continue reading

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What To Make Of This?

Every once in a while I visit Overheard In Law School. So far, to my great relief, I haven’t read anything familiar there, meaning as far as I can tell, none of the embarrasing comments were mine. But there’s always … Continue reading

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Obama, Gender Essentialism and Presidential Politics

“Feminist Pitch by a Democrat Named Obama.”   That’s the headline of this article from today’s New York Times.   Here’s an excerpt, describing Senator Obama’s pitch to women in early-voting states: The breakthrough nature of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s … Continue reading

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Cows : Milk :: Women : Sex?

Who will buy a cow if the milk is free?”   These are the words that a man (age 60+) spoke in my presence about the plans of a younger woman (age 20+) to live with her boyfriend without getting … Continue reading

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Hey MSM, can you please stop referencing her “secret life as an Internet porn performer” now?

She’s dead. Her body has been recovered. This article notes: Police insisted that Sander’s Internet activity had no connection to her disappearance. “The issue of the Internet and the spinoff of that has been literally crippling our investigation,” Boren said. … Continue reading

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“Jane Austen Must Die!”

That’s the title of a column by Jennifer Armstrong exhorting women to demand more from literature, television and movies than yet another Austen-like story. Here is an excerpt: … God knows we’ve progressed in so many ways, but even though … Continue reading

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A Rumination About The Genders of Food

In the form of this Cat and Girl strip. Via the f word.

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A Gesture For Unflipping Someone Off

From here, where the author notes: When the light turned green, the car ahead of me just sat there. I gave it a good five seconds (i.e., 0.5 seconds) and then blasted my horn. “What did you do that for?” … Continue reading

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“Norman Mailer wins bad sex award”

And not because he is dead, either, although that can’t have helped matters any. It’s for the “explicit rendition of the incestuous encounter” between Hitler’s parents, as follows: … Mailer, who died of renal failure last month at 84, was … Continue reading

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RECALCULATING! (You weak-bladdered loser…)

Some of you may have already guessed from the title of this post that I just returned from a long car trip, and used a GPS unit to navigate. Every time I deviated from the official directions, the clipped British … Continue reading

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Externalities Illustrated

Today’s NYT featires an article entitled At Jets Game, a Halftime Ritual of Harassment that reports: At halftime of the Jets’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, several hundred men lined one of Giants Stadium’s two pedestrian ramps … Continue reading

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Not With The Band

Every year I buy season’s tickets to the men’s basketball games, and reside in the nosebleed section, the faculty and staff seats where none of the rich fans would ever consider sitting. Tonight a better connected friend gave me his … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Pronouns . . .

In Connection Distributing v. Keisler, the Sixth Circuit struck down on First Amendment overbreadth grounds certain record keeping requirements of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act. I’m struck not by the specific ruling in the case, but by three … Continue reading

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Supposedly Liberal Dood Bully Bloggers Try To Silence Criticism of Porn by Democrat

To suggest anything negative about porn is to automatically trigger an orchrestrated freak out by supposedly liberal doods who are trying to bully themselves into control of the “progressive” political discourse. Atrios writes: The Great Porn Controversy of Aught 7 … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Flash of Something That Looks Very Much Like Feminism

Here, of all places. Below is an excerpt: … Every presidential candidate, and most other politicians, since 1980, have been bowing and scraping before this constituency. But for some reason, the hunting trips and codpieces and brush clearing and all … Continue reading

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“The Origins of the Word “Sexism””

At Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog.

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Hate Speech Debate

Steven Rose writes: There goes the Science… Oliver Kamm replies: There goes liberty Chris Bertram weighs in: The elimination of bigotry is a perfectly legitimate aim of government The primary focus is race, but there is obvious applicability to gender. … Continue reading

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Elizabeth M. Glazer, “When Obscenity Discriminates”

The abstract: When public indecency statutes outlaw gender nonconformity, obscenity discriminates; when movie ratings censor representations of sexual minorities, obscenity discriminates, and discriminates on the basis of their status as sexual minorities. This Article addresses obscenity doctrine’s infliction of first … Continue reading

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Don’t You Have Something More Important To Do?

I just thought I’d get that tired derailment query out there, since it is inevitably raised when you ask a question that makes someone uncomfortable. No, for the next three or four minutes, I don’t. Regarding the expression “law porn,” … Continue reading

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Guess I’m not going to get a serious answer…

Dan Solove posted about “A Law Porn Blog” here at Concurring Opinions. I raised this query: “I’m curious, why is the analogy/metaphor law PORN?” And I’d really like to know why “porn” is the descriptor of choice for fancy brochures … Continue reading

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Lavender Languages & Linguistics XV (Feb. 15-17, 2008)

The Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference examines language use in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer life. Languages and linguistics are broadly defined here, to include studies of: pronunciation, vocabulary and meaning, conversational structures and styles, life stories and other … Continue reading

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“Public censure for judge who said lawyer had ‘nice butt’”

From the NY Daily News: When a local judge laughingly said in open court that criminal defense lawyer Ruth Boyer had “a nice butt,” she was not flattered. The sexist comment by LaGrange Town Justice Edmund Caplicki, made in July … Continue reading

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MRAs 101

Shakespeare’s Sister writes: A few days ago, one of my readers emailed me asking what an MRA is. Given that the term tends to get thrown around at Shakes without much explanation, I asked Shakes contributor Jeff Fecke — a … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “A ‘Ho New World: Raced and Gendered Insult as Ersatz Carnival and the Corruption of Freedom of Expression Norms”

The abstract: Carnivalization, a concept developed by literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and later employed in broad social and cultural contexts, is the tearing down of social norms, the elimination of boundaries and the inversion of established hierarchies. It is the … Continue reading

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Wow, a Nobel for Doris Lessing!

NYT story here. Like so many women, The Golden Notebook made a profound impression on me when I was in college. A much more recent book, Love, Again, was terrific too. I didn’t like The Sweetest Dream so much, the … Continue reading

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The Myth of Mars and Venus

This post’s title is the title of a new book by British linguist Deborah Cameron. The book explodes the Mars/Venus industry (John Gray, Deborah Tannen, Simon Baron-Cohen, etc.) and instead concludes that men and women communicate in very similar ways. … Continue reading

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Is “Good for the Goose” a Gendered Phrase?

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” is a phrase I haven’t heard in a long time.   A friend used it  yesterday to describe  why an individual, whom I will call Person B, engaged in particular … Continue reading

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“Women, Our Books, Our History”

A nostalgic post about women’s bookstores at “a little red hen.”

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“Girls’s Costume Warehouse”

A faux commercial satirizing mass market Halloween costumes for women, with expletives aplenty. On the same topic, see also this, this, this and this.

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Online Magazine Jezebel Asks: “Ever Had A Boss Who Made You Hate Men?”

The post and hair raising comments in reply are here.

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Al Sharpton Calls for Boycott of Knicks

From wnyc.org, New York local public radio: Al Sharpton is vowing to lead protests against Madison Square Garden, unless Knicks coach Isiah Thomas apologizes for suggesting that blacks and whites should be held to different standards when it comes to … Continue reading

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Wooden Logo Puzzle For Children

The distributor’s blurb: “Because it’s never too early to learn what’s important in life.” Ugh. Via Counterfeit Chic. –Ann Bartow

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And It’s Another Round Of “Let’s Mock A Woman’s Looks If We Disagree With Her Politics”

Brought to you by Sexist Supposedly Liberal Doods (the link goes here, the comments both places are typically disgusting.)

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A Cartoon About Gender and the Internet

Here. Via Dr. Socks.

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Today South Carolina Celebrates “Cockfest”

Do I make this stuff up? No I do not. –Ann Bartow

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“… The emails also revealed that MediaDefender probably was negotiating with the New York Attorney General’s office to allow them access to information about users accessing pornographic material.”

One more example of the confluence of copyright “enforcement,” pornography, and the complete absence of privacy on the Internets explained here and here.

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When a Man is a “Bitch”

Isiah Thomas may or may not have called a particular female colleague a”bitch.”   That’s for a jury to decide.   But based on my own work experience, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.   Or if he didn’t, … Continue reading

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“Woman President” v. “Female President”

Ann’s post yesterday of the Daily Show clip “Is the U.S. Ready for a Woman President?” reminded me of a pet peeve of mine – the use of “woman” as an adjective. It always seemed to me that when people … Continue reading

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“Nurture strikes back”

That’s the title of an article in the Economist that reports: Some sex differences that look biological are really cultural ONCE upon a time, the only ideologically acceptable explanations of mental differences between men and women were cultural. Any biologist … Continue reading

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Pink Solidarity Among Boys

The orginal story: ‘I’ve stood around too long’ Central Kings students wear pink to send bullies a message By IAN FAIRCLOUGH Valley Bureau CAMBRIDGE : Two students at Central Kings Rural High School fought back against bullying recently, unleashing a … Continue reading

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Sally Haslanger, “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)”

Haslanger writes in part: There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy; rage about how others I know have been treated; and rage about the conditions … Continue reading

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“On Shame”

This post at Oh No a WoC PhD will really make you think.

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“Sweetener wars reinterpreted as feminist history”

Via Rebecca Tushnet, who says: “From Overheard in New York (ignore the crass headline). Clever, and also up-to-date on the news…”

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