Category Archives: Sociolinguistics
From the Department of Everything Gets Commodified: “Vajajay” as Trademark for Beauty, Hair Care and Personal Care Products?
An application was filed on November 27, 2007. (NYT account of the word here. Feministing reaction here.)
You can’t buy them here because they are sold out.
The link explaining the picture is here. The background behind the dedication is here. The warped sense of humor is mine. –Ann Bartow
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
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
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
Here’s why. And, see also. Gee, what island is that exactly? The one that looks like a reclining woman?
“Silence is Golden, But Only for Women”
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
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
“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
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
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
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
In the form of this Cat and Girl strip. Via the f word.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
At Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
A nostalgic post about women’s bookstores at “a little red hen.”
A faux commercial satirizing mass market Halloween costumes for women, with expletives aplenty. On the same topic, see also this, this, this and this.
The post and hair raising comments in reply are here.
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
The distributor’s blurb: “Because it’s never too early to learn what’s important in life.” Ugh. Via Counterfeit Chic. –Ann Bartow
Brought to you by Sexist Supposedly Liberal Doods (the link goes here, the comments both places are typically disgusting.)
Here. Via Dr. Socks.
Do I make this stuff up? No I do not. –Ann Bartow
“… 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.
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
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
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
The orginal story: â€˜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
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
This post at Oh No a WoC PhD will really make you think.