Birth Control on the Bottom
H/T to Lindy West: “If there’s one thing I know as a modern diverse lady-woman, it’s that if there’s one thing diverse groups of modern female ladies like better than not getting baby-pregnant, it’s bowel regularity! Lucky for both of our bottom-holes, now there’s Dannon’s Birth Control on the Bottom Yogurt.”
I know all the games entitled young men, in particular, play. If you are deploying wingmen, if you are approaching this as you would a gazelle hunt, where the goal is to isolate a target from the herd and make them vulnerable so they will succumb to you, where getting the target stupefyingly drunk is a desirable means to an end, then you might get laid — I don’t deny that those tactics works for unscrupulous people — but you will have forfeited the title of Decent Human Being, and we’d rather you didn’t come to our meetings. Also, atheist women tend to be assertive and not at all bashful about telling everyone else about your behavior, and you’ll find yourself discussed on youtube and on blogs and perhaps even from the podium at the meeting. Then you’ll feel compelled to comment anonymously on those blogs, complaining about ball-busting man-haters, and you’ll be forever receding from that desirable status as Decent Human Being.
You don’t get to whine about being called out. It’s what we do. Join a cult if you’d rather have rules of silence and obedience.
Hillary delivers the best response to yesterday’s attack on Planned Parenthood
How have people not learned yet that you do not mess with Hillary Clinton?
emphasis is mine
This is from 2009 but it’s an excellent defense of the administration’s policies regarding reproductive rights. Boo. Yah.
If this bill passes into law, a wife beater whose wife is trying to abort for the entirely sensible reason that you don’t want babies with a batterer could walk into a clinic, shoot the doctor to prevent the abortion, and plead justifiable homicide, with the blessing of the South Dakota legislature and presumably the anti-choice movement that lobbied them.
Amanda Marcotte, “South Dakota legislators move to legalize some terrorism and domestic violence” (via pandagon.net)
This is scary.
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
(Sandi Toksvig is the one who pointed out to me that the Bayeaux Tapestry was made by women. She is incredibly awesome.)
Sandi Toksvig is one of my favourite guest panelists on Q.I. She absolutely is awesome. (I just watched the ‘History’ episode she was on and loved it.)
Joss Whedon’s Equality Now speech.
Someone on my dash has just reminded me of this. I almost forgot there are some (a select number of) awesome men. Seriously, feminists, women and men alike: you must watch this.
I love this man :-)
Those who like to believe they have picked themselves up by the bootstraps sometimes forget that they wouldn’t even have boots were it not for the women who came before. Listening to Palin, it’s almost impossible to believe that, as recently as 50 years ago, a woman at Harvard Law School could be asked by Dean Erwin Griswold to justify taking a spot that belonged to a man. In Ginsburg’s lifetime, a woman could be denied a clerkship with Felix Frankfurter just because she was a woman. Only a few decades ago, Ginsburg had to hide her second pregnancy for fear of losing tenure. I don’t have an easy answer to the question of whether real feminists are about prominent lipsticky displays of “girl-power,” but I do know that Ginsburg’s lifetime dedication to achieving quiet, dignified equality made such displays possible.