Posted on May 17, 2013
So, it turns out that MRA dipshits have been around for at least 100 years.
In his 1913 tome The Fraud of Feminism, after noting several average, alleged physiological sex differences between men and women, "journalist" and "philosopher" E. Belfort Bax sneered:
"It is the fashion of Feminists, ignoring these fundamental physiological
sex differences, to affirm that the actual inferiority of women, where
they have the honesty to admit such an obvious fact, is accountable by
the centuries of oppression in which Woman has been held by wicked and
Posted on May 16, 2013
So, last night I voluntarily decided to watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
I wish I had something more intelligent to say about it other than, wow, just what we all needed, another movie about white dudes doing dudely things with other white dudes and, like, one white lady character and one black man, both of whom only have speaking parts because of their respective relationships with the white male savior...
Posted on May 15, 2013
Welp, it turns out that I have to be on some pretty strong meds for some persistent sinus issues I've been having and, spoiler alert, they are making me a bit loopy and REM-sleep-deprived. Consequently, blogging and conversation here will probably be a bit light, sporadic, and/or about random, spontaneous topics...
Posted on May 14, 2013
I'm glad I read Ana's post on the TV show Fringe, because she articulated many things that I find problematic about it, even as I continue to watch it.
My current pet peeve of the show is the writer's oblivious and obvious treatment of Astrid...
Posted on May 10, 2013
I love this blog, Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh.
And her latest post, on depression, is at once spot on, humorous, and heartbreaking.
Leftist Gender Warrior wishes you all a nice weekend.
Posted on May 09, 2013
Welp, this book, What Makes a Baby?, is sure to make many folks fall ass over heels onto their fainting couches whilst clutching their pearls and simultaneously screeching "PC gone awry!"
It's crime? From the linked Atlantic article:
"The book is deliberately and insistently inclusive?which means that
it does not presume a 'normal' one-fertile-mommy-one-fertile-daddy
Posted on May 08, 2013
"From March 7 ? April 7, I documented everything blatantly sexist anyone
has said to me. None of these comments were provoked, none of them were
replies to something I said, none of them were at all out of the
ordinary and the vast majority of them (an original count of 77 images)
have been taken out so that this post isn?t as long as it probably
Posted on May 07, 2013
[Content note: Discussion of bullying, self-harm]
In this piece, Griner talks of the racist, sexist, and homophobic bullying she endured growing up, as well as her consequent contemplations of suicide.
Although perhaps some people might think that women's sports are a bastion of tolerance, oftentimes they're not...
Posted on May 06, 2013
'Cuz yet another anti-feminist, this time Rush Limbaugh, has declared that feminism may be "dead."
His evidence is a Super Scientific article in the conservative Washington Times, which cites a poll of Internet users stating that 28% of Americans identified as feminists...
Posted on May 03, 2013
"In an emotional
ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman
was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating
outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.
Rosemarie Smead is one of about
150 women around the world who have decided not to wait for the Roman
Catholic Church to lift its ban on women priests, but to be ordained and
start their own congregations...
Posted on May 02, 2013
So, this movie is a thing.
Featuring such stellar women's advocates as Phyllis Schlafly and the Ladies Against Feminism, one review of the movie, The Monstrous Regiment of Women, purports:
"Today, the feminists are our monstrous regiment.
Feminists tell women not to submit to a husband, to avoid having
children, and that they should listen to their inner voice and chase a
career to find true fulfillment...
Posted on April 29, 2013
Per a surprising post by Elizabeth Marquardt, the Family Scholars Blog, which is the blog of the Institute for American Values, has gone on hiatus effectively immediately.
I say "surprising," because the news is surprising and unexpected to me, as someone who has been volunteer guest blogging at the forum for more than a year and who has put in many hours in behind-the-scenes work to help develop a more comprehensive comment and moderation policy for the site...
Posted on April 26, 2013
Welp, in case you hadn't noticed, I took a little blogcation this past week and, wow, it turns out I'm a much happier person when I'm not interacting with some people on the Internet.
I know this isn't a Startling Revelation, but it's so clear that perhaps the majority of blog arguments (bloguments?) aren't really about achieving understanding at all, but rather, they're about point-scoring, pointing out "hypocrisies," winning, defaming, embarassing, and/or attacking and, wow, maybe I should take more time to step...
Posted on April 19, 2013
Check out number 27, on this list of times the Westboro Baptist Church "lost badly."
It's a screen shot of a disclaimer from the KKK's website, reading:
The Ku Klux Klan, LLC, has not or EVER will have ANY connections with 'The Westboro Baptist Church...
Posted on April 18, 2013
Tim Wise, a white man whose author tagline touts him as "one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States," shares his thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombing:
"It is a lesson about race, about whiteness, and specifically, about white privilege...
Posted on April 17, 2013
It's clear to me after interactions with some folks on Internet, particularly men who aren't used to interacting with women who don't buy into the "If a man said, that settles it" line of thinking, that such people use the descriptor "passive-aggressive" as a synonym for "You...
Posted on April 15, 2013
In a letter co-signed to the Republican National Committee:
"We deeply resent the insinuation that we have treated homosexuals unkindly personally."
-Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Paul Caprio, Director, Family Pac Federal
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B...
Posted on April 12, 2013
I found this article somewhat interesting:
"Rudeness and throwing insults are cutting online friendships short with
a survey on Wednesday showing people are getting ruder on social media
and two in five users have ended contact after a virtual altercation...
Posted on April 11, 2013
Each year, I'm always amused by Team Anti-Gay's over-the-top opposition to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's Day of Silence. This event's mission is to bring "attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools," which students can choose to participate in by taking a vow of silence for a day...
Posted on April 10, 2013
I was going through my archives the other day, and after the past few weeks I've had on Internet, thought it would be fun to re-post this article I wrote about 2 years ago.
When I wrote the post, it was in reaction to comments I had seen
men make regarding a newspaper that had cropped Hillary Clinton out of
an image, for religious reasons...
Posted on April 09, 2013
On leading Louisville to an upset win in the Sweet Sixteen over Baylor, the team with perhaps the most dominant woman ever to play NCAA basketball:
"It's my mentality to keep going at her. She's Brittney Griner, but I mean, I'm Shoni Schimmel, so I'm going to keep going at her, you know?"
It's such a great quote...
Posted on April 08, 2013
Although I did not get to the conversation in time to participate before
the thread reached the 50-comment limit, I'd like to re-kindle the conversation about Barry's post, "Kind, smart, lovely people sometimes support bigoted public policy."
Whether the word "bigoted" is fair to apply to the viewpoint of opposition to same-sex marriage, whether the label is used to "deliberately" shut down conversation, and what the word "bigoted" even means are recurring issues in conversations at Family Scholars Blog...
Posted on April 05, 2013
Maybe from now on it will be L Word Fridays here in Fannie's Room. Who knows, I'm open to experimentation, although, I dunno, do you think that might be possibly alienating the bigot lurkers of this blog? Maybe I'll make Tuesdays will be Straight Pride Day, or something...
Posted on April 04, 2013
As you may have heard, Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice was recently fired after ESPN aired a video showing him physically and verbally abusing his players during a practice, including throwing basketballs at them "at point blank range" and calling them by homophobic slurs...
Posted on April 03, 2013
Melanie Tannenbaum has written again on benevolent sexism. I'm not sure if she wrote the title of her piece too, but I like it:
"The Problem When Sexism Just Sounds So Darn Friendly..."
The notion that one can be sexist if one hasn't intended to be is still a big stumbling block for many people when it comes to acknowledging that they have engaged in something that is sexist (or racist or transphobic or homophobic)...
Posted on March 29, 2013
Welp, I'm finding myself unexpectedly excited about the fact that The L Word is now streaming on Netflix.
Although the show is one that many lesbian, bisexual, and queer ladies love to hate (or is that hate to love?), I remember it feeling like a Really Big Deal when it premiered almost 10 years ago...
Posted on March 28, 2013
It has been, of course, a big week at the US Supreme Court with respect to same-sex marriage.
I've been mostly following the arguments and recaps at SCOTUSblog. There are many good roundups at the site, two interesting pieces of which include commentator Lyle Denniston saying "DOMA is in trouble" and Amy Howe breaking down the Prop 8 arguments "in Plan English...
Posted on March 27, 2013
Via Echidne, via a letter to the editor, one man is Very Upset that LDS women will, for apparently the first time ever, be allowed to offer invocations and benedictions at the religion's General Conference. He whinges:
"Woman was created for man; this world was made
for men to lead households and prayers...
Posted on March 26, 2013
In the past couple weeks, at blogs that I write for, three different men have engaged in sock-puppeting to try to continue commenting after they had been banned for their hostility and unwillingness to engage in good faith.
All of these men, not surprisingly, had also expressed contempt for civility and the concept of "other people's right to set boundaries...
Posted on March 25, 2013
[Content note: Trans* bigotry]
Now, usually when I use gender police, I'm being metaphorical.
Arizona state Representative John Kavanagh, however, has proposed legislation that would make it illegal, and would carry a jail term, for someone to use public restroom, shower, or locker room facilities that are marked for a sex other than that which is marked on the person's birth certificate...