In a disturbing post yesterday called, “Why Do Feminists Find Abstinence Intolerable?” Susan Walsh, a blogger for the site Hooking Up Smart, uses our current “hookup culture” as undeniable proof that all feminists hate abstinence. Say what? “Feminists are dismissive of hookup culture,” she writes, “frequently claiming that it doesn’t exist, that it’s just the overreactive imagining of old fogies and right wing nuts who don’t want young people having sex before marriage.” I’m not sure who all these feminists are who dismiss the existence of our hookup culture or what any of it has to do with the idiotic claim that feminists loathe abstinence, but throughout her troubling piece, Walsh awkwardly tries to link the two ideas. She quotes Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory who wrote last August, in reference to some new books exploring the hookup culture:
“These books are just the latest result of the mounting abstinence movement, which, despite its religious roots, has recast its attack on “hookup” culture as secular, even feminist. Perhaps young women are putting feminist ideals of equality into sex by refusing shame and claiming the traditionally male side of the stud/slut double standard.”
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Lots of people have, understandably, been scrutinizing President Obama and his various decisions and policy moves since becoming President. But one GOP group in Maryland has taken it a little too far. Joyce Thoman, president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County posted a letter on the group’s website stating that Obama and Hitler have a lot in common. Yes, Hitler. Last time I checked, comparing anyone to a guy who orchestrated the genocide of 6 million Jews is just not kosher.
Here are other choice pieces from her letter.
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Guess she’s got an itch to scratch! [Hawaii, 6/24/09] Keep reading »
Cobwebs come into fashion but once a year (Halloween), and are then resigned to lonely corners for the remainder. Not the case with Dollybird, whose designs feature preserved cobwebs in glass pendants that rest on necklace chains. Hand set in sterling, the one of a kind necklaces can be ordered in varying sizes, from one-inch to three-inch circles. There’s also a ring to rock Goth-style, allowing you to celebrate Halloween all year round. [$175 and up, Dollybird Design] Keep reading »
Supposedly, Britney Spears has been offered a role in an upcoming film that promises to be as much of a trainwreck as she is. The flick, called “The Yellow Star of Sophia,” is about the Holocaust, time travel, and (of course) love. If she accepts the role, Britney will be playing a gal who invents a time machine and travels back to World War II. She falls for a Jewish guy in a concentration camp, but their relationship is an epic failure because both of them get murdered by Nazis. Wait, what is a shiksa like Britney doing in a movie about Jews? Did these casting schmucks see “Crossroads?” If so, what on earth makes them think BritBrit can do a serious drama? Please tell me this isn’t supposed to be a comedy. [Haaretz] Keep reading »
Working in a very supportive nearly all-female office I find it extremely hard to believe that women can have a gender bias against themselves. But I guess if you’re one of the lucky women who have successfully surpassed the glass ceiling, it’s possible that once inside the velvet ropes you may have a conscious or subconscious desire to keep the female success club exclusive. If this is true, the triumphant women then might make it exceptionally challenging for the rest of womankind to thrive.
I pose this thought because of a recent New York Times article titled ‘Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater’ that discusses the state of gender bias in the theater community and proves this phenomenon. It explains that female artistic directors and literary managers are two parts, of a three-part reason, as to why significantly less shows written by female playwrights are staged than plays written by males. The statistic isn’t so bad that they’re calling in the female affirmative action troops… yet.
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You would think that with all the different advancements in communication having an affair would be easier. Not so, according to a survey by Telstra Corp, a dominant phone company in Australia. The survey found that 25 percent of Australian cell phone users found out their partner or someone else’s was being unfaithful through text messages. Keep reading »
A Japanese “scientist” claims he has composed a breast enhancing ringtone. According to Hideto Tomabechi, a woman can increase the size of her breasts in only 10 days if she listens to the ringtone 20 times every 24 hours. Sounds easy, but don’t get too excited just yet. The ring tone apparently has many layers of sound to stimulate breast tissue growth, but the predominate clamor is a baby shrieking. Actually, don’t get too excited period, as this seems to be one of the biggest/funniest cons in YouTube history. Watch this video to learn more about the “grow-your-boobs” ringtone, “convince-the-fat-from-your-butt-to-leave” ringtone, and something involving the Japanese police and cults. Keep reading »
No, Jonathan. No, no, no, no, no. You’re way too talented an actor, and far too attractive, to get taken down for crap like this. “Tudors” actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (you know, the stone cold sex bomb who was in “Match Point”) was arrested by French police on Saturday afternoon after allegedly punching out a waiter in an airport restaurant. Agence France Press reports that the 31-year-old actor appeared too drunk to be served by a bartender at Le Quotidien restaurant in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, which prompted Meyers to shout at the manager. (Not a good tactic, sweetie.) When a member of the waitstaff tried to intervene, Meyers punched him in the face. After a three hour stint in the drunk tank courtesy of French police, Meyers was released.
Meyers checked into rehab in 2007, the same year he was arrested for public drunkenness in Dublin. Perhaps it’s time for another trip? You’re behaving positively Lohan-esque, dude. [People] Keep reading »