In promoting his new book (which I am too irritated to even link to) on Fox News’ “Trending With Tantaros,” KISS frontman Gene Simmons proclaimed that we ladies need to stop leeching off our men because so many dudes walk out anyway, and that we should just actively plan for abandonment instead. Gene, what’s the deal here? I used to think we were long lost BFFs. I watched “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” religiously back in the day, and one of my favorite things about it was how normal (and loving!) the Simmons family seemed. Clearly, I was wrong. On his Fox segment, Simmons launched into a discussion of his book’s chapter on female entrepreneurs as host Andrea Tantaros eagerly nodded her head and gushed in agreement with his sexist ideas. Simmons seems to have decided that having spent his life being enabled and cared for by women qualifies him to know enough about the female experience to dictate what is best for all of us. His advice to lady entrepreneurs: Keep reading »
Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one, we all sit back and wonder… why? How?
We can talk about guns as the root of all evil in these instances (Fryberg used a gun that was legally purchased) — and in fact, we should be shouting about the ease of access to guns in this country — but it’s not that simple. Because there’s more to it than just guns. Reports are slowly coming in that Fryberg may have targeted particular students at his school over a recent breakup. While we may never truly know his motivation, many are starting to piece together information gathered from fellow students and Fryberg’s own social media accounts. A student at Marysville-Pilchuk High School told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was “angry about a romantic relationship he was involved in, and that the girl was one of the people shot,” according to a student. Another student spoke about Fryberg and one of the victims, telling Reuters that she “heard he asked her out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin.” The student boils it down: “It was a fight over a girl.” Keep reading »
Yesterday, at the farmer’s market, I encountered a man starring at me all googly-eyed and weird, who then sidled up next to me and said, all breathily, “Excuse me, what’s your name?” My instinct was to say “My name is Fuck Off And Die You Fucking Prick,” but I was so caught off-guard by a guy looking at me all googly-eyed and weird and asking me for my name in a breathy voice when I didn’t know him at the god damned farmer’s market that I just stammered, “Uh, Rebecca?”
“Rebecca,” he said breathily, again, his eyes boring into mine. “Nice to meet you.” I walked off and he sort of half-whispered, “Have a nice day.”
Why did that guy need my name? Keep reading »
Kimberly Guilfoyle and her co-hosts on “The Five” decided on Tuesday’s edition of the show that young women are just too out of it to be functional members of society. They argued that most people become conservatives as they get older, and that young women start as liberals until they marry and gain enough “life experience” to do a political 180 (the party starts at around the 1:45 mark in the video). They claimed, with completely straight faces, that single women tend to lean to the left because they believe they “need the government to take care of them.” So, I guess they think that women aren’t capable of functioning without a husband to pay for their shit or facilitate their lives. Then if there’s no man to assist them, we’re supposed to presume that these “helpless” women want their government to take care of them in a dude’s place? I mean, considering the U.S. government’s track record as of late (and really, since the beginning of history) no sane person, especially a sane woman, would ever actively plan on Congress or the Prez coming to save them. But alas, this was only the beginning of Guilfoyle’s ramble. Keep reading »
FCKH8 put together this amazing video of little girls summing up the women’s equality movement more succinctly than any grown-up ever could. After all, it’s their future we’re so worried about, right? The video highlights their T-shirt fundraiser, which goes toward supporting anti-sexism organizations and funding FCKH8 to keep pushing activist causes forward. I am head over heels for this one. Can I adopt one of those little girls? [BuzzFeed]