Catherynne Valente has some very salient things to ask about what the heck is WRONG with Super Bowl commercials? And what do they say about us, as a society?

Neither men nor women benefit from this. (Although I still think it's significantly worse for us. =/)
Author and advocate [ profile] jimhines knocks it clear out of the park once again:

Sleeping Beauties: Unconsciousness Is NOT CONSENT
A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market

Because male sexual health must be protected, while “women’s health” gets scare/air quotes from those in the highest echelons of power. Because it’s far more important to punish the sluts. SO much so that there were local political MOVEMENTS to ban the vaccine. Your behavior, ladies, is more important than your life. And we’re soooooo much better than those *ahem* dark-skinned folks who do all that honor killing, right? It’s a matter of degree and nothing else, and I am breathless with the hypocrisy.

I’ll be reasonable later.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this were an April Fool?
I have nothing to add. People who care about fandom, and fandom being a user-friendly, welcoming place -- speak out. If it's not acknowledged that this crap EXISTS, it will never be acknowledged that it needs to freaking well cease.
Author Jim Hines speaks out for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network:

It is so cool, so, so frightfully cool, when an author I decide to like on a complete and total whim turns out to be F*CKING AMAZING as a person to boot.
Year after year and age after age, the song never fucking changes.

Boys, 8 and 9, charged with rape

The father of the 8-year-old boy said his son had been falsely accused and had not had sex with the girl.

The sexual activity was consensual, and the girl accused her playmates only after her parents had learned she had sex, said the father, Brandon LeBlanc.

"There was no violence involved," LeBlanc said. "This is a clear case of a girl who didn't want to get in trouble with her parents."

He added, "In order to save her hide, she tried to blame it on rape."
AOL news site

She's ELEVEN, you gross pitiful soul-free excuse for a human being.

And no they should not bloody well be tried as freaking adults. They are ALL BABIES. (I don't know that they should be allowed to remain with this father individual teaching them their values and outlook though. Maybe we could try HIM.)
So I've been reading this book for the past four hours straight and making myself cry, which... is not real conducive to writing a damn thing. Oy. Need sleep.

Good book, but I seriously want to live in a convent cell now and avoid all contact with my fellow human beings.


Jul. 27th, 2007 06:42 pm
Well alrighty then., Movie Reviews For Bitchy People (how I love this site) reviews "Captivity" --

'I am PISSED the fuck off'
by Dustin Rowles

I don’t know how else to put this. There’s not a tactful way of saying it — no fancy critic-speak or appropriate metaphors to use here. So, I’ll just put it in the bluntest way possible: I fucking hated Captivity. I loathed it. I want to collect every print in America and burn them all. And I want to throw the filmmakers into the bonfire.


But, more than anything, I don’t want anyone to see this film — I want it to fail spectacularly. I want the filmgoers of this nation to prove that we’re above this sort of contempt and hate of the female sex. That we’re not actually a nation of sick, twisted frat-boy fuckers who’d get off on this sort of deprivation. That there is a line, and that we, collectively, recognize that it’s been crossed, and we won’t subsidize it anymore. That we can reluctantly accept the insulting comedies, the drab thrillers, and the tiresome, lifeless romantic comedies, but that this sort of noxious cinematic poison is not only deplorable, but morally criminal. ...
Sometimes it seems the world is just so unreasonably disgusting, which is sad, because there are so many valid reasons to be a shrieking harpy bitch. For example:

What is it with this headline:

"Bad News for Women: Men Are Living Longer"
BAD NEWS? 'Widowhood on the decline"??? BAD NEWS?? When did widowhood become an inherently desirable state?

In what corner of the multiverse could that be considered bad news for women? Why the leap? Why are people (THE MEDIA) so fuckng childish??

Now, if there had been any attempt at intelligent debate here, it might have touched on some important topics, like the future of Social Security and Medicare and the upside-down age pyramid structure that we're going to have to deal with in about ten years.

But no. "Bad News for Women." ALL women. Like it's some kind of goddamned playground score we're keeping here.

"Bad News..." God Almighty.

I guess my mother should have danced??
Alias, Alias, ALIAS! After a 13-hour DVD marathon, I am hooked. I resisted for a year and a half. It's over. I capitulate. It's sad.

I had Matrix moment this weekend. I'm standing on the Uptown 6 platform at Union Square, perfectly normal -- crush of people, random spitters (ew)shrieking metal of trains screeching to a halt, way too many people standing way too close to me the occasional rat skittering through the sludge on the tracks -- whe the digital scrolling sign above my head -- which usually says normal, boring, ignorable things like "uptown train approaching" "stand back from the edge" and "2:39PM" suddenly shot forth a random stream of numbers and then started blinking "320K RAM." And nobody noticed this.


And I've been having an inordinate amount of deja vu, lately.

(Why did Matrix 2 have to suck?)

I was crossing Woodhaven on Saturday, basically stuck on the median of an eight-lane road waiting for the light to change and watching my bus leave without me, when a guy in an SUV with one gold chain too many leans out of his window and tells me that he has a camera in the back of his car and can he take my picture. I immediately envisioned myself chained in the basement of a shack in the woods.

Men of the World -- this is not flattering, and neither is it cute or endearing. It is CREEPY AS HELL. And don't holler after me, after you behave in this damn fool way, whether or not "I wonder why they call me a bitch" -- ask yourself instead why you're not getting any.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.



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