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Things You Must Have

Marketing is the delicate art of convincing people they need something they would never have heard of, until you told them they needed it.

When someone tells you of something you “must have” by a certain age, you are being marketed to.

When you are being marketed to, someone is trying to reach into your wallet. If not your monetary wallet, maybe your political or spiritual one. Remember this: nothing you can sign over to them will ever fill their abyss. So consider only the benefit to you.

For another view of that, check out the march of time as Gemma Correll details things women “must have” by the age of thirty.

Click Thru for All the Ages

BTW I disagree about the last item for the 1950’s. Vodka served many, just as well.

Toxic?

Click through if you’re a REAL man.
Or not.

The author says, they don’t think all “masculinity” is “toxic.” They think that there’s a lot of it that harms men because of the restrictions it places on our expression of emotions, especially grief or pain.

That’s absolutely true. But the thing I have been thinking lately is, there’s nothing we call “masculine”, that’s both a positive and only masculine. A trait that women just don’t manifest. Can you think of one? I’ll wait.

Stupidity Burns

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I have long asserted that the apparent stupidity of Rethuglicans is wilful and malicious. If you saw Pumpkin turn his daily COVID-19 hour of lies (“press briefing” LOL) into a commercial for My Pillow today, you now know what I mean.

But even more seriously: read this article. The aim of the right-wing noise machine now appears to be literally to reduce the population. To kill as many of us as they can.

Other conservatives have framed protective measures as a threat not only to America’s rugged individualism but to masculinity. The Christian pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth referred to social distancers as “sissies” and “pansies” who have been “neutered,” and described Christians who use hand sanitizer as having “fake faith” and “no balls.” Another minister said he would never close his church, because his congregants were not “pansies.” Some politicians, including the lieutenant governor of Texas, and pundits, including Glenn Beck, have gone so far as to suggest that older Americans should be willing to risk death to preserve the economy.

The Conservative Campaign Against Safety

Good old toxic masculinity! Just when you thought that was something we only worried about in happier times, like 2018. This may be evil of me but I really sincerely hope they get exactly what they wish for. That is to say, they should get exactly what they wish for you and me.

Pink Sneakers

Men can’t wear pink sneakers! Didja know that?

At Zappos.com

My wife Jill was having lunch today with two male colleagues. Let’s change the names to protect the benighted. We’ll call them X and Y.

As they were waiting for their food a table next to them broke and they watched the three men at it walk away, one wearing pink sneakers. X offered the opinion that men ought not wear pink sneakers.

Jill asked why? Pink and purple and even sparkles are all perfectly valid things for anyone to wear who wants to.

Oh sure, said, X. I have a pink shirt! But shoes, that’s not OK for a man to wear in pink. Y piped up, Or underwear!

Jill said, I don’t care if you’re wearing pink underwear right now, as long as you’re comfortable in it.

The conversation moved on from there, but I think we all know what the underlying message was. A giant serving of homophobia, with a heaping side of rigid insistence on the gender binary. She wondered to me later if she should have called it out, as one should at work. But I think the setting of a work lunch and the fact that the homophobia was never expressed openly puts it into enough of a grey area that it was OK to just let it pass.

Of course when I heard this, the provocateur in me simply had to order a pair of those from Zappos. I will be sure to be wearing them to the next family event at Jill’s office.

USWNT FTW WTG

The US Women’s National Team won the FIFA World Cup yesterday in a dominating performance over the Netherlands team.

Now she gets to not go to the f’ing White House
I can hardly wait

Little boys are wearing Rapinoe jerseys. This is a good thing.

And of course, Nike was ready

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