Well-Played Aspen, Well-Played

I don’t know these people but I love them already.

Mock Paper Scissors

Pence is the one on the right.

It seems noted homophobe and termite buffet vice-preznint Mike Pence decided to go someplace warmer than his soul for the holidays and arrived in Aspen only to discover at his rental…

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2017: the year in language and feminism

language: a feminist guide

Back in 2015, in this blog’s first end-of-year round-up, I noted that the year had started inauspiciously, with Time magazine putting ‘feminism’ on its list of annoying words that deserved to be banned.  The label was overused, they said; celebrities in particular were guilty of ‘throwing it around like ticker-tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade’.

To say that the mood has changed since then would be an understatement. No-one seemed surprised when a leading US dictionary, Merriam-Webster, named ‘feminism’ as its Word of the Year. ‘Feminism’, the announcement explained, was one of the most looked-up words of 2017, and spikes in the number of look-ups coincided with important news stories, from the anti-Trump women’s marches in January to the #metoo campaign this autumn. As for Time, its current cover features ‘the silence breakers’–a group of women, feminists, and in some cases celebrities, who spoke out…

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It’s really rather simple …

I’m old enough to remember this.

Homeless on the High Desert


In the 1950s and 1960s when the top tax rate was 70 to 92%, we laid the interstate system, built the internet, put a man on the moon, defeated communism, our education system was the envy of the world, our middle class thriving, our economy unparalleled.

You want that back? Raise taxes on the rich.

You’re either with us, or against us. It’s not a question.

guye fawlks

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Men Are Responsible for Stopping Sexual Assault. Not Women. MEN.


Beautifully Broken

Enough bullshit.

Nearly 99% of sex offenders are men.

So stop blaming women for sexual assault.

It’s not the clothes they wear, the way they style their hair, the words they say, or how much skin they’re showing that cause men to sexually assault them.

It’s a choice made by men.

Males. Husbands. Sons. Boyfriends. Brothers. Nephews. Uncles. Co-workers. Coaches. Bosses. Total strangers with raging boners.

That’s the key factor – a penis.

So stop blaming the victim for being victimized. And stop letting men off the hook with every stupid ass excuse under the sun.

It’s time for men to take responsibility.

The mere possession of male genitalia does not make it impossible to resist sexual urges. Nor does enculturation as a male in a patriarchal society determine our decisions – even if it does influence them.

Sure. We live in a world of toxic masculinity. The “Boys will…

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The Yin & Yang of Sexual Harassment

from the Mahablog.  great blog.

She makes some great points, including: “And now at least one woman has been caught making false claims for political reasons, which was bound to happen. But it just takes a few women to be caught lying before we’re back to the assumption that all women are liars, which is worrisome.”

and: “My other concern is that men will take over the issue and assume the lead in writing the sexual harassment response handbook, because men always think they know better than we do, and they will screw it up.”


The media should confront politicians about their lies directly, by calling them liars

DAMN STRAIGHT. I stopped watching network news, especially “Meet the Press”, which I used to love, because I couldn’t stand how nobody called out these LIARS.

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

The United States is in an existential fight for its democratic soul and its American values. Media VIPs should treat lying politicians accordingly.

Jeb Hensarling (image credit: Dallas Morning News)

On my way into work Thursday morning, I listened to an interview of Congressman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. I counted 11 lies (although several were repeated) in an interview that lasted 3 minutes and 51 seconds, of which half was the interviewer, NPR Morning Edition’sDavid Greene. Friday morning I heard Steve Inskeepinterview Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the subject of the Trump Tax and I counted at least 10 lies. In both cases, Greene and Inskeep tried to push back against some of the lies with their own information, citing studies that disproved Hensarling’s or Ryan’s bullshit, but both politicians were able to wriggle away by turning the studies into a case of “he said…

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Everyday harassment

This IS gaslighting. When you are never sure what is going on & you are always sure it’s your fault. & YES, we as a culture are being gaslighted on a massive level.

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues


Suck it up. Grow a set. Put on your Big Girl panties. Get over it. #MeToo

The first time I faced sexual harassment was when I was about 10 years old. I was shopping with my parents at the Clarkins discount store out on Fulton Road. My parents let me stop to look at the books and toys by myself with a “Don’t wander off” reminder. A man–maybe a teenager–walked up to me and said, “Hey! Put your hand in my pocket!” He was standing a foot or so away with his hands in his pockets, holding one slightly out towards me. I remember looking up at him, startled, then afraid. And then running away as fast as I could.

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