Nobody knows what to do with a mayor who will not resign, even though he has ticked most of the boxes in the “You should resign immediately if…” section of the customary understanding between elected officials and their electorates. Such as: If you smoke crack. If you sometimes find yourself in the condition that Mayor Ford has now immortalized as “a drunken stupor.” If you let late-night visitors smoke pot in your City Hall office. If you consort with criminals. If people with whom you were recently photographed—in front of a suburban crack house, it should be noted—start turning up dead, or splayed on the ground beneath windows from which they have just mysteriously fallen. If you publicly malign the reputations of any politician, civil servant, or journalist who (correctly) raises the suspicion that the Mayor has a substance-abuse problem. If you are seen reeling through the streets of Toronto on several festive occasions while being, in the Mayor’s own vivid description, “hammered.” If (and it was this offense that seemed to really rattle many Torontonians) you urinate in public—or, to be fair, if you urinate in public enough to be captured on police surveillance cameras. Oh, and about those police surveillance cameras: you should probably resign as the mayor of Toronto if you are the subject of a costly police investigation—during the same period that you, as mayor, will preside over the upcoming police-budget debates at City Hall.
Listen, we all know that everyone’s ancestors were invaded by the British and so you too can lay claim to historic oppression! And everyone has at one point or another been insulted for some intrinsic quality, and it made them feel bad. But someone calling you an “evil ginger” on the playground is not the same as living in a society that tramples your human rights and dignity. And even if you think your experience is equally bad — or even worse! — the fact is that this particular conversation is not about you.
I wrote a piece for Rabble on how you should not respond to indigenous people voicing their experiences of racism, and I am very pleased with it, if I do say so myself.
Digital cameras made things even worse, cameraphones worse still. “We do the rest,” Kodak used to boast: but with digital photography there’s no rest left to do, unless you count the addition of inane push-button filters to make it look as if you were eating your cronut during the Civil War.
Wearing a bikini…shut[s] down a man’s ability to see her as a person. In order to preserve their personhood, Rey said, women should dress more modestly.
Former Power Ranger Jessica Rey is really worried about women dressing like sluts, negating their personhood, not buying her “modest” swimsuit line.
There’s a military museum in Brantford, but there’s no indication Ms. Wallin – an honorary Air Force colonel – held an event there. “If she did, she must have snuck in,” said Rick Shaver, chairman of the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford. The Brant Historical Society’s curator also couldn’t recall any visit by Ms. Wallin, though said it’d be difficult to know for sure.
Pretty sure the conspiracy here is not that Pamela Wallin is a deceitful, useless politician (yawn) but that she is actually the Kitty Pryde of the Senate, which explains why everyone is like “WELL WE DIDN’T SEE HER COME IN BUT THERE’S NO WAY TO KNOW WITH THAT ONE.”
While every major scientific regulatory oversight body in the world, including the National Academies of Science and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, has concluded that genetically modified foods pose no harm not also found in conventional or organic foods, the public remains deeply suspicious of them. A survey published in the same newspaper the day before Harmon’s piece ran found that 37 percent of those interviewed worried about GMOs, saying they feared that such foods cause cancer or allergies.
Getting a little necessarily tautological, Jon Entine for Slate points out that scientists are the best sources of scientific information, not, for instance, anecdotal stories in popular media.
Throwback narratives about stay-at-home motherhood tend to include lots of comforting quotes about how women are making this decision on their own, not under pressure from traditionalist partners. (Cut to Charlotte on Sex and the City screaming “I choose my choice!”) But when it comes to such complex arrangements as balancing a ballooning workload with the demands of parenting in an era with no clear rules, telling women it’s their choice is basically telling them the burden is on them to figure out the details. And live with the consequences. Most young men and women say they want to be in committed but autonomous relationships in which both partners have a happy balance of work and family life, according to sociologist Kathleen Gerson’s book The Unfinished Revolution. But if (or rather, when) they are unable to achieve that egalitarian ideal, a majority of those young men assume their wives will be the ones to “shift down” their careers.
Ann Friedman replies to the universal reaction to The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In: Why did all these women marry selfish jerks? THE ANSWER IS DEPRESSING.
So much of it comes down to gender and this fear of femininity in our culture. Julia Serano talks about this so brilliantly, even in the history of feminist theory, femininity has been presented as something that’s artificial and masculinity is something that’s authentic, and even in a lot of feminist discourse until recently, femininity was seen as something that was artificial and fake. So there is this fear of feminine that we see in a lot of different aspects of culture that is punished. That’s a part of patriarchy. In a lot of ways we can’t talk about homophobia and transphobia, without talking about patriarchy.
Everyone on Orange is the New Black is great— except Jason Biggs and maybe Taryn Manning— but Laverne Cox as Sophia is especially great, and her incredibly eloquent thoughts on gender and identity and the patriarchy in this interview are spectacular. BOOM.