Etc Etc

My first law school final is tomorrow. Wish me luck. Because of that, and the other finals that follow in the coming two weeks, I (obviously) haven’t been blogging much. A few things to check out:

At least I’m going to be rich. $1,000 an hour rich.

Detainee abuse is worse than we thought. And the Pope doesn’t like it. Neither do I. (Bush Administration response: “Torture? Us?”)


The Madness of President George. Ha. They make an excellent point.

Shame on the Bush administration for walking out on a global warming conference on Montreal. Really, the bury-our-heads-in-the-sand-and-pretend-science-is-just-wrong technique is really getting old. That goes double for “intelligent design.”

The price of motherhood. Oh, if only I had the time to write more about this one…

Sexualizing cannibalism. This is… huh. Again, something I’d love to write more about. I’m all for people exploring their kinks, but why are only (or overwhelmingly) women the ones who are tied up, poked, “cooked,” and cannibalized?

I hate Axe deodorant spray. I hate their commercials. And Eugene Mirman has an excellent suggestion for their new ad campaign.

And finally, some good books. I can’t wait until December 22nd is over, and I finally have time to read things that are unrelated to torts, contracts, and civil procedure.

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22 comments for “Etc Etc

  1. December 13, 2005 at 5:32 pm

    Mmm, cannibal porn. That’s what I come here for!

  2. Thomas
    December 13, 2005 at 5:40 pm

    Jill, if you read the cannibal piece, you may have noticed the discussion of guys who fantasize about being consumed by women. They have a picture of that woman because, as the article notes, she’s the only woman with that fantasy who does photo sessions in that theme. The rest are models. I would guess that all the guys who fantasize about being cooked and eaten by women are anonymous, as is every source in the article except this one woman.

    (of course I read the thing about cannibal fetishists, and I was familiar with some of the sites. Combine a nerd and a kinkster and the result is often an encyclopedic knowledge of kink, even if it’s not mine.)

    However, I’m not disclaiming the role of sexism in this area. I think there are probably a lot more images of women on this theme than men, and that in my view owes to our willingness to objectify women. I don’t think there’s any prevalence in the BDSM community for male tops and female bottoms — but in BDSM porn, I’ve seen a lot more images of women. Women bottoming, and sometimes women topping. Often women topping women; but rarely women topping men. I’m mostly a bottom, and I love to watch men bottoming to women. It’s hard to find, and especially hard to find with attractive men, or even with young athletic men (tip: has women topping men. The men are young and in shape.) Even among people marketing to kinksters, and whom are sometimes part of the community themselves; the larger social narrative that women are depicted and men view is too easily adopted.

    It is certainly true that patriarchal elements work their way into people’s kinks – mine included. (Some feminists think that means that having kinky sex merely replicates patriarchy, I disagree and I’m not inviting that giant side-track.) I was distressed to see that the sales of the violent, gore-oriented sites far outstripped the one profiled. Just because we defend our kinky sex, kinky peers and kinky fantasies against the charge that they are inherently patriarchal and sexist, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be willing to talk about the effects of patriarchy and sexism within our communities and outselves.


    Good luck with exams. The greatest enemy is test stress. You’re smart, you know the material; relax and do well.

  3. tica
    December 13, 2005 at 6:07 pm

    Could you please put a warning on the cannibalism link? I wanted to read the article but I would have preferred not to see the photo of a woman with a child’s hairstyle and a look of fear on her face treated like a dead animal.

  4. Sniper
    December 13, 2005 at 6:12 pm

    Good grief. And here I thought Lemony Snicket fan fiction was the end of the kinky rope.

    Good luck with finals – you’ll probably end up relying on skill, but the luck is there.

  5. December 13, 2005 at 6:24 pm

    You only hate Axe deodorant body spray because you are powerless to it’s scent…

    Good luck on the finals! :D

  6. zuzu
    December 13, 2005 at 6:36 pm

    Here’s another one you might be interested in:

  7. December 13, 2005 at 7:28 pm

    My wife loves Axe. The smell. I’m not sure how she feels about the commercials.

  8. mothworm
    December 13, 2005 at 7:47 pm

    Axe: For Sick Cats

  9. Kim
    December 13, 2005 at 8:15 pm

    I recommend The Sexual Politics of Meat or its quicker-to-read sister, The Pornography of Meat.

  10. EricP
    December 13, 2005 at 8:21 pm

    My girlfriend also likes Axe. I never thought to leading a path to my dick in the hopes of a BJ. I’ll have to try that. If it works, well I’ll be happy. Thanks for the suggestion Jill. If it works I’ll donate $25 through Paypal;-).

  11. J
    December 13, 2005 at 8:53 pm

    Good luck Jill — I’m sure you’ll knock ’em dead.

    These law school exam things aren’t all that bad, really. Tomorrow is begins 3 of ’em in 48 hrs for me — at least in your 1L year most schools are able to do a pretty good job of spacing them out.

  12. December 13, 2005 at 9:37 pm

    Good luck, but remember that while good grades are useful, law school grades don’t say a whole lot about what kind of lawyer you will turn out to be, and they say nothing about the kind of person you are.

  13. December 13, 2005 at 9:51 pm

    Good luck on your exams.

    Remember to breathe because they aren’t the end of the world!

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  15. Harrison
    December 13, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    Best of luck. However, you won’t need luck…as someone else pointed out, you’re sharp and know the material. You’ll do fine!

    Tell me…is John Houseman still teaching law? :)

  16. Marian
    December 14, 2005 at 9:58 am

    The price of motherhood one is interesting. What I think happens is that women get caught in a catch-22. We want to put off having kids so that we can save up more money, and the average Northeastern American doesn’t really save up enough for kids until we’re at least 26-ish. But then come the “scientific” studies showing that our fertility doesn’t last long at all–one study said it takes a dive at 27 I think, which I’m going to be in exactly 3 weeks. Even though I plan to have kids within a couple years, I feel the pressure on both sides that I’m “getting old” (ok not really but there are jerks out there who say that), but also “can we really afford this?”

    So what is the solution? A more family-friendly workplace perhaps, but also it would help if our financial clocks were more in step with our biological clocks. Either make it easier to afford kids at 22, or to have them at 35, and I don’t know which if either of those would be possible to arrange.

    Regarding the war on Christmas: I think it’s getting silly on both ends. I’m from Wisconsin, where that one school edited the lyrics of Silent Night, which is taking things too far. But at the same time, getting one’s grannybloomers in a wad just because someone said “Happy Holidays” is ridiculous as well.

  17. December 14, 2005 at 11:22 am

    How’d you do?

  18. December 14, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    Are these more like midterms for full-year courses, like I had? I remember my 1L midterms well. I had bronchitis and was coughing clear phlegm into tissue for pretty much all the tests, much to the delight of the other test-takers. Since we were all in the same classes, I was elected King of the Law School after the ordeal was over.

  19. Rachel
    December 14, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    Regarding the Price of Motherhood, could the discussion begin with the flippancy with which Landsberg described the groups of women followed in the “experiments”. Or was that just my impression? Then could we move on to what an economist would make of the costs involved in raising a child who has disabilities? The older the mother the more likely this is to occur. Then could we finish with the question – how does any of this information help or harm women?

  20. December 15, 2005 at 12:36 am

    Thought you might be interested in one take on the cannibalism piece, over at Savage Minds.

  21. December 15, 2005 at 9:25 am

    Good luck Jill!

  22. December 15, 2005 at 12:10 pm

    Jill, I spent the morning reading RA’s site and I have to agree, if you did indeed say this, that he is using atheism as a front to argue a anti-choice position. He is either religious or an idiot and I dont think he is an idiot.

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