Category: General

A Love Letter to the Bikini

“It is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing.” -Modern Girl magazine, 1957 The bikini turns 60 this week, and I…

What Else I’m Reading

Why are men still joking about rape? And why is rape still being imaged as erotic and sexy? Abstinence-only education hits a dead end with HPV. Katha Pollitt tosses her two cents into the supposed “mommy wars.” The Truth About…

Hand Grenade

(I ended up writing two posts on Blue’s post and thread. They might or might not match up with each other. I figure I’ll just put them up in tandem and let the feministas–and Blue, hopefully–discuss them either in conjunction…

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness

But getting laid regularly will make you feel as good as an extra $50,000 a year. I have $200 in my bank account and I’m living alone in a tiny Greek village (read: Not exactly the most exciting love life).…

Always Something Nice to Say

Eteraz asked me via email about whether there’d been any movement to establish chivalry among queers. He started wondering after seeing a show on MTV involving gay people being mean to other candidates. I’m not familiar with that particular one,…

Friday Feminist Round-Up

Kuwaiti women vote for the first time in the country’s history. “I feel like I am a full citizen today,” said Maha Barjes, a member of Kuwait’s Human Rights Society and longtime women’s rights campaigner. “The results of this election…

Why are you a Democrat, again?

Dianne Feinstein can kiss my flag-buffed butt. (No, it’s true! I use flags for toilet paper! Not just paper ones, either. I scour antiques stores for cotton and silk flags, preferably ones flown either in battle or from the porches…

Odds and Ends

Caring for the People Who Care for our Children: I wonder what the “we love babies” crowd would say to this? Childcare workers deserve better pay and better treatment. Period. A Japanese university is dispatching female students as “angels” to…

Trivial Blogging

(I am blogging light today; this should not be confused with a real post. Also, it contains a spoiler.) I saw Match Point the other day. It feels ungrateful to complain about any movie that involves Jonathan Rhys Meyers blindfolded–and…

Reading Lolita in Public

Lolita seems to have gone missing (second library book in as many months, which isn’t good). She’d just come home from the hospital. I’ve since finished Breakfast on Pluto and am reading The End of the Affair. In comments to,…