Help a Feminist African Village

A few days ago I wrote about the African village that banned domestic violence and serves as a refuge for women and girls. There’s an NYU event coming up featuring the matriarch of the village, and some people who aren’t…

Bad Idea:

Shooting an episode of “Kidnapped” in Washington Square Park, complete with FBI agents toting very large guns and roping off the fountain, without posting any information about what they’re doing. It makes your blogger go into a minor panic on…

Where Can I Find Me a Warrior-Poet?

Oh Abstinence Clearinghouse, where would I go to for laughs if not for you? Today, we have the fine pieces of literature sold at the Abstinence Store, and I think they do a pretty good job of demonstrating how abstinence-only…

Kill it! KILL IT!

I have been fortunate enough never to have cohabited with large numbers of roaches. When I was growing up, ants would flood in with the rain. When I was in college, every house I lived in had mice, which had…

Quality of Life

Blue wrote a post about Andrea Dworkin’s description of her disability, and commenters are taking her to task for it over at Alas. Dworkin had nothing remotely “apocalyptic” to say about disability. If she’d lived another 20 years that may…

Moving the Goalposts

Jennifer Ouellette at 3 Quarks Daily has a must read post on the moving target of sizes in women’s clothes. While the couture industry is scaling down sizes so that zero is the new four, and sizes less than zero…

What’s In A Name?

Shark-Fu of AngryBlackBitch and A White Bear of Is There No Sin In It? have must-read posts today about this misbegotten article from John “Who needs the FDA to ensure drug safety when the market will do it just fine?”…