Friday fluff: Step up, step up!

Kate sent along an article this morning about the death of Bruce Snowdon, the last sideshow fat man. Mostly she was boggled by this bit: Until the mid-1960s, traveling carnivals frequently featured fat acts. But sideshows declined in popularity as waistlines expanded and obesity became less of a laughing matter. As the years went by, … Continue reading Friday fluff: Step up, step up!

Me? A mansplainer? Let me mansplain.

There is some hilarious shit going down over at Zuska's. See, she posted a definition of "mansplaining" that included stuff like this: You May Be A Mansplainer If... 1. You MUST explain why everything I said is beside the point, and wrong, and silly. 2. You MUST explain why you are not a mansplainer, then … Continue reading Me? A mansplainer? Let me mansplain.

Meat and metaphors

The wonderful Jenna Sauers of Jezebel posted recently on PETA's attempts to be edgy and arresting in their support of animals at the expense of women, minorities, and basically all people except thin white patriarchy-lovin' youngsters. Jenna outlined some of PETA's worst antifeminist offenses -- equating women with meat, putting them in cages, building campaigns … Continue reading Meat and metaphors

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember transgender victims of violence. Here's a list of the people we're remembering in 2009. Please take a moment to read their names and stories -- what is known of them -- and think about these people, mostly young women, who suffered often exceptionally brutal violence … Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance

Some applicants are more equal than others

Hey, remember when Sonya Sotomayor was first nominated for the Supreme Court, and the White Dude Cabal attempted to claim that having one fucking Latina justice ever was an outrageous act of racism and sexism, and every thinking person in America was furious that the WDC was unable to distinguish between the concepts of "shameful … Continue reading Some applicants are more equal than others