October 07, 2005
so ridiculously, out of control cute.
Now, I would never do this to my own cat. Mostly because he'd probably eat the costume. But good lord this is adorable. Don't put stuff on your cat, but definitely visit Stuff on My Cat.
Anyway, I keep meaning to write something to tell everyone in the entire world to get a subscription to Modern Drunkard Magazine. It's the best thing ever. I got one as a gift for my birthday, and I love it. Also, I meet the most interesting people when I read it on the metro. Check out the website, it's great!
As an aside, I just made a joke about getting a friend's 6-month old drunk. She (who I love) responded with "He'll get you drunk and make a pass! He's quite the ladies' man." See? Love!
Ahem. Anyway, FourFour is so good it's good. Or something.
- Dr. Dre - "Forgot About Dre"
- Ani DiFranco - "Both Hands"
- Pat Benatar - "Invincible"
- Poe - "A Rose is a Rose"
- Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"
- Liz Phair - "Headache"
- Hot Pursuit - "Mousetime USA"
- Joan Osborne - "Running out of Time"
- Pietasters - "Biblical Sense"
- Heart - "Barracuda"
My assessment? My iPod had a bad week too. Lots of pretty pissed off songs here. But fun ones. 3/10 songs by men. That's a little lower than the proportion of my music overall. Vaguely interesting.
Check out the rest over at Feministe.
October 06, 2005
There is No God (And You Know It)Them's fighting words. True, and brave. Now, I have lots of friends and family (d0n't get me started ont he family) who believe in God, or some "higher power," and I'm not calling them dumb or gullible, just willing to believe it. I can understand and even share the need for the world to make sense, to be secure in the notion that there's something after this. But I don't delude myself about it.
"Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is
simply a refusal to deny the obvious. [...] It is worth noting that no one
ever need identify himself as a non-astrologer or a non-alchemist. Consequently,
we do not have words for people who deny the validity of these
pseudo-disciplines. Likewise, 'atheism' is a term that should not even exist.
Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the
presence of religious dogma."
MTV is going to be airing a "reality" version of Models, Inc. called 8th & Ocean next year. Ooooh. It's apparently riding the coattails of Laguna Beach, of which I've seen exactly 17 minutes total, because it makes my eyes bleed.
I just don't understand. No, that's not true. I do understand. but I wonder if Tyra Banks is pissed off. And do we think there's any way Kylie Travis will be involved? I'll watch if she is. I'll skew MTV's demographics all to hell for some Kylie Travis. (Note: According to IMBd her two screen credits were Gia - awesome, with the modeling and the drugs - and an episode of Ed. What the hell is Ed? Wasn't that a show about a bowling alley or some-such?)
Via Salon, Coulter says of Harriet Miers: "However nice, helpful, prompt and tidy she is, Harriet Miers isn't qualified to play a Supreme Court justice on 'The West Wing,' let alone to be a real one."
And no, I will not link to her website.
Great conversation going on over at Susie Bright's Journal. There's a lot of talk about Girls Gone Wild specifically, but I think it's a bit misplaced. I see the whole Girls Gone Wild phenomenon as less a "pornification" of America than a part of the "humiliation" of America. There's nothing really sexy about these videos. Most of the men I know agree. The thrill comes from seeing ordinary people willing to behave embarrassingly for little or no reward aside from being on TV. That sounds familiar, but I can't think why... Oh right. Reality television.
One last thing before you go read. One of the comments was interesting to me. I'm not sure if I agree, but I'm thinking about it still.
"When it comes to girls going wild, I think the empowerment likely comes in
when you find that once you lift your shirt in public, you're still the same
person. That is, you're not a virgin, but you're not a whore. I think that's an
empowering lesson to learn (and sometimes a hard one to let sink in), though the
empowerment is limited."
October 04, 2005
What I don't understand is this. Smart women on both sides of this debate are treating each other like they're stupid. But they're not. I know Ariel Levy isn't trying to shove me back into the kitchen and steal my shoes. But she needs to understand that I'm not trying to reduce myself to a walking vagina either. You can be smart and a feminist, and empowered and not exist only in your head. My choices about what I do with my body are just as much a result of my feminist upbringing as my idependence and career.
But don't listen to me, listen to Kara Jesella.
"In other words, raunch culture isn't all about fake boobs, and the women who embrace it aren't all FCPs. Purchasing the Aerosmith DVD with all three Alicia Silverstone videos on it (which I did) or being the pleased recipient of an old copy of Playboy as a Christmas gift (that was me, too) might not be, to use a word that Levy and the FCPs both love, 'empowering,' but that doesn't mean I'm disempowered. Participating in raunch culture may not always be a feminist act, but that doesn't make those engaging in it antifeminists -- or deluded."
Ok, I'll repeat one quick thing, and then I'm done.
I'm not some clown here to entertain you. In fact, I hate clowns. They're
creepy. Shut up, it's a thing! It is. Whatever. Hopefully you'll read and enjoy. Or at least read and not send death threats.