What We Missed

Filament, an erotic magazine for women featuring semi-naked men, can’t get a printer to publish photographs of aroused men, even though their readers say it’s what they’d like to see.
Nancy Griffin, a tennis player in Raleigh, is suing the city for refusing to let her play against men. An actual quote from the article: “Men have invoked both their wives and God to avoid matches against her.” Wowzer.
For an -ism (sizeism, classism…) packed punch from the New York Times, don’t miss this piece on J.C. Penney coming to Manhattan’s Herald Square.
New study indicates that the choice of major explained 19 percent of the income gap between college-educated men and women.
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  1. Kathleen6674
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    James W. Loewen wrote “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” and it’s fabulous. Anytime anyone mentions a ‘well-written’ or ‘accurate’ or ‘objective’ textbook, I refer them right to that book.

  2. Kathleen6674
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Which is not to say that it’s impossible to write a good textbook, but it IS impossible to sell one.

  3. Kathleen6674
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Philly. Sports teams are worshiped, the high crime rate is just lived with. It’s fucked up here.

  4. Kathleen6674
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    That should be ‘formerly,’ not ‘normally’ – although it did seem abnormal to have the Wanamaker’s building with another company’s name on it.

  5. EKSwitaj
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    A female mind = the mind of someone who feels and/or identifies as female.
    Defining it that way is not sexist. It is, rather, respectful of people’s self-defined identities.
    Defining the female mind in terms of certain culturally-identified feminine traits (say, empathy) would be sexist.

  6. LisaCharly
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    And when it is the case?
    I find it slightly offensive when people go on about how they’re notnotNOT anorexic, they’re just skinny. Why is it so offensive to be called that specifically? Because anorexics are dumb brainwashed-by-the-media vapid stick figures who do it to themselves? It’s not as if someone in the throes of an eating disorder has that much more control over their appearance than someone who is genetically skinny. It’s a mental illness and it’s very, very difficult to handle and treat healthily.
    Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but whether or not you’re anorexic or just skinny, no one should be commenting on your body like that.

  7. A male
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Damn. Your DAD was 6 ft. tall and 110 lbs., like a female supermodel? I was 5’2″ and 92 lbs. and 5’6″ and 120 lbs. I guess I got an adult weight after I reached 5’7″ and 36 years old (170).

  8. A male
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Playgirl did not only depend on female readership, obviously. And women also consume images of nude women.
    “Though the magazine is marketed to heterosexual women, Playgirl’s then-editor-in-chief Michele Zipp said in 2003, “The gay readership is about 30%.” She went on to add, “It’s ‘Entertainment for Women’ because there’s no other magazine out there that caters to women in the way we do, but we love our gay readers, as well.”[1] Also, in 2003, Mark Graff, President of Trans Digital Media, the brand management firm for Playgirl TV, stated that 50% of Playgirl’s readership are gay males.[2]”

  9. A male
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    When I was still a young adult in the 1980s, I looked at Playgirl to see what was in it. I also looked at all the other adult magazines on the rack, and read written porn like Penthouse Letters, Love Letters, and novels. When I did that in dedicated adult shops, that could be quite a chore, in terms of time and trying to digest things I saw.
    I stopped doing that about fifteen years ago (because I moved out of the country and learned about Japanese porn), and am now pretty ignorant about recent trends in US porn, sex and slang. Thus, I had to go online to learn what gag porn was. And MILFs. And felching.
    I prefer Japanese soft porn.

  10. zp27
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Hey, like I said, vegetarian. And I agree, we do have a food production problem in this country. But not everyone can go veg (my friend has celiacs and she’s allergic to nuts and a bunch of other stuff-meat’s how she gets most of her protein and iron: a bunch of people can’t get fresh fruits and vegetables in this country, so a vegetarian diet would be even harder for them than eating a non vegetarian healthy diet, etc.), and even if farms are cruel, I still say that eating meat is different than killing animals for fun. Most farms don’t torture animals to death for fun-there’s a supposed economic reason (no matter how many alternatives there are): Michael Vick tortured dogs for fun. There’s something *wrong* with him.
    I do agree though, that some animals are deemed more worthy of protection because we like them, i.e., dogs and cats, and that’s unfortunate. I’m of the mind that living creatures, in general, should be treated with respect and compassion because they, you know, feel.

  11. Pharaoh Katt
    Posted August 16, 2009 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    No, it’s because anorexia is a serious mental condition, and it trivialises that by calling anyone who is just “skinny” anorexic.

  12. LisaCharly
    Posted August 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m not getting the impression people are being offended on behalf of anorexics.

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