What we missed

On “Jihad Jane.”

Economic crisis forcing young girls into sex work.

Men steal the armrest on planes. Seriously, there’s a study.

Adam Carolla is a racist pig who hates Mexican.

That thing I wrote in my book about how women are hesitant with casual sex because of judgement proven again! (h/t nymag.com)

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  1. Posted December 8, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    This is interesting, because I’m guessing I’m one of about 4 people in the world who listens to Adam Carolla religiously while also religiously reading Feministing. When I listened to this rant during the course of the podcast, it didn’t strike me as anything out of the ordinary. Adam says so many inflammatory things, and he’s lashed out at the immigrant population in LA so many times, that I don’t think twice about it.

    Frankly, I think Adam goes too far by painting their entire culture as inferior (although he does say, yes, there are some good things and bad things about every culture). But on the other hand, I think he at least has a valid point–why are Mexicans crossing the border to come to the US and not vice versa? It’s because of opportunity, right? America provides better opportunities for education, healthcare, jobs, etc. I think the error of Adam’s way is *completely* blaming the Mexican culture. But the culture must partly bear some blame, right? Even if we can’t pinpoint anything specifically, it seems like we can attribute the differing “lands of (varying) opportunities” partly to culture, just like we could partly attribute a better climate of political differences in European Country X than in America to the two “cultures.”

    Adam routinely talks about the Jewish and Asian cultures as models of success: family-oriented, education-oriented, etc. He grew up with a lot of Jewish friends and notes how they all became successful because all of their parents stressed education. He frequently cites statistics showing higher test scores for Jewish and Asian-Americans. Can we say that Jewish and Asian cultures perhaps value education more than some other cultures? I think we’d be dishonestly sticking our heads in the sand if we didn’t acknowledge this to be partly true. Does that make a culture better? That’s for people to decide.

  2. Posted December 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    “the average age of female prostitutes in India was between nine and 13.”

    I can’t see 9 or 10 being remotely possible as the average age of prostitutes. Not that I don’t think young girls are being forced into prostitution, but that would also assume that women are somehow getting out of prostitution. You would need about 25 8 year old prostitutes to balance out a 25 year old prostitute to get an average that low. I can’t see that as being possible unless the world has just lost all sense of decency.

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