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  • Maya, “Since I agree it’s a losing strategy {…} here’s hoping the SBA List throws their support and considerable financial heft behind the most outspoken, rabid anti-choicer out there.” And if they follow your advice and, despite the polls, wins, what do you do then? Second question for you: if the GOP did revise its [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    Mike, Bravo! Exactly my feelings too. I’ve never understood this concept of ‘appropriation’. From what I read here it seems that it is wrong for someone of white skin to belly dance, or for a white guy to rap. I’m pretty sure only Blacks are allowed to play jazz, too. But if someone complained that [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Britain posthumously pardons scientist it chemically castrated   3 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    John, Good point. I’d add that he was convicted because he broke the law of the time. A pardon for an innocent man is different from a pardon for an offence that no longer exists. Furthermore, I find it a little odd that of the thousands of men convicted, only he gets a pardon. Why? [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Weekly Feminist Reader   3 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Online dating. Jenny Davis, the author, does not mention a couple of confounding factors. The first one is wealth: it is quite conceivable that White men are associated with wealth – in other words, they are likelier to have more money than others. Women who want to meet them might very well not be rejecting [...]

  • I am a little at a loss here: i do not watch the series. However, i am a little perturbed. One, it is only a story. And two, who says that an actress is a representative for her sex and her racial group? Did she volunteer for those roles? As far as i can tell, [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post But the man who molested me was white   8 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Alicia, Thanks for the reply. A few points. First, I’d have made the point even if you’d said ‘typical Mexican fashion’, ‘typical gay man’, ‘typical lesbian behaviour’, and so on, even though I don’t qualify under any of those chapters. The point is that Feministing is very sensitive to what is called essentializing. Borne of [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post But the man who molested me was white   8 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ” In typical white-person fashion, ”

    Can you please explain how you can defend such an dreadful case of essentializing.

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Can you figure out what this police x-ray captured?   8 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Katie, I agree with Alex’s comment. And I think your reply is stretching things a little. I suspect most (all?) the people caught in the truck paid, voluntarily for the trip. True, their conditions at home are probably desperate. True, the ‘transport provider’ is making money from their plight. But someone who agrees voluntarily to [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Let’s talk about ‘rush boobs’   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    Franzia,

    You know what? I agree with you!

    I wish the women around me had heard your call when I was at University!

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Let’s talk about ‘rush boobs’   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    Franzia, The point about tattoos and the military is this: if a woman is deemed responsible enough about marking her body for life and is considered intelligent enough to join the military, then she ought to be allowed to do what she likes with her tits. We don’t want anyone else deciding what she does [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Let’s talk about ‘rush boobs’   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    Danielle,

    So, in a nutshell. Women want an abortion: Feministing says Bravo! Women want a tattoo? Go for it, Sister. Women want to join the military, and kill innocent women and children (in all likelihood)? Yes, that’s progress.

    Women want to show their boobs. Oh no, that’s not good.

    Am I missing something here?

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Guy texts unsolicited dick pic, woman sends it to his mother, wins   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    ELot, You are being a little unfair. I don’t know who or what GoDaddy and Texxxan are. Since I didn’t make any comment about those cases, you are presuming I’d have sided against the (women?) complainants. You have no reason to believe that. For the record, I’d have made the same comment had the roles [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Guy texts unsolicited dick pic, woman sends it to his mother, wins   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    Hmm. I’m a little troubled by the whole shebang. Was the guy an idiot? Yes, very probably. Was the woman assaulted? No, not in any meaningful way. Do people who have a private conversation, of any kind, through any medium, have an expectation of privacy. Yes, on the whole. Did the guy break any law? [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post The Gendered Nature of Today’s Swear Words   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Interesting reasoning! Are you left with anything? I mean, all swear words are gendered, aren’t they? What about moth**f***er?! Gendered? Double-gendered? Neutral? Gendered against men, I guess. Why is genderization the filter? Why not use animals as your filter? Chicken. Rat. Cockroach? Seriously though, what is the point of the exercise? Can’t you simply decide [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Oops. Can the Catholic Church seek to employ …

  • Smiley commented on the blog post A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    A few questions. The law bars many forms of discrimination. Which ones? Would Feministing.com be allowed to fire someone if it discovered that he or she was a member of the Republican Party? Can the Catholic Church refuse to seek a janitor, ‘must be a baptized Catholic’? Or refuse to employ a divorcee? Can the [...]

  • Alyssa, I take your points, but a lot of them worry me. “… it was published in a private university’s newspaper.” What is so special about a private paper (or is that private university?). All newspapers are private! The term ‘sexist’ is very loosely defined, it seems to me. Unless I am very much mistaken, [...]

  • Alyssa, A few questions, to help me understand the argument. Would you object to an advert for a gym (sports) club? To an advert for teeth whitening? Dentistry? A bar? Skydiving? I ask because all the above could be deemed to either be potentially dangerous or aimed at people’s insecurities. That being so, your argument [...]

  • Smiley commented on the blog post Smile for me   11 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    “Well, gay men have this lovely fascination with trying to convert straight men, ”

    I beg your pardon?

    Feministing.com lets you get away with such a statement? Have you ever heard the term ‘essentialize’?

  • Smiley commented on the blog post The Associated Press drops “illegal” from immigrant   1 year ago · View

    I can understand the underlying feeling, but I have doubts about the consequences. Will there be any consequences? I mean, at all? Will any anti-immigrant fervour be allayed because a few newspapers (or all) change their style sheet? Really? And further, I think the argument detracts from the main point. I suggest, humbly, that all [...]

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