mangofandango: (vp/slutcommunitycenter)
Dan Savage links VP!

It's someone writing in recommending us as a resource since Dan, you know, doesn't do vaginas. Also, the letter writer refers to "allopathic" remedies which cause the commenters to freak the fuck out over "homeopathy" which by the way we do not even cover at all. BUT HEY, it's still cool, and Overlord Bob is responding soon. ;)
mangofandango: (bsg/ anno_superstar/ a cyclon devic)
I have been really enjoying reading this blog, called What To Expect When You're Aborting. She's aborting, she's nicknamed the fetus The Tumor, and it's all great. (As long as you're not offended by her failing to be the least bit apologetic about this, which I myself am absolutely not.)

"We’re pro-choice, but on this, we’re conflicted. And if you’re not, you’re surer of your ideals than we are."

—Nerve.com

I guess I am a lot surer of my ideals than they are, folks. (Sometimes I get nervous about people who are that sure of any belief. That's how you get the radical right-wing religious people who want to make laws about what *I* am allowed to believe. But I think there is one important difference: I want to legislate a woman's right to have an abortion if she wants one, not a woman's requirement to have an abortion if she gets pregnant.)

"...the ladies of our mothers’ generation and our generation fists tighten and fangs show when the term is uttered: We’re ready for a fight.

While I do want to de-stigmatize the word, I’d also like de-politicize it. I’m not making a political statement by getting an abortion. I’m just trying to get unwanted thing out my pristinely young womb!

All alternatives feel equally as crappy

“I’m getting an abortion” – I’m also getting gay married, burning a flag, and becoming a radical Islamic cleric.

“I’m ending/terminating the pregnancy” – ugh I don’t even want to say

“I’m choosing my choice!!” – paging Charlotte York.

I’ve settled on corrective womb surgery."
- WTEWYA

In unrelated news, I have been sitting around being allergic all morning, but it's about time I went out and had fun. I was sorta hoping the sun would come out first. :-/
mangofandango: (bsg/ anno_superstar/ a cyclon devic)
Smantha Bee, folks.



"Jon: Right. But in many ways Governor Palin is the ideological opposite of Senator Clinton.

Samantha: Oh yes, but she's her gynecological twin. You see the thing is. Let me explain. They both have vaginas ...

Jon: Yeah, yeah. No, no. I understand. I understand. But Senator McCain is somebody who voted against equal pay for equal work.

Samantha: Boobies. They both have boobies.

Jon: But both Palin and McCain believe that Roe v. Wade should be over turned.

Samantha: Ow, ow, ow. Can you just stop overloading my lady brain? John McCain chose a woman who is almost completely unprepared for the job and who disagrees with me on every core value I believe in, but I will be voting McCain in November because he understands. Woman don't vote with the big head. They vote with the little hood. Am I right ladies? You're with me!"

Samantha Bee also interviews people who feel that Bristol Palin's pregnancy is a non-issue because, you know, it's her decision to make and politics shouldn't be involved in her what's-that-word-oh-yes-CHOICE.

In closing, I kind of love the Emo for Obama pin.
mangofandango: (misc/whomadethis?/dinosaurcomics)
House 4x05 )

Look, VP (and VP's Melissa Freakin' Martin aka [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] is sort of a little bit famous today:
http://community.wegohealth.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2028394%3ABlogPost%3A24838

Also, after reading [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]'s superfabulous post about Stephanie Myers and her sparkly books of doom AKA the Twilight series, I a) laughed a lot and then b) cringed when Smeyer's "The Host" appeared at the library for me. I should really read it and see if the Snarkability endures in her adult novel. Anyone know? Meanwhile, I'm not sure I want to be seen in public with this book. ;)

OK time for housing some more House.
mangofandango: (btvs/toastedspace/hello lover)
I have had this half-written rant hanging around for a couple of days, so I'm going to finish it and post it just because I am still hearing about it all the time. What are we ranting about today?

Hillary Clinton "crying".

People, I cannot believe how much I am hearing about this. A little crack in the voice, and everyone's all up in arms. Allow me to list my complaints.

John Edwards jumped all over the chance to make this thoughtful statement: "I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the United States is also tough business." Yes John, we know you have a penis and therefore would never cry. Tears obviously equal weakness. Way to represent the most stereotypical viewpoint one could possibly take on this issue.

Of course, this statement is not specifically sexist - he doesn't refer to her gender. It's just implied. And it's such a patronizing thing to say that I just can't see it any other way. Obama, meanwhile, said something classy about how he knows the race is a difficult process and he doesn't feel a need to comment. And that's why he's what he is, you know?

Also, if any male candidate had done precisely the same thing, or perhaps even actually shed tears, people would have been inspired by their passion. When a woman does it, it's an issue of either weakness or manipulation.

Speaking of which, were the tears genuine or not? Who cares! Acting a little is not the worst political sin I can think of. I feel many people need to get some perspective, here. I'm pretty sure the emotion was genuine, and completely reasonable, too.

That's another thing. This woman cannot win. Most of the time, she's characterized as cold and hard, unfeeling, unfeminine, etc. But the second she demonstrates just the teeniest bit of emotion, which people criticize her for lacking, she's suddenly a wimpy, emotional little girl. Or she's calculating and manipulative, crying to get votes.

I saw some bloggers criticizing the people (women, especially) who voted for her because she cried. I don't really believe most people voted for her because she cried. If people were swayed by emotion, I think it had more to do with their own feelings about that dichotomy, and how public opinion about Hillary reflects where women really are in our culture. During a discussion about the primary, a sixth-grader told me about a sign in a local store that says "Hillary: Two fat thighs, two small breasts, and one left wing." (His class and I had a long conversation about that sign, and political discourse, as a result.) It's still fair game to dissolve everything you think about a woman down to her body as a piece of meat, just because you're not a fan of her beliefs or politics or whatever. It's okay to talk about a woman who is obviously very intelligent and competent (regardless of whether you like her or not) as if she is a clueless weakling, just because she cried a little. That is where my emotion on this issue comes from.
mangofandango: (vaginapagina official member icon)
First things first: Today is Vaginapagina's 6th birthday (and I stayed up semi-late last night Photoshopping frosting-splooge off that cake photo in its honor, and then poorly drawing on the little kid candles - that is how much I love VP. :))

So, life update: not a lot is going on. I'm busy at work and I'm feeling a lot more on top of things then I ever did before, which is nice. We have propane again, after nearly two weeks without it! I look forward to frying an egg in the morning, and I made pasta just because I could. I'm kind of just...busy, but not interesting, right now.

Things I need to do:
*learn to speed read
*get better at Scrabble (Ryan has beat me soundly and repeatedly in the past few days)
*catch up on a big ol' Google Reader backlog
*order the things for the thing at school
*find out why I received table legs, but no table tops, also at school
*become interesting before my Livejournal devolves into list-making posts OOPS

OH HEY TV STUFF )
mangofandango: (frostthepie - buffy and faith)
I went to bed last night around 10:15 with a migraine, which sucked - but I took Imitrex and went to sleep, and didn't wake up until 9 this morning (when Ryan woke me, actually). Wowee. :) Vacation is nice!

Meanwhile, [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] is closed just for this week, and it's an incredibly weird feeling. Us mod-type people needed a break and a chance to discuss stuff, so it's good - it just feels really strange.

I meant to share these articles about VP with my friendslist too, and kept forgetting:

Part 1
Part 2

Part 3 will go up on Friday, I believe. We all got interviewed for the articles, and we are pretty happy about them! (Just ignore the random question marks, we don't know why they are there.)

In other news, this year's Newbery winner contains the word 'scrotum'. Watch as people everywhere, including LIBRARIANS, who are not supposed to DO THIS SORT OF THING, freak out completely. In the story, a dog gets bitten by a snake on his scrotum. The author says this is based on real events, and she chose to use the real word because it's just the name of a body part. People are upset because they don't know how on earth they will explain this to The Children. Ryan and I talked about this yesterday, and I think the best explaination would be to simply say "that's part of the dog's private parts". Kids giggle, but understand, and we move on. Now, I will still want to mention this issue to my principal before buying the book, because that's just covering our collective butts all my bases. But it;s a Newbery winner, and one should buy the Newbery winner, you know?

I've been listening to the same song on repeat for about half an hour now. Maybe it's time to make a change.

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