I Stand With Hillary

I have tried to stay out of the presidential campaign this season. We have a series bad and worse choices, and it is rather sad to see our political system devolve to such a state. That said, I have been waiting for Hilary Clinton to play the woman card. She took her time with it. I expected it to happened earlier last summer, however, she waited until Bernie Sanders began to beat her in the polls and in primaries.

The reason is simple: young women are voting for Sanders. That has to hurt Clinton, who assumed she would snatch up the female vote with ease. In response to this, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright made statements attacking those female voters. Albright said they would go to hell for not supporting Clinton, and Steinem accused them of supporting Sanders because they want to have sex with Sanders’s male supporters.

It seems the Clinton campaign wants to go the “vote for me because I’m a woman” route, complete Clinton claiming she is an outsider because she is female.

This is the sort of thing I cannot take seriously, and thankfully I am not the only one. Lauren Southern released a satirical video about her support of Clinton: Continue reading

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A Dose of Stupid v109

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Feminists ask conference attendees to use “jazz hands” because clapping triggers anxiety

I consider this to be yet another example of feminists’ continued effort to ironically undermine their own goals by proving their immaturity. Here is the explanation for this stupidity:

The National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Campaign announced the clapping “ban” at the West Midlands conference on Twitter Tuesday, shortly after receiving a request from the Oxford University Women’s Campaign.

“@nuswomcam please can we ask people to stop clapping but do feminist jazz hands? it’s triggering some peoples’ anxiety. thank you!” Oxford representatives wrote.

Within five minutes, NUS tweeted: “Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful! #nuswomen15.”

I am curious: how are “feminist” jazz hands different the the typical ones? Do the feminist jazz hands have vaginas in the palms à la Vampire Hunter D? ( I am just asking questions.)

Setting that aside, let us find out how clapping is triggering. Continue reading

Ten Ways Men Oppress Women with Their Everyday Behavior

My cousin showed me Katherine Timpf’s satirical article about men’s behavior. She riffs on the recent feminist campaign to ban men from sitting with their legs apart on public transportation, which they call “manspreading.” Timpf offers other examples of how men oppress women with their everyday behavior. She gives such gems as:

1. Broplimenting

This is when a guy says something nice to you without asking for your consent first. Men should always ask. “Do you consent to me complimenting you?” before saying anything nice or else it’s assault. No, nonverbal cues don’t count – he still has to ask for explicit consent before offering that kind of affection.

and:

4. Mentoring

You’ve heard this word before, but unless you’re as educated and culturally aware as I am, you have probably never thought about how sexist it is. Why isn’t it “women-toring,” huh? I’ll tell you why. It’s because we live in a society where people think men are the only ones who can give advice. Seriously, I hate when like my boss or my dad tries to help me out or give me feedback and acts like it’s because he has more experience when really we all know it’s just because he thinks that he is better than me because he is a man and I am a woman. I fight against this by refusing to take advice or direction from men and smearing anyone who tries to offer it in a Jezebel post. I just did this with my boss, actually, and guess what? He fired me! Just more proof of sexism in the workplace.

Timpf also gives some examples no one would think was oppression of women yet are: Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v105

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Don’t apologize to me for your rape joke

Salon’s Jenny Kutner does not like jokes about rape. Specifically, she does not like jokes made about women. So when she attended a birthday party and a man told a joke about rape, Kutner did not find it funny. Of course, she did not say anything to the man. Instead:

[…] I leaned over to another relative and whispered, “Glad rape jokes are still in vogue.” I pulled out my phone and fired off some similar snark for Twitter, then went inside to eat some more salami.

You see, Kutner is a feminist, and as a feminist she finds it unethical to tell jokes about raping women. Her dislike of such humor is well known to her friends and family, so one of them informed the man that Kutner was a feminist. According to Kutner: Continue reading

Comedian versus Feminist: are rape jokes okay?

When I wrote about Lindy West’s nonsense “feminists don’t hate men” list several months ago, I assumed that West experienced a momentary lapse in coherent thought. Her list was a rambling mess of typical feminist arguments supported only by blind assertions and heavy doses of snark. That sort of rant happens to the best of us. However, a recent video suggests that was how West actually thinks. Somewhere between snark, conceit, feminism, and whatever passes for liberal intellectual thought lies West’s thought process.

Kamau Bell invited West to debate the topic of rape jokes with comedian Jim Norton on his show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. For those unfamiliar with Norton’s material, he is raunchy and has told many rape jokes. What happens is sixteen minutes of Norton taking down West’s arguments with a mix of coherent thought, humor, logic, and a fair smattering of rape jokes. West, on the other hand gets a few laughs but offers little: Continue reading