Hoyden about Town » tigtog http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blog downtime http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141027.17303/blog-downtime/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141027.17303/blog-downtime/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:15:39 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17303 The blog is doing horrible things to some poor sad servers. I need to put it into maintenance mode and figure out what the dickens. Be back in a while.

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Media Circus: RIP Gough Whitlam Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141021.17295/media-circus-rip-gough-whitlam-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141021.17295/media-circus-rip-gough-whitlam-edition/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:54:38 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17295 I saw Gough Whitlam in person (from only a few other persons’ distance away) for the first and only time a few years ago at a theatrical production of political satire at Sydney’s Seymour Centre – he was in a wheelchair and looked quite frail, but still immensely alert, observant and imposingly dignified. He was surrounded by clumps of admiring political and media figures coming and going to just have a few words with him on the night. I remember that much more clearly than I remember the show in question.

The 1972 “It’s Time” election campaign happened when I was just old enough to realise that government was a thing but did not yet grok politics. I still remember the huge air of excitement around the promised changes and the introduction of those sweeping new legislations and what they seemed to mean for ordinary working people like our family, neighbours and friends.

By the time of the Dismissal in 1975 I was beginning to understand the basics of our political system but not much more, and then as people explained to me over the following years (with varying levels of clarity and plausibility) how this seemingly incomprehensible reversal had come about via purely political manoeuvrings, I realised how important it was to understand the operation of political tactics to push ideologies both for and against the people who compose the electorate. Fundamentally, Gough (or at least the government led by Gough and the government that followed Gough) are my blogging origin story, or at least what set up the mindset that eventually got me blogging back in the first place.

The giants who strode the political landscape of my youth are toppling one by one, leaving only gnats swarming over the entrails of serious political principles while Big Money shakes shiny things at us all, politicians very much included.


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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QOTD: What’s not neutrality http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141020.17279/qotd-whats-not-neutrality/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141020.17279/qotd-whats-not-neutrality/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:01:04 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17279 Being opposed to expression of certain political positions *IS* taking a political position, not “neutrality”.]]>

Being opposed to expression of certain political positions *IS* taking a political position, not “neutrality”.

From strivingally, noting some inconsistencies in the GassyGoat claims on a recent We Hunted The Mammoth update about the GamerGate culture war and hate campaign.

As Justin Thibeault points out over at Lousy Canuck, it’s not only GassyGoat that runs this topsy-turvy style of reverse-logic playbook.

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Don’t You Ladies Realise That Earbuds + Sunglasses + Scowl Discourage Me From Approaching You? http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141010.17254/dont-you-ladies-realise-that-earbuds-sunglasses-scowl-discourage-me-from-approaching-you/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141010.17254/dont-you-ladies-realise-that-earbuds-sunglasses-scowl-discourage-me-from-approaching-you/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:25:18 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17254 There’s a chap in Chicago who has decided to tell the world how he finds that women walking along the street wearing earbuds and sunglasses appear “unapproachable”, and how this discourages him from telling many many women he finds attractive along the path of his daily commute the happy news that he likes the way they look, but somehow he has concluded that the women sporting this combination of external signifiers must just not realise how unapproachable they are making themselves look.

Dude, THEY KNOW.

Kara Brown at Jezebel has fisked the Open Letter he published on Craigslist: Local Chicago Man Would Like Women to Smile, Accept His Advances. If you want to spend some time in sorrowful headshaking at some stupendous lack of both self-awareness and empathy, it’s worth reading his letter in full, but if you want to save some time, the way he signed hits most of the high points:

Your 40 Year-Old, Male, Single, 5’10”, Fit, Bald, Caucasian, Hazel-Eyed, Overeducated, Nice Dressing, Wine- and Food-Obsessed, West Loop-living Secret Admirer

P.S.: Oh, and by the way, it’d be nice if your default expression was a smile – or, at worst, a merely neutral expression

* do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers.

As was noted at Jezebel, this rather common background expectation of #toomanymen that women owe them time and appreciation for their unsolicited compliments juxtaposes jarringly with the background threat level negotiated by women being highlighted yet again just this last week with one young woman being shot and killed and five of her friends and relatives wounded because she wouldn’t give a man her phone number, and another young woman having her throat (non-fatally) slashed with a knife because she refused to talk with a man. These two incidents are at one extreme end of the risk/loss/benefit scale for women responding to intrusive approaches from strangers, but even if all we are doing is walking along enjoying our music (or sitting reading a book) then an intrusion from a stranger is stealing time that we are clearly indicating we want to spend doing something for ourselves.

Off the street and in zones where earbuds and sunglasses would likely be viewed askance by bosses and colleagues or clients or customers, there’s another guy who has told the internet that he doesn’t think it’s creepy or stalkerish to follow women strangers home from their place of work in order to ask them out rather than finding another way to start a conversation before going to all that effort to intrude upon them when they least expect to deal with a workplace-related person deciding to hit on them. He sees it as simply a 25% successful dating tactic.

It’s hit and miss for sure, but stalking? I don’t think so. I’ve waited outside bars, places of work, restaurants, stores, etc., for women to exit, watched them get into their cars, and then followed them to their door, and I don’t see how that is “stalking.”

I shivered just copy-pasting that quote.

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Webcomic OTD: Beliefs vs Evidence http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141003.17238/webcomic-otd-beliefs-vs-evidence/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141003.17238/webcomic-otd-beliefs-vs-evidence/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:11:25 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17238 A student and a professor discussing claims about the age of the earth

Beliefs xkcd.com/154/

Transcript/description: a 6-panel comic using pen and ink illustrations, mostly with stick figures
Panel 1: a short person with very long hair (student) talks to a taller person with medium length hair (professor) while pointing to a figure in the distance
Student: Professor! That man claims the earth is 6,000 years old!
Professor: So? Just use your head and don’t concern yourself overmuch with what other people think.

Panel 2: focus in on the student and the professor
Student: But he says the fossils in the mountains were put there in a flood!
Professor: Evidence suggests that they were not.
Student: But he –

Panel 3: a full width panel showing a panoramic view of majestic mountains rendered in detail with shading and a blue sky full of distant clouds
Professor: A million people can call the mountains a fiction but it need not trouble you as you stand atop them.

Panel 4: the student throws ou arms up in the air as ou continues to complain to the professor
Student: But he believes the silliest things!
Professor: So?

Panel 5: the professor continues to attempt to calms the student
Professor: The universe doesn’t care what you believe. The wonderful thing about science is that it doesn’t ask for your faith, just for your eyes.

Panel 6: the student finally raises ou’s fundamental concern
Student: But he’s a US Senator!
Professor: Ah, then yes, we do have a bit of a situation.

This comic was linked in a Pharyngulite discussion of this week’s webcomic from Tom the Dancing Bug, referencing some very silly things said about global warming recently by current US Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Tex), who is inexplicably a member of the Congressional Science, Space and Technology Committee.


Bonus cynical quote OTD:

‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.’ - Upton Sinclair


It’s a while since I branched out to new webcomics. Any recommendations?

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Don’t read Paglia, read Ivins http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141001.17232/dont-read-paglia-read-ivins/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20141001.17232/dont-read-paglia-read-ivins/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:50:43 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17232
A pale skinned woman with white hair laughing unabashedly, holding a mug

Mary Tyler Ivins
(Aug. 30th, 1944 ~ Jan. 31st, 2007)

The late great Molly Ivins wrote everything anyone needs to know about Camille Paglia way back in 1991. This is my favourite paragraph (although it’s a tough contest):

There is one area in which I think Paglia and I would agree that politically correct feminism has produced a noticeable inequity. Nowadays, when a woman behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, “Poor dear, it’s probably PMS.” Whereas, if a man behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, “What an asshole.” Let me leap to correct this unfairness by saying of Paglia, Sheesh, what an asshole.

If, after reading that Ivins piece, you’re still interested in serial trollumnist Paglia’s latest attempt to be culturally relevant via anti-feminism (content note: discussion of rape myths and rape trivialisation), David Futrelle has taken it on over at We Hunted The Mammoth.

Or you could read this memorial collection of pointed pithiness from Molly instead.

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Terpsichorean Tuesday: Time Warp Tap Dance http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140930.17220/terpsichorean-tuesday-time-warp-tap-dance/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140930.17220/terpsichorean-tuesday-time-warp-tap-dance/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:43 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17220 Rocky Horror Picture Show]]> I’ve set the video to start playing at the beginning of Little Nell as Columbia’s tap segment from the version in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. You can always start it at the very beginning of the whole song if you prefer.

Bonus: Sweet Transvestite – Rocky Horror Tribute Show 2006 – Anthony Head

Bonus-bonus: for those who’ve yet to see Craig McLachlan’s turn as Franknfurter, prepare to feast your eyes:

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Media Circus: Shame Shorten Shame – Spineless Opposition Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17226/media-circus-shame-shorten-shame-spineless-opposition-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17226/media-circus-shame-shorten-shame-spineless-opposition-edition/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:24:33 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17226 Paraphrasing several people I’ve seen making similar points on social media, where the hell is our Federal Opposition right now? The current LNP government, when they were in Opposition, staunchly opposed dozens of popular bills for no good reason other than being a way for them to make the Rudd or Gillard government look ineffectual. But when the Abbott government proposes unpopular bills that push us towards being a totalitarian state, or dismantle the social safety net and the public stake/oversight in essential infrastructure, or strip protection away from our environment and farmlands leaving it without meaningful mitigation/adaptation systems for addressing accelerating climate change, or send our military members back into harm’s way while vilifying our Muslim citizens? The Shorten Opposition is there voting with the government in the House without rigorously debating the bills or using the Senate conscientiously as a House of Review, so these bills are being fast-tracked into legislation without adequate scrutiny let alone electoral transparency.

We deserve better from Bill Shorten and we deserve better from the Labor caucus, too. Why the hell is he still the Leader of the Opposition? Does nobody have the guts to step forward and say that they could do a better job? Does nobody believe that they could do a better job? Really? Really?


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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Music Monday: Dub Side Of The Moon http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17217/music-monday-dub-side-of-the-moon/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17217/music-monday-dub-side-of-the-moon/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:15:28 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17217 I’ve gotten out of the habit of regular posting (some of you may have noticed). I’m going to work on building the habit back up by just posting bits of anything at least once every other day. So today you get a different take on some classic Pink Floyd.

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:05:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17201
A text macro: text above the skull and crossbones flag says "to err is human". Text below the flag says "to arr is pirate".

To err is human, to arr is pirate

Just saw a photo on FaceStalk of my youngest niece all dressed up as a pirate, which I won’t share with you, but which is awesome. Looks like her school is actually celebrating the day? Or maybe that was just her choice for end of term mufti day? I guess I’ll find out when I see her next week.

Anybody else doing anything Awrrrrrsomely Piratical today, m’hearties?

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