Hoyden about Town http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:50:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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

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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

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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

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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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Quick Link: the 2014 Ernies are in http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140925.17213/quick-link-the-2014-ernies-are-in/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140925.17213/quick-link-the-2014-ernies-are-in/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:22:06 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17213

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The riotous annual event recognising the most sexist statements by Australian public figures over the past year has just happened this week.

Here is a link to the list of winners.

Cartoon of a range of women performing widely varied activities, with the Ernies logo of a flying pink pig centre.

via the Ernies website, design by Fiona Katauskas

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Otterday! And Open Thread http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:49 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204

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I have such a soft spot for these sea otter mama-babe pics. Morro Bay, photo by Chuq Von Rospach.

Sea Otter mom with cuddly, fuzzy pup cuddled onto her chest. Mum has her eyes closed as if exhausted/napping. She is floating on her back in calm waters.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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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

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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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Dawkins stirs the pot again http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:04:31 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17193

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I’ve just posted at Feministe about the latest developments in the skeptosphere’s Deep Rifts TM. For those who’d rather discuss the ongoing cyberstorm that began with Elevatorgate here, this is the thread for you. Links to other people’s posts especially welcome.

For those who’d rather talk about anything but Dawkins cynically clickbaiting yet again, there’s always the Open Thread or the Media Circus Thread.


UPDATE – FURTHER READING:

Dana Hunter at En Tequila Es Verdad – The Shermer Allegations: Some Considerations for Those to Whom This Is a Nasty Shock

Dawkins has now doubled down and jumped the shark with a triple twist and pike – Richard Dawkins: The Wrongering. See also Rebecca Watson at Skepchick – Dear Innocent People Murdered in Witch Hunts

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Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:55:12 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185

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Quoting (with permission) Paul Norton on FB:

You know there is something wrong when government ministers, parliamentary secretaries and their various shills use language that clearly indicates that they regard welfare and “welfare dependency” as greater evils than destitution, homelessless, starvation and the aggravation of chronic mental illness through a combination of ideological demonisation and bureaucratic harassment.

I think it’s time we posed the question: given a choice between a welfare system in which some people get money they don’t deserve but nobody dies miserably, and a welfare system in which nobody gets money they don’t deserve but people die miserably, which do we prefer? And does Bill Shorten have the ticker to frame the issue that way and declare which option he prefers?

Some news stories related to how we view the “undeserving” in the West these days:

The contrast with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare” is stark, and John Oliver sums it up (particularly with note to the national lotteries at the end) – the usual ‘don’t read YouTube comments’ caveat applies:

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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The 76th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140904.17180/the-76th-down-under-feminists-carnival-is-up/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140904.17180/the-76th-down-under-feminists-carnival-is-up/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:55:10 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17180

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The excellent Scarlett of The Scarlett Woman presents us with DUFC #76! Go have a read.

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 October, 2014 and will be hosted by me at Zero at the Bone. Submissions to chally.zeroatthebone [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form, which you probably won’t be able to because it’s been down a lot lately. We’re working on an alternative.

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in September. Submissions are due on 2 October at the latest, but it’ll be easier on me if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the word!

Check out the Down Under Feminists Carnival homepage for more information.

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