Monday, June 30, 2008

I'm guest-blogging at Feministe!


I'll be posting over there for the next two weeks. So come visit me!

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

My new favorite comedian!



I discovered Erin Jackson on Last Comic Standing. Just like Christopher Columbus discovered America. But funny! BT-Dubs, the Last Comic Standing people yet again denied Sabrina Matthews and Tracy Ashley passes to the semifinals. Booo.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Musings from a Black Woman: Why Newsweek Sucks and Blows.


"Why Black Women Love R. Kelly: Sexism on Trial: Why did so many African-American women support R. Kelly?", by Allison Samuels at Newsweek.com. I found this article via Angelfirenze at TWoP's The Boondocks forum.

. . . When the verdict was announced, dozens of black women (and some black men) cheered outside the courtroom as the singer made his way past them to his waiting tour bus. It wasn't just in Chicago. African-American blogs such as Young, Black and Fabulous, What About Our Daughters and Essence quickly filled up with letters from women exclaiming their joy over Kelly's freedom . . .

. . . Fame has long affected--or perverted--the way justice is meted out by a jury. The celebrity effect is arguably more pronounced when the defendant is black, in part because African-Americans feel protective when one of their own achieves mainstream success. "It's sick," says Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip "Boondocks," which featured a scathing episode [my favorite episode!] focused on Kelly and his supporters. "The love we have for our celebrities in the black community no matter what they do is crazy, and there is no excuse for it. It's just blind and clueless." As the O. J. Simpson case demonstrated, some African-Americans believe that the criminal-justice system is so stacked against them, they almost don't care if a defendant is actually innocent or guilty. "I know it sounds crazy, but it's just nice so see a brother beat the system--the way I know white guys with money do all the time," said Lamont Gillyard, 25, a loan officer in Los Angeles. "It's not right, but there are so many black men in jail for stuff they didn't do, it's hard not feel like this is a way of balancing out the game that isn't fair anyway.''


I didn't support R. Kelly, nor do I know anyone of any color or gender who did. Ms. Samuels, you suck and blow, too, especially since you're a black lady "reporting" this nonsense. The words of Newsweek commenter thealtamiranos@cox.net speak for me:


Ms. Samuels where are the statistics to support your statement? Your article reeks of irresponsible journalism. The hand full of Black women who stood outside the court buildings with signs and words of support for R. Kelly and the rambling posts of Black women on blogs and gossip sites are not respresentative of Black women in general. I can assure you that the majority of Black women (myself included) do not support R. Kelly . Please stop perpetuating the myth "so many" Black women are ignorant and uneducated. If you're going to speak for or about a group of people don't assume their thoughts and beliefs rather do the proper research.


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Thursday, June 26, 2008

I, too, prefer to rent.


Breakthrough Awaits Talented Hollywood Hamster, craigslist via Defamer.

CASTING Hamster for short film (los angeles)

I am looking for a hamster.

I know I could buy one, but then I would own it. So , I was hoping to just rent one for 50 bucks for a couple hours.

The Hamster will be work in a studio shoot on a greenscreen. He is playing Rocky, the captain of a boat.

please send a picture


What part of this is not hilarious?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I remember seeing Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact, and thinking,


"Of course he's the President. He's pretty much the most famous person in the movie. Who else would be in the White House? Bill Pullman? Oh." I also thought he should have been nicer to Téa Leoni. She was just doing her job. How was she supposed to know that E. L. E. was not some top official's mistress named Ellie, but instead an Extinction Level Event?

This late-90s flashback was inspired by the following article:

Fear of a Black President, by Seth Grahame-Smith, The Huffington Post via Stuff White People Do.

. . . I'm a liberal, college-educated white guy. I think gays should be allowed to marry, I think women deserve equal pay for equal work, and I firmly believe that the more ethnically diverse America becomes, the more perfect and lasting our Union will be.


What do you want, a cookie?


But there's something about the idea of a black president that scares the shit out of me.

Until now, the notion of a black chief executive has belonged exclusively to Hollywood. I remember seeing Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact, and thinking what a cool, novel choice it was to cast a black man as the president of the United States. Cool, because it hit my progressive sweet spot. "Yes! That's the way the world should work!" Novel, because the idea seemed impossible. And that was scarcely ten years ago . . .


It didn't strike me as novel at all because it was Morgan Freeman. He drove Miss Daisy and battled both a monkey virus and hard rain. He later went on to play God. Twice.

Mr. Grahame-Smith continues, emphases mine:


. . . But the idea is very real now. A black man may well become the leader of the free world. And even for someone who fancies himself a progressive, that's forced me to take a long, hard look at what that would really mean to my white mind. To identify that tiny, obscure part of me that's suddenly afraid, and find out what its problem is.

Here's what I found.

It's been easy believing in equality, because part of me -- the part that's suddenly afraid -- didn't really think we'd ever achieve it.

For as long as I can remember, I've felt secure as a white person. Secure in the unspoken belief that no matter how much social progress we made in America -- no matter how many blacks and Latinos graduated Magna Cum Laude or how many trophies Tiger won -- that we'd always be the ruling class from sea to shining sea.


What?


That belief was so ingrained in my DNA [In your DNA? Really?] that nothing could shake it loose. Not the first billionaires of color, not the surging growth of the Latino population, not the Congressional Black Caucus...not even Oprah.

For though my better angels usually won the day, and though I was happy with the strides America was making, I was also -- deep down in that DNA -- gratified by the knowledge that mine was still the easiest color in America to be.

But a black president? That's different.

A black president means anything is possible. It means that that last little parcel of earth -- which for 232 years has been solely inhabited by white men -- is now open to people of all colors. That may seem insignificant. After all, there are black CEOs, black movie stars, black Senators...but the "highest office in the land" is just that . . .


Mr. Grahame-Smith was then shocked (shocked!) that people read this and concluded that he was "either an idiot or a racist." Well, dude, it's one thing to believe that being white is the easiest color to be in the United States of America. It's a whole other thing to believe 1) that white supremacy would and should continue forever; 2) that electing Senator Obama as President would end white supremacy; and 3) that the end of white supremacy would be a detrimental event because "a black president somehow takes ... white folks down a notch."

There's more!


. . . Some of these hypothetical people are simply racists. People who've let that fear consume them, and who would never vote for a black candidate no matter what. Others [others?] are like me -- whites who embrace equality, and who've loved people of all colors with all their hearts, but who (somewhere deep down in that DNA) are afraid of what this brave new world will look like. Of what their place in it will -- or won't -- be . . .


Okay, bucko. If you actually embraced equality and "loved people of all colors", you wouldn't be worried that the darkies are taking over and kicking you out of your assumed place. You would see a black President as more representation of more people in our flawed governmental system. Just because you call yourself a "liberal" doesn't mean you are one. If your readers are calling you a racist idiot, I suggest you take some time to figure out whether their claims are valid and why.

Because Voting for Barack Obama + Having black friends I'm not a racist!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some articles informing my angst-ridden perspective:


When Mom and Dad Share It All, by Lisa Belkin, The New York Times Magazine, via Feministing. Emphases mine.

. . . "If you gave people a survey they would probably check all the answers about how things should be equal," says Francine M. Deutsch, a psychology professor at Mount Holyoke and the author of "Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works." But when they get to the part where "you ask them how things work for them day to day," she says, "ideal does not match reality."

Deutsch has labeled the ideal "equally shared parenting," a term the Vachons have embraced. DeGroot prefers "shared care," because "shared parenting" is used to describe custody arrangements in a divorce, and while "equal" would be nice, it is a bar that might be too high for some families to even try to clear. Whatever you call it, the fact that it has to have a name is a most eloquent statement of both the promise and the constraints facing families today.


"Why do we have to call it anything?" Amy [Vachon] asks.


Marc [Vachon] adds, "Why isn't this just called parenting?" . . .


Why indeed, Mr. Vachon?

. . . The most recent figures from the University of Wisconsin’s National Survey of Families and Households show that the average wife does 31 hours of housework a week while the average husband does 14 — a ratio of slightly more than two to one. If you break out couples in which wives stay home and husbands are the sole earners, the number of hours goes up for women, to 38 hours of housework a week, and down a bit for men, to 12, a ratio of more than three to one. That makes sense, because the couple have defined home as one partner’s work.

But then break out the couples in which both husband and wife have full-time paying jobs. There, the wife does 28 hours of housework and the husband, 16. Just shy of two to one, which makes no sense at all.

The lopsided ratio holds true however you construct and deconstruct a family. "Working class, middle class, upper class, it stays at two to one," says Sampson Lee Blair, an associate professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo who studies the division of labor in families.

"And the most sadly comic data is from my own research," he adds, which show that in married couples "where she has a job and he doesn’t, and where you would anticipate a complete reversal, even then you find the wife doing the majority of the housework." . . .


So I get to bring home the bacon and fry it up, too? Yippee skippy.

. . . Messages, loud and soft, direct and oblique, reinforce contextual choice. "A pregnant woman and her husband," Deutsch says, "how many people have asked her if she is going to go back to work after the baby? How many have asked him?". . .


I would certainly ask him, because I'm not sitting on my duff at home. I'd get bored and cranky.


. . . "It’s a chicken-and-egg thing," she says. "Even when men and women start off with equal jobs, they make decisions along the way — to emphasize career or not, to trade brutal hours for high salary or not."

She goes on to suggest that the perception of flexibility is itself a matter of perception. In her study, she was struck by how often the wife’s job was seen by both spouses as being more flexible than the husband’s. By way of example she describes two actual couples, one in which he is a college professor and she is a physician and one in which she is a college professor and he is a physician.
In either case, Deutsch says "both the husband and wife claimed the man’s job was less flexible." . . .

I have actually witnessed this phenomenon first-hand multiple times. It's sad how little women value their own work in comparison to the work of men.

Also,

. . . Women, she says, know that the world is watching and judging. If the toddler’s clothes don’t match, if the thank-you notes don’t get written, if the house is a shambles, it is seen as her fault, making her overly invested in the outcome . . .


Mmhmm. My clothes didn't match during my birthday party one year. I'm pretty sure anyone with a small child knew what my garish ensemble meant: I was the one who had selected my outfit that day. But yes, the world does watch and judge women under the assumption that they are the Primary Parents, while it simultaneously praises men for simply showing up.

Next!

Gay unions shed light on gender in marriage, by Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, via Feministing. Emphases mine.

. . . Notably, same-sex relationships, whether between men or women, were far more egalitarian than heterosexual ones. In heterosexual couples, women did far more of the housework; men were more likely to have the financial responsibility; and men were more likely to initiate sex, while women were more likely to refuse it or to start a conversation about problems in the relationship. With same-sex couples, of course, none of these dichotomies were possible, and the partners tended to share the burdens far more equally.

While the gay and lesbian couples had about the same rate of conflict as the heterosexual ones, they appeared to have more relationship satisfaction, suggesting that the inequality of opposite-sex relationships can take a toll.

"Heterosexual married women live with a lot of anger about having to do the tasks not only in the house but in the relationship," said Esther Rothblum, a professor of women's studies at San Diego State University. "That's very different than what same-sex couples and heterosexual men live with." . . .


Eek. That's not encouraging. Maybe that's why I'm not married; I have my own stuff to deal with. Why would I want to (pretend to) clean someone else's house, too?

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Monday, June 23, 2008

How about this? Don't change your name.


Name change tricky for working women [I guess the change is simpler for the lazy bums who can't find a job?], at CNN.com/living [where the Women's issues are shoved] via AngryBlackBitch.


Well before her wedding, Lauren Abraham decided she would take her husband's last name, Mahoney.

First, she became Lauren Abraham Mahoney, then Lauren Mahoney, confusing her co-workers at Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta. The tedious legal process of switching her name took about nine months to complete.

Finally, more than a year after her wedding, the 29-year-old e-mailed 160 friends and acquaintances to alert them to a new e-mail account and clarify her identity.

"As I was meeting people over the last year with my new name, and I gave them my e-mail address, it was my old name, which they didn't know," she said.

Changing one's surname after marriage is still more common than not for women, often because they hope it will make for fewer complications in the long run, when they have children.


Except for the fact that 1 out of every 2 married couples will get divorced, and the husband, the wife and the kids might all end up with different names.

Leslie Levine, a health policy analyst, took a more gradual approach when she changed her name twice for two marriages over six years. She first used her maiden name as a middle name so the network of contacts she built up could find her.


After "two marriages over six years", one would think the impracticality of changing your name multiple times would sink in.

"There are costs of keeping your name and costs of changing your name and it's a matter of balancing the two," said [Harvard economist Claudia Goldin].

Other tips for changing your name after marriage include:

• Don't throw your old driver's license away for at least six months. It will help when traveling. Hotels, airlines or car rentals may have your old information, especially if you're using a travel agent through work.

• If you travel internationally, make sure your passport matches your ticket. A new passport can be ordered in the mail.

• Order extra certified copies of your marriage license. You'll need one when you change your name with Social Security.

• Change your Social Security card through the mail by downloading an application the Social Security Administration Web site. It may take longer, a few weeks, but you won't need to take a day off from work.

• Remember to change the title to your car, your voter registration, bank accounts, credit cards and subscriptions. Notify your college alumni office, frequent flier programs, etc.


That doesn't sound complicated at all! What I want to know is, Ms. Goldin, what exactly is the cost of keeping your name? The quiet disapproval of your uptight family and friends? Because you're going to get that no matter what you do.

I have been pondering this question for the past month, ever since another of my female Facebook friends got married, changed her name, and made me question yet again, "who the heck is so-and-so, and why is she my Facebook friend?" It's not like these people have distinctive first names, like AnnaSophia or Weeping Willow. So when they change their last names, their past identity is practically erased. They are now someone's wife, not an individual with a valid, vibrant past. Luckily these friends can't see me in person, because the disappointment is written all over my face. It's so sad.

I have many complex issues wrapped up in this name-changing situation, so come along with me for the ride. The train stops here for today, but next week, we will continue to chug along. Choo-choo!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Miranda was a racist, and Steve was an adulterer.


My review of Sex and the City: The Movie: Hated it.

I also hated the trailers that preceded it. They looked like they were sponsored by A Whiter America, or some such supremacist group who is in deep denial about the changing demographics of the U. S. Almost every person starring in every vaguely Sex and the City-related movie was some combination of young, thin, American, white, and blatantly hetero. Except for Australia's Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and an aboriginal child of indistinguishable gender who is somehow educated and saved by the aforementioned couple. As if Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are the right people to teach this child the history of Australia. I'm pretty sure the colonization--i.e., the rape, pillaging, and destruction of the native peoples--will be left out.

I did like spending time with my friends before and after the movie. However, I am so tired and angry at the studios who continue to perpetuate the myth that people like me, like us, don't exist. Listen up, oppressive media conglomerates: We "ethnic" people are here, some of us are queer, get used to it.

Also, if I don't take back the loser that 1) cheated on me and could have infected me with HIV or some other STD, 2) told that he didn't think that I was the one, or 3) spent the past 10 years screwing me over and tipped the iceberg by leaving me at the altar . . . don't you dare imply that I am an unforgiving witch for not welcoming said loser back in my life with open arms. That was some lazy, insulting, dangerous writing, and I sincerely resent the producers of Sex and the City: The Movie for it.

That is all.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

I know times are tough, but



if you're shooting a video for my new favorite song, you should remember to budget for a set and wardrobe. Two chairs, a mattress and the back of a car does not make for a compelling comeback, Jesse. I'm not asking for late-90s era "Pop" or "Larger than Life". But even New Kids got to party on the beach with some extras.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"I'm nobody's sassy black friend."


Nor am I "part of a 'niche' audience" called "women".

Okay, so, in reality, I am a few people's sassy black friend. However, new friends (hello, and welcome!), please do not describe me as "sassy". Also, when pointing me out to other people, do not let your first adjective about me be "black". I encourage you to employ phrases including "that funny lady" or "the one with the book" or "some weirdo" when painting the whimsical picture of insanity that is me.

Here is my inspiration for the day:

Diversity in Entertainment: Why Is TV So White?, by Jennifer Armstrong, Margeaux Watson, at EW.com via Racialicious.

and

Hollywood 'Shocker': Women Go To Movies, by Mark Harris, EW.com.

Overall, both articles totally get me and what I'm about. Until I reached this self-congratulatory mess in the first one:

That kind of color-blind casting is something teen-focused networks seem to have down pat: Nary a show has passed through ABC Family or The N without an interracial coupling or a naturally integrated cast. [Nary? Haven't the writers of this article seen Whistler? Neither have I; that's why it got cancelled.] (ABC Family's Greek even has an interracial gay couple.) Those networks' execs say it's a simple matter of economics, that their Gen-Y viewers accept — nay, expect and demand — such a reflection of their multi-cultural lives. "They're completely color-blind,'' ABC Family president Paul Lee says of younger viewers. ''We've done a lot of things wrong as a nation, but we've clearly done something right here. They embrace other cultures.'' Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the most high-profile minority casting for the fall is on another teen show — The CW's 90210 remake, where African-American actor Tristan Wilds (The Wire) will play the central white family's adopted son. ''When we talked about how to make it more contemporary, diversity was a big part of that,'' Ostroff says. ''It feels as if it's a very modern family scenario.''


I'll dissect this pile of colorblind-crazy later. Because wow. There's nothing like two powerful white network executives (I'm assuming they are both white from their pictures) educating reporters about "diversity" and "embracing other cultures". What other cultures are you talking about, Paul Lee?

Though I do appreciate that the writers pointed out the glaring inconsistency of these statements with the facts:

That said, 8 of the 10 regulars on 90210 are white (in addition to Wilds, Ecuadorian actor Michael Steger will play a student at West Beverly High).

Michael Steger-- who is actually of Ecuadorian, Austrian, and Norwegian descent--will be playing Navid Shirazi, who is allegedly Iranian. So, good going Dawn Ostroff and friends, who follow in the steps of The L Word by killing two ethnic birds with one stone.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Note to New Kids:



Hiring anorexic 19-year-olds to gyrate on you when you're pushing 40 doesn't make you look younger. It makes you look like the skeevy old guys that you are. Yeah, I saw that E! True Hollywood Story. "If you're coming up, you have to put out." Ew. Considering the amount of putting out the Kids did in the late 80s, there's a good chance one of the models in the video could be their illegitimate daughter. Ew squared.

Talk about not knowing your audience. Who are Donnie, Danny, Joey, Jordan and Jon (the shy one!) trying to horrify/impress with that display? Most of their fans are women over 25. And most of their male fans are gay (according to cursory research). Do they really think that young straight guys are going to watch "Summertime", see the models, and say, "Sign me up for some New Kids on the Block tickets. That's the right stuff. Baby!"

BT-dubs, this is my favorite NKOTB song. It's from the Free Willy 2 soundtrack, appearing right after Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There?". Speaking of Free Willy, whatever happened to Jason James Richter? He seems to still be alive, so that's good.

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"Brando's gay book."


Jim Gaffigan, you know I love you. However, did anything cross your mind when you were delivering your homophobic lines on the season premiere of My Boys last week? There are many people out there who like to read and who are not gay. Conversely, there are gay people who don't like to read. I'm pretty sure some of them watch your show. So. Since you've been trying to clean up your stand-up act by cutting out the unnecessary profanity, thereby expanding your audience and making your jokes even funnier, how about you also stop calling books "gay" on your national television show? Thank you!

In other news, PJ and Bobby? That's so first season. When will fans get the much-demanded Bobby and Brando hookup?

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Monday, June 09, 2008

This is my candidate!


And this why he remains my candidate, even though he ended his 2008 Presidential campaign in January:

Rep. Kucinich calls for Bush impeachment
, by JoAnne Allen, Reuters.

Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich defied his party leadership on Monday by calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush for launching the Iraq war -- but his move was not expected to go anywhere. [Because none of his colleagues--the 434 other members of Congress elected by the American people--will support him.]

The Ohio representative outlined his intention to propose more than two dozen charges against Bush on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, accused Bush executing a "calculated and wide-ranging strategy" to deceive citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States.


He outlined 35 articles of impeachment, including the current administration's actions regarding Medicare, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and September 11, 2001. He stood up for over three hours tonight, addressing five people in an otherwise empty House. The entire speech was covered on CSPAN.

Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper had a discussion with two black men and one white man about whether Barack Obama should point out that in addition to possibly being the first black President of the United States, he would also be the 14th Scottish-Irish President. Tomorrow Anderson will hear opinions from Colin Farrell and a box of Lucky Charms.

I'll look for a transcript of the Articles so you can read for yourself why the Bush administration should be prosecuted. Also from the Reuters article,


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she opposes trying to remove the Republican president who leaves office next January because such an attempt would be divisive and most likely unsuccessful.


So we should simply let documented criminals run free because it would be "divisive" and "unsuccessful" to prosecute them? I know that's not an exact quote from Speaker Pelosi, but that it the sentiment she has repeatedly expressed. Here's an exact quote:

"I have said it before and I will say it again: Impeachment is off the table," Pelosi, D-Calif., said during a news conference.


I wish Speaker Pelosi would visit some veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan; the soldiers and Marines going through post-traumatic stress disorder; the 4,000+ dead Americans, the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and the millions of displaced people who can never go home to their country again; the families affected by the loss of a mother or father or brother or sister or daughter or son due to war; the 9/11 rescue workers plagued with chronic respiratory failure; the women serving in the U.S. military who are "more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq"; and the residents of New Orleans who 1) still can't go back home and 2) are being poisoned by formaldehyde-soaked trailers.

I wish she would tell them to their faces that we can't impeach the people squatting in the White House because it's too tough. Like math. Or starting an illegal war. Oops, that one's easy.

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In Women's News Today


Daria Takes Aim At Jane Magazine, by Slut Machine at Jezebel, via Feministing. Hooray for Daria! The comments led me here. Yippee!

WNBA rookies work on their game faces, by the linster at AfterEllen. Feministing also wrote about this story last month, but the linster points out the inherent homophobia along with the sexism involved.

The AfterEllen article led me to these poignant articles on how the American mainstream media dealt with Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign:

Woman in Charge, Women Who Charge, by Judith Warner at The New York Times.

and

Hating Hillary, by Andrew Stephen at New Statesman.

I have a whole heap to say about the people who let out the hate in their hearts during the Democratic Primary Season. People who won't be satisfied until Senator Clinton grovels at Senator Obama's feet, then leaves the country--nay, the planet(!) and begins her life anew on Mars. People who actually repeated this image on the news, not to condemn its existence, but to lament the loss of Senator Clinton as a late-night talk show punching bag. For now, I leave you with this statement from Feministe's Jill:

I know many women (and men) today are mourning the fact that the female candidate didn’t get her historic moment. I am mourning that too. And again, Melissa says it better than I could. Women are hurting, and our confidence in our “allies” and in our fellow progressives has been thoroughly challenged.

See The Daily Kos for evidence of those so-called "progressives", who often consider 51% of the population a special interest group.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I thought women weren't supposed to be funny?


Target Women: Wedding Shows, by Sarah Haskins at Current, via Feministing.

Here's the video that first brought the funny to me, also via Feministing:


Oh, Jamie Lee Curtis. You were so good in Freaky Friday: Chad and Lindsay edition. You and Baby Mama-love-interest/former-Oscar-nominee Greg Kinnear should get together, discuss the direction of your careers and figure out how to get back on track. However, I do adore Leisha Hailey and her friend hawking Yoplait. They are so quippy and fun! Although, how cheap are the bride and groom that the members of their wedding party had to bring their own snacks?

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Same story, different day.



Update on the Dirty Girls Social Club Movie, and Lessons in Latinidad Real for Hollywood - Part One, by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, via Racialicious.

If you can't watch the video, Alisa talks about the difficulty of getting her bestselling book, The Dirty Girls Social Club, made into a movie. To sum up the situation, the white, non-Hispanic males who run every major movie studio don't think the six educated women in the novel are real Latinas. Because they're not "street". Plus, there isn't an A-list actress attached to the film yet. Why? Because the A-list Latina actresses have been advised by their management teams--more white males--not to play Latina roles. Nice.

None of this surprises me at all. However, every time I hear a story like this, whether in person or in print or online, the women telling the stories are usually shocked and hurt. These women have worked hard, played by the rules, paid their dues, achieved above and beyond their peers in their field, proved their talent, worth and potential. And still they get shot down. Every time. Just like they did at the end of my book. So weird that Alisa mentioned WWII movie Schindler's List, too. Hmm. Maybe I have The Shine. Either that or I can see the blatant, continual racism and sexism that persists in Hollywood.

I can't turn my head without seeing a story about how the success of Sex and the City: The Movie has proved that women can open big-budget films. Quoi? I didn't hear the same clamoring over Indiana Jones and the Senior Citizen proving that old white guys can still open action films. I actually had to hear Tattoo on Big Boy in the Morning whining about how terrible Sex and the City was--even though he went to see a completely different movie this weekend--because women who were over the age of 40 and/or overweight went to see the movie in groups and then talked about it. Also, Tattoo didn't like that the movie starred four "old" women. Thankfully Liz and Big Boy totally called him out on his insanity, considering Tattoo very recently had LAP-BAND surgery to combat the 280+ pounds of fat on his own body.

Back to Dirty Girls. I love this book so much that it has been my signature gift to all of my closest friends, who have also loved it. It clearly has an audience in multiple countries. Yet, the movie can't get made because the characters aren't "real Latinas", "we don't get the whole Latino thing", and "nobody would want to see the fat girl get the guy", even though about 15% of the US population is Hispanic, and (allegedly) approximately 62 percent of female Americans are considered overweight.

So what kind of woman is acceptable for mass consumption? Last Comic Standing's Esther Ku. I knew I wasn't the only one who didn't like her.



"Chopsticks"! "Ching chong"! Even though she's Korean. Ha! "I don't want to marry an Asian guy; I like regular people." The hilarity!

Ugh.

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Like and Do


There is a difference. I just found Do and I like it. :)

Stuff White People Like.

stuff white people do.

For example, here are some things that White People (supposedly) Like:



Here are some things that (some) white people do:



Happy reading!

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