What am I doing with a blog?

Awww…heck. I dunno.

For shame, Western…for shame April 30, 2007

Filed under: feminism — himbly @ 8:18 am

On my run yesterday I loaded up my iPod with all the As It Happens daily podcasts I’d missed. I managed to catch a story on this article written in a ‘spoof’ issue for April Fool’s Day for the University of Western Ontario student newspaper.

The article was supposed to be spoofing a Take Back the Night rally. It was not funny. I’m trying to think of the best way to describe it, but you just gotta click on that link above and read it for yourself.

There’s been criticisms. Here and here and here and here.

You know, when you read/hear criticsms, I”m almost always interested in what the original offending item was. More times than not, you can sorta see that things aren’t as bad as they’ve been made out to be. Most times, probably, the offenders shouldn’t have done it…but you can sorta make out their thinking when they did. ‘Cept for Don Imus…that guy was just an a-hole.

I was listening to the podcast and they interviewed the editor of the student paper. When the editor…the one who is defending the article…the one who made the final decision to release the article…when that guy can’t make the offending item seem like ‘oh, well…it’s not as bad as it seems’ then you know the campus newspaper deserves all that they get. I couldn’t believe what he was describing: a prominent campus feminist’s vagina leaving her body, that same vagina gleeful over the impending rape from the police chief (the real guy was named in the article)…holy effing crap! And then I read the article! It’s worse, even!

Back to the editor. He said that it was a spoof. He said that no one intended to hurt anyone. He said that they had no way of knowing that there would be such an uproar made over this issue. Also..what wasn’t mentioned in his interview is that it seems (in one of the links up there) that the paper initially issued a ‘fuck you’ statement to all those who complained. Nice.

So…they had no idea that this would be a problem (other than for a few students who complain about everything, is essentially what he said). I”m wondering what is wrong with the campus newspaper at Western. How on earth did they think what they published would be acceptable? Is the newspaper office located under a huge, information-proof rock? Have they been writing about these new fangled inventions ‘fire’ and ‘wheel’ for the past few years??

I watched Jon Stewart a few nights ago. He was talking about..umm…Bush, probably. Anyway, he mentioned the Imus scandal. Imus (I stopped listening to it all shortly after it happened) apparently was on a 7 second delay in his radio show. When the, now famous, comment on the Rutger’s women’s basketball team was spoken…no one thought to hit the bleep button. People become so used to certain sentiments being expressed that no one thinks ‘hey..this is wrong’ when it slips outside of their circles.

Is this what happened here? Are the staff at Western’s campus paper so used to these thoughts and words that they feel everyone else will be okeedokee when they write a fictional piece about a real and active student being raped by a real cop?

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For the record: April 29, 2007

Filed under: feminism — himbly @ 2:26 pm

Abortion and breast cancer NOT linked.

Ha! I knew it was bullshit!

Thanks Pandagon.

 

Shhhhhh…

Filed under: misc — himbly @ 9:21 am

When I was back in uni the first time, I became friends with this girl and we used to travel a bit after our degrees. That is a long story. She moved away, but I was also friends with her little brother. When I met him, he was about 17 years old, but as he grew up, we became pals.

She and I had a falling out. That’s another long story. He decided to follow suit and our friendship sorta tapered off…then he moved away.

Anyway…I think he’s seeing the girl next door because I’ve heard his voice over there the past 7 or 8 mornings. Her bedroom wall is my livingroom wall and, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, our walls are paper thin. I’m thankful I’ve heard nothing but ‘pillow talk’…but, well…I mean…I’m not a prude, but the sound of a kid’s voice i’ve known since he was 17 (though he’s probably about 30 now) is creepy.

Creepy!

Plus, the guy has a very resonous voice, an as we know about resonous sounds…they travel.

Oh..and I know that her bedroom wall is our livingroom wall because the guy who lived there before used to have sex when I was working on papers late at night.

 

Women, Know Your Limits April 28, 2007

Filed under: feminism,misc — himbly @ 10:47 am

Hilarious from Harry Enfield.

And another:

And another…these are brilliant:

 

Renewing an Infatuation (pt 2: The Misanthropic Bitch)

Filed under: misc — himbly @ 9:55 am

Well…not an infatuation, but I just wanted to post a link to her because her blog was such good readin’.

Sometimes agreed with her, sometimes didn’t, always laughed my ass off.

The Misanthropic Bitch.

 

If I’m such a man hater, why do I think she sucks?

Filed under: feminism — himbly @ 9:15 am

Nelly Furtado gets it wrong. And her music blows.

Feminism is really really not about man-hating. Honest.

Why is it, in this day and age, people – including women – still think that feminism = man bashing? I mean, some Catholic priests may molest young children, but people can generally figure out that Catholicism isn’t about that. So…some women man bash. I’ve heard lots of men woman bash. Of course, that always seems slightly more acceptable socially, somehow.

Got this over at BITCH.

 

Oh! Ohhhhh! April 27, 2007

Filed under: school — himbly @ 9:20 pm

I forgot to mention.

Another reason for that thumbs up pic…actually, the reason I did the thumbs up pic: I won a scholarship. Not a huge one, but a decent one and my crappy grades from my undergrad seem to have been somewhat diluted by my current awesome.

When I got the email, it told me I had until the 8th to accept or decline the scholarship. After I thought it over…ha! I called up the grad dept and asked them how I go about accepting. The woman was VERY kind and told me to “…log into peoplesoft [our student website for stuff like this]”. I was already there. Before she could tell me much more, I had found my way through the 2-3 easy links that would allow me to accept the dang thing. LIke, it was written out like “accept/decline dang thing” in front of me. The woman was SO very patient as I apologized for making her hold my hand through this tremendously easy process.

So…at least I know one person is wondering how the hell I did it.