Whole New Levels of Creepy

If anyone reading this (either of you?) is familiar with Ragen over at Dances with Fat, you probably know that she has been training for an IRONMAN triathlon. This past weekend she did a test run, an IRONMAN 70.3 (which is half the distance of the main race), on the same course she’ll be on next year.

Why am I writing about someone else’s endeavors? Two reasons: first, it didn’t go well, and second, trolls.
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OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

Earlier this week, Target announced that they’ll be removing unnecessarily gender-specific signs and color-coded decorations from some departments, including the toy aisles and children’s bedding. Seems like a small change that shouldn’t be cause for any outrage, right? Alas, no. Target’s Facebook page is full of angry (and largely ungrammatical) posts from people vowing to never shop there again because they’re bowing to political correctness and ruining America. But is your shopping experience really going to change? Because I know I’ve never needed to look at the signs to figure out which bedding was being marketed toward girls vs. boys, and I doubt that most of the people protesting would have even noticed the changed signs if they hadn’t put out a press release.  Read More OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

This Week in Misogyny is So Not Basic

GamerGaters are still rearing their ugly heads this week, to the surprise of precisely no one. We also have some not-good news for everyone who was so excited that the Nigerian schoolgirls might have been on their way home, but at least the massive list of terrible people is somewhat mitigated by a bunch of awesome people and cool readings this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is So Not Basic

This Week in Misogyny Has Leadership Skills

So many people were truly terrible this week, but we’ve got a few awesome people to try to balance them out. And if you somehow missed the worst Photoshop ever, you’re gonna love this week’s TWiM! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Has Leadership Skills

This Week in Misogyny Loves Girls

It’s misogyny time! We’ve got one victory in the abortion-rights fight (but more bad news), a fantastic Twitter hashtag in response to a horrible “motivational” speaker, Fox News idiocy, and the best Beastie Boys cover ever!  Read More This Week in Misogyny Loves Girls

This Week in Misogyny Just Can’t

Oh dear. There is just so much wrong with the world this week. A little bit of good news, but a lot more that’s positively rage-inducing. At least there’s an awesome Stephen Colbert smackdown! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Just Can’t

Dr. Susan vs. Dr. Laura: My boy is too wussy!

Why hello there, Dr. Laura! Ridiculous as always, I assume? This week’s advice comes from her YouTube channel.

The question: I have a fourteen-year-old son in the middle of puberty who is having a hard time controlling his emotions. By nature, he’s a kind, thoughtful, generous, kid with a tender heart, but he can be hurt easily. His whirlwind emotions are making him a target for teasing and bullying. I’m looking for advice for how to help him get through this tumultuous time with confidence and take responsibility for controlling himself as he grows into a young man. In other words, I want him to learn that no matter what, he can only control himself and how he reacts to any situation. He listens to your program and I’m sure your advice will be valuable. His order of authority for decision making is mom, dad, youth pastor, Dr. Laura. But sometimes you come in first. Read More Dr. Susan vs. Dr. Laura: My boy is too wussy!

Book Review: “Keep Holding On” by Susane Colasanti

When I was a kid, the word “bully” wasn’t given the weight it is today. “Boys will be boys” was more the phrase of the hour – I heard it more than once from well-meaning teachers and defensive parents, even after I was assaulted by a group of classmates in junior high. To borrow a phrase from Dan Savage, it got better for me. Still hurts to remember. Read More Book Review: “Keep Holding On” by Susane Colasanti