Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I think I just found where I have to draw a line.

Okay. You know how there's been a lot of hand-wringing in recent years about how girls are dressing way too provocatively way too young?

And you know how the go-to shot at girls like that (and implied shot at the parents) is "You look like a whore? Right.

Look, between you, me and the lamppost, and as I referred to yesterday, I'd be a hypocrite if I said I don't care to look at young women in sexy clothes, and bras and things. (But then, I also enjoy seeing older women like that. My fantasy age range spreads from Kim Cattrall to Kristen Stewart.)

So, I don't really join in the "slutwear shaming." But...for pete's sake, Miley...

...she looks like she's playing Elisabeth Shue's role in a J-Pop version of Leaving Las Vegas...

Monday, May 09, 2011


Okay, you know that instantly-iconic photo of President Obama & Co in the Situation Room, monitoring the taking out of Osama bin Laden in real time?

Yeah, this one:

Well, get this:

...the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung, published in Brooklyn...photoshopped Clinton, as well at the only other woman who could be seen in the room--Audrey Tomason, the national director of counterterrorism--out of the frame.

Wait, it gets better. Why did they do this? Because ...
Hillary Clinton's expression, right hand clasped over her mouth in astonishment, is largely responsible for making the above photo iconic--and, to at least one newspaper, sexually suggestive.

Apparently this paper has a policy of never printing pictures of women, for precisely the same reason.

Now friends, you in my vast reading audience know...I don't have to look too far to find a situation or a picture sexually suggestive. I have a filthy mind with the best of 'em and I make little secret of it. But oh, my God...

This reminds us we have radical religions in this country too. It's also like the old saying: You're entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

Women were in the room at that moment. A woman is the freakin' Secretary of State. Another is national director of counterterrorism (I'd like to think she's a real life Chloe from the good seasons of 24). I presume they took no small part in the discussions that led to the President's decision.

As sexist as their policy may be (in fact, is), the editors and/or publishers have a right to that policy. They don't have the right to change history.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

For those of you playing at home...

Andy Card is the guy who set up George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" thing. You remember that (and if you don't, follow that link). However, Card feels that President Obama has not shown nearly enough humility about the whole actually having taken out Osama bin Laden thing.