Monthly Archives: December 2008

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MEN WANT FAMILIES.  EXTRA! EXTRA!  MEN DEPOSE THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS!  EXTRA!  MEN, REPEAT, MEN WANT TO HAVE BABIES—WITH OR WITHOUT WOMEN! (forget that the “growing number” is only a fraction of 70 and 100.)

This article tells women that they shouldn’t ever say “I love you” first. And then the author says “But I’m a Feminist, I’m only telling you this for your own good!” Sorry, Wendy Atterberry, your “feminist card” has been revoked.  This article, purporting to have women’s best interests in mind, actually robs them of their own agency; if the dude’s not up to the L-word, lose the dude, not your independence.  

This is a website that shows the definitions of words and then related words and so on and so on. Interesting, right? Until I looked up “Woman” and you find that a woman is “an adult female person, as opposed to a man: “the woman kept house while the man hunted.””  Sorry, ladies.  It’s in the definition.  And you can’t argue with the dictionary!!

White males win again.  No surprise there. Even though I tried to do my part for Barbados.

While we’re on the topic of end-of-year lists, here’s the Top Ten Box Office movies of 2008. Yay that Wall-E is #5! What does this say about American movie-goers?
Numbers 11 and 12 are Sex and the City: The Movie and Mamma Mia!– women have proven they have some box office muscle. Let’s hope 2009 gives us more and better options.

I will end by proclaiming my undying love for everything that Tina Fey touches: 30 Rock and Mean Girls being 2 of the greatest things. Ever. Fey was on the cover of Vanity Fair this month– photographed by Annie Leibovitz and interviewed by Maureen Dowd. Me-yow. THREE powerhouse women and I’m swooning. My biggest criticism is that Dowd spent too much time quoting and interviewing Fey’s husband; how many articles reviewing Jay-Z spend 1/2 the time interviewing Beyonce? But I didn’t let that taint an otherwise stellar article about the woman who is the sex symbol for people who can read without moving their lips. Read the full article here. Debra Dickerson responds on the Riff and hits spot-on the things that bothered me underneath it all. But I don’t want to bitch too much because it’s Tina Fey and she’s my heroine. Fuck you, Christopher Hitchens. Women ARE Funny.

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Girls Like Us – Sheila Weller

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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

To be honest, I’m not quite clear what made me pick up this book from the library. I had read a lukewarm review of it when it came out earlier this year, and so it was on my radar for a while before I spotted it and figured what the heck. As you’ve probably gathered thus far from reading the blog, I’m interested in women in music (I myself do a mean karaoke of Salt N Pepa’s ‘Shoop’) but I admit I’m not particularly well versed in Carole, Carly or Joni’s music–my memories of their songs come from films, like when the Lisbon girls listen to ‘So Far Away’ by Carole King or when when Emma Thompson falls apart to Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides, Now.’ But I was excited for the book nonetheless.
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