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    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Tuesday In the Blogosphere

    Angry Black Bitch's tour de force " The myth of the black student who stole your spot at Yale...":

    A bitch was pretty fucking pissed off when my ass showed up at a certain liberal arts college (no, not Yale...shudder and perish the thought) and realized that my ass had out tested most of the sorry assed motherfuckers raising hell about affirmative action.

    Shit.

    A bitch isn't trying to say my ass is wicked smart...shit, this bitch can't spell for shit...but my ass just wishes some of the assholes bitching about not getting in would look in the mirror and have a come to Jesus with their own ass about their GPA and those sorry assed SAT scores that really got them circular filed.

    A bitch only got more pissed when my ass realized that some of the dumbest motherfuckers at school…and my ass means dumb…were legacies.

    See, the dude who may have taken your spot at Yale is most likely not the brown and black students who make up less that 10% of the student body. He's that legacy admit...you know, Carter Silverspoon from Choate?... yeah, him and his forever unimpressive non-intellectual ass. College ain’t a meritocracy, but that fact is better explored through a conversation with the heir to your right and not the black chick to your left. ...

    Which brings us to this word 'fair'. Fair does not apply to college admissions. Most universities apply tons of qualifications and they don’t exactly do it fairly.

    My alma mater would have been majority Asian and international if 'fair' applied to college admissions.

    Colleges seek to have a diverse population because diversity enriches the educational experience. International students, rural students, rich students, black students and so on add to the college experience. The problem comes when some students apply a sense of entitlement to college admissions…they then latch on to the most offensive 'got into school' practice and proceed to show their natural ass on Dateline by bitching about why they didn’t get in and claiming that Keisha or Coretta or Michael took their spot.

    A healthier…dare a bitch say, more fair…rant would start with the legacies who took up 20% of the freshman class. Then you could move on down to the 50% of hyper-qualified students who didn’t get accepted because said school had ‘reached’ a certain quota…then mosey on over to the 'daddy paid for this building' admissions…oh, and the 'our sports program is a revenue generator', but don’t hold your breath on that academic scholarship admissions. The road is long and muddy as a motherfucker before you even get to the 10% that may or may not have been admitted with some racial preference...not that many are bothered by the 'may', because a bitch wishes my ass had a dollar for every ignorant assumed affirmative action comment my ass heard while 'getting schooled'.


    Creepy Lesbo: "Short (Haired) Circuit:

    You see, this is what I have a problem with.
    Everyone these days in the media tries SO hard to not have stereotypes when they show lesbians that they go overboard.
    The thing is, I REALLY like girls with short hair.
    Stupidly so.
    And yet I am constantly let down by stylists and producers desperately trying to make girls look femme. ... I tire of these television executive games.
    STOP IT, you overly PC morons! Give us a bloody stereotype can't you!!
    So what if all those whingey RnB loving lesbians who all pretend they aren't gay and don't even know their lesbian TV and film history don't like it? They can fuck off. I want boyish girls in my films and TV programmes.
    Start a revolution!
    We're here, we're queer and we've got short hair (this chant only works if you have a terribly porsh English accent - then it sounds like 'we're hear, we're quear, we've gort shawt hair').
    Word.

    DTWOF: The Blog tells us that PlanetOut has decided to stop hosting the strip! WHAT IS GOING ON WITH PLANETOUT!!!!!!!!!!????????

    Fabulosa Mujer: Vegging Out:

    CNN: repeatedly saw the coverage surrounding the one year anniversary of Georgia's "26 Hours of Terror" specifically the woman's account of talking her self out from getting killed by a man who randomly walked into her home after killing three people and injuring one. Awkwardly so--there is tremendous emphasis on her story--as a white "angelic" woman saved by God who detours a black man from taking her own life. A born again Christian from the South. Had a baby at 21, stated that's what she knew her calling was: being a mom who is now very religious and happens to also be all over CNN and Fox News due to a black man walking into her home and connecting with her cuz of Jesus. Liberal media my ass.

    Also there is significant coverage about the NYC murder case of the graduate student who was raped, sodomized and killed.

    In both stories the main suspect or identified perpetrator are black men. I've been very observant of the wording to identify the people involved as Anderson referred to Imette St. Guillen, in the NYC case of the woman who was raped and killed as a Venezuelan beauty or the beautiful college student by Larry King. It's like let's concentrate on this brown woman's beauty now that she's been killed and raped--you know playing up what caused her demise.

    Other program consumption has been:
    The Actor's Studio: Interview with David Chappelle (2 hour funny ass interview)
    The Dog Whisperer (about four shows in a row)
    Lakers vs Seattle (boo. Lakers lost)
    The Boondocks (last 10 mins)
    Black.White. (30 minutes)

    In between the programs there were promotional ads about a show regarding the destruction of the sun and eventual demise of the earth by the National Geographic Channel. Speaking of catastrophies...I've also watched the MegaTsunami and the Dark Side of Elephants and was glued from beginning to end.

    Another big one that has been announced repeatedly on CNN is a program regarding the worst scenerios coming true: oil prices rising up to 8-10 dollars a gallon in the US and huge lines just to get one's tank filled, another weather induced catastrophe followed by a terrorist attack, etc, etc.

    What I got from over tv consumption--sports are a great distraction from the rampaging black men that are killing and raping women. It is a dangerous world for all women, especially young attractive women. The world is going to end soon from war and environmental destruction. {edit} heterosexual is what is normal and God is watching us closely.

    Black men are funny. Very athletic, but dangerous. Dogs have way better lives than humans. Sexism is here to stay. Finally from the Black.White. show racism is mostly in our heads. We go out into the world expecting it therefore we feel it and see it even in places where it is not.


    Mad Melancholic Feminista: What's Happiness Got to Do With It?:

    I will say once again that I have nothing against women who choose to stay home and raise their children. If you are going to have children, then what point is there in not spending any time with them, right? I get that. This is one of the most significant reasons why I don't have children. I don't know how to balance child-rearing with my career. Perhaps what is more important than my lack of creativity on the question of how to balance is that I simply don't have this burning desire to have children. I am not saying that I absolutely don't want them; I am just ambivalent.

    But now, everywhere I turn, there are articles and interviews in my face telling me that I would be much happier quitting the rat race, having children, and staying home to raise them. I am not a libertarian, so I don't think that such information has no impact on me (you know the way that libertarians argue that advertising doesn't make a consumer buy something, it just gives them useful information to make an informed decisions--pahleeze). So, yes, I find this deluge of mommy war stuff to be draining and I am a full time feminist. I am not ambivalent about the importance of treating women as human beings who are as valuable to the world as men are. But, if I am getting angry about these articles, what is the impact they are having on my students?

    It is a scare tactic. These articles are designed to scare women into giving up their quest to demand they be treated as human beings. The idea here is that if they continue on their silly feminist paths, they will wind up stressed out, pooped out, Prozaced up, and unhappy. So, give it up ladies. Just admit that its easier to stay-at-home and find a male provider.

    Maybe the real problem here is the assumption that life is about achieving happiness. I am not sure what exactly Wilcox and Nock's definition of happiness is (I am too lazy to look up their study). But, I can't think of a concept as unclear happiness. Is it the absence of pain? Is it consistent joy? Is happiness an emotion? Is it a goal-oriented behavior? What on earth is happiness?

    Am I happy? Shit, it depends on the day. Isn't that true for most people? Sometimes I have long stretches of inner calm and subsequent productivity. Then, I get sick or maybe I have a restless night and I find myself stressed out. If I don't have a lot of time to decompress, that state of stress might last for a long time. I just don't buy that we are on a life journey where if we make the right choice then we achieve happiness. I would imagine that stay-at-home mothers are as likely to worry profoundly about the well-being of their children, as much as working mothers. Perhaps even fathers actually worry about their children?

    We are such a happiness obsessed culture. We find all sorts of ways to avoid the fact that life is not always sunshine and giggles. We are going to die. We might fall victim to horrifically painful illnesses, we might have our children be murdered (something that happened in the most violent fashion to one of my students three years ago). A lot of bad things happen to good people.

    I now think the reason that mommy wars stories are so upsetting to me (and my student, for example) is that they play into this deep fear that we might live a life of suffering or regret. We idealize a sort of stress-free, sanguine existence over the far-more-common stress-laden life journey that most of us live.


    And finally, Brownfemipower googled "Women with guns" for Women of Color Blog. Here's what she found.

    3 Comments:

    Blogger Dark Daughta said...

    "You see, this is what I have a problem with.
    Everyone these days in the media tries SO hard to not have stereotypes when they show lesbians that they go overboard.
    The thing is, I REALLY like girls with short hair.
    Stupidly so.
    And yet I am constantly let down by stylists and producers desperately trying to make girls look femme. ... I tire of these television executive games.
    STOP IT, you overly PC morons! Give us a bloody stereotype can't you!!
    So what if all those whingey RnB loving lesbians who all pretend they aren't gay and don't even know their lesbian TV and film history don't like it? They can fuck off. I want boyish girls in my films and TV programmes.
    Start a revolution!
    We're here, we're queer and we've got short hair (this chant only works if you have a terribly porsh English accent - then it sounds like 'we're hear, we're quear, we've gort shawt hair'). Word."

    I try not to watch the L word. It hurts my heart and offends my dyke sensibilities. I figure I'm probably dated cuz when I go to the bars, I'm surrounded by younger wimmin who are working those aesthetics.

    When I chose to work femmy dress into my formerly really andro-boy aesthetic, I was really happy fucking up femininity...my femmey girl was more of a fag drag queen and I still take my cues from drag queen-dom when I make up and dress up to go into community social spaces.

    It's more fun and less confusing than just doing the straight girl seeming drag I do everyday. A skirt and heels does not a femme make.

    In terms of butchiness, yeah, I like my hetero men small and femmy and my wimmin butchy, short-haired, or at least if they have locks, really oozing some serious testosteronely energy. :)

    8:24 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Just want to make clear: My Amusement Park isn't hating on the femmes!

    2:33 PM  
    Blogger creepylesbo said...

    Oh so THIS is the reason my hits went through the roof!

    5:45 PM  

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